Think tiki’s moment is over? Think again. Prince Harry will be putting the “royal” in Royal Hawaiian this weekend. The groom and his bride Meghan Markle are reportedly throwing an exclusive tiki after-party following their wedding.
The Queen will first host a much more formal reception at Windsor Castle following the ceremony. However, once all the pomp and pageantry are dispensed with, the newlyweds and 200 of their closest friends will shuttle to Frogmore House where the party really starts.
Rumor has it that the shindig will be tiki’d out to the max. Fleet Street is reporting that guests will be entertained by a steel drum band whilst sipping rummy, island drinks.
Plantation Rum Brand Ambassador and Trailer Happiness co-owner, Paul McFayden told Neat Pour that tiki is a perfect match for the Prince and his bride.
“Tiki is the great leveller. Escapist fantasies of far-away, tropical places, with an emphasis on fun and theatrics – from the drinks to the music,” McFayden said. “It’s not hard to imagine why they’d want to escape from the pressures of their existence, and Will and Harry used to live large in Mahiki most weekends.”
For those unfamiliar with London nightlife, Mahiki is a legendary tropical hotspot in Mayfair. The original Mayfair was cornucopia of bold faced names where Princes Harry and William partied with Scarlett Johannsen, Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Lady Gaga in the 20-aughts.
The Princes struck even up a friendship with Mahiki proprietor Guy Pelly who then organized Harry’s stag party and appeared in his wedding party. Word has it that Pelly is tasked with running the tiki bar at the after-party. The ushers will take turns behind the stick under his supervision; we assume that the drinks will be batched.
One tabloid reported that “frozen strawberry sparkles” will be served, but McFayden thinks that’s a wild guess not worthy of Mahiki’s respected menu. (Then, he noted that any journalist who wrote such blasphemy stands the risk of being haunted by the ghost of Don the Beachcomber.)
Instead, the rum expert suggested a menu of tike staples such as Zombies, Pearl Divers, and Mai Tai’s. He added, that Mahiki’s signature take on the Treasure Chest cocktail, a favorite of Prince William’s, might also make an appearance.
The Treasure Chest is “grog, brandy & peach liqueur, shaken with lime and sugar and topped with a bottle of Moet & Chandon champagne.” The specialty drink arrives in a glass treasure chest and carries a £100 price tag.)
However, McFayden does not believe that the flash is what appeals to the Prince. “Tiki is a beautiful way of life and It’s easy to see why he wants a link with his youth at the wedding,” he concluded.