Ease “Downton Abbey” withdrawal by bringing its high style into your home.
“I would suggest setting up a tea area with a pot, pretty cups on a tray with flowers,” says Brenda Hedrick, owner of Anna Marie’s Teas. Then when the urge strikes, “put on a hat, invite friends over and enjoy your tea.”
You can also decorate with furniture made of bamboo, wicker or in the Edwardian style (think wing chair). Upholster in chintz, damask and pale colors.
Cover your walls in wallpapers with roses, lilac, wisteria and sweet peas.
Accessorize with a gramophone, terrarium, brass sconces, ginger jars, candelabras, Chinoiserie and silver photograph frames.
Hosting a watch tea party?
Serve Hedrick’s “Downton” farewell menu:
▪ Traditional English cucumber sandwiches
▪ Lemon bread slices
▪ Madeleine cookies
▪ Red plum jelly
▪ Anna Marie’s mock Devonshire cream (beat 1/2 cup whipping cream until soft peaks form. Gradually add 3 tablespoons powdered sugar and 1/2 cup sour cream. Beat until medium-stiff peaks form.)
Having a cocktail party instead? Serve:
▪ French wine, Madeira port or Pimm’s Cups
▪ Parmesan straws
▪ Asparagus tarts
▪ Smoked salmon pinwheels
▪ Chicken liver pate with crackers
Make sure you pull out the good china. No paper or plastic!