So you weren’t among the 3,460 people invited to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding. No worries. With the couple tying the knot on May 19, Indianapolis will be home to numerous royal wedding celebrations.
The royal wedding will be televised on PBS, CBS and NBC starting at 7 a.m. What could be nicer than celebrating early in the morning with champagne or a New Castle “Beermosa”?
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At one of these parties, it’s okay to roll out of bed and stop by. Others require formal attire. A couple is child friendly.
7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., May 19, Aristocrat Pub and Restaurant, 5212 N. College Ave., (317) 283-7388, aristocratpub.com
Break off your tiaras, arrive early and bring the children with you. The royal wedding will be broadcast in the bar and in the private dining room upstairs. Breakfast is served until 11 a.m. with mimosas, bloody marys and coffee for adults. A royal brunch party for kids is also planned.
English buffet in the sky
7 a.m. to 11 a.m., May 19, Skyline Club, 1 American Square, 36th floor, (317) 263-5000, clubcorp.com/Clubs/Skyline-Club-Indianapolis
Check out this high-altitude royal wedding event. The $ 25 ticket includes the English breakfast buffet and soft drinks. The $ 45 ticket has all of that plus access to the mimosa bar.
May 7 through May 19, Smash Social, 600 E. Ohio St., (317) 655-7701, smashhq.com
Dress up your jams or wear your best princess dress. As the British say, “Whatever floats your boat.” Everyone is equally welcome to lemon and elderflower lattes and English muffins and jams. Don’t forget to check out the royal wedding photo booth between ping pong games.
10:30 am to 12:30 pm May 19, Tilly’s Tea Room, 3rd Floor, Saks Fifth Avenue, 8701 Keystone Crossing, (317) 816-0171, tillystearoom.com
Balance these fascinators carefully or put on your best hat for the party at some civilized hour. Traditional English afternoon tea is served early with champagne. Nibbles include finger sandwiches, mini-desserts and scones with clotted cream, strawberry-champagne jam and lemon curd, and 3 mini-desserts. Drink tea made from fine china and don’t forget to lift a pinky finger.
Feel like you are there
11:00 am and 1:30 pm May 19, Tina’s Traditional Old English Tea Room & Tavern, 30 N. Rangeline Road, $ 50, (317) 565-9716, tinastraditional.com
Wedding attire or formal attire are not only desirable but essential for this big celebration. As with the royal wedding itself, some details have yet to be announced, but expect wedding favors, a champagne toast, Scottish smoked salmon roulade, coronation chicken salad, Duchess of Rutland’s chocolate tart, Prince Williams’ lavish chocolate groom cake, and lemon and elderflower wedding cake. Waving the Union Jack flag is recommended. Tina’s is also hosting the same party at their Columbus location.
For serious tea drinkers
8 a.m., May 19, Tea’s Me Café, 140 E. 22nd St., (317) 920-1016, teameindy.com
If you are picky about tea, you can enjoy your serious royal wedding at this shop known for its 42 tea selection. Watch the wedding as you sip Champagne Formosa Oolong, Pineapple Mimosa Herbal Tea, or Classic English Breakfast Tea. Special treats for the royal wedding day are also planned. All ages are welcome.
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