The whole world is excitedly anticipating the arrival of the newest member of Britain’s royal family. The baby, the first child for Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton, was originally predicted to arrive on July 11 — but nothing yet, and members of the press have been camped out in front of St. Mary’s Hospital in London, eagerly awaiting any news.
Join in the fun — but act fast! The royal baby could arrive any moment now…
What better way to celebrate the forthcoming prince or princess than with a tea party?
Set the scene by laying out a spread of classic British teatime treats. Delicate finger sandwiches, flaky scones, fresh berries, and bowls of jam or lemon curd and Devonshire cream are a perfect way to bring a festive feel to your tea. For a more traditional setting, arrange the snacks on a tiered platter if you have one.
Write up the menu and post it on a bulletin board; prop it up on a wooden easel if you have one — according to The Associated Press, it’s the same way that officials will announce the baby’s birth, just outside the Buckingham Palace gates.
Bring out your tea service or ask your guests to bring a favorite teacup and saucer, and boil lots of water for the tea itself. Traditional British favorites are Darjeeling and Earl Grey.
While you enjoy your spread, place bets on what the baby’s name might be, just like members of the British press are feverishly doing. Later, when the baby is born and the name announced, award the winner with a prize like a tin of high-quality tea.