A group of Southern belles became proper British ladies Friday.
In celebration of the royal wedding of Prince William of Wales to Catherine Middleton, the ladies of Banks & Stubbs LLP and a few friends held an English tea luncheon.
Tracy Ann Moore, one of the attorneys at the office in Cumming, said the ladies had wanted to do something to celebrate since the royal engagement was announced.
“We at first thought we’d do a breakfast since the wedding was so early here, but then we realized that wouldn’t work,” Moore said. “So we decided to do a lunch and it just kind of snowballed from there. We all love any reason to have a party.”
A side room in the Cumming law office was decked out with red and blue balloons and a table loaded with tea time-inspired treats like cucumber finger sandwiches, blueberry scones and several types of “biscuits,” or cookies in the United States.
There were also some Southern favorites like chicken salad and pimento cheese croissants and potato salad.
Each place setting featured flowered china tea cups and plates and real silverware.
There were also place cards with the British flag and each name preceded by “Lady” or “Duchess.”
A side table held a tea brewing station with flavors including “peachy white” and “coco mint” and a silver tray mounded with sugar cubes.
In honor of the couple, several photos of William and Kate were positioned decoratively among food.
Jennifer Schott said the tea worked out well since “the boys” of the office, attorneys Rafe Banks and Robert Stubbs, were both scheduled to be out of the office Friday afternoon.
“They didn’t want anything to do with it,” Shott joked. “That’s OK, they wouldn’t have fit in very well anyway.”
Keeping with royal wedding attire, each lady wore a large hat or tiara, and each place setting offered a large glittery ring, though made of plastic instead of gold and diamonds.
After their British-inspired lunch, the ladies watched a recording of the royal wedding, although most had seen at least portions of it when it aired at 4 a.m.
“I got up and started watching right when [Catherine] got out of the car,” Valerie Stone said.
A few minutes into the ceremony, she added “and this is when I got up and started making the potato salad.”
A few others said they recorded the footage and planned to watch it after work.
While the event may not have been in complete compliance with the queen’s rules, all the ladies seemed to have a great time.
“It was like our own little crash course on British life,” said paralegal Michelle Blanton.