Celebrate the Wedding of the Year with a “Royal” Viewing Tea Party!

What is arguably the “Wedding-of-the-Year” is set to take place this Saturday! Everybody is all a buzz, getting their favorite fascinator hats ready for the event. If you’re one of the millions that’ll be tuning in to the nuptials, why not have a celebration (or sleepover, for those of you on the West Coast!) with you and your closest friends?

tea party

The ceremony begins at noon local time in England, but for those of us in the United States, here’s when we can catch the main event:

  • 7 a.m. EST
  • 1 a.m. PST

We think having an “Afternoon Tea” themed soiree is a fitting idea. As Americans, many of us are probably a bit unfamiliar with the idea of Afternoon Tea, so what exactly is it? Afternoon Tea was introduced in Britain in the early 1840s as an afternoon tea-related ritual that involves a mini meal to stem the hunger and anticipation of that evening’s meal. Typically, Afternoon Tea is a meal composed of finger sandwiches, scones with clotted cream and jam, sweet pastries, cakes, and of course, tea.

While the news outlets are covering all of the events leading up to the ceremony, why not enjoy some Afternoon Tea (or very early morning tea in America’s case) with your guests? Choose a delicate tablecloth to set the scene, and use elegant tiered stands to showcase the finger sandwiches and assorted sweets.

Old Luxembourg porcelain teapot

The tea is the main event, so it should be the star of the table. Choose an eye-catching tea service, like that from our Old Luxembourg collection. Old Luxembourg will give your tea party that classic, fine china look! Old Luxembourg was our first and oldest porcelain pattern. Designed in Europe, Old Luxembourg has been cherished for 250 years! A collection with such rich heritage sets the perfect mood for such a historic event!

Of course, if you prefer a different style, Villeroy & Boch offers a number of tea sets in a variety of different patterns.

French Garden collection by Villeroy & Boch

Enjoy a tea party fit for a royal with your closest friends this Saturday!

Rhubarb Jelly Recipe

rhubarb jelly recipe

Collections featured: Anmut Bloom dinnerware, Maxima glassware

Ingredients:

  • 4 1/2 lbs. rhubarb
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 3 3/4 cups orange juice
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean pod

Directions:

  • Wash the rhubarb and dice finely
  • Add the water and rhubarb to a sauce pot and bring to a boil
  • Once boiling, allow to simmer until the rhubarb falls apart
  • Pass the mixture through a strainer and allow to cool
  • Mix the orange juice with the sugar and the juice of 1 lemon in a pan and bring to a boil
  • Once the mixture begins to bubble, allow to cook for 3 minutes, stirring continuously
  • Dice 1 vanilla bean pod and add it to the pan
  • Allow to simmer for a few more minutes then remove any foam with a ladle
  • Pour the finished jelly into a screw-top jars

We recommend using a cocktail glass to serve the jelly in a fun way! We used a martini glass from our Maxima glassware collection. This jelly is the perfect accompaniment for any brunch table, and our Anmut Bloom dinnerware collection sets the perfect springtime table!

Oscar-Worthy Snack Ideas

Roll out the red carpet and get ready for the big night! The Oscars are just around the corner, and we’ve got some Oscar-worthy snack ideas that are perfect for hosting a fabulous party or cozying up on the couch! Awards night is Sunday, March 4th, and while you’re watching stars walk the red carpet in their gorgeous gowns and tailored tuxes, enjoy these sophisticated spins on a classic movie treat!

Meet Movie Theater Popcorn’s Very Mature Cousins: Parmesan-Rosemary Popcorn & Truffle Popcorn

Parmesan-Rosemary Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 16 cups of hot popcorn
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped, fresh rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

Truffle Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 16 cups of hot popcorn
  • 6 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons truffle oil
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Directions:

  • Toss all of these ingredients together with the popcorn and voila!

You can modify the recipes based on party size–whether you’re hosting 20 of your closest friends or cuddling up with that special someone.

Villeroy & Boch BBQ Passion

For a cute way to serve this savory snack at your Oscar gathering, we recommend using the French Fry Cups from our BBQ Passion collection. Though obviously intended for french fries, we think these cups would make cute individual popcorn buckets!