If you're currently living in the UK or you love British culture, then hosting a party with a distinctly British style is something you can't afford to miss. We've compiled a list of five party styles to immerse you in life in the UK, so you can choose one to start planning your party!
1. Downton Abbey dinner party
Downton Abbey is a British historical drama television series set in the early twentieth century. It was named the most critically acclaimed English-language television series of 2011 by Guinness World Records.
Nothing compares to the sophistication and luxury of an Edwardian dinner party, from polished silverware to crystal glasses. Choose an elegant manor house, stately home, or private dining room to host the dinner and ask your guests to dress for the occasion. What could be more fun than a role-playing court party? Sherry or cocktails can be served before the meal and each course is accompanied by a wine pairing, including a dessert wine or port at the end of dinner. Edwardian dinners were particularly elaborate (with a menu of up to 22 courses), so making a fabulous feast a priority. Choose from British classics such as bean and vegetable soup, beef Wellington and berry canapés to create your menu of Crawley delicacies.
2. Harry Potter magic party
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by British author J. K. Rowling. Elements of Harry Potter can be found everywhere in the UK. Many tourists also come to visit the many Harry Potter-related attractions.
First, prepare a Hogwarts acceptance letter which doubles as an invitation to the party! It can include lots of interesting elements, such as Professor McGonagall's signature and the Hogwarts school crest. Turn your venue into Hogwarts and combine it with Harry Potter party supplies to bring the story to life. Ask those coming to the party to wear Harry Potter-themed costumes, including Gryffindor robes and the famous Harry Potter glasses to complete the look, as well as full wizard-themed costumes and accessories. Then create food with Harry Potter elements, some edible color-changing drinks and snitch cake are great options.
3. Jane Austen party
Host a Regency-style tea party or picnic with vintage china, Pride and Prejudice quizzes, and bookmarks with classic Jane Austen lines as favors for the feminine day.
A bridal shower can be held in a traditional Victorian tea room, a private library, or a beautiful garden. Choose a romantic color scheme and decorate with books and quotes by Jane Austen. Add a small bouquet to napkin rings or chair backs for an upper-class vibe and serve tea sandwiches, smoked salmon, mini quiches, scones and cupcakes, and a selection of heart-shaped squares for tea. Get the ladies together in their best hats for a game of cards, or play a game of speculation, popular in Jane Austen's day.
4. Alice in Wonderland party
A tea party inspired by Alice in Wonderland will add some literary fun to your very important date.
You can rent a delightfully unique tearoom or terrace and select a magical meal. Mismatched vintage teacups and teapots, playing cards, huge keys, white rabbits, toadstools, wacky arrow signs, and lawn flamingoes can all be used to decorate the table. Serve delicate cakes, Cheshire Cat biscuits, Queen of Hearts jam tarts, and classic 19th-century delicacies like Bakewell tarts or Victoria sponge. Serve a variety of teas or make cocktails in a teapot. Make sure there's enough room for a game of croquet or enormous chess if you're having a garden tea party.
5. ‘London Calling’ party
A celebration of all things English is the ideal way to delight your favorite anglophile.
Book a table in a typical English pub, a British-themed venue, or a restaurant serving traditional British cuisine. Choose a color scheme of red, white, and blue. Miniature reproductions of London's most prominent emblems (think double-decker buses, red telephone booths, and the Queen's Guards) can be used to decorate. Shortbreads, cupcakes with British flag toppers, and a Union Jack pavlova with strawberries and blueberries are all on the menu. Send visitors home with red, white, and blue lollipops or typical English chocolate bars like Galaxy Ripples, Wispas, Yorkies, and Toffee Crisps in goody bags.
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