Looks as though it’s starting—restaurants are getting ready to celebrate with Prince William and Kate Middleton as they tie the knot. And in keeping with our belief that breakfast is becoming THE meal of choice for social events, at least one restaurant in New York is taking advantage of the European time difference and hosting a watch party for the Royal Wedding . . . at breakfast. (See our take on Breakfast Trends – here.)
The Drawing Room at The New York Palace Hotel is, by name alone, an appropriate second place if you didn’t get your invitation to the wedding (we’re sure ours is still in the mail). The Drawing Room might even make you feel like you are, if not in England, at least in Europe, with its motifs from 15th-century Italian cathedrals.
On the wedding day, April 29, 2011, guests who are ready to pay a mere $150 per person will start out with coffee and tea service at 5:30 a.m. As they watch the ceremony on flat-screen TV screens, they will be served a traditional English breakfast, including scones with marmalade, scrambled eggs with Devonshire cream, and breakfast bangers. The event is timed to correspond to the 11 a.m. wedding start time in London, and will end at 8 a.m. with a champagne toast to the newlyweds.
Plans are for the hotel to offer all the trappings of a wedding, complete with personalized place cards, elegant floral arrangements, “In Honour Of” printed menus, and commemorative wedding “favors” (scented glass candles with an embossed crown logo). All attendees will also receive keepsake Palace slippers, and pillows and blankets will be available throughout the breakfast for those not accustomed to early rising.
Want to book a seat at the wedding table? Just call 212-303-7785.
In a related development, the royal family has just announced the launch of the official Will & Kate wedding website, www.officialroyalwedding2011.org. According to the announcement, the site will have exclusive content including photos, features, videos and links.
The website “will be the first place to view information such as the details of Miss Middleton’s wedding dress,” the palace promises.