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4 Books To Plan a Royal Tea Party

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4 Books To Plan a Royal Tea Party

Instead of waiting until the traditional afternoon tea time of 4 p.m., a morning tea party would be the perfect way to kick off watching the royal festivities on May 19. The wedding, televised live, will take place at 12 p.m. London time, 7 a.m. in New York (EST).

Peruse these books to help you plan a proper royal wedding tea party.


Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes From Buckingham Palace

To recreate a House of Windsor teatime, try your hand at one of these 40 savory or sweet teatime recipes from Royal Teas: Seasonal Recipes from Buckingham Palace. Mark Flanagan, Royal Chef at Buckingham Palace, and Kathryn Cuthbertson, Royal Pastry Chef, wrote this first peek into how the royals enjoy their cuppas.

The recipes, such as tarragon quiche and clementine macarons, have been served at castle functions, including the Queen’s garden parties. Try “Her Majesty’s Recipe for Drop Scones,” a favorite of U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower, according to Royal Collection Trust. The cookbook also offers a visual guide to help you replicate a royal gathering, including place settings. For heartier fare, check out Flanagan’s A Royal Cookbook.


Tea Fit for a Queen: Recipes & Drinks for Afternoon Tea

In this book, the Historical Royal Palaces charity shares the history of British tea and fun anecdotes surrounding 40 teatime drink and food recipes favored by the British royalty and aristocracy. Learn how to make date and walnut tea bread, a favorite of the late and revered Queen Mother, and which cake graced the wedding of the last prince of England to marry.


The National Trust Book of Scones: 50 Delicious Recipes and Some Curious Crumbs of History

No tea party would be complete without scones, the quintessentially British quick bread. In this cookbook, Sarah Clelland highlights Britain’s historic sites and scone recipes associated with them, such as the Singin’ Hinnie griddle scone, a delicacy of the Northumberland countryside. You can find some of Clelland’s recipes, and other British fare, on the recipe page of National Trust, a British charity committed to preserving special places in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. To follow British etiquette, serve your scones with clotted cream and jam.



Windsor Castle: Official Souvenir Guide

Need something to discuss while exchanging pleasantries? Practice charming your guests with historical facts and figures on Windsor Castle and St. George’s Chapel, the site of the upcoming royal wedding. Jonathan Mardsen and Matthew Winterbottom cover over 900 years of history of the castle’s grounds, state rooms and treasures.

Whether you follow Flanagan’s formality of a royal garden party or take a much more relaxed approach, invite your friends over, don your fastener, and break out the butter knives. One lump or two is up to you.

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