Are you excited for the release of the Downton Abbey Movie? Why not Dine Downton Style to celebrate? It’s a great way to share the excitement with friends, or round out the evening after a visit to the cinema.
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The Downton Abbey Movie
With a visit from the King and Queen to contend with, things are abuzz both above and below stairs at Downton Abbey. The loyal Downton staff are pulling out all the stops to ensure success, but even the return of the retired Carson can’t prevent a few cracks in the well oiled machine. Add in a lady in waiting whose story will prove explosive to the Crawleys and Downton, an erstwhile republican, and a once in a lifetime opportunity from the King for Edith’s husband Bertie, and there are bound to be fireworks. And when Violet reveals some surprising news, Mary is going to have to make some important decisions for herself, her family and for Downton Abbey.
Dine Downton Style
The release of Downton Abbey on September 13 presents a great opportunity to connect with friends and chat about the characters we all know and love. The Crawleys are expecting a visit from King George V and Queen Mary, so there’s a parade and a lavish dinner to arrange. Thankfully you can keep things a bit simpler!
The film is set in the 1920’s so this is a great opportunity to “dress up in your glad rags”. For the ladies, a 1920’s style dress with sequins and a fringe plus a flapper headband would be perfect. White tie might be a bit of a stretch for this event, but encourage the gents to wear their best suits.
Themed food, drink and decorations are fun too.
Instead of the multi-course, sit down dinner the Crawleys would have enjoyed, why not keep things simple with a buffet version of Afternoon Tea? Most of this could be prepared ahead of time and kept in the fridge while you are at the cinema, so you can enjoy the party too!
If you want to serve a hot dish, pop some Chicken a la King in the slow cooker so that it’s ready when you get home from the cinema.
Dine Downton Style – Dessert
Pavlova, a dessert developed as a tribute to ballerina Anna Pavlova was a 1920’s classic. Pineapple Upside Down Cake was also considered very exotic in the 1920’s as pineapples weren’t all that easy to get. Cooks could make use of the newfangled gadget invented in 1911 to cut pineapples in perfect rings.
Offer your guests a bracing cup of tea before they leave. Earl Grey was very popular in the 1920’s and remains so today, although I would prefer a cup of Royal Blend from Fortnum & Mason – and it’s particularly appropriate as we are celebrating a visit from the King and Queen! You could also serve some chocolate dipped strawberries to finish the evening in style.
Don’t miss Downton Abbey The Movie, being released in UK cinemas only on 13th September 2019. Be sure to Dine Downton Style to celebrate with friends!
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