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A Guy's Guide to Hosting the Perfect Party

A Guy's Guide to Hosting the Perfect Party

Danny Meyer’s right-hand man shares his secrets for a great gathering

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Mark Maynard-Parisi knows how to throw a party. As the Managing Director of Operations at Union Square Events, he’s Danny Meyer’s right-hand man for the company’s catering and events arm.

Whether he’s in charge of a gala for hundreds of corporate clients or hosting his buddies for a Sunday football game, he uses the same core principles for entertaining. They are key for any guy, like myself, who feels comfortable cooking the meal, but needs a little help rounding out the décor, design, and room setting. These are the kind of tasks I often delegate to my girlfriend because she has a better “eye” for them and, quite frankly, I have no idea what I’m doing in that department.

Enter the direction of Maynard-Parisi. “For me it’s about being really thoughtful and organized up front, even if you want it to feel like an ad hoc party,” he says, “You want it to be well planned, so everyone can enjoy the party, including yourself the host.” With input from his colleagues, he’s helped us compile a go-to checklist that guys should consider before they throw their next party.


Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

Downton Servants Hall tribute

Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

“Signature” Downton Dishes

The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

    : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

Appetizers with drinks

On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

Downton Beverages

Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

  • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
    • Tea
    • Lemonade
    • Coffee
    • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
    • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
    • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
    • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
    • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

    Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

    *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

    If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

    • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
      • Basic
      • Chocolate
      • Earl Grey Imperial
      • Guilt free brownies

      *Downton Reading Suggestions

      I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

        , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
    • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
    • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


      Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

      It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

      As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

      Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

      I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

      At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

      Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

      Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

      Downton Servants Hall tribute

      Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

      Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

      Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

      Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

      Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

      “Signature” Downton Dishes

      The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

      If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

        : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

      Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

      With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

      Appetizers with drinks

      On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

      Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

      Downton Beverages

      Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

      • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
        • Tea
        • Lemonade
        • Coffee
        • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
        • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
        • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
        • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
        • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

        Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

        *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

        If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

        • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
          • Basic
          • Chocolate
          • Earl Grey Imperial
          • Guilt free brownies

          *Downton Reading Suggestions

          I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

            , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
        • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
        • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


          Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

          It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

          As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

          Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

          I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

          At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

          Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

          Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

          Downton Servants Hall tribute

          Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

          Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

          Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

          Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

          Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

          “Signature” Downton Dishes

          The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

          If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

            : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

          Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

          With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

          Appetizers with drinks

          On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

          Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

          Downton Beverages

          Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

          • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
            • Tea
            • Lemonade
            • Coffee
            • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
            • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
            • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
            • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
            • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

            Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

            *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

            If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

            • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
              • Basic
              • Chocolate
              • Earl Grey Imperial
              • Guilt free brownies

              *Downton Reading Suggestions

              I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
            • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
            • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


              Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

              It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

              As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

              Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

              I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

              At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

              Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

              Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

              Downton Servants Hall tribute

              Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

              Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

              Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

              Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

              Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

              “Signature” Downton Dishes

              The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

              If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

              Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

              With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

              Appetizers with drinks

              On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

              Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

              Downton Beverages

              Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

              • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                • Tea
                • Lemonade
                • Coffee
                • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                  • Basic
                  • Chocolate
                  • Earl Grey Imperial
                  • Guilt free brownies

                  *Downton Reading Suggestions

                  I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                    , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                  Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                  It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                  As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                  Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                  I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                  At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                  Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                  Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                  Downton Servants Hall tribute

                  Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                  Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                  Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                  Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                  Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                  “Signature” Downton Dishes

                  The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                  If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                    : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                  Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                  With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                  Appetizers with drinks

                  On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                  Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                  Downton Beverages

                  Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                  • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                    • Tea
                    • Lemonade
                    • Coffee
                    • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                    • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                    • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                    • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                    • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                    Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                    *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                    If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                    • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                      • Basic
                      • Chocolate
                      • Earl Grey Imperial
                      • Guilt free brownies

                      *Downton Reading Suggestions

                      I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                        , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                    • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                    • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                      Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                      It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                      As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                      Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                      I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                      At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                      Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                      Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                      Downton Servants Hall tribute

                      Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                      Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                      Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                      Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                      Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                      “Signature” Downton Dishes

                      The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                      If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                        : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                      Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                      With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                      Appetizers with drinks

