Prince William and Kate Middleton doesn’t have to be a royal pain.
But with the wedding scheduled for 6 a.m. East Coast time you probably are going to find that plenty of coffee is, so to speak, your cup of tea.
Patra Wroten, who lives in the Washington, D.C., area and writes about parties and other occasions on her blog, I Do Declare, has found a workaround to the inconvenient timing — a slumber party for some friends.
“We just love weddings,” she says. “It really was just a great excuse to get a group of our girlfriends together, take off work and theme a party around such an exciting wedding.”
The party will start on the evening of April 28 and go right through to the April 29 festivities with a few hours set aside for rest.
They plan to watch a tape of the marriage of the prince’s parents, Charles and Diana, eat English food such as mini shepherd’s pies, and may just have a little drinking game — a sip for every time someone says “future princess,” for instance.
And, of course, there will be fake tiaras.
For Penny Bradley, coowner of the Lyon restaurant in New York’s Greenwich Village, throwing a wedding party took a bit of smoothtalking. Specifically, she had to persuade her partner in the restaurant, French chef Francois Latapie, to be English for a day.
He agreed and now neighboring businesses, including the British restaurant Tea & Sympathy, are joining in. Festivities will start with a Champagne breakfast and screenings of the ceremony, with reruns for later in the day.