26 April, 2013

A Jeeves & Wooster meets Downton Abbey Garden Birthday Party

We've been a bit busy. Not only have we entered that "end-of-schoolyear" craziness, BUT we also have multiple family birthdays to celebrate. This includes hubby's big 50th.

I decided to throw a Jeeves & Wooster meets Downton Abbey garden party. Both British shows overlap a historic time period AND some sets. Highclere castle is Downton Abbey and Totleigh Towers in Jeeves & Wooster. I love to see the differences in lighting choices between the two shows.

But, more about the party...

There had to be bunting/banners ~

I used my rotary cutter, jute twine, and some felt that I already had onhand from Christmas crafts.

My daughter and I wore dresses made by my mother in the early 80's. They were perfect for the party!
We also added ribbons and homemade felt flowers to attach to our hats.
 My shoes were from modcloth online. They shipped quickly, and I added soft insoles to help make them more comfy.

We made sure to serve finger sandwiches, both cucumber (added dill and left out the garlic) and chicken salad (basic recipe with chopped sweet onions added). We also served orange marmalade on artisan bread, fruit trifle, grapes, and British cheeses of farmhouse cheddar, apricot stilton, and some brie. No garden party menu is complete without tea and biscuits!

Notice the finer details of the table decor. The toy period car was Hubs's grandfather's toy. The phone was Hubs's grandmother's phone. Tea tins were used to hold toothpicks. You can also see a close-up of the felt flowers the girls and I made.

Helping Hubs cut the birthday cake. I made sure to use our good china at the serving table, along with our coffee/tea cups and saucers (how often do we do that, ladies and gents??) for this special occasion.

Outdoors ~

We set up a cricket court, bocce ball, and a coconut shy

Hubs made the bat himself, as well as the wickets.

The second birthday boy - our youngest is 18 now.
The Coconut Shy was a big hit!

Bocce ball

We took some time to get group shots
Old-timey fun
The family

The whole party group of "viewers" and Jeeves & Wooster or Downton Abbey folks

candids of our friends at the garden party

There were a few modern conveniences at the party ~ everyone was taking photos.

Hubs n me
 and a funny pose ~

 Lady Mary and Lady Lisa :-)

Our oldest two ~

The drinks table: plenty of peach tea, water, port and sherry, and coffee in a carafe.

I found "battenburg lace" vinyl tablecloths at our local grocery store for the outdoor tables. They worked great!

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