27 April 2011

The Royal Wedding From My Throne: Part 2

Posted by Happy Homemaker UK

As a follow up to Part I
I thought you might be interested in a few ways 
the Royal Wedding will be celebrated around England


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TEA PARTIES

In the morning, we will go to a tea party at an expat friend's house. Our daughters will be all dressed up for the occasion. While the girls play, it will probably be the moms who watch it on the television. The wedding starts at 11 am. Totally 'my cup of tea'!

STREET PARTIES

'Street parties' have a long history in the UK, mainly England and Wales.  These neighborly gatherings may have started as early as 1919 after the end of World War I to celebrate the signing of the Treaty of Versailles. They were called 'Peace Teas' and were formal sit-down occasions at tables in the street. Tea and cake were served with what little ingredients they had.   

Ever since, neighbors have come together on their traffic-free road to commemorate momentous events, including the coronations of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II, VE Day in 1945, and the Millennium.


1953 Coronation Street Party
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According to StreetParty.org.uk, on Friday and over the weekend 'one million people will enjoy street parties, ...which is the largest number of people to have one since the last royal wedding in 1981. This is the biggest neighbour's day for 30 years, which is a great boost for street sociability and neighbourliness.'

One even will be held by Prime Minister David Cameron on Downing Street. 


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I will be attending a street party in my neighborhood. Yea! Here are some of the fun planned activities (weather permitting):

- Table Tennis
- Penalty Goal Shoot Out (football/soccer)
- Egg and Spoon Races, Tug of War
- Craft Table, Sidewalk Chalk, Temporary Tattoos, Bubbles
- Best Wedding Dress Made Of Newspaper Contest
- Best Homemade Cake Competition
- Grills For Food; Bring Your Own Drinks

Interestingly, bunting is a traditional part of street parties. No one has a street party without one :) Who knew?

PUB PARTIES

If we aren't exhausted by the end of the day, we may pull up a chair at the local pub. Most pubs are kid friendly, often offering yummy food, outside seating and sometimes even a playground. 

Sign from a local pub

'A Knees Up' is Cockney for 'a party'
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Gotta run - cakes to make, and newspaper wedding dresses to design :) 

Do you have any plans for the big day?


The Royal Wedding Part 1 - Insider Scoop (here)

The Royal Wedding Part 3 - London, The Day Before The Wedding (here)



54 comments:

Madelief said...

I wish I was in the UK on friday. This all sounds like so much fun! I hope you will have a great time with your friends!

Lieve groet, Madelief x

Mollie said...

I'm going down south with a friend ... am even using twitter for the occasion.

the fishermans cottage said...

Great post, brougt back memories of when I was ten going to our street party for the Queens Silver Jubilee, we all had to wear red, white and blue and it was a lovely sunny day with lots of games and food x

Melissa K @ Lulliloo said...

I'm loving your wedding posts Laura, I can't wait till Friday. Since I'm visiting Australia while it's on, so my sister, mum and I are going to watch it together over here, and since it's on at 6.30pm, we decided a glass of champers wouldn't go astray at the same time either!
Melissa xx

Sara Louise said...

I'm so excited for you! (and completely jealous). And I hope you post loads of photos of the celebrations :-)

Maggie said...

Thanks for leaving the comment on my blog. I shan't be watching the wedding, and like most of my oldest friends, will try to avoid it as much as possible, though as I love watching television news, I doubt I'll be too successful. I don't have anything against the Royal Family, don't get me wrong, I am proud to be British and with a monarchy rather than living in a republic. However, there is too much hype, too much money spent on this one day. Just too much of everything really.

Maxabella said...

Such fun! I kinda wish I was doing something now... x

Jenny said...

Sounds like so much fun! I'm planning to watch on TV. Maybe I should invite some friends with little girls over. I love the tea party idea, but I guess it wouldn't really work here since it will be on in the evening.
Looking forward to seeing your photos on Friday.

Custom Comforts said...

Looks like such a fun time for all. Wish I was there, but will have to be content with TV. Of course we won't see the side you are showing us. Thanks for sharing.
Cindy

Sarah at Finishing Touch Interiors said...

I remember going to a street party for hte charles & Diana wedding I was only about 5. Im not sure what to do for this wedding a few people are having tea partys so may go along to one

Laura said...

