CBS – The Royal Wedding at Tea & Sympathy

Here are a few articles on our Royal Wedding celebrations from the lovely people at CBS:

Tea & Sympathy Prepares For Royal Wedding Bash
April 25, 2011 12:11 PM

Prince William and Kate Middleton (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — There will be several places around the City where you can watch the royal wedding this Friday.

A royal block party is being planned outside Nicky Perry’s Tea & Sympathy restaurant on Greenwich Avenue.

“It’s all I’ve done for the last month it’s been unbelievable. It’s like royal wedding central,” Perry said. “We’re going to be up, I’m sure, all night, because we’re going to decorate the block with bunting, and we can’t do that the night before.”

The festivities begin at 6 a.m.

“The most exciting thing will be the dress. The second most exciting thing will be the kiss on the balcony because, do you know the first royal couple to kiss on the balcony was Charles and Diana?” she said.

“I can’t wait to see the dress. I just want to take it all in,” one patron said.

Perry regards the royal wedding as a tribute to Princess Diana.

“I think it just destroyed people emotionally. I know it did for me, and I think that this is now the opportunity for us all to get behind her son and wish him happiness,” she said.

Perry was expecting hundreds to attend the party on this side of the pond. Champagne included.

“I’m probably going to have 8 million drunk and disorderly people out here. Thank goodness I get along with the Sixth Precinct,” she said.

West Village Store Gets Big Business From Royal Wedding
April 23, 2011 11:50 PM

Prince William And Kate Middleton (credit: Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

NEW YORK (CBS 2) — On both sides of the pond, From Westminster to the West Village, the royal wedding is drumming up sales, Dave Carlin reports.

Mugs, plates, dish towels, bags, cushions, stamps, pillows, playing cards and champagne glasses, buying Will and Kate merchandise at Tea and Sympathy on Greenwich Avenue were John and Bari Branson.

They’re here from Dallas, Texas and looking forward to watching the wedding on TV in New York.

“We didn’t get an invite so it’s very strange,” said Bari Branson. “Lost in the mail. That’s what I figured.”

Excitement over the big day led to big business at the shop. Owner Sean Cavanagh-Dowsett told Carlin that no sooner does the merchandise come in, they’re gone.

“We had the mugs, they sold out today,” he said. “The plates, the teapots, they’re flying out, I’m really amazed by what a fantastic reception it’s had.”

Richard Bennett and Diane Fullwiler of Ohio were next door to the store, having tea and planning their wedding.

“We just got engaged,” Fullwiler said.

Who knows? Maybe they’ll pick up an idea or two from the lavish royal ceremony.

“It’s something good, positive, optimistic, hopeful,” Fullwiler said.

“I think it is the whole fantasy, prince and princess. Every girl wants to be a princess,” said Eimear Varian-Barry of the Tea and Sympathy shop.

That is a sentiment many are finding you can take to the bank.

A CBSNews-New York Times poll found 28 percent, that’s three in 10 Americans, say they’re interested in all the pre-wedding affairs.

Tri-State Area Celebrates Royal Wedding Of Prince William, Kate Middleton
April 29, 2011 8:15 PM

A couple gets married in Times Square at the same time as the royal wedding (credit: Juliet Papa/1010 WINS)

GARDEN CITY, NY (CBSNewYork/AP) – The marriage of Prince William and Princess Catherine, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, was reason for celebration from one side of the pond to the other.

Royal-watchers took in the festivities at various viewing parties across the Tri-State region.

Hundreds gathered in Times Square to watch the nuptials displayed on jumbotrons and the big cheer went up for the kiss.

“I knew that this would be a grand event and I couldn’t miss it for the world,” one spectator said.

At least one couple exchanged vows at the Times Square event.

A crowd huddled underneath the Manhattan Bridge to watch the ceremony on a projection screen.

The Paley Center for Media streamed the ceremony live and urged ladies to get into the spirit by donning bridesmaid dresses while being treated to tea, scones and wedding trivia. The Waldorf-Astoria offered its recently renovated Royal Suite – the former residence of the Duke and Duchess of Windsor — for a British-style cocktail party on the eve of the wedding.

