i should be mopping the floor: Our Downton Abbey Party

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Our Downton Abbey Party

This post is brought to you by World Market.
But, my love for Downton Abbey is legit...love that show!

We had such a brilliant time at our Downton Abbey Party last week.
My friends were so fun and we all had a royally good time!
#DoTheDownton #DowntonAbbey

Not only am I crazy about Downton Abbey, so are some of my friends and family. And we all got together to celebrate our love for all things Grantham. And Crawley. And Bates. And, and, and...

Let's start by chatting about the food. I studied up on traditional English tea time eats and tried to replicate some authentic dishes. I also used lots of delicious World Market Downton Abbey products, including their Downton Abbey Christmas Preserves, Downton Abbey Lemon Curd, Downton Abbey Shortbread Cookies {in a collectible tin}, and Downton Abbey Scones.


Our menu from the day...oh, and Mrs. Patmore's Pistachio Pudding? It's actually my mom's Watergate Salad recipe...I'm sure you've had something similar to it. YUM! 


We had a fun little tea station as well, with assorted Downton Abbey Teas from World Market. I used a large coffee maker to keep water super hot for the party. And we all drank out of fun little teacups, including these Downton Abbey Teacups here.


My friend Teresa's mom is from England. 
Here's Teresa showing how to make a proper cup of English tea. 
{Her fun shirt says "Keep Calm and Ring Carson to Bring Tea"!}


My friend Gina and I made some tea sandwiches, too: 
chicken salad and traditional English cucumber.


I also set out some photos of the family on the buffet. 


On this side of the buffet are the shortbread cookies, drinks, and the Downton Abbey Christmas Thumbprints I made with the Downton Abbey Christmas Preserve.


I posted these cookies yesterday here



 We also played a couple of simple games based on the show. When guests arrived, they had a nametag placed on their back with a Downton Abbey character's name on it. Only they couldn't know who it was initially. Each guest had to ask others yes or no questions to determine their character. Since not all of my guests knew each other, it was a nice ice breaker.


We also played a simple Upstairs/Downstairs word game as we viewed the last episode from season four. 


 We had such a delightful time!


And it was great to see that last episode again...made me so ready for season five! 


World Market provided my guests with some lovely take-home favors. 


Here's Linda with her new "What is a Weekend" teacup.


And I just had to show you guys Patricia's presh Union Jack earrings. Smashing! 

And I did make a photo, too! This is my friend, Rebecca, and I.


My friend, Shel, even designed her own hat...isn't it beautiful? 

The entire event was such a nice time. A big thank you to World Market and my sweet friends and family for everything! If you have any holiday entertaining to do, be sure to swing by a World Market for all of the good stuff!

If you'd like to see some of my friends' party and preparation photos, too, search the hashtag #kristisdowntonparty on Instagram. 

Don't forget to enter for a chance to win a World Market Downton Abbey prize pack and host your own par-tay in preparation for the upcoming season's debut over here in the states.


Downton Abbey Christmas Thumbprint Cookies
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27 comments:

  1. Such a lovely party! I can't wait to try the thumbprint cookie recipe :)

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    1. Thank you so much, Anne! It was a lot of fun!

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  2. I have never seen this show, but I know lots of people love it. Sounds like a fun party!

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    1. It is SO good! The party was a lot of fun! Thank you bunches for stopping by!

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  3. how fun!! Love those thumbprint cookies- yum!

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    1. Thank you, Nichole! They are delish! I hope you have a very Merry Christmas!

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  4. What a FUN themed party! Excellent party planning :)

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    1. Thank you, Katie! It was a lot of fun to plan and host!

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  5. I love how you carried out the theme. Those cookies look delicious.

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! I tried to tie in as many special little details as I could!

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  6. Yay for Christmas teas! And especially for friends and family coming together! This looked great!

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    1. Yay indeed!! That Christmas tea is delish! We had such a wonderful time--tons of fun!

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  7. Love the silverware and the tea sets! I haven't seen Downton Abby.

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    1. Thank you, Heather! If you have a chance to watch it--do it! Amazon Prime has all of the seasons right now. ;)

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  8. That looks like a lot of fun! I can't wait until the latest season comes on Amazon!

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    1. It was such a good time! I am looking forward to season 5! Just a couple of more weeks!

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  9. I love this more than I can ever express and wish my friends would be up to this. So much fun!

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    1. If you host is--they will come! ;) It was a blast!

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  10. Oh wow. That looks like so much fun and that food looks delicious! Love Downton Abbey!

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    1. Thank you bunches, Mistee! It was a lot of fun~Everyone had a wonderful time!

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  11. That's such a neat idea since you all share that common love for the series. Your treats and games were neat!

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    1. Thank you, Liz! Everyone became fast friends--it was a lot of fun!

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  12. I just recently learned that it's not "Downtown Abbey' hahahaha. I really need to get with it. :) Your party looks great!

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    1. Lol!! You are NOT the only on to make that mistake! Don't ask me how I know! ;)

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  13. Awe so fun! Looks like a great party!

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  14. This planning team is creative, organized, reliable, and such a pleasure to work with. We have become such special friends and I am sad our planning is over because I have enjoyed working with the event coordinator so much.

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