Thursday, January 10, 2013

Revisiting Downton Abbey

Well, Downton Abbey is back, and we Masterpiece nerds couldn't be happier! My husband has renewed fervor for his aristocratic imitations and is adding to his list of cutting one-liners from the Dowager Countess of Grantham. He never ceases to entertain himself (and I must admit, me) with that era of a time long ago.

I thought I'd revisit some of the photos from the Downton Abbey inspired party I styled for A-Line Magazine last May. It's fun to look back at what I've created long after the exhaustion and pressure from the 'performance' is past. I'm more able to kindly review the aspects of the design I still like (that ribbon chandelier and the sweet tea cup daffodil), as well as what I'd change if I'd ever done something similar in the future (the jury is still out on that).

If it weren't lunchtime and my fish tacos and diet Coke weren't so darn tasty, I'd make a lovely cup of tea and have a McVitties chocolate biscuit while perusing the photos. Then I'd raise my pinky and refer to myself as Elizabeth Mills, Duchess of Ontario. (To create your own aristocratic name, I included instructions below).

Photos by Gina Weathersby of 513{eats}, cake by Sugar Realm, catering from Two Chicks Who Cater, vintage china plates from Oma's Vintage Plates, styling, set design & ephemera by Margot Madison Creative.


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  2. Countess Elizabeth Morris Tippecanoe here.... Maybe it doesn't work if you are from Indiana ;-)

  3. husband calls me the Power Scion of Maurertown. Someone it lacks the cachet to bring me much influence in other places. :-)

  4. Hi, I know this is a bit late, but do you happen to know the brand or shape name of the white plate? Cb2 has a similar shape in gray called "bracket" but the white looks so lovely the way you've set it up. Has me definitely longing for spring.

  5. I believe I purchased these at Home Goods. Not sure of the brand name anymore. Give that a shot!


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