Pride and Prejudice Tea and DIY

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY

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My favorite book is Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, so this inspired tea party had to be extra special. Designing and planning my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was so enjoyable and exciting. You know, I’m not much of a cook, but I love all the other parts of party planning, but even the cooking part was great. There’s nothing quite like giving out an actual invitation to introduce a party or event – it may be a bit formal, but to me an invitation is very special to give and receive. I’m equally passionate about designing and installing the table setting and party decorations and making a few handmade embellishments to elevate the entire experience just a bit. But without my guests, the party would be nothing. My amazing friends dress the part and have even sewn their own costumes and accessories. It’s incredibly special and heartwarming to have such special friends to spend time with and create memories that will last a lifetime.


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Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Invitation

The invitation for my Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was made using a vintage piano music roll. Using my favorite free desktop publishing program, Canva, I designed a simple invitation and then printed in onto vellum paper. Next, I sewed the vellum invitation onto the paper roll and then rolled it back up. I embellished the roll tab and decorated the music roll box. I love finding ways to repurpose items or to give new life to vintage things. These piano music rolls can also be used as a table runner, gather several in a bowl or basket, or to create whimsical wall art.

If you don’t have a wax seal kit, you’re missing out. They’re so affordable and you will use it more than you think. I love adding a seal on envelopes, cards, gift wrap, name cards, and anywhere I can get away with it. There are so many pretty metal stamps to choose from and my kit comes with over a dozen different wax colors to use. If you admire the ways of the past, using a stamp seal is a fun one to bring back for all to enjoy. Sewing paper is another way to add an unexpected embellishment to a card, invite, or gift tag.


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Notice the bright red wax seal and ribbon at the pull – it really added such a nice detail.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
I used some extra music rolls to decorate the wall behind Mr. Collin’s pulpit!

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The music roll was placed in its original box that I decorated and tied shut.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Food

When it came to deciding on the menu, I initially struggled a bit. I wanted a feast like feel to the menu, but it had to be easy enough to prepare. I tested out a Cornish game hen recipe and was pleasantly surprised with the outcome. However, while Jeremy’s hen was tender and juicy, my hen was tough, and they were annoying to eat because of their size. So, baked paprika chicken bumped up to first place and made it on my menu. Root vegetables were a popular choice during that era, so I baked baby potatoes with a tasty seasoning and used a crock pot to slow cook the glazed carrots. Homemade 1-hour rolls provided a nice starch with everything else. We enjoyed tea and individual Boston cream pie cakes. This recipe is definitely one to try, seriously delicious.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Craft

Once we finished stuffing ourselves, the table was cleared, and we started the DIY craft project. All we did was create little flower arrangements in a small compote bowl/vase. However, I made the compote vases ahead of time using Dollar Store materials. Check out this post to learn how to make faux mercury glass – this technique can be done for other projects as well. One of the things that helped this DIY go well was that I presoaked the floral oasis foam, we had steel chopsticks to help make holes into the foam if we needed, and we each had our own scissors. I’m all about sharing, but you really need your own scissors to keep things moving on your arrangement. I got some grocery store flowers and that was it. There’s something so relaxing about arranging flowers and in my opinion, there’s not a wrong way to do it. I really enjoyed watching all the arrangements come together, each different even though we had the same flowers to choose from.


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This compote vase was made with $2 of materials!

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY – Decorations

Creating the room decor was most enjoyable. I had recently finished making over a vintage pulpit and I thought it would be perfect for the party. The pulpit wasn’t only perfect as symbolism for Mr. Collins, but I was able to store the DIY craft supplies inside it. I wanted to recreate a sort of ball room ambiance for the tea party, my modern-day interpretation of a regency ball room, this tea party needed to have a more formal feel to it. I used my union jack flags, also used at my Jane Austen Faire in 2014, to hang from the ceiling. These British beauties added a ton of flair, and I was happy to get another use out of them. Besides the tablescape, the other central focus of the room is the media console filled with books. I added decor on top of the console, placed a mirror above it, and created a clean and simple look.

