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How to Throw a Spectacular Coronation Party

Are you ready to host an unforgettable English party to celebrate the coronation? As an Anglophile myself, I can't contain my excitement for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III! This coronation is a once-in-a-lifetime...

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Are you ready to host an unforgettable English party to celebrate the coronation? As an Anglophile myself, I can't contain my excitement for the upcoming coronation of King Charles III! This coronation is a once-in-a-lifetime event that many of us will cherish forever.

Throwing an English-themed party for the coronation can be as simple as a cup of tea and shortbread, or as elaborate as an afternoon tea party. From Coronation Concerts at Windsor Castle to street parties around the world, Britons and Anglophiles alike will be rejoicing in this momentous occasion.

Having lived in London during my twenties, I developed a deep love for all things British. Working in pubs and restaurants, exploring the stunning countryside of Yorkshire, and indulging in beach getaways in Devon, my affinity for my English roots grew stronger. I remember waking up at 4 am in college to watch Lady Diana marry Prince Charles, and I hosted an evening "tea party" with hats and a full cream tea for my friends when Kate and Prince William tied the knot. When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle got married, my daughters and I invited friends over for an early morning tea with warm scones and clotted cream. Needless to say, I am fully prepared to celebrate the coronation as well!

What Should You Serve at the Coronation Party?

The menu for your coronation party will depend on a few factors.

Time

King Charles III's coronation will take place on Saturday, May 6th, in the morning. While the exact time has not been announced, it will likely be around 11:15 AM, similar to Queen Elizabeth's coronation. The timing of your party will vary depending on your location. If you're watching from the west coast of the US, you might need to wake up early or record the event to watch it at a more convenient time. If you're on the east coast, you'll have a slightly later viewing time. If you're recording the coronation, you have the flexibility to plan your English party whenever you prefer.

Morning

One idea for a coronation party is to serve breakfast dishes. If you're watching the coronation live, you can prepare a delightful breakfast spread. Buckingham Palace has recently released the recipe for Coronation quiche, which I have adapted for American kitchens. Another breakfast option is Eggs Royale, a version of eggs Benedict that I first enjoyed in London. It's a perfect choice for a special occasion breakfast or brunch. You could also serve Scotch pancakes or go for a simple yet comforting dish like soft-boiled eggs with toast "soldiers."

Luncheon

Queen Elizabeth's Coronation luncheon featured Coronation chicken salad, a flavorful blend of lightly curried chicken, chutney, and dried fruit. You can serve this delightful salad on a bed of lettuce or field greens or use it as a filling for tea sandwiches. Alternatively, you could opt for other British classics like savory sausage, apple, and sage hand pies or a traditional cottage pie. A proper pub lunch might include options like Ploughman's Lunch, sausage rolls, or a hearty steak pie.

Afternoon Tea

A classic afternoon tea is a wonderful way to celebrate the coronation. However, let's clear up a common misconception - it's not called "High Tea." "High tea" actually refers to a more substantial evening meal. The afternoon tea we're talking about is an elegant affair that includes delicate tea sandwiches, scones, and dainty pastries.

Start by arranging pretty mismatched tea cups for an authentic touch. If you want to add some British charm to your table, you can explore collections of Coronation-themed mugs and tea cups. The bottom tier of your tiered tea stand should feature cucumber sandwiches, smoked salmon sandwiches, and Coronation chicken salad sandwiches. For individuals who prefer paper plates and cups, consider using vintage-style paper plates and tea cups.

The second tier of the tea stand is dedicated to scones. British tea scones are light, fluffy, and not overly sweet. They are traditionally enjoyed with jam and clotted cream. For a savory option, you can try fluffy cheese scones.

The top tier of the tea stand is reserved for delightful treats like jam tarts, pistachio macarons, raspberry lemon tartlets, or pink raspberry macarons. The options are endless!

Hosting a Cocktail Party

Another fantastic option for your coronation party is a cocktail party. To honor the Queen's preferences, be sure to serve her favorite cocktail, Dubonnet and Gin, as well as the celebratory Kir Royale. Classic English drinks like the Pimm's Cup or a Gin & Tonic would also be fitting choices. You can use elegant silver trays to serve drinks and hors d'oeuvres in style.

When it comes to hors d'oeuvres, you have plenty of delightful options. Consider serving smoked trout mousse or smoked salmon cheesecake, both of which are guaranteed to impress your guests. You can also include other passed hors d'oeuvres like crab-stuffed mushrooms, chickpea blini, or smoked salmon crostini.

Dinner Options

If you plan to watch the coronation in the afternoon or evening, you might want to consider serving a satisfying meal. Pasta with smoked salmon is an elegant and easy choice that I had the pleasure of enjoying in London. Of course, you can never go wrong with classic roast beef or roast lamb with English mint sauce.

Dessert Party Extravaganza

If you're gathering with a group to watch the coronation later in the day and simply want to indulge in English or British desserts, here is a list of mouthwatering possibilities:

  • English trifle
  • Victoria sponge
  • Macaron and berry trifle
  • Lemon posset
  • Summer pudding
  • Matrimonial cakes
  • Eton mess
  • Chocolate biscuit cake (the Queen's favorite)
  • Strawberry fool
  • Red, white and blueberry tart
  • Ipswich almond pudding
  • Sticky toffee pudding

Decorating for the Coronation Party

The decorations are a crucial part of setting the stage for your coronation party. You can find a variety of fun and festive items online to create an enchanting atmosphere. Consider incorporating bunting with King Charles, or opt for beautiful felt bunting. You can also find cupcake liners with the Union Jack design or playful photo props. Whether you choose a Union Jack tablecloth or go for a more whimsical "tea party" theme, the decorations will add a touch of British charm to your festivities. Websites like The Bee's Knees British Imports and Amazon offer a wide range of coronation-themed items to suit your taste.

What Is a Coronation?

The last British coronation took place on June 2nd, 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II was crowned. A coronation is the moment when a crown is placed upon a monarch's head, symbolizing their ascent to power. It is both a ceremonial and religious event, with the Archbishop of Canterbury conducting the service and anointing the new king's head with holy oil. King Charles III's coronation will occur on Saturday, May 6th, at Westminster Abbey, where the first coronation in history took place over 900 years ago. Camilla, the Queen Consort, will also be crowned alongside King Charles III.

Who Will Attend the Coronation?

The government determines the guest list for this significant state occasion. Heads of state from around the world and the Commonwealth will be in attendance. While Queen Elizabeth II's coronation had over 8,000 guests, King Charles III's coronation is expected to have a smaller number. For more information about the coronation and the official guest list, please visit the official Coronation website.

As you prepare to host a memorable coronation party, let your creativity and love for all things British guide you. Remember to focus on creating a warm and inviting atmosphere, serving delectable dishes, and celebrating this extraordinary event with your loved ones. Cheers to an unforgettable coronation party!

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