How do you throw a coronation party or street party for a British monarch in the USA? Especially when majority of the coronation will be happening in the wee hours of the morning. To all the Anglophiles living in the US, celebrating a royal occasion in your PJs on couch at one or three in the morning eating tea sandwiches and drinking tea. Instead of the usual way most of the UK will be celebrating with street parties, why not throw a coronation party that is breakfast or brunch.
When Is It: May 6th at 11 am UK time (3am PST-6am EST)
Where To Watch: BBC, YouTube, Good Morning American
When it comes to the decor, you have a few options; the first option is to go full Anglophile with the Union Jacks or anything with crowns on it. Or take the colors from the UK’s flag (the same colors as the American flag) and pull out all the red, white and blue. Second do a beautiful decor of garden themed pieces as a nod to regal celebration of afternoon tea.
Since most of us in the US will be watching around breakfast time, why not make it a brunch type foods. To make it traditionally English, go for the English breakfast of:
- Bangers (sausages)
- Poached, fried, scrambled eggs (pick how you want it)
- Grilled tomatoes and mushrooms
- Baked Beads (points for being Hinze)
- Hash browns
And if you want to go further, black pudding, which is not my favorite.
Or you can do the full out tea sandwiches, scones, mini Victorian sponge cakes and other afternoon tea treats in a brunch coronation tea party.
For those of you who have heard about Coronation Chicken, and want to include it into your brunch here is a recipe for the traditional way of making it.
In my opinion, frozé or mimosas would be the perfect drinks for a coronation celebration. For the frozé, simply pour a bottle of rosé into a freezer bag, freeze it, and then blend it with a strawberry syrup with some lemon juice and ice. As for mimosas, there are many flavor combinations you can try with champagne. My favorite is the mango mimosa and grapefruit.
For those who want to be traditional, there is English Breakfast tea, Earl Gray, Lady Gray teas, and anything botanical teas will you feel like a true Brit!
No matter where you are Saturday morning, celebrating spring, or a coronation half way on the other side of the world, raise a glass, mug, cup and celebrate new beginnings. Enjoy the celebration and have an amazing weekend when it comes around!