What You Need To Host A Downton Abbey Viewing Party
1. Porcelain China Teapot and Teacup
Make like an English aristocrat when serving your guests tea in this porcelain toile-print teapot, teacup, and saucer. Be sure to offer guests a variety of tea. Teapot Lovers Red, $34.50; danielboonetradingpost.com, Cathedral Cup and Saucer, $14; danielboonetradingpost.com.
2. ‘Downtown Abbey’ Inspired Fare
Treat your guests with Lady Sybil’s Ginger Nut Biscuits to go with their tea, or Mr. Bates’ Chicken and Mushroom pie for dinner with the help of ‘The Unofficial Downton Abbey Cookbook’ by Emily Ansara Baines. $16; amazon.com.
3. Traditional Cheese
A savory hard blue cheese is the perfect hors d'oeuvre to offer guests, along with a plate of fruit, crackers or bread to accompany it. Bayley Hazen Blue Cheese, $29/pound; murrayscheese.com.
4. Quince Jam
A slice of blue cheese plays nicely off a dollop of fruity puree—we suggest quince, a traditional U.K. sweet. Granny's Secret Quince Home Style Extra Jam, $9.15, plus shipping; sauceworld.com.
5. Fever-Tree Club Soda
Looking for more kick than a cup of Earl Grey? Add a dash of British soda water to whiskey or cognac to enhance the flavor. $20-$33; brandsofbritian.com.
6. Crystal Glasses
Serve your guests whiskey, port, sherry, or wine in Waterford Crystal stemware as a nod to ‘Downton Abbey’s’ classic era. Lismore Tall Stemware, $75-$85; neimanmarcus.com.
7. Floral-Print Cloth Napkins
Become the hostess Dowager Countess would approve of by adding cloth napkins to your dining table set. For an added touch, try folding each napkin in a Bishop’s Mitre style. Provençal Floral Print Napkins Set of Four, $34.95; williams-sonoma.com.
8. Silver Candle Holders
Give your party an air of sophistication with silver aluminum taper holders to set the scene. $10-$12; pier1.com.
9. Playing Cards
It wouldn’t be a complete evening without a deck of playing cards to while away the night. Bicycle Playing Cards, $3; target.com.
10. Embroidered Throw Pillows
Decorate your abode with dainty throw pillows or covers detailed with embroidery in honor of the needlework the ladies of ‘Downton Abbey’ do at their leisure. Rossi Paisley Embroidered Pillow Cover, $59.50; potterybarn.com.