Even before the sun came up, British New Yorkers gathered on Greenwich Avenue to watch the royal wedding at a viewing party at the French restaurant Lyon.

“I thought it was appropriate to break out the tiara at six o’clock in the morning,” Lynne Lee, of London, said.

Sean Cavanagh-Dowsett had his eyes glued to the television as Prince William and Kate Middleton exchanged vows.

“I thought she looked spectacular. I thought he looked really happy; really in the moment,” he said. ”They both seemed to be really all about each other and that’s ultimately what it’s about. Apart from the pomp and circumstance I just can’t wish them anymore happiness.”

“They seem to be really in love and that’s a pretty genuine thing that I could really see in their eyes,” Cavanagh-Dowsett said.

Royal Wedding Viewing Parties And Celebrations In NYC
April 29, 2011 5:01 AM

Today is the day! More than two billion people are expected to watch the it unfold live, there’s plenty of places in NYC for you to watch the nuptials of Kate Middleton and Prince William.

Greenwich Avenue Street Party
Greenwich Avenue

Two Greenwich Avenue restaurants have teamed up for a day-long celebration. Kick off the party with Lyon’s 6 a.m. viewing party before making your way to Tea & Sympathy, which will be raffling off round-trip tickets to London in honor of Kate & Wills’ vows. Entertainment will begin at 3 p.m. and tickets are $10.

Royal wedding viewing parties: What to serve
April 26, 2011 6:05 PM
By David Riedel

A waitress holds Shepherd's Pie at Tea & Sympathy

(CBS) Finally when talking and writing about the royal wedding, we get around to the most important stuff: How it can affect you directly.

Nina Zagat from clues us in on some easy things to do to make a royal wedding viewing party – because we know you’re having one – a little more British and just plain fun.

You’ll have to start early. Kate Middleton leaves the Goring Hotel in London for Westminster Abbey at 5:51 a.m. ET (or 2:51 a.m. on the West Coast; maybe you should just stay up all night).

“I’d recommend a cup of tea or a glass of champagne or maybe a mimosa,” says Zagat. “Scones are always very popular with any kind of terrific British – or other – jams.”

She adds, “I don’t think too many people watching the wedding would be into a traditional English breakfast with eggs and bacon and all of those things.” She adds, “It would take you away from the TV for too long.”

The simpler things – mimosas, tea, scones – you can prepare in advance.

The key to having a fun viewing party early in the morning may be, simply, relaxation. “I’d try to make sitting around a TV particularly comfortable,” says Zagat. “And just have lots of choices. I’d have things that were more savory, like tea sandwiches, and things that were more sweet, like muffins or scones.”

And don’t forget the English cheese, either. Cheddar, Cheshire and Gloucestershire are all good choices, says Zagat.

If you want to attempt a groomsman’s cake like the one featured at the royal wedding, here’s a tip: It’s made from McVitie’s Chocolate Biscuits. (The royal family apparently gave a secret recipe to McVitie’s.) And we already know Middleton has opted for a fruitcake.

And if you can’t hoist yourself from bed at 5:00 a.m. (or earlier) to do the minimal prep work you need, you can always record the wedding and watch it later in the day with friends.

“I’d think some very thin-sliced bread to make the typical British tea sandwiches with smoked salmon or something like that would be really nice,” says Zagat.

For you social butterflies, there are options to be out and about to celebrate the royal wedding. has a list of restaurants in New York to do just that with some places opening as early as 5:00 a.m. (Jean Georges). Lyon starts its viewing party at 6:00 a.m. and Tea & Sympathy opens its doors at 10:30 a.m. (See the complete list here.)

There’s also has a section called “British Eats Across the Country” that you can check if you’re not in New York.

To get the supplies you need, look at for suggestions or try any of these online purveyors: Fortnum & Mason, Stonewall Kitchen or Grafton Village Cheese. And don’t forget the shepherd’s pie!

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