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Quick tips on hosting an afternoon tea party


Enjoy a cup of tea with your best mates Downton Abbey style.

Don’t get your knickers in a twist Downton Abbey fans, your favorite show just released a trailer for the upcoming season that begins Jan. 5. With the elegance and the grandeur of the Downton Abbey household, we can’t help but to be inspired by the vintage beauty. We simply can’t resist celebrating the show a little early, because nothing says fall quite like an alfresco autumn tea party.

Casual tea parties are a fantastic way for an intimate group of friends to gather. Call for your guests to arrive at noon, wearing their Sunday-best hats to get into the spirit. Set up your party on the porch or in the backyard garden for a natural ambiance. Use lower seats and chairs to keep to the tradition of afternoon "low tea.” Once you’ve got your guest list down, hosting an authentic afternoon tea party requires only a few essentials.

Varieties of Tea:
There are hundreds of teas you could serve at a tea party, but for your autumn gathering, try fall flavors like Southern Cinnamon Tea or Apple Jack Chai Tea.

A Vintage Tea Set:
Sure, you can use your modern stove to boil the water, but when it comes to setting the scene, you need to be prepared. Purchase a vintage tea set that will not only come in handy for this gathering, but will serve as an ornate decoration for an exposed kitchen shelf or cabinet. Don’t forget to have dainty spoons and serving plates for your menu, and items like a lacquer tray to make hosting easier.

A Delicate Menu:
You don’t have to prep a large array of food for your vintage tea spread. Keep it light and traditional with small cucumber sandwiches, blueberry scones, and petite fours. Of course, you can always serve sweet biscuits paired with assorted jams to keep the fare light and the gabbing going.

High Tea Party Downton Abbey Style

“The High Tea Party Downton Abbey style is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DowntonAbbeyAtWalmart

I have been following Downton Abbey for the longest time. And I could not miss the chance to see the movie on the big screen too. But the good news is that now I can watch it at home at my own leisure and even invite my friends to a high tea party inspired by the movie.

The Downton Abbey DVD release was December 17th and now is the time to head over to Walmart or and purchase the new release of the Downton Abbey DVD today!

You are invited to a High Tea Party Downton Abbey Style!

Be our guest and join us for tea time. Our menu includes tea sandwiches, Victoria sponge cake, floral tea infusion, homemade meringues, and strawberry fruit cups with freshly made whipped cream.⁣⁣⁣

In preparation for our tea party and resembling the excitement of the Downton Abbey staff, we cleaned every surface and made everything sparkle. Took out our silver and glassware as well as our great grandmother teacups and plates.

Then headed over to the kitchen and made royal quality treats for the most delicious high tea party experience. Our savory selection includes egg salad tea sandwiches, topped with mini tomato, and parsley. These sandwiches are simple. I use hardboiled eggs, mashed the yolks, finely chopped the whites, combined with English spicy mustard and mayo.

Then I seasoned the salad with a dash of pepper and added chopped scallions. I cut white bread in squares, added the egg salad spread, and garnished with tomato and parsley.

And since the queen enjoys sweets too, I made a classic Victoria’s sponge cake inspired by the original recipe. Used homemade berry jam and fresh berries. Find the recipe on the dessert tab, or search for “Victoria Sponge Cake” to find the recipe details.

An authentic high tea party experience includes strawberry cups and homemade whipped cream. We rose to the challenge and included the berry cups too.

And since we are also in the middle of the holiday season, we added homemade meringues inspired by the season and the flurries. The meringues recipe is on our homepage too.

The tea selection for the High Tea Party Downton Abbey Style is a blooming floral tea infusion sweetened with rock candy sugar wands. Don’t forget to raise your finger as the royals do. And pour fresh cream if desired.

Enjoy tea time and a movie at home!

Julian Fellowes, the Downton Abbey creator, got inspiration from a 1912 royal visit to Wentworth Woodhouse in Yorkshire to write the story. All the scenes and photography in the movie are stunning.

The Downton Abbey DVD is a perfect gift!

This Downton Abbey DVD is an expansion from the series, and all the characters I love are back together. The TV series was such a phenomenon, and the movie sums it up in a fantastic way.