                      On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                      Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                      Downton Beverages

                      Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                      • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                        • Tea
                        • Lemonade
                        • Coffee
                        • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                        • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                        • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                        • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                        • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                        Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                        *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                        If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                        • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                          • Basic
                          • Chocolate
                          • Earl Grey Imperial
                          • Guilt free brownies

                          *Downton Reading Suggestions

                          I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                            , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                        • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                        • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                          Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                          It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                          As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                          Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                          I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                          At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                          Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                          Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                          Downton Servants Hall tribute

                          Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                          Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                          Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                          Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                          Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                          “Signature” Downton Dishes

                          The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                          If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                            : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                          Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                          With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                          Appetizers with drinks

                          On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                          Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                          Downton Beverages

                          Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                          • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                            • Tea
                            • Lemonade
                            • Coffee
                            • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                            • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                            • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                            • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                            • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                            Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                            *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                            If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                            • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                              • Basic
                              • Chocolate
                              • Earl Grey Imperial
                              • Guilt free brownies

                              *Downton Reading Suggestions

                              I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                                , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                            • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                            • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                              Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                              It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                              As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                              Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                              I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                              At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                              Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                              Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                              Downton Servants Hall tribute

                              Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                              Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                              Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                              Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                              Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                              “Signature” Downton Dishes

                              The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                              If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                                : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                              Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                              With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                              Appetizers with drinks

                              On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                              Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                              Downton Beverages

                              Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                              • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                                • Tea
                                • Lemonade
                                • Coffee
                                • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                                • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                                • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                                • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                                • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                                Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                                *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                                If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                                • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                                  • Basic
                                  • Chocolate
                                  • Earl Grey Imperial
                                  • Guilt free brownies

                                  *Downton Reading Suggestions

                                  I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                                    , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                                • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                                • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                                  Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                                  It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                                  As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                                  Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                                  I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                                  At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                                  Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                                  Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                                  Downton Servants Hall tribute

                                  Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                                  Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                                  Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                                  Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                                  Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                                  “Signature” Downton Dishes

                                  The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                                  If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                                    : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                                  Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                                  With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                                  Appetizers with drinks

                                  On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                                  Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                                  Downton Beverages

                                  Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                                  • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                                    • Tea
                                    • Lemonade
                                    • Coffee
                                    • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                                    • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                                    • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                                    • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                                    • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                                    Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                                    *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                                    If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                                    • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                                      • Basic
                                      • Chocolate
                                      • Earl Grey Imperial
                                      • Guilt free brownies

                                      *Downton Reading Suggestions

                                      I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                                        , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                                    • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                                    • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                                      Your Online Guide to Hosting A Downton Abbey Themed Party

                                      It had been a quiet summer for ardent American Downton Abbey fans, many engaged in Downton Downtime activities like planning vacations to London to visit High Clere castle where Downton Abbey is filmed, taking in Diamond Jubilee celebrations, or the Summer Olympics. Others have stayed close to home, taking their favorite Downton period books* to the beach, and introducing new fans to Downton through DVDs and/or Netflix.

                                      As for me, I am writing a Downton-inspired e-cookbook, planned for release in December. I hope to provide inspiration for fans of all cooking ability who want to take a Downton twist on casual or formal gatherings. But in the meantime, here are some great recipe and entertaining ideas. Come back regularly as I update links to this page.

                                      Downton Abbey Entertaining Ideas

                                      I have already posted over 100 recipes for foods which would have been served upstairs and down at Downton Abbey and other great English country houses from the Edwardian era through to the early 1920s.

                                      At the end of Season 2, I gave an interview with an LA radio station looking for some advice on what to serve at a Downton Abbey finale party. Here is the posted interview, part of the fun Weekend Alibi segment of what to do this weekend in California, if you know what a weekend is, that is.

                                      Below is a sample of what you could serve at your Downton themed event. Many of these and other recipes will be featured in my ecookbook called Downton Abbey Cooks Entertain, to help you celebrate entertaining the Downton way.

                                      Note: you will have to scroll down to the bottom of each post to get to the actual recipe. I do like to write about food history or what has been happening on the show before we eat.

                                      Downton Servants Hall tribute

                                      Pay tribute to the hard working servants with big dreams (photo ITV)

                                      Many of our favorite characters live downstairs, so you may wish to invite family and friends over for a dinner of simple, hearty dishes which helped fuel our favorite downstairs team for their long 12+ hour days serving the needs of the Crawley family and the sprawling estate.

