Fangirl Level One
You're just having a few friends over to watch the show this Sunday night but want a little something extra special.
I mean, OBVIOUSLY. Serve tea, and if you're super awesome, use actual teacups. You can probably snag a few from Goodwill for less than a buck a piece.
Scones, biscuits, shortbread, tea sandwiches... something easy and dainty that makes you feel like Lady Dowager.
Fangirl Level Two
You're having friends over to watch the show, but they're reeeeally into it and you have an hour to make it extra fun.
Paste Magazine made four different cards for an earlier season, but you could print them out and change any irrelevant boxes. Or if you have decent computer skills and can make a table, make your own Downton Bingo cards. Check out the link for ideas if you get stumped.
Put on a white shirt, a black blazer or cardigan, make a bowtie out of construction paper, and serve your friends tea and snacks.
Fangirl Level Three
A real throwdown.
Light them EVERYWHERE. And not just any candle - tall tapers if you can. Put a sturdy cluster in the middle of the food table, and your ambience will be splendid.
AN EXTRAVAGANT TEA PARTY
Unless you have the time and budget to serve seven courses complete with salmon mousse and roasted quail with hollandaise, an all-out tea party is the way to go. Have multiple tea options and serve a variety of finger foods, including the obvious tea sandwich.
If you don't take pictures, it never happened! ::modest eye roll:: But a photo booth - or at least a few props around - is never a bad idea. Have some bowties, a couple of old man hats, a tiara, elbow-length gloves, feathery hats, a serving tray or two, a parasol, etc. Encourage folks to act like a specific character if they get shy.
You know how much I love trivia!
- Collect quotes from the show, and ask your friends who said them.
- Give teams a list of character names, and have them put the names in order of when they left the show whether by happenstance or ::gulp:: death.
- Play a game of Round Robin where people have to say the entire name of a character in order to keep playing. If you get the name wrong or can't think of one, you're out.
These are just a few ideas to get your brain moving, but of course Pinterest is a powerhouse of ideas. And if you're really serious about throwing an epic party, I wrote 31 posts over 31 days on game-changing party planning. You can get the entire list here.