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.
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!
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.
We set up a cricket court, bocce ball, and a coconut shy
Hubs made the bat himself, as well as the wickets.
The whole party group of "viewers" and Jeeves & Wooster or Downton Abbey folks
candids of our friends at the garden party
Hubs n me
Our oldest two ~
The drinks table: plenty of peach tea, water, port and sherry, and coffee in a carafe.