A Right Royal Knees-up!

At the risk of coming across as Royal Wedding obsessives (ahem!), we though we’d put together a little moodboard of all the fabulous and funny things we’ve seen recently to help you stage your own celebration next Friday.  Heck, you don’t have to be into the royals – or weddings for that matter to enjoy yourselves on our extra day off.

Clockwise, from top left:

sweet cupcake toppers from Hunky Dory Home, make champers even more fun with the Royal Wedding Bingo card to download for free from Boden, Union Jack paperchains from Dotcom Giftshop – if you’re really good, you can use them again next year for the jubilee!, Knit Your Own Royal Wedding book by Fiona Goble, do the washing up after your afternoon tea with a Corgi Tea Towel from To Dry For,  Fun paper bunting tutorial from What Katie Did Next – great fun to make with kids and pretty cheap to make too!

If you’d rather be part of a crowd on the big day, there are plenty of events you can join – here are some happening inYork…..

York’s City Screen is hosting a live screening from 10am, and you can pick up ‘picnic boxes’, have strawberries & cream and Pimms, and even stay on afterwards for a special screening of The King’s Speech if you want a day of patriotism!  If you’re not in York but you like the idea, check out the Picturehouse website to see what’s happening near you.

If you’re hoping to drag out a posh frock and pretend you’re invited the to the party, you could head down to the beautiful Middlethorpe Hall for a special wedding breakfast and champagne, perfect for princess fantastists!

There’s also a fascinating sounding exhibition on at the moment at York Minster (running until 11 May); featuring a display of both wedding and royal-related items in the Minster’s treasure trove – you can learn more about the Royal wedding held inYork that ended in a brawl!

But if you really aren’t bothered (who are you, really, we want to know!), there are still plenty of things you can do with your day off without resorting to staying in with the TV off and the curtains closed!

Why not head off into the countryside for a picnic – there are some amazing spots across Yorkshireand there won’t be a wailing onlooker in sight!  One of my favourite spots has to be Beningbrough Hall, just outside York.  It has a beautiful walled garden and you might be lucky enough to catch the lovely cherries in blossom.  If you’re feeling particularly lazy (and why not), you could pop into the Home Farm shop at Beningbrough and pick up some tasty treats for a spot of lunch.

If it’s no to the wedding, but yes to the pub – the perfect event for you is taking place at the Fulford Arms in York – an anti-royal wedding party, with a swear box for anyone uttering anything about the wedding!!

Me?  I’ll be heading over to a friend’s house to have strawberries and champagne whilst wearing a posh frock.  I’m embracing it as a day to do something different and not be judged for drinking before midday……!

Whatever you decide to do on the day, make sure you enjoy it, they’re only going to do this once.

Katie xx

PS – if you’re just a *teensy* bit traumatised that you’re not going to be a princess – don’t worry!!  : )