I enjoyed the fashion and those scenes in the kitchen with the cooks getting excited with the news of hosting your royal highness, the queen. Not to mention the conversations and antics by the Dowager Countess of Grantham, Violet Crowley played by Maggie Smith.

My favorite quote of hers is “I never argue. I explain.” She couldn’t be more accurate. Now in pure Dowager Countess mode, please excuse myself, as I need to dress up, wear my tiara, and wait for my guests to arrive, are you ready to join me?

This is going to be one of a kind experience. And you are my special guest!

'Downton Abbey'-Inspired Tea Party - Recipes

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment , but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #DowntonAbbeyAtWalmart

Good morning! Today is the 19th of December, kind of a special time for our family. :) Today would of been my Grandmother’s 88th birthday! If you knew my Grandmother, you would know that she loved all things fancy & girly! Which was funny since she was the mom to 5 boys! Thank goodness she had tons of granddaughters. ha! She had a porcelain doll collection that was out of this world with all their fancy dresses. Annnnnd one of our favorite things to do was have a fancy tea party with her little dishes at the small table that was just our size in her kitchen.

That’s why I thought having a “grown up” tea party for me & a few girlfriends using my Grandmother’s fancy dishes would be a great way to celebrate her & the release of the Downton Abbey DVD. This movie is ah-mazing! All the characters that you grew to love in the series are all back together. The film starts off where the series left off, so you will find your favorite characters in the Crawley estate in brand new situations

including a visit with the king & queen! Let me show you how I set up this fun Downton Abbey Tea Party. Annnnd I have a homemade biscuit recipe for you, too. Let’s get started! :)

I love Downton Abbey! The setting, the clothing & how they talk are all my favorites. My girlfriends & I have followed them for years. Annnnnd I have to admit this isn't the first Downton Abbey inspired tea party I've been to! ha! When the series ended a few years ago, we all celebrated as well. That's why I was so excited that this film continued on with the story. It's a must have for any Downton Abbey fan!

In England, scones are a must at a tea party! Over here in the states ), we have biscuits! ha! They are both very similar breads. The only difference, that I know of, is that scones have eggs, and biscuits do not. Both can be eaten with fresh jam & melted butter, and both are perfect for a tea party. This homemade biscuit recipe is one that my mom has used for years & years. It’s a family favorite! :)

For this recipe you will need:

2 cups self-rising flour
3 tablespoons butter (melted)
1 cup milk

First, you’ll mix all the ingredients in a small bowl. Then knead together on a floured surface until dough is smooth. Roll out your dough until about 3/4 of an inch thick.

Cut out circles using a dough cutter.

Place on ungreased baking sheet. Top biscuits with a small amount of melted butter.

Bake at 475 degrees for 10-13 minutes or until golden brown. Serve warm with butter & jam. :)

For my tea party, I served these fresh from the oven biscuits along with fresh fruit, cheese cubes, sugar cookies & crackers.

Serve your plate, make some hot cocoa & pop in the Downton Abbey DVD. :)

That’s the perfect way to tea party (in my opinion). :)
Are you at Downton Abbey fan? I’d love to hear your thoughts about the movie. :)

You can pop over to Walmart and purchase the new release of Downton Abbey DVD today!
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Downton Abbey Party Ideas, Crafts, Recipes & More

I’m celebrating two momentous events today — my birthday and the return of Downton Abbey, one of my favorite television shows.

So, of course I had to throw a party!

And the best part is that you’re all invited to link up your own Downton Abbey inspired projects. When you do, your post will be visible on all six of the cohosting blogs — Albion Gould, Hey, Let’s Make Stuff, Mabey She Made It, Living Better Together and Major Hoff Takes a Wife, as well as here at Atta Girl Says.

The party hosts are also sharing our own Dowager-approved projects!

Mine is inspired by the gorgeous period fashions and jewelry worn by the Crawley women and their noble cohorts.

Even when they’re riding horseback, watching a game of cricket or mucking about the grounds, the women of Downton Abbey are always beautifully attired. And when they’re dressed for dinner or a formal occasion, watch out for the bling!

I have been holding on to a collection of vintage earrings and other jewelry that I’ve picked up over the years at thirft stores, yard sales and flea markets.

Many are tarnished or mismatched or broken or missing stones, but they’re too pretty to throw away.

