Because your invitation got lost in the mail

By Kate Welsh and Rebecca Firkser
Updated May 15, 2018
Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

In just a few days, Prince Harry will finally marry Meghan Markle. Since they announced their engagement, I have been eating up every single crumb of news (or, you know, “news”) about their upcoming nuptials. I have clicked on everything from wedding cake baker announcements to far-ranging speculation about the dress designer to paparazzi photos of Markle’s dad reading a picture book about England. This kind of unending coverage has made me feel like I’m preparing for my own close friend’s wedding.

But unfortunately, it appears my invitation was lost in the mail. It happens. (Meg, I forgive you. I know you’ve been busy.) So Extra Crispy culinary editor Rebecca Firkser and I decided to do the next best thing: Throw our own royal wedding watch party.

There are a few caveats, of course. To celebrate alongside Harry and Meghan, the party would need to start at around 5 a.m. New York time. This means that it would need to be a fairly quiet party, and one that lent itself well to pajama-adjacent attire. Ideally, it would also pay homage to the country where the nuptials were taking place, and to the two people who were getting hitched. An early morning tea party it is!

Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

We came up with a menu that can mostly be put together ahead of time. All you need to do the morning of is put a pot of water on for tea, slip scones into the oven, pull a couple dishes from the fridge, and pop the champagne. Oh, and find friends that are willing to get up before the sun to indulge you in your obsession with the monarchy of a country that is not your own.

Here’s what to do:

The night before:

Make cream scones, two ways.

Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

These currant and chive scones come together in a flash, and freeze easily to be baked off fresh the morning of the party.

Make lemon curd, skillet jam, and easy clotted cream.

Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

Sweet currant scones are topped with a trio of traditional sweet spreads. Making the lemon curd, skillet jam, and clotted cream the night before to allow them to reach the perfect consistency. (And to make your kitchen smell amazing.)

Make quick pickled cucumbers and shallots to serve with green onion cream cheese and lox.

Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

Chive scones go perfectly with tangy, bright quick pickles, green onion cream cheese, and lox.

The morning of:

Make a pot of strong royal wedding tea to keep you awake, and an elderflower-ginger spritz to toast the happy couple.

Credit: Photo by Rebecca Firkser

While you bake off the scones, put the water on for royal wedding tea and pop champagne for a floral, spicy spritz.