Friday, April 29, 2011

My invitation must have got lost in the mail.

It should come as no surprise to anyone that I skipped work and hosted, along with my sisters, a royal wedding party, complete with fancy hats and crumpets.  (For the record, crumpets are just sort of mediocre.  They're a cross between pancakes and English muffins, both of which are superior.)  I've heard several commentaries on how the royal wedding is a waste of time and not worth all the attention it is getting. And to that I say, Oh, lighten up you big fat crank.  Because what is not to love about a royal wedding?  There's pomp and tradition and the Arch Bishop of Canterbury (did you SEE his eyebrows?!).  And there are gilded carriages and wee little flower girls and David Beckham in a morning suit looking dreamy.  And do I even have to mention the Queen?  No, I don't.  Because my general rule is:  Where the Queen goes, so go I.  And if the Queen is going to be at a wedding that will be televised (and can be recorded so I don't have to wake up at 2 am), I'm going to watch it.

Fortunately, I don't have cranky friends.  In fact, I have the opposite.  I have friends who not only wanted to come to the party but gave their full support by wearing fabulous hats and squealing when Kate stepped out of the car.

Speaking of hats:  I'm going to quit my job and move to England and become a milliner.  Because, folks, I have found my calling.  We needed fancy hats so I spent the better part of last night making them for myself, Mom, and Lindsay and then this morning I threw one together for Camille.  And much to my surprise they all turned out very large and over-the-top and also, awesome. Katie could also go into the biz because she pulled off a rather fabulous floral number.  This is what comes of having felt, tulle, a glue gun and a dream. 

Roll the highlight reel:

Camille, with a bird in her hair.

Susan, recognizing the occasion called for a crown

Jenny brought this cake.  We later celebrated the event by eating their faces.

The Spread.  At one point Laura leaned over to me and said, "I like that all of our brunch food can be considered a dessert.  This means the party is a success."  Agreed.

Lindsay managed to make it through the day without gouging anyone's eye out with those curly bits.

We agreed that Jenny could pull this hat off at church.

I might not be so lucky.  But that did not stop me from wearing it the entire day, long after everyone left.  I want to wear this hat to the grocery store, to the bank, while I'm doing my laundry.  I feel sparkly and triumphant in it.

This hat that Laura is wearing is from the actual milliner that Diana used!!!

When Katie put on those white bobbly beads I gasped.  Genius!

Very Grace Kelly, Liz

Heather arrived looking like she just stepped off the train at Kings Cross in 1952.

Holly skipped part of her planned trip to Disneyland to be with us.  That girl's got her priorities straight.

Lindsay made this hat and I'm pretty sure she needs to be my business partner when I open my hat shop

Cute, right?

We stood during the processional.  Naturally.


Bronwyn James said...

Rachel! I guess I knew you had this in you, but still. I didn't know you had this in you!! It's all pure genius.

Bronwyn James said...

Not to mention Inspiration.

Stacy said...

Rachel, I love that I can claim you as my relation. It makes this post even better. I love, love, love, the hats. When Ben saw the pic of Katie he asked "what happened to Katie?" Priceless!

I'm glad you all had such a great time!

Andrea said...

I'm so glad we're friends. I was the only one giddy about the wedding while I was at work. I don't think I got very much accomplished at work because I was watching footage and looking at pictures from the wedding online all day. Then when I got home I watched the CBS special with Katie Couric and then the special 20/20. I loved every minute of it and I think the bride was absolutely gorgeous!

Heidi (Todd) Broberg said...

Ok(remember I have now officially met you), so I am no longer a stalker. April (my sister) & I are totally your best friend (you just don't know it yet). So we want an invite next time. That just looked like a smashing good time & fabulous hats, darling!

Camille said...

Oh my goodness I love reliving the party through the pictures. Can we just have another hat party? We had some killer hats. And an excuse for you to make some more.

Kylea said...

Can we please have a party like this when I am there?? I'm almost crying reading this post because despite my best efforts I still haven't been able to watch the whole wedding or have a tea party as planned..... Wish I'd been there.

Valerie said...

Yeah, I totally agree about all the downers on the royal wedding. There's little enough enchantment in daily life as it is--man alive. I luxuriated in bed all morning and watched the highlights, which was nice, but there's nothing like watching the whole thing with like-minded souls.

In other news, can you figure out a way to send a replica of your hat to me, because I'm basically positive it would be a freaking hit in New York.

Angela Noelle of SK said...

Yet another reason you need to get over here already - your behaviour is highly REGULAR on this little Commonwealth island. Loved reading this...only sorry I didn't see you playing with Kate and William paper dolls. Encore?

Laura said...

This was one of the greatest parties I have been to in my life! I too loved that we were able to stand and squeal at all the perfect moments. I loved that some of us got weepy. I loved that we all looked the part! I loved all the delicious food! Can you tell I loved everything? Thanks again for hosting, it was a lovely time!

Mariah said...

This post makes me miss you a little bit, which is maybe a tad irregular since we've never (yet) met. I wish I could have been there!!! (At your party I mean.)

Valerie said...

Also, I can't help but notice that Lindsay and Camille aren't standing in the picture. Was that some kind of political statement? Ugh, everyone's got an agenda.

Camille said...

Valerie, Political statement? No. Laziness? Yes. Large hats and we didn't want to obstruct views? Yes.

Rach said...

I am DYING that I could be at that party. What a fabulous spread! So beautiful. And you really have some talent in the fancy hat department. I would buy a hat from you. And with some of the crazy headbands I see at church, I could totally wear one of your creations to church. People might actually look up while I'm conducting.

Denise said...

Super fun party!!!! Where's my hat??

Wendy said...

Lindsey (your sister) is wearing a hat very reminiscent of the hat the Prime Minister's wife was wearing on the actual day! How in tune to the Royal Wedding Vibe can you girls get?
P.S. Your parents' new kitchen looks absolutely amazing.

Anonymous said...

Yours was my favorite. You look like you should be at Ascott. Is that how the horses spell it?