The first step is finding the right location. Since hosting it at Highclere Castle is probably beyond your budget, search for a historic building near the bride's hometown instead. For this bride's shower, Teaberry's Tea Room — a Victorian tea house located in the quaint town of Flemington, New Jersey — provided the perfect backdrop.
Setting the Scene
Re-create the infamous Downton dining table for your guests! Drawing inspiration from the show's elaborate dinners, the table was dressed with three candelabras — one tall five-arm and two short three-arm versions — and flowers in vintage vessels. Custom menus and place cards stood at each seat.
If your room has a fireplace, be sure to follow the etiquette of the era and place the most important person at the table (in this case, the bride) in the middle of the table with her back to the fireplace. This was known as the "hot seat" in the days before central heating. The next most important person (her mother or maid/matron of honor) should sit to her right. Fill out the rest of the table with bridesmaids and/or family members, with other guests sitting at smaller tables surrounding the long one if all guests can't fit at one table.
After narrowing down the tea selections from Teaberry's extensive menu, each option was renamed after a character in the show, based on their personalities.
Dowager Countess of Grantham's Silver Jubilee: Flavored white tea with chamomile, almond, vanilla, and cardamom
Lord Grantham's Earl Grey with Jasmine: Unexpected and delightful blended black tea
Lady Cora's Crown Jewels: Enchanting white tea with rose, lemon, and vanilla
Lady Mary's Her Royal Highness: Sweet and full-bodied honeybush herbal tea with hazelnuts
Lady Edith's English Breakfast: Brisk blended black tea, fit for morning or afternoon
Lady Sybil's Cinnamon Delight: Flavored black tea made perfect with cloves and orange zest
Matthew Crawley's Green Nutcracker: Intriguing green tea with buttery toasted walnuts and almonds
Mr. Carson's Royal Marzipan: Dessert in a cup, as rich as the candy itself
O'Brien's Lady Godiva: Flavored black tea with chocolate and raspberries
Mrs. Patmore's Vanilla Cookie: Irresistibly paired with flavored black tea
Daisy's Peachberry: Summertime peaches and strawberries blended black tea
Each guest was given the title of "Lady" for the tea party.