Hi there Laura. Sounds like a fun itinerary! We had a street party for the last royal wedding (I'll have to see if I can dig out a picture). This time it's a princess party with my Brit friend and her kids and then a get together later in the evening with a whole bunch of Brits. Wish I could be celebrating it in Blighty! Have fun! Lx

Jen of Country Weekend said...

That sounds like so much fun. It's lovely to have something positive that brings people together.

Taylor Made said...

Oh what fun...look forward to hearing how all the fun went.

Debby said...

How fun! Everyone is getting in on the celebration. Love the charming idea of a street party! Thanks for visiting Inpsired Design... I am now following you. xo

Hines-Sight said...

Yea! What a great day for you. Fun!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Have fun! Thanks of visiting me and leaving such a nice compliment. Thanks for joining me on my journey. I'm following you as well. Your blog has a cozy feel to it. I'll be back.

A Vintage Vine said...

Great post! Loving your blog!!

beetree said...

OK, so I said I wasn't really into it...but if I was there- WHOOPIE! I definitely would be in the middle of all the festivities. SO glad that you get to be there to experience all the fun! We might just have to have a dress up tea party after all... :D

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Love the pub celebrating "knees up" must be a reference to "Knees Up Mother Brown". :)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

I can't tell you how thrilled I would of been to be celebrating with the masses in London on Friday. I really had thought we'd make it but alas our home here is still on the market and we are U.S. bound & tied. I can't wait for your photographic tour around London on Friday. Laura have a marvelous time for all us Yanks too.

Cheers! Deb

Tracy said...

I so have residence envy right now! Is there such a thing? I have never been to London but definitely on my bucket list! Jane Austen, Wimbledon, etc. are my favorite things in the world. I love to hang out in the United Kingdom in EPCOT in Disney World, Florida! LOL ENJOY!!! Love your blog!

Erin S. said...

This sounds like such fun! I'm celebrating vicariously through you!

ashley nicole catherine said...

so fun! i can't wait to watch the coverage!

thanks so much for stopping by my blog! yours is lovely and i'm now following :)

xo.ashley

topchelseagirl said...

Loving your wedding posts Laura. I'm not a happy bunny that I've got to work on Friday Grrr, but we're hoping to be able to have the TV on. Glad you're going to get to enjoy it. x

travelkate said...

So glad you found my blog so I could find yours! I really enjoy seeing and hearing about the festivities in England-fascinating!

About Last Weekend said...

We'll be travelling that day - to London. It will be fascinating to see the day after on this great party. The street parties look so fun but I will miss them.

Susan Kane said...

Oh, I wish all your readers could 'transport' there for the day. Your street party will be something your girls will remember always! Take lots of photos for us.
"Knees up"?

Fifi Flowers said...

It would be FUN to do this... HOWEVER it will be 1 am in the morning that I will be watching this in the DARK... soooo I will be opting for my comfy sofa and a nightgown with tiara!

Jennie Prince said...

How lucky are you!!! I would give anything to join the celebration in England. Such an exciting time. Enjoy!

Katie said...

I wish I was with you over there to celebrate--how exciting!! Enjoy your tea party with friends and your little ones, what a dear memory to make with them! :)

Walking by Faith said...

How fun! I would love to be in London right now! Such a magical week.

Thanks so much for stopping by and following me! I'm now following you, too. :)

diney said...

Fantastic info and photos - have fun! I remember charles and di 's wedding so clearly and we made a great party out of that. It's pomp but it's part of our rich fabric.

Kristen said...

Hey Laura, I lived in Richmond during the Queen's Golden Jubilee and my neighborhood held a street party. It was so much fun! Someone brought a piano out into the street and everyone was singing songs and visiting. It was such a blast!

Now that I am back home in Canada I will be celebrating the Royal Wedding in a different manner. I am having a bunch of girls from work over for a sleepover! We are going to stay up all night watching (Event coverage starts at 2:00AM). Should be fun! After a nap we are going to have brunch.

Really looking forward to it!

Kristen

ramblinbess said...

Looks like fun! I think I would just about love that day, as community get-togethers and generally active weekends are my "cup of tea" too.

Laura@JourneyChic said...

Wow, this is so interesting! Those street parties sound like a ton of fun. In fact the whole thing sounds a lot like a tailgate party in the US, except it's to watch a wedding instead of a game. :)

ann said...

