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Royal Wedding fun for the kids

Ellen Arnison

Thu 28 Apr 2011 12:28

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So Kate Middleton and Prince William’s big day is finally here. And, to celebrate, the kids are off school...  again.

It doesn’t really matter whether you think it’s a colossal indulgence we can’t afford or the best real-life happy ending we’ve seen for... well... ever. The point is the children are off and they’re going to need some entertaining.

It’s also going to be one of those days that’ll stick in their minds. After all, most of us know exactly what we were doing when Diana glided down the aisle at St Paul’s in 1982, so why not give your children a day to remember too.

But there have been so many days off and holidays this month that I have exhausted all my usual bright ideas for banishing boredom – namely staging a water fight, ordering kids to tidy their rooms or making chocolate crispie cakes. So I’ve had a hunt round for some Royal Wedding fun ideas.

Making a mess in the kitchen is always popular. I might even ditch the chocolate crispie cakes in favour of union flag biscuits or this chocolate fridge cake that’s fit for a princess. It’s the cake that’s chocolate not the fridge, that would be straying into fireguard territory.  And if you fancy going the whole hog, Sharyl Brown shared some street party recipes on The Hour.

And if you’re starting to get in the mood. Then you could kills some time with some royal wedding related decorations. On The Hour Rachel Henderson had some crafty ideas. You could try using what’s essentially rubbish, such as old plastic bags, to make your own bunting.

Wannabe little princesses will get very excited by the chance to make tiaras and bouquets, or at the very least get all their glitter stuff out of the dressing up box and wear it all at once.

But if you’re anything like me, the very thought of glue and glitter brings you out in a rash, then you’ll need something else to do.

My sons can make a competition out of the first person to spot a yellow car in the morning, so I think we’ll set up a Royal Wedding bingo game. I’ll have them guess the number of minutes Kate will keep Wills waiting, the colour of the Queen’s hat, the number of times anyone mentions Princess Diana, which person will come looking dreadful and how many times a horse will poo during the proceedings. That should keep them occupied for a while.

Check out the stv tv guide to plan your viewing. And don’t let a last-minute invitation to a street party stop you, it’s streamed on the internet so just take your laptop with you.

I’m sure my sons will behave beautifully and have a ball. I know they will because I’ve warned them that if they don’t do as they’re told I’ll force them to watch the kiss on the balcony. All they would say was: “Yuk, yuk, double yuk, please don’t make us do that.”

So there you have it, a blissful Royal Wedding day for all the family.

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