Monday, May 9, 2011

The Best of Britain

This weekend, twenty seven European Union member countries opened their embassy doors to visitors as part of the annual Shortcut to Europe. This is the second year that the minnies and I visited the embassies. Our favorites included Spain, Sweden, France, and the United Kingdom.

The British Embassy in Washington, DC is the largest one in the world and the grounds, residence, and garden are extensive.


The Embassy of the United Kingdom showcased The Best of Britain at this year's open house. Activities for guests young and old delighted guests and highlighed different aspects of British culture. My minnies loved the children's activities and I enjoyed the beautiful gardens. Both girls chose special face painting designs!


Local produce, gardening, honey bees, whisky, and British food were also interesting components of the festival.


The world is talking about the Royal Family and the Royal Wedding and it's certainly been on my mind, too! The embassy set up a lovely tablescape with china, crystal, and silver just like guests would have enjoyed at the Royal Wedding celebration. Although these flowers are taken from the Embassy gardens, the arrangement suits the theme and spirit of the wedding arrangments.

It's interesting to note that all of the British Embassies around the world use the same china pattern.


Here is the menu that guests enjoyed while celebrating Will and Kate's marriage. The desserts sound amazing, don't you think?


Many little girls wearing princess costumes, participated in the Princess Parade with the Embassy princess and could make their own tiaras or color Will and Kate coloring pages. My girls stuck with the face painting this time, because, as Natalia told me, "We are 9, you know!"


The rose garden was absolutely stunning! The symmetrical gardens are hidden treasures behind the Embassy walls. Some of the trees were planted by members of the Royal Family. I could have spent hours here!






I would love to have roses climbing the side of my home...


Natalia wondered why anyone would ever want to use a phone box! My little baby does not know about life before cell phones. There's something sweetly nostalgic about this picture...but sadly, the phone does not work.

It was a fabulous event on a beautiful day! Natalia is taking her reusable shopping bag with her to school today to tell her friends about the event. So much fun!

xoxo


12 comments:

  1. Looks like fun! It makes me want to have a tea party!

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  2. Fabulous. You do a lot of cool stuff with your kids :)

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  3. What a fantastic idea for an event! Your daughters look adorable - my daughter would have been in heaven at such an event!

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  4. What a fabulous day at the British Embassy, looks like a wonderful time was had by all, especially your beautiful minnies!! Thinking of you Bethany, and hope you had the most wonderful Mother's Day!!! Will email you soon - coming back to MD next month and would LOVE to see you again! Perhaps Volt! ;-) xoxo

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  5. I've wanted to go the embassy open house in DC for the last two years, but we always have plans for the scheduled weekends. It looks like so much fun! Maybe next year ... :)

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  6. I was really hoping to go to the Embassy Tour this year, but we had plans! Fingers crossed for next year!

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  7. Hope that crazy girl wasn't trying to call any boys! ;)

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  8. Trish ~ I would love to see you! Let's plan for Volt...but we better make ressies soon!

    Maryland and Lexie ~ You would love it! There are more embassy tours this weekend...I think you can find info on the culturedc website.

    Bevy ~ Thank GOODNESS the phone box didn't work or N might have been calling your J! hahahaha

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  9. What a treat to live so close to all these attractions and to be able to expose your twins to all of that culture.
    Thank you for sharing your adventures with us. I love the top and sweater you wore.
    xoxo

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  10. This sounds right up my alley! I love visiting embassies and have never been to the British Embassy here in the US! I have had tea at the High Commisioner's residence in India and Panama. In fact, in India we were there just two weeks before Prince Charles visited. We got the grand tour of where he would be staying- such fun!

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  11. Kappa Prep ~ I knew you would love this. So exciting about your adventures in India and Panama. Remember to send your address to me so that I can get something in the mail to you! xoxo

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  12. Sounds like so much fun! Wish I could have attended! :)

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