Oh what glorious fun, even for a Yank!

Heather Pranitis said...

That sounds like so much fun!!!

Beth said...

Oooh I remember street parties. I remember winning the best decorated bonnet when it was the Queen's Silver jubilee way back in 1977!
Nothing that exciting here I'm afraid. It will just be me in front of the TV...probably in my pj's. (Maybe I should make a bit of an effort and get a bit of fancy clothes on and crack open a bottle of bubbles...)
Looking forward to the rest of the wedding posts.
x

Pet said...

This could only happen in England! I remember the Silver Jubilee when as a young teenager studying English I happened to be there. It was one of my first times in the UK. I think it was my second time there. Your Post has brought back beautiful memories to my mind.

Pet said...

And enjoy the parties, for all of us!

sina said...

Great post! We are originally Brits, now living in Spain and have been pondering what to do on the day! We're not really monarchists and really we'd like to ignore the whole thing...but we both have very fond memories of the Queen's Silver Jubilee street parties and the last big Royal Wedding, when my husband tasted champagne for the first time (he was 8) So we're planning on watching a bit and letting our kids (5 and 7)taste champagne for the first time. I might vene make the effort and bake some cakes and red white and blue trifle!!!!

Colores said...

This sounds magnificient! I wish we had somehing similar here in Germany!!! YOu will have a lot of fun!!! kisses

Melissa said...

oh Laura...i too, as an expat am soooo excited!!
i am madly hanging bunting inside and out...
we are having a big garden party here...the neighbours have a jazz band and marquee organised for our back lane...and we will have a huge group of our local village friends, including my brother,sister-in-law and two nieces from australia!
it's also our youngest's 6th birthday - so it's a huge Royal birthday for her too!!

loving your posts...that picture of the 1953 street party is incredible...
melissa xx

Privet and Holly said...

You are at the
right place at
the right time
and must be pinching
yourself!! So much
fun! My aunt and
uncle have settled
into Hamstead, London
and will be out
with their chair
and their neighbors!
Wish I was there : )
E N J O Y ! ! !
xx Suzanne

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

Enjoy, I will watch on television. :)

~*~ saskia ~*~ said...

Ooh, just one more night... have a great day tomorrow! xxxx

flwrjane said...

Virginia and a shop full of florists is anxiously awaiting the 3rd installation.

Cyndi said...

A street party - how fun! It brings back memories of block parties we used to participate in here in the US. Thanks for the idea - it makes me wish I would have organized one for our neighborhood! (My husband would be attending the pub events with his rugby buddies!) I'll be watching the coverage over here & wishing I were there!

Sumana said...

Thanks for visiting me .Seems like you are going to have so much fun this weekend.
I have stayed in UK in the past in Swindon for 9 months and I love the pubs there.

Town and Country Gals said...

Laura,
So excited you visited me so I could find you! I tried not to be "into" the wedding, but after watching all the tv programs on the Royal Family this week, I'm there! All the festivities start here at 4am tomorrow morning, so, if you'll just call and wake me up so I don't miss anything.....! I will be up and watching! My 21 year old son who is in the AF, was stationed in Lockenheath,(sp?) for almost 2yrs and has been back for only a few mos. I had hoped to visit but didn't make it over. I love the way you guys will be celebrating tomorrow, Party Hardy! (will keep my fingers crossed for sunshine)!
I will be visiting often and am your newest follower!
Rebecca

dkmart said...

Miss Laura,
I am having SO much fun living vicariously through you during the wedding preparations! This has been such an entertaining column to read...although ALL of your posts are always entertaining to read! I'm lovin' the street parties. When I was little, we used to have 'block' parties, and they were always so much fun. Your's looks like a block party, x100!
Have a wonderful day tomorrow. I'll be thinking of ya when I get up at 4:00 AM to watch the festivities!
xoxoDeirdre

Brit Gal Sarah said...

Have a fun day, I know you will love being involved in it like this. I am setting the alarm clock for 3:45 am to watch it all live!

Natasha said...

Isn't it exciting! Only a few hours to go...I am now watching all the pre-wedding specials and am so happy that for once the time difference is working in my favour!

Happy wedding party and best wishes for a lovely weekend.
Natasha.

Shelley Roth said...

I LOVE Katie Couric! That would have been my most favorite moment of all time. I'm glad you were able to experience it!!!