Thanksgiving at Downton Abbey

This year’s Thanksgiving dinner went under the title “English Tweed” and was inspired by this Downton Abbey cast photo:

A CARNIVAL FILMS PRODUCTION FOR ITV1 2011 DOWNTON ABBEY  CHRISTMAS SPECIAL Pictured: NIGEL HAVERS as Lord Hepworth, SHARON SMALL as Marigold Sore, HUGH BONNEVILLE as Robert, IAIN GLEN as Sir Richard, MICHELLE DOCKERY as Lady Mary and DAN STEVENS as Matthew. Photographer: GILES KEYTE This photograph is (C) CARNIVAL FILMS and can only be reproduced for editorial purposes directly in connection with the programme or event mentioned above, or CARNIVAL FILMS. Once made available by ITV plc Picture Desk, this photograph can be reproduced once only up until the transmission [TX] date and no reproduction fee will be charged. Any subsequent usage may incur a fee. This photograph must not be manipulated [excluding basic  cropping] in a manner which alters the visual appearance of the person photographed deemed detrimental or inappropriate by ITV plc Picture Desk.  This photograph must not be syndicated to any other company, publication or website, or permanently archived, without the express written permission of ITV Plc Picture Desk.

(C) CARNIVAL FILMS / ITV

The invitation read:

Lady Lina and Baroness Catherine invite you to their winter estate to celebrate together the opening of the Fox Hunting season.
Dress code: English Countryside

We had 16 guests all of which did their best to match the dinner’s theme. As always, everyone brought her/his specialty dish with the highlight being the 7 k turkey. Needless to say, the food was so much that it took us throughout the following week.

If the weather permits it, I would suggest you took the party outdoors at your garden or even turn it into pick nick. Unfortunatelly, we were not that lucky but we did go out to take a group picture at the nearby park.

∗Detail for the esthetes: Simo’s binoculars and vintage photo camera.

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For the table, I chose orange/green plaid and english flower pattern napkins. I used a sheer fabric tablecloth roll and paper table mats. I did not have enough bowls for the pumpin soup, so I used big milkshake tumblers. I decorated the table with three big round beige and purple candles I already had.

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GUESTS: 16 / BUDGET:

My contribution as a host to the party was

Supermarket: wine, appetisers, plastic cups, napkins, etc. = EUR 92.80

Casa: tablecloth roll, table mats = EUR 5.00

TOTAL: 97.8

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