The Royal Wedding is now just two days away. Whether you plan on watching it live or catching the recap later, we’ve got some ideas to help you plan the ultimate viewing party.
Let them eat cake. When Marie Antoinette supposedly uttered these famous words (which most historians agree she never actually said), it was a sign of contempt for commoners. But come on. Cake is delicious! You definitely want to have the sweet treat at your regal party. The Artful Baker makes custom, elegant, creative cakes that are fit for a queen—or commoner with exquisite taste.
Top it off. Nobody loves an überdecorated hat more than the British. Order one closer to home at Knit1Girl2, based in Aurora-Naperville. The handmade hats can be custom ordered and designed. If you're hoping to pick out a one-of-a-kind embellished cap that you can sport in time for your special event, visit consignment store on East Ogden Avenue, where there's truly an item for everyone. Perusing downtown Naperville's many boutiques — like , or —can also ensure you’re the belle of your own ball.
Get ready for teatime. Considering royal wedding coverage on some channels starts around 3 a.m. local time, you’re going to need a pick-me-up to stay peppy through the nuptials. It’s only fitting that your caffeinated beverage of choice should be England’s staple: tea. Whether you like your tea fruit-flavored and mild or traditional and strong, on 111th Street in Naperville has a wide variety of global teas. If you want more of a European tea focus, you may visit . Not only does the cafe host afternoon sit-down teas, but sells the beverage and tea-related accessories. If you're looking for something a little different to make your party memorable, consider making ice cubes from tea so as not to dilute your drink!
Dress up your Aristocat—or dog. Do you want your pet looking at you longingly with puppy-dog eyes while you and your pals have all the fancy fun? I didn’t think so. has the solution. The pet superstore stocks royal-themed attire for the four-legged set, such as this pink princess dress for your special pooch. Or, visit , where you'll find special hair bows to make every pet feel like part of the royal family.
Get a bloom. Decorate your table with tulips, available for $6.99 a bunch at through the end of the day today. If you put them in a vase filled with cold water and a single penny (the copper keeps the petals from opening too much), the flowers should be at their peak on Friday. If you want it to be extra-authentic, go for white: According to People magazine, British royal brides traditionally carry an all-white bouquet.