                                      Downton Formal Dining: Titanic Tribute

                                      Pat Kelly, a co-winner of my period dinner contest, created a wonderful Downton Dinner to provide you with some inspiration

                                      Downton Abbey launched with the sinking of Titanic and the For ambitious cooks or group of foodie friends who really want to put on a show, you may wish to invite an intimate group of friends for a formal dining experience to savour the upstairs experience. Earlier this year I did a great series, cooking my way through the last meals on Titanic. You can pick and choose items from the 1st and 2nd class menus to create your own tribute in as many courses as you can muster. You don’t have to be an experienced chef, just passion and lots of help. Pat Kelly, a follower, provided her account on how she pulled off her dinner earlier this year, describing how to staff, using a caterer, and setting a fabulous table. Susan Edwards was the other co-winner who set a fabulous outdoor Titanic tribute feast.

                                      “Signature” Downton Dishes

                                      The famous Raspberry Meringue Pudding (photo ITV)

                                      If you aren’t prepared to do a great deal of cooking but still want to bring a little bit of Downton to your own viewing party, why not try making one memorable item from the show to share with fellow fans.

                                        : the dish that Sir Anthony Strallon wanted Mrs. Patmore to prepare. : the cat got one famous chicken, yours doesn’t have to end up on the floor. Enjoyed by the Crawleys and Isis, the dog in S2. : which the Dowager had the honor of lighting in the Christmas Episode. from S1, the dish that Mrs. Patmore topped with salt instead of sugar. : in memory of poor Mr. Pamuk.

                                      Tailor your Own Upstairs Menu

                                      With over 100 recipes on my blog, just search for your own combinations of dishes to suit the particular tastes of your own Lords and Ladies. King Edward VII introduced fine French Cuisine to England, and aristocracy enjoyed wonderful food influences from around the British Empire, so enjoy the culinary journey.

                                      Appetizers with drinks

                                      On the wild side. Wild white-fleshed salmon pinwheels, wild mushroom tartlets

                                      Many savoury dishes served at Afternoon Tea (check out my Online Guide) are perfect for upscale entertaining. This list will grow over the coming weeks. See below for beverage suggestions.

                                      Downton Beverages

                                      Anna briefs Mr. Molesley on the wine service (video: ITV)

                                      • Non Alcoholic: fans of John Bates know that he has given up alcohol so you may make a conscious decision to serve non alcoholic drinks in his honor. Some Edwardian standards include:
                                        • Tea
                                        • Lemonade
                                        • Coffee
                                        • Champagne or sparkling wines would be a great celebratory drink to toast each of the 16 categories.
                                        • Madeira: Edwardians loved madeira, for any fortified wine (sherry, brandy) would be fitting tribute to the Dowager countess
                                        • Wine: a great choice. More details in the coming weeks.
                                        • Scotch: a favorite of the Crawley men, single malt for an upstairs crowd
                                        • Pimm’s: a popular drink in the UK (derived from gin), but might more suitable for the summer. If you do live in the lower states it might be suitable as thirst quencher. Check out my Pimm’s Punch recipe, my favorite.

                                        Downton Desserts: Traditional English Favorites

                                        *Biscuits shaped into a cake, brilliant

                                        If dessert and coffee is more your cup of tea, you could serve traditional English dessert and tea favorites. I have also included a few recipes fancied by the Royal Family.

                                        • Cakes * (Prince William’s favorite)
                                          • Basic
                                          • Chocolate
                                          • Earl Grey Imperial
                                          • Guilt free brownies

                                          *Downton Reading Suggestions

                                          I have reviewed a few Downton Abbey era books which you may enjoy:

                                            , by Jessica Fellowes (great photos from the set)
                                        • New:The Chronicles of Downton Abbey: A New Era with great new pics of S3. , by The Countess of Carnarvon , by Deb Hosey, David Stuart (great houses in England)
                                        • In addition please do check out the great fiction written by Evangeline Holland, who blogs at Edwardian Promenade. She has also just hosted a great Page on Facebook: Books for Downton Abbey Fans


                                          Watch the video: Frauen ansprechen ist total leicht, eigentlich quasi theoretisch.. (October 2021).