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Host Your Own Royal Wedding-Watching Party

The wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton will air live in Chicago at 5 a.m. Friday.

The royal wedding is quickly approaching.  Prince William and Kate Middleton will exchange vows this Friday and the wedding will air live across the world (at 5 a.m. for Chicago viewers). For those planning to watch it live, here are some ideas for hosting your very own wedding-watching extravaganza.

Cake For Breakfast: Order a special treat to slice into for your 5 a.m. viewing and count it as one of those rare occasions where cake for breakfast is perfectly OK. offers an array of specialty cakes, including one called the Ambassador, as well as many other delicious-sounding options: Raspberry Brandy, Black Forest and Carmel Temptation. Jewel-Osco allows you to order, and create, a custom cake online. Choose a fun inscription to commemorate the event or go with a Disney princess cake if you are planning to have some younger guests.

Tea Time: Head to a nearby supermarket, such as or in Lake in the Hills, or swing by , to pick up some tea. Earl Grey could be a great selection for the occasion.  If you would like to select from an array of gourmet teas for your special event, check out Tea Gschwendner at 1624 S. Randall Road in Algonquin.

Dress Like A Princess: Pull out your wedding dress or an old bridesmaid dress and put it on for the affair. And let your kids dress themselves in their most princess-like outfits. 

Hats are Encouraged: Prior to Friday morning, jump into the car with friends or your family and head to . Re-De-Find at this vintage clothing and accessory store. Think feathers, flowers and big brims.

Tiaras for the Kids: Pick some already-made-bejeweled tiaras up from the store or head to the craft store to pick up your own tiaras and jewel, get out the glue gun and have your kids make their own as part of a pre-wedding craft night.

If you do have an at-home wedding party, we would love to see your photos. Send them to editor Amie Schaenzer at amie.schaenzer@patch.com.

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