So I deconstructed an assortment of earrings and bracelets and necklaces to make some chunky vintage charm bracelets. Just use pliers to remove the clips from the back of earrings. The part that remains usually has a pair of holes, perfect for stringing with beading wire. (I like to use tigertail.)

I find it works best to use vintage beads as spacers between the earring charms. The finished bracelets will sit better on your arm when you add a few beads in between them.

I like to finish my bracelets using crimp beads and a toggle clasp, but you have lots of different options for finishing yours.

I think these bracelets totally look like something Edith or Mary or cousin Violet would wear at one of their formal events or for a night out dancing.

For modern women like us, they’re perfectly fine as everyday attire. Mrs. Patmore might not wear jewelry when she’s shopping for the larder, but I have definitely worn a vintage earring charm bracelet to the grocery store!

If you’re not the jewelry-wearing type, you can add vintage earrings and jewelry findings to velvet ribbon to make some very ladylike bookmarks.

Just cut a length of ribbon 8 to 12 inches, depending on the size of your book.

For some of my bookmarks, I used ribbon crimps at the ends and attached beads to them. Since ribbon crimps can be hard to find, I find it much easier to hot glue a clip-on earring to each end of the ribbon. (Just be sure to fold the ribbon under for a finished look.) You can also use tassels and fancy trim on the end of your bookmarks.

I think Violet and Isobel would both agree that these bookmarks are very elegant and befitting women of their station in life.

If you’re as much a Downton Abbey fan as I am, you might like these other projects of mine.

Downton Abbey Inspired Butler’s Bell Memo Board

Don’t forget to visit my party cohosts and guests for other Downton Abbey inspired crafts, recipes, party ideas, printables, DIYs and more.

Endive and Radicchio Salad with Fresh Mozzarella

Mary’s love looks like its getting a second wind (does she spend any actual time with her child, by the way? Just wondering.), Edith will head for Switzerland for a prolonged vaca with Rosamond (e.g., gestation and childbirth), Robert is off to America to deal with a family mess concerning Cora’s brother (in those days would it have been a tiny thought that maybe Cora should go herself? No.). Rose is hell bent on marrying Jack Ross to screw her mother, Tom has a bit of a spark with a local girl.

And the biggest story, in my mind: Gillingham and that very bad man Green end up back at Downton, and now, despite Green’s obliviousness, too many people know. Including Bates. Especially Bates. And suddenly, Green has a terrible accident.

Downton Abbey Inspired Tea Party: 3 Vintage Craft Ideas

Downton Abbey may be coming to an end at the beginning of March, but we’ll forever remember how much we love the elegant, vintage aesthetic. We decided that a show so wonderful needed to go out in style, so what did we do? We teamed up with RecipeChatter and threw ourselves a little Downton Abbey-inspired tea party, complete with easy DIY Downton Abbey inspired crafts! First, check out our video and see how to throw a tea party. Then scroll down – we’ll show you how to make the DIY floral table centerpiece, the easy table runner, and the no-sew napkins in a snap! You can have a blast throwing your own tea party, whether it’s to celebrate Downton Abbey’s great run or just for fun! For the vintage dessert recipes, head over to the RecipeChatter blog!

Downton Abbey Inspired Bouquet Candelabra Centerpiece

  1. Trim flower stems so there is only about 3-4″ of stem remaining.
  2. Gather flowers into four small bouquets. Secure together with floral twine.
  3. Arrange smaller bouquets together around the center pillar of the candelabra. Secure with floral twine.
  4. If necessary, fluff out flowers so as to obscure stems.
  5. For an optional added decoration, drape fake pearls around the candelabra and in the flowers as a final touch.

WARNING: Fake flowers are flammable. If you decide to light your candles, please do not leave centerpiece unattended.

Downton Abbey Inspired DIY Table Runner

This no-sew table runner adds a touch of vintage elegance to any gathering. In just a few simple steps, you’ll learn how to make a table runner that’s quick and easy – perfect for a last-minute occasion.

  • length of lace fabric (length will depend on the length of your table for a four-foot table, we used eight feet of fabric)
  • length of tulle fabric (same length as lace fabric)
  • Ribbon
  1. Lay lace fabric out in the center of your table. Fold so that scalloped edge is visible on both sides of the table runner.
  2. Lay tulle fabric on top of lace.
  3. At each end, bunch fabric together and tie with a ribbon.

