April 29, 2011 marks the wedding of the century when commoner Kate Middleton will show that she is the princess of the people. Royal watchers from around the world will gather around their televisions to watch the once-in-a-lifetime festivities unfold between the 29-year-old and her betrothed, H.R.H. Prince William.
Royal wedding souvenirs are abundant in London from tea towels and coffee mugs to collector spoons and supermarket pies. This side of the pond in Boston, we couldn’t find any royal wedding teddy bears or collector plates to bring to morning reveler parties. If you are planning to attend a Royal Wedding celebration, we’ve done the legwork and discovered the perfect cocktails to cupcakes in Massachusetts to delight your castle host and a place to rest while enjoying this royal love story.
1. Kate’s Ring Martini
Newburyport’s Ceia Kitchen + Bar serves costal European dishes and has created a sparkling and divinemartini. “Kate’s Ring” was inspired by Kate Middleton's world-renown heirloom diamond encrusted sapphire engagement ring that was famously worn by the late Princess Diana and gifted to Kate. We plan to serve this to our guests (www.ceia-newburyport.com). Here’s the recipe to make this blue cocktail that matches Kate’s bedazzled finger.
Created by Bar Director, Dennis Grant
Mixology & How-To’s:
- 3.5 ounces of Bombay Sapphire
- 1.5 ounces of St. Germaine Elderflower
- 1 ounce of Blue Curacao
- 1 ounce of Cointreau or Triple Sec
- Shake and Strain
- Rim Martini Glass with Sugar (the "diamonds") and float 1 ounce of Mionetto Sparkling Prosecco
2. E.B. Horn Searches for a Royal Love Story
Downtown Boston jeweler E.B. Horn is looking for the next love story. Simply tell them about your royal romance and enter to win a sapphire and diamond replica of Kate's engagement ring valued at $10,000. That would look good on any girl’s finger! Ten finalists will be invited to a Boston soiree on the eve of the nuptials, where a panel of celebrity judges will select the winning couple. Visit www.ebhorn.com for details.
3. Wear a Tiara from iParty
iParty has a slew of great gift ideas to share with your early morning wedding revelers. They sell feathered tiaras, sparkling wands (to magically whip up the cartoon blue birds to carry your wedding gown train) and tuxedo party packs that include top hats, horns, and noisemakers. www.iparty.com
4. Springfield’s Lathrop House Celebrates With All Day Tea
If you don’t want to host the party at your house, consider the Pioneer Valley’s Lathrop House in Springfield. It’s hosting a daylong High Tea starting at 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with teas, coffee, finger sandwiches, brownies, and spring water. Reservations are necessary, particularly if you want a recliner, so call ahead. Cost per person: A two-hour visit with food and drink is $10.00. (413) 736-6414, www.lathrophousebandb.com
5. Royal Wedding Candle
Bless this event with a bounty of candles. Deerfield’s Yankee Candle is selling special edition “A Royal Wedding” candles that have floral and fruit scents with a long burning wick. Available for $24.99 at www.yankeecandle.com
6. Mourn that William is off the Market
Dig deep into Hotel Chocolat’s signature dark collection. The luxury UK cocoa grower and chocolatier’spremium dark chocolate includes silky smooth pralines, warming chili-infused chocolates, melt-away caramels, and ganache-filled truffles. Located on Boston’s Newbury Street, there are plenty of essential sweets to fill your mourning bag. $65.00, www.hotelchocolat.com
7. A Sweet Romance
Finally, if you’re looking for relief from this media-hyped, best wedding in the world commentary, then breeze over to Sweet Cupcakes. You can behead one of their William & Kate cupcakes with one delicious tantalizing bite. Sixof their custom made Royal Wedding cupcakes are $24.50. This Boston cupcake shop has three locations, visit www.sweetcupcakes.com