The tablescape was a bit more involved. It’s my interpretation of a regency dinner, on a budget. To elevate any luncheon or dinner party, fold cloth napkins in a special way. It’s a simple touch but looks lovely. I would have preferred to have had fresh floral arrangements grace the table, but I didn’t have time, so dried greenery and used some faux flowers to create arrangements that would last. One of the fun details of this party is the table runner. I asked my daughter, Sawyer, to write one of my favorite quotes from Pride and Prejudice at the end of the kraft paper roll. She did a fine job and I loved being able to incorporate a quote from the book and movie. I found some damask gift wrap and tacked it onto the wall like wallpaper – it added color and faux luxury, it was so fun.


Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations
The brass candelabras are from Amazon!

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This double ruffled crepe paper is one of my favorite embellishments for party decor or gift wrapping.

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I used damask gift wrap on the wall behind the mirror to add some regency flair.

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Even the entryway got sprinkled with some British vibes.

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

Pride and Prejudice Tea Party and DIY - Decorations

This Pride and Prejudice tea party and DIY was my favorite tea party so far. The best part is that anyone can host a tea party, anyone can buy or make some treats to serve, and anyone can pull together some supplies to do an activity together. A tea and DIY can be as extravagant or as simple as you want – and either way, your guests will love getting together to share this time of breaking bread and being creative. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I hope you enjoyed some of the ideas and feel inspired in some way. A tea and DIY is a fun idea for a birthday, bridal or baby shower, Mother’s Day, or any reason to gather loved ones and spend some quality time. Be sure to follow me on Pinterest – I find a lot of beautiful ideas to share!

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My favorite author, Jane Austen, has once again inspired me to create a novel-themed tea party. I’m not sure yet if I’ll design a tea party around each of her novels, but I’ve enjoyed designing parties for my favorites. A Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party provides so many ideas to create a beautiful and whimsical scene and menu, but most importantly is the DIY craft. Marianne Dashwood is the musician, while Elinor is the artist. She’s a humble artist and seems to create for the mere enjoyment of it, and that’s one of the things I love about this character. Before the decor, menu, or invitations were designed, I knew I wanted to do a watercolor craft at this tea party.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

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A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

My friends were absolute naturals at watercolor painting! I was so impressed and in awe at their lovely paintings. If I could paint like that, I’d probably do little else.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – Decor

As with many of Austen’s novels, nature is often a focus whether it be discussed on walks, admired from a window, or just the scene that is set. I wanted to decorate the tea party in a way that brought a bit of nature inside for a whimsical feel, and to highlight the use of wildflowers and plant life in Austen’s works. I used decor that I already owned as well as creating a natural frame made from fallen branches and dried flowers from the recently passed summer season. Repurposing my branches again, they framed the entrance into this party space. One of the central themes in Sense and Sensibility is the Dashwood’s financial situation due to the passing of their father and law of heirs. You may notice some darker colors from the tablecloth to the attendees’ apparel to give a sense of mourning and grief. The dark rich colors also offset the gentle colors of plant life throughout the room. Some of the inspiration for the party design is interpreted in subtle ways, but it’s those details that I enjoy the most.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

I repurposed the book page table runner from my first Jane Austen tea party by cutting it in half to create two runners/place settings. The moss place setting was a treasure found at 417 Vintage Marketplace in Branson, Missouri. And while I love copper accents, these mugs get super-hot when filled with hot tea – beware~


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

Yes, all of these plants are fake, but don’t they just scream English garden living. I love redecorating and styling with stuff I’ve had for years to give it a new look. The only new piece in this set up are the antlers and they were purchased for my bedroom design, not for this party. If you can clear out your party room and then shop your home to intentionally add back items that fit within your theme, it’s like giving your decor new life and these details can add so much to your party space.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

This dining chair decoration was repurposed from the book page chandeliers used in my first Jane Austen tea party. When created for the first tea party, I really wanted them to be huge, but they were time consuming, and I wasn’t sure they would look good too large. So, I settled on creating several smaller ones and hung them from the ceiling. I’m so glad I made them this size, but they worked perfectly on the backs of the chairs. I added a book cover and some ribbon, and the effect was just so sweet.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

This ruffly paper garland was easily created using coffee filters, $2 worth to be exact. I tinted them with tea, spray painted the edges with gold, and then pinched them into these paper flowers. Some baking twine and a stapler was all I needed to finish the pretty little strings. This garland was then repurposed for my Christmas tree, and it is currently in some large paper Mache bowls as a filler.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

Each place setting is another opportunity to personalize and create details. This place card is a layer of vellum paper with the names printed in a pretty font, placed over a piece of watercolor paper that I did a quick watercolor ombre technique to. The napkin is a hand embroidered vintage handkerchief. Don’t worry, I washed them by hand, very thoroughly.