Downton Abbey Inspired DIY Napkins

Take your cloth napkins to the next level with this no-sew napkin tutorial. We’ll show you how to add lace trim to any plain napkin for an elegant look that immediately dresses up your table decor.

  1. Cut lace trim to the length of one side of your napkin.
  2. Cut adhesive into a strip the length of your lace.
  3. Iron adhesive to the lace.
  4. Peel off paper backing, then iron lace and adhesive onto the napkin.
  5. Repeat steps 1-4 for the side adjacent to the one you just did.

You should end up with lace on two sides of each napkin. When folded, lace will be displayed on edges.

For more of our vintage craft tutorials, check these out:

And don’t forget to check out the vintage dessert recipes over on RecipeChatter!

Downton Abbey dinner party menu

What’s not to love about Downton Abbey? Compelling characters, a fascinating storyline set in the early 1920s, love triangles and plenty of tragedy topped off with sexy British accents. Like the rest of the U.S., I’m counting down the days until the season 4 premiere. Until then, I’ll be enjoying these Downton Abbey recipes while I watch all of season 3.

I’m not only going to live-tweet and record the season premiere on Jan. 5, I’m going to host my own 1900’s Downton Abbey-themed dinner party, complete with these British-inspired recipes, like a Stilton-topped salad and cocktail fit for Lady Crawley. Now all that’s missing is the Dowager Countess of Grantham’s sassy remarks.

Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

Downton Abbey fans love to share the show with their friends and family. The fabulous food lends itself to themed parties. In this post, I include a few specific ideas for planning a Downton party. Whether you are serving 2 or 200 there are plenty of recipe ideas to make in your own Abbey.

In 200 posts over three years, I have posted over 300 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s. All for the love of Downton and those who love the show. For a full list of dishes by meal or occasion, check out the Menu drop down.

Entertaining Was Much Simpler in the 1920s

While diners in earlier episodes endured 7 or even 8 courses at dinner, you will be relieved to know that family dinners during this period are now only 3 courses…unless of course you are entertaining your fellow aristocrats. And the cocktail party finally came to Downton.

Check my Press Clippings

Don’t just take my word for It: I have given a number of interviews in the national press, and my recipes have been posted in newspapers around the world. I even prepared Afternoon Tea for national TV. Check out my Press Page.

Why not buy the Book?

Want it all and more in a pretty package? My ebook, Abbey Cooks Entertain, is available for download here (click on the image in the right column), or you can order from Amazon. I also include a cocktail section with authentic cocktails from the era. My 2nd Edition is now available with recipes from Season 1 – 5 with both imperial and metric measurements.

I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. It is pretty rare to get rich selling books, but every penny helps offset my food costs so I can continue to share new recipes with you throughout the year.

Cocktails at Downton

The cocktail hour finally comes to Downton late in Season 5, but why not get an early start? Here are recipes for canapes and drinks.

Downton Beverages

  • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
    • Tea
    • Lemonade
    • Coffee

    If you don’t trust Carson to mix drinks, consider wines, spirits and liqueurs for your guests.

    • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
    • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess.
    • Wine: a great choice.
    • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
    • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

    “Signature” Downton Dishes

    If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

    Downton Servants Hall tribute

    Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate. Convert your Abbey dining room into a servants hall.

    Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

    With over 250 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey. Now that we are in Season 5, the meals in the 1920s were now typically only 3 courses, unless of course they were hosting a large dinner party for guests.

    Downton Desserts

    If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

    Afternoon Tea

    Not all parties have to take place after dark. Why not host an Afternoon Tea? It is the easiest way to entertain and impress your friends. If you can make crustless sandwiches you are off to a good start. Home bakers will be able to master the sweets and my easy scone recipe. Not so skilled in the kitchen? I am sure you are well known for finding the best bakeries in town.

    My Online Guide to Afternoon Tea provides you with hosting tips, and some of my favorite recipes.

    It’s a Tea Party!

    This is such a beautiful set up! I love how pretty this looks! There are loads of fun recipes to try out and we listed a couple below – but just have fun with it and offer goodies that you actually like to eat! Lots of great tea party ideas found on Dose.

