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Monday, May 14, 2018

A Royal Fairy Tale

I am so excited that the royal wedding is a few days away.   I cannot imagine how nervous Meghan Markle must be at the moment.    The eyes of the world will be on her Saturday morning as she steps out of her car/carriage at  St. George's Chapel on the grounds at Windsor Castle.   I will be up ready to watch  at 04:30 AM Eastern time.  I remember getting up very early to watch Charles & Diana marry then William and Kate a few years ago      I started planning this table the minute the engagement was announced.   I wasn't tablescaping as often when Wills and Kate married, but I created a tablescape for the Queens Diamond Jubilee in 2012 way before I started this blog.  

Royal Wedding tablescape. 

Yes, I made the cake.  Well, sort of made the cake.   I made the buttercream icing.   The actual cake is a dummy.   You will see pictures of the foam near the end of the blog.  I love to watch the cake decorators on TV, but I'm no cake decorator.  It was fun and I had lots of laughs while attempting to ice the cake.  I had considered baking a cake, but I'm trying my best not to eat sugar so I didn't want to be tempted.   

The pumpkin carriage is from the Valerie Parr Hill Collection.  I used it last year on a Fall tablescape.  

I painted a couple wooden letters white and attached to preserved boxwood wreaths from Lisa Robertson.  

This is the bridal veil my Mother made for my wedding years ago.  I never dreamed I would be using it on a tablescape, but I'm happy I kept it.   I still have my dress tucked away too. 

A top hat for Harry. 

I used silk flowers to make the bouquet then added baby's breath. 

A nice lady shopping beside me in the ribbon isle at Joann's showed me how to wrap the ribbon around the flower stems then add the pearl pins. 

I looked high and low for my bride and groom cake topper, but I could not find it.   I picked this one up at Party City. 
I used real roses and baby's breath on the cake.  The pink flower is silk.  

The place cards are held up by a soldier ornament. 

Coat of arms of Prince Harry 
The crown napkin rings are from Amazon

I used the Napoleon Bee flatware from Horchow

I used a Union Jack charm at Harry's place setting and a US flag at Meghan's.   I found the pretty silver crown charms at Michael's last weekend to use on the water glasses. 

Overhead view of the table. 

If you follow my blog you have seen this beautiful hand crocheted tablecloth made by my Mom over 40 years ago.   It has graced many wedding and shower tables over the years.   It was used on the cake table at my wedding. 

The plate stack.  I used a pink cloth under the hand crocheted tablecloth.   The mirrored chargers are from Tuesday Morning.  I used my Mother's formal china and crystal again this week.  I thought the pink flowers in the design would look great with the pink theme.  I placed a Union Jack plate on top. 

The carriage is flanked by a Queen's Guard.  The illuminated candle holders and candle rings are by Valerie Parr Hill. 

Several British themed items I have collected over the years. 

I purchased the double decker bus at Harrods in London many years ago.   

I added a Just Married sign to the carriage. 

Here are dummy cake forms.   You can find them at Amazon.

Hopefully I will be able to remove the buttercream frosting and use the forms again one day.   



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  1. What a beautiful and fun table to celebrate this royal wedding. I'm not going to get up at 4:30 AM but I'll record it and watch when I wake up. Cheers!

    1. Thank you Joy. My alarm is always set for 5 AM on Saturday as that is a 12 hour work day for me. I plan on recording it also as I may be busy working while it's happening Saturday morning.

  2. Very pretty Cathy...I love the cake topper too. I won't be watching that early either, although I do get up by 6:00 a.m. no matter the day. That is my quiet time. I will be watching it as I know all the networks will be airing it over and over and over. ;) I have a British tea bag holder that looks a lot like your Union Jack plate. I love the "cake" and frosting. Hugs

    1. Thank you so much Kari! I work in aviation charter sales and Saturday is my long day 0600 to 1800. I start my day out at home then migrate to the charter office at the airport around 9 AM. I'm up at 0500 to prepare for shift to I'll be wide awake watching the wedding processional. I found these cute Union Jack plates (tea bag holders) at World Market in Winston-Salem last June on a visit home. I purchased them for my Wimbledon table, but they worked out great with the royal wedding them. Enjoy the wedding!


  3. What a lovely table, Catherine, and a fitting tribute to Harry and Meghan! I love your attention to all the details. Your "Just Married" sign on the back of the carriage made me giggle! I've always LOVED anything royal and am an avid follower of the Royal family, so I will be watching the festivities for sure. I was going to be getting up at 4 to watch from the beginning, until I realized that's EASTERN time, and I live in CA! So, I'll be recording the beginning!! But I look forward to the day. Thank you for all your efforts in putting together such a pretty table to really get the celebration going!!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

    1. Thank you so much Rosie. This was a fun table to plan. I work a 12 hour shift on Saturday's and start out online at home at 6AM so my alarm is 0430 to 500 each week. I'll be up and ready to start watching before I migrate to my airport office. I also plan to record it to watch later in the evening.

  4. What fun!! Love the wedding cake and the crown napkin rings!! I will be up early to watch. I work at part time at a bridal salon - so this is big for us!! Gotta keep up with the trend setters!! Enjoy!

    1. Thank you so much Ann! I'm sure all wedding gown designers will be up, sketching away as the wedding takes place and replica's will be on the racks in a few days. She will set the trend for all brides to be in the near future. Enjoy the wedding!

  5. What a wonderful tablescape in honor of the new Royal couple ! Love all the Jack touches specially the napkin rings.
    Cant wait to see it. I am waking up at dawn to see it the very same time it's happening. I too watched Harry's parents wedding and his brother William's with Kathryn. This one is special since Harry is marrying an American girl.
    Love your tablecloth too.

    1. Thank you Fabby. I'm always up at 0500 on Saturday's to prepare for work so a little earlier will be okay. I'm so excited and it's actually the 19th across the pond as I type. Cheers!

  6. This is really wow. Lots of work!

    1. Thank you Jeanne. Yes, it took a little time to get this one together this week, but it was fun.

  7. Beautiful! I applaud you for getting up so early in the morning. Your table inspires me to set my clock and get up too!

    1. Thank you Darlene. I love a royal wedding and I will be ready to start watching at 0430 in the morning.

  8. What fun! You really covered all the bases, from the cake (fabulous) all the way to the place cards! I think I might like trying that icing trick myself lol. I'm also a huge fan of pink:) I watched the wedding on replay later in the afternoon. Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm. xo Kathleen

    1. Thank you so much Kathleen. It was a fun table to create and I'm happy I tried my hand at dummy cake decorating. Now comes the fun part of trying to remove the hardened icing. :)

  9. Your table is so cute! I enjoyed watching the royal wedding, didn't you?? Thanks for sharing with Thursday Favorite Things!

    1. Thank you so much Angelina. I loved the royal wedding. I have watched it again a few times since Saturday. We will have another one to watch on Oct. 12th when Princess Eugenie marries. I'm not sure it will have the international coverage like Harry & Wills, but hopefully someone will televise it. :)