In the Netherlands, Queen's Day is the public celebration of the Queen's birthday. Her real birthday is smack dab in the middle of winter so she chose to celebrate on her mother's birthday. And thank you for that. Tulips are up and the weather is nice. How thoughtful of her!
The day is, in my opinion, the most celebrated of the year. Crowds assemble in the streets and on canals, carnivals and side walk sales abound, music pours out of market squares, and everyone wears the royal color: bright orange. This year, however, had a twist. In the morning, our Queen Beatrix abdicated and her son, Prince Willem-Alexander assumed the role as our new King.
With Elly being so young, crowds being so large, and my perhaps over enthusiasm for all things royal, we decided to just stay put this year and camp out in front of the television, watching the events as they unfolded. But I couldn't just let the day go without some kind of party element.
And we ate. And drank. And were merry.
Fruit punch. Bottles from Ikea
Cupcakes and cake, beschuit met hagelslag (round toast with chocolate sprinkles)
Hummus with cilantro and carrot sticks
Triple layer royal rose mini-cake
Strawberry blueberry poffertje (mini-Dutch pancake) stacks with citrus whipped cream
Picnic sandwiches wrapped in paper and fabric ribbon