A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – Invitation

Party invitations are one of my favorite things to design. And since I only needed to create a few invitations, it opened up a world of possibilities to create something beautiful and unique. In keeping with the watercolor idea, I found a beautiful graphic on Canva.com and then created my invites. In Canva, you can create the size of your document, upload your own graphics, photos, and fonts – or use the ones included. Once my invitations were printed on a thin cardstock, I began the process of decoupaging the paper to a small canvas. With the Modge Podge dry, I then added some gold leaf accents to the top and bottom of the canvas. There is something mildly addicting to gold leafing. I love that it shouldn’t be perfect, and each creation is unique. The final canvas was then set upon a small wooden easel. I just love how cute they turned out. I placed the entire creation into a small paper bag and closed it with a ribbon.


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A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party – The menu

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I love brunch menus, so for this tea party, mini brunch items were the perfect combination. For the Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party, I served mini breakfast casserole, mini garlic ranch smashed potatoes, caprese tomato bites, and muffin tin monkey bread. The menu was absolutely delicious, and each recipe was so easy to make. Here are the recipes that created my menu:

  • Breakfast casserole
  • Caprese tomato bites (herb cheese spread stuffed inside grape tomatoes with balsamic drizzle)

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility Inspired Tea Party

A Sense and Sensibility inspired tea party was such a highlight for me, and a wonderfully good time spent with friends. I hope this tea party inspires and encourages you with your own party planning. Designing parties has been great fun and I completely enjoy spending quality time with great friends – what more of an excuse does one need? I’d love to know what you think or if you have questions, please feel free to leave me a comment below.


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The Emma garden tea party was so much fun and the preparations were unbelievably easy! My favorite author of all time is Jane Austen, so I’m designing tea parties around the themes of several of her novels, my personal favorites. The first tea was a Jane Austen tea and when I soon realized one tea party wouldn’t be enough, I began planning more around her actual novels. There are so many ways you can interpret the novel, Emma, and then design a party around it, but I focused on the picnics, nature/flowers, and outdoor ventures. In all of Austen’s novels, the ladies seem to embroider at some point or another, or it’s at least spoken of, so for our DIY craft, we tried out hand-embroidery. It’s so much easier than you’d think and it was quite relaxing too.


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Emma Garden Tea Party – Design

The invitation is the first glimpse into the party that your attendees get, so I like to make it special in hopes that they will anticipate having a wonderful time. I like to design my own invitations using Canva.com. The software is free and has so many templates and built-in options to use. I usually begin my invitation design around the size of envelope or enclosure that I’m using. You can create any size of document in Canva and go from there. If you don’t like to create or use their elements to do a custom design, they also offer hundreds of templates to help you too. Once I’m done, I just download it as a printable PDF with print lines for easy cutting. I usually print on cardstock and that’s it. The special part about these invitations was definitely the envelope. I added an envelope liner using pages from Emma, and then embellished it further with some gold-edge ruffled crepe paper and a wax seal. It never fails to surprise me just how much joy I get from creating invitations. I know my guests will enjoy receiving them and that’s what motivates me the most.

