15 Must-Haves for a Royal Wedding Watch Party

All you need is love, as the Beatles would say. A properly splashy get-together in honor of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's nuptials, on the other hand, calls for a bit of extra prep — and we've got just the details to make yours memorable.


Regal Caffeine

The ceremony itself will begin on May 19th at noon GMT, which works out to 7am ET. NBC’s TODAY show crew will "capture every aspect of the day" starting at 4:30am ET. Whether you plan to rise with Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb for their live pre-dawn broadcast or program your DVR and sleep in, you’re going to need some wake-up juice. This festive and luxurious Grand Wedding blend includes sunflowers, exotic fruit, and enough black tea to kick-start a celebration in any time zone. BUY IT: TWG Tea, $40

Patriotic Picks

When your guests begin to turn on you after a few hours of way-too-early-morning television, serve them a subtle snack-based reminder (based on a print-at-home template) to KEEP CALM AND PARTY ON. Royal weddings are marathons, not sprints. BUY IT: Ainjewelz via Etsy, $4

Stone, Cold

Kate Middleton wore a 12-karat sapphire-and-diamond engagement ring, and Meghan’s features diamonds from Botswana and Princess Diana’s personal jewelry collection. We suggest you wear champagne: Combine a bottle of bubbly with 16 ounces of sliced strawberries and 6 ounces of raspberries, then divide among molds and freeze overnight. BUY IT: Target, $15

Old-School Souvenir

In Victorian England, ladies of the house used tea towels to handle delicate china (and to show off their embroidery skills). These days, they’re popular as commemorative keepsakes — and this one is sure to delight the winner of your royal family costume contest. (By the way, you’re having a royal family costume contest.) BUY IT: Victoria Eggs, 12 pounds (about $18)

Glad Flags

Since this graphic bunting is Anglophilic rather than wedding-specific, you can hang it to celebrate Meghan’s new citizenship and British cultural milestones of all sorts — such as when Jodie Whittaker begins her first full season as the Thirteenth Doctor on BBC’s Doctor Who this fall. (You can also just leave it up all the time — hey, no judgment.) BUY IT: Nessa Foye via Etsy, $36

Elegant Selfie

About 600 people are invited to join Meghan and Harry as they exchange vows in St. George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, and another 1,200 have been invited to the castle grounds. It’s up to everyone else to document wedding-viewing garb remotely, and a 19th-century illustration of the historic venue will make an excellent photo booth. BUY IT: Vintage_World via Zazzle, $26

Cocktail Attire

If you and your guests fancy a stiffer form of the Grand Wedding Tea we mentioned awhile back, spoon about 15 grams of it (or tuck six bags of a tea of your choice) into a bottle of vodka, then let it sit overnight. Strain or remove the tea in the morning, and presto: You’re a few mixers away from a signature drink, presented with a top-hat swizzle. BUY IT: Keepsake Motifs via Etsy, $11

Guests of Honor

While it would be irresponsible for us to explicitly support traumatizing potentially-sleep-deprived royal wedding watch party attendees by arranging diminutive cutouts of Meghan and Harry so that they peep out of the sides of your crudité platter...we’re not calling it a bad idea, either. BUY IT: Powell’s, $10

Crowns All 'Round

There’s no real consensus among wedding and royal jewelry historians on whether Meghan will marry Harry wearing a jeweled headpiece like Princess Diana’s Spencer Tiara or the Queen Mother’s Cartier Bandeau (as is traditional in her new family) or forgo a headpiece (as is more popular among American brides). You and your crew, on the other hand, should definitely wear crowns. How often does that opportunity come up for most of us? BUY IT: McRay Designs via Etsy, $6

Fascination Street

Speaking of special-occasion toppers, we’re still thinking about the stupendous Philip Treacy headgear Princesses Bea and Eugenie wore to Will and Kate’s nuptials in 2011. Protocol requires royal women to wear hats or fascinators for official engagements, and the host or hostess of an official royal wedding watch party should absolutely follow suit. BUY IT: John Lewis, 100 pounds (about $142)

The Tig

Meghan Markle trivia buffs know that she named her now-shuttered lifestyle website, The Tig, after her favorite wine. Tignanello is a full-bodied Italian red made with a blend of Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc grapes, and the clear choice if you’re planning an extra-special toast. (If you’re hoping to spend a bit less, ask the pro at your local wine shop for a "super-Tuscan" at a lower price point.) BUY IT: Wine.com, $98

Wine's Best Friend

If a real corgi won’t be joining you, this little fellow is an excellent stand-in — and a spot-on finishing touch for that extra-fancy bottle of Tig. BUY IT: Cork & Plate, $8

Where's William?

Distribute the cards from this regal bingo game and challenge your guests to ID royal guests in real time. The Brits will be gimmes — but who will be the first to spot, say, dapper Prince Wenzeslaus of Liechtenstein? BUY IT: Laurence King, $30

Royal Icing

Her Majesty The Queen has ruled for longer than any other monarch in the history of Britain. She has also become the unofficial star of snack time, thanks to a cookie cutter in her image. BUY IT: Suck UK, $8

Snooze, Britannia

As the festivities wind down, grab a few QE2 cookies, pour yourself the last glass of Tig and curl up with an embroidered cotton-canvas version of the Union Jack. Well done, you master of ceremonies. BUY IT: PBteen, $33

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