5 Ridiculous (But Real!) Ways to Celebrate the Royal Birth

As festivities in honor of the new prince continue across the U.K., here's how to toast the little one at home. ("Cake" Middleton, anyone?)

Now that the wait is over for Prince William and Kate Middleton's baby boy, it's time to party! The U.K. is going nuts with the festivities today: the royal army is doing gun salutes, the royal navy is flying flags, and giant crowds are swarming Buckingham Palace. If you can't get to the palace right now, don't despair: The rest of the world is celebrating, too, in inventive and often ridiculous ways. In honor of the little heir -- whose name has yet to be announced -- here are five crazy ways that you can join in the celebration, wherever you are.

1. Turn your water blue.
In honor of the "it's a boy" announcement, fountains around London's Trafalgar Square will be lit with blue lights for six days. Mimic the experience of splashing in a blue fountain by dropping some food coloring in your tub! 

2. Bake an edible queen.
The Houston bakery Who Made the Cake! is making headlines with their "Cake Middleton" sculpture: a life-sized model of the Duchess and her new baby, sculpted from cake, frosting, and Rice Krispies Treats. If you don't have that kind of time on your hands, maybe just make a tray of Rice Krispies Treats and call it a day.

3. Turn your own baby into a royal.
Now's the time stock up on prince-themed baby gear: a crocheted crown, a sceptre rattle, and definitely this purple velour embroidered diaper. Still waiting for your baby's arrival? Here's a royal-fetus maternity tee just for you.

4. Have an older kid? Host a royal family-themed play date.
Here's Kate, Will and the baby sculpted out of Play Doh. Here they are made of Legos. And here's a coloring page of the royal couple. (You can draw in the baby yourself.) That oughta keep the kids busy for a while.

5. Raise a glass.
Prince William is the captain of the Irish Guards, who celebrated the royal birth with "a traditional glass of Irish stout." Liven up the dinner table tonight with a round of Guinness and a chorus of "God Save the Queen." And if that's not ridiculous enough for you, there's always this royal baby commemorative cross-stitch kit.

Donna Kaufman is a freelance writer and iVillage contributor. Find her on Twitter and Google+

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