Host A Downton Abbey Dinner

Host A Downton Abbey Dinner

Who doesn't love Downton Abbey? We do, and not only because of the drama and laughs, but because of the food! You don't need servants to throw a lavish party inspired by the show, read on!

This party takes a lot of traditional recipes but also adds a few surprises. Much like the show, your guests will