North Vancouver ‘tea at 2’ to celebrate Saturday’s early royal wedding

A tea party is taking place Saturday in North Vancouver to celebrate the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.

But there’s a catch: It won’t start at 4 a.m., the time in Vancouver of the live broadcast of the wedding from England’s Windsor Castle at 12 p.m. Rather, it will take place at a much more civilized hour that afternoon, between 2 and 4 p.m.

Kristen Oostindie is calling it Afternoon Tea to celebrate the royal wedding. It will take place in her store on Lonsdale Avenue: Echo’s China and Silver.

“Our idea is you’re going to watch the royal wedding and you’re going to be so excited, you’ll come here and have tea and talk about it,” she said. “It’s going to be fun.”

Oostindie is encouraging people to wear a hat or fascinator to make the tea a fashionable, special event.

She’ll be serving Murchie’s special wedding blend tea in bone china cups and saucers. The spoons will be silver. For nibblies, there will be fancy cucumber sandwiches with the crusts removed. There may even be a little sherry.

The pièce de résistance, however, will be a local version of the official royal wedding cake. At Echo, a smaller version of the cake is being made by Eau Claire Fine Treats & Sweets. Ingredients include raspberries, fresh flowers, and lemon and elderberry icing.

“We’re excited about the wedding,” Oostindie said. “We feel that we’re part of the Royal Family.”

Britain’s Prince Harry stands with his fiancée, actress Meghan Markle, as she shows off her engagement ring whilst they pose for a photograph in the Sunken Garden at Kensington Palace in west London on Nov. 27, 2017.

In part, her feeling of ownership of the Windsor wedding comes from her business which sells discontinued, antique china, much of it from the United Kingdom. It’s a business her mother Joan Howell started in 1981.

This isn’t Oostindie’s first royal-themed tea party. She held one in 2011 to celebrate the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton.

“It was very successful,” she said. “We thought we’d do another one when Prince Harry got married.”

Oostindie said to participate, people have to RSVP to or 604-980-8011 by the end of day Thursday.

One person who will be getting up early Saturday morning to watch the royal wedding is Sue Hindle in Coquitlam.

“Why? I always follow the Royal Family,” she said.


Source:: Vancouver Sun – Entertainment


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