BRADENTON -- In Bradenton, Jenny Taylor will be serving up lavender scones, cucumber sandwiches and champagne for two days at her bed and breakfast, The Londoner.
On Anna Maria Island, Susanne Arbanas plans to offer mimosas and hold contests for worst hat and handbag at her business, AMI Concierge Services.
And in Sarasota, Christie Barthram will open up The King George Pub before dawn to serve an English breakfast.
The April 29 nuptials of England’s Prince William and his fiancee, Kate Middleton, have inspired several area businesses with English or European ties to salute the Royal Wedding with fanfare.
Taylor, who grew up in south London, might have the most elaborate plans for the wedding. After originally planning just one day of festivities, Taylor extended the party to two days and already has more than 75 reservations.
“A lot of people who can’t get Friday off wanted us to have a celebration Saturday, as well,” Taylor said. She’ll be playing a recording of the wedding on Friday and Saturday afternoons at a tea party where attendees are expected to dress the part. “No flip-flops or tank tops for this event,” she said.