For the party room, I wanted to create an indoor garden party vibe so I grabbed a hanging branch from our dying tree (before it was cut down) and fashioned it to hang right over our table. My rectangular table felt a bit large and I don’t have a round table, so I brought in the small square patio table and set my plywood man in the moon on top to create a temporary round table! It was a little small, but it worked out. I added a few more branches behind the library cabinet and used it to set up our brunch, dessert, and tea. I wanted to keep the backdrop simple, but coordinated with the garden party feel so I used some branches and dried flowers to create an open frame as the focal point. I also attached some vintage book pages to the wall to add interest and highlight the literary inspiration behind the tea party. I used a few props to continue the garden party feel and used a picnic basket to hold all the DIY craft supplies. The floral centerpiece was created from the cheapest mixed floral bouquet I could find at Sam’s Club. I used wood slices as my chargers and created book place settings using an old book without the cover and a printed floral image on top. I used a dropper to draw a line of water along the border or my floral image and then carefully tore the image out to get an old-looking ripped edge. A few simple touches can create wonderful memories for you and your guests.


Emma Garden Tea Party

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Emma Garden Tea Party – Food

Designing the party room is my favorite part about hosting a tea party, but I also enjoy coming up with a menu that I can accomplish with my mediocre skills and that will work as a full tea. We shared brunch for this tea which gave us a bit more time together to chat and work on our craft, and it allowed for some fun dishes to choose from as well. There’s something about tea time that calls for mini foods, not always, but it seems to be more fun when it does. For my brunch menu, I made mini quiches by Dinner at the Zoo, fruit cups by Grits and Pinecones, stuffed mushrooms by The Menu Maid, and mini pumpkin Bundt cakes by Paula Deen. And for this end-of-summer tea party, I served Minty Melon tea by Savoy Tea Co. and it was delicious and light. I made the stuffed mushrooms the night before and just added the breadcrumbs right before baking. I set up the mini quiches the night before also, and just added the egg mixture right before baking. All of the food could be prepped ahead of time and then easily assembled and baked right before serving.


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Emma Garden Tea Party – DIY craft

For my party designs, I don’t aim for everything to match, but I do like things to be coordinated and intentional. This party plan started with the DIY craft I wanted to do, and then the rest of the details fell into place. The DIY craft we made was a hand-embroidered necklace pendant. I already had a ton of embroidery floss and needles, but I did buy a few more colors of floss because one can never have too many color choices. Embroidery hoops are very inexpensive and you can use any fabric that isn’t too thin or too thick. Here are the necklace pendant kits I found on Etsy. The one thing I forgot to have available were wooden clothes pins to hold the embroidered design inside the bezel setting to dry. We used a makeshift hold, but Dollar Store clothes pins would have been easiest. I found the most adorable floral pendant patterns, for free, by Jessica at Cutesy Crafts. Just subscribe to her blog and you will get a ton of free patterns – and no spam from her. Jessica also has a shop with wonderful supplies and kits to choose from as well.

After deciding that I loved Jessica’s mini floral patterns the best, I researched and gathered instructions on how to create each type of stitch that was needed to complete her patterns. And once you learn how to do these stitches, you’ll never forget – they are easy and fun. There are many tutorials and videos out there to learn from! I printed out Jessica’s patterns and the gathered stitch instructions and my DIY supplies were ready for my guests. This DIY craft could easily be done outside or anywhere. It doesn’t require a lot of space and it doesn’t make a mess. Here’s a list of supplies that you’ll need.

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Emma Garden Tea Party

Emma Garden Tea Party

  • Trace the pattern onto the fabric
  • Place the embroidery hoop onto the fabric with the pattern in the middle
  • Select a color of floss and follow the pattern’s instructions for how many threads to gather for a particular stitch
  • Use the prescribed stitch to fill in the traced part of the pattern
  • Once the whole pattern is stitched, remove the hoop, cut the design out leaving about 1/2″ border around the bezel setting
  • Line up the design over the bezel setting and carefully wrap the fabric border behind
  • Add E6000 glue to the bezel and carefully set the wrapped design inside
  • Use a clothes pin or two to hold it together ( or place under a stack of books)
  • Once completely dry, add pendant to chain

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This DIY craft and tea time spent with friends is definitely a 2021 highlight for me. I love designing events, but I usually feel awkward hosting them. However, when the party is planned out, tailored to things I love, and easy to implement; I couldn’t enjoy myself more. If you enjoyed this post and want to see my future Jane Austen inspired tea parties, be sure to subscribe so that you don’t miss out. Thank you so much for checking out this post. I’d love to know what you think about the party design, how you would have interpreted Emma, or if you have any questions I can help with.


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