    12 ‘Downton Abbey’-Inspired Recipes to Make For Your Premiere Party

    Good news, Downton Abbey fans — the beloved British television show, which is set in the early 20th century, returns Sunday to Masterpiece on PBS for its fifth season. If you’re looking for ways to welcome the show’s return in proper Downton Abbey-fashion, you’ll want to host a posh premiere party that has an array of tasty tea-time snacks and elegant appetizers. From Mrs. Isobel Crawley’s Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches to Manchester Pudding, we’ve compiled 12 recipes that are the perfect accompaniment to the season five premiere.

    1. Mini Beef Wellington Pot Pies are a must-make appetizer for any Downton Abbey-themed party. Healthy Seasonal Recipes was inspired by beef wellington, a classic British steak recipe, and decided “to make a tasty little appetizer version of the dish that you could serve while watching Downton.”

    2. Looking for the perfect tea-time snack to munch on while you watch the show? Prepare this recipe for Mrs. Isobel Crawley’s Smoked Salmon Tea Sandwiches, which is from Emily Ansara Baines’ The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook via San Jose Mercury News.

    3. Celebrate season five in true British aristocratic fashion by preparing Gourmet’s Oysters with Champagne-Vinegar Mignonette. Interestingly, in 20th century Britain, many dinners started with soup and seafood dishes, and a Kitchen Daily article via the Huffington Post explains that “you could normally find at the table one shellfish plate and one fish during this course.”

    4. Puff pastry, blue cheese, and figs create Food & Wine’s Fig and Blue Cheese Tarts, a light and flavorful snack worthy of any Downton Abbey-viewing party.

    5. Pay tribute to Matthew and Isobel’s hometown of Manchester by preparing Downton Abbey Cooks’ Manchester Tarts. Described as “a jam and custard tart with a coconut sprinkles and maraschino cherry on top,” this tantalizing treat will tempt any Downton Abbey fan’s tastebuds.

    6. Using butter, sugar, syrup, flour, ground ginger, and baking soda, you can create’s Gingernut Biscuits, a crisp and crunchy dish that tastes terrific when paired with coffee or tea. As one of Lady Sybil’s favorite go-tos at tea time, there’s no better way to honor her than by serving these biscuits at your party!

    7. Consisting of flour, Earl Grey tea leaves, salt, butter, sugar, and orange zest, Martha Stewart’s Earl Grey Tea Cookies are a tasteful treat that every Downton Abbey fan will appreciate. When you’re preparing this recipe, you can either use a small food processor or a mortar and pestle to grind your tea leaves.

    8. No premiere party should be without Leslie Weiner and Barbara Albright’s recipe, which is from the cookbook Simply Scones, and can be found via the Christian Science Monitor. The tops of the scones are crisp and crunchy, while the insides consist of a mealy texture that’s subtly sweet you can serve these Classic Cream Scones warm or at room temperature.

    9. Cucumber Sandwiches are a classic tea-time dish that will be the life of your Downton Abbey premiere party. Kitchen Joy adapted this recipe from Emily Ansara Baines’ The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook, and explains that if “you’re looking for an extremely quick and easy recipe for a Downton Abbey tea party, or a bridal or baby shower, or you just so happen to have an extra cucumber lying around, then give these cucumber sandwiches a try. They’re deliciously light and fresh, and I love the crunch of the cucumber.”

    10. Don’t forget to include Mini Yorkshire Pudding with Roast Beef and Horseradish when you’re planning your premiere party menu. Bakin’ Bit states that “you CAN have it all with these tiny, appetizer-sized Yorkshire puddings! Perfect little puffs of Yorkshire Pudding baked in a mini muffin pan, filled with rare beef and a zing of horseradish. So very, very worth it.”

    11. Often served during high tea, Potato Petites will please your premiere party guests’ palates. This recipe is from Larry Edwards’ cookbook, Edwardian Cooking: 80 Recipes Inspired by Downton Abbey’s Elegant Meals, and can be found via Examiner.

    12. King Arthur Flour explains that a crumpet, which is a traditional teatime snack, is “midway between English muffin and pancake. Like an English muffin, it’s full of holes, perfect for collecting rivulets of melted butter.” Be sure to top these treats with butter, jam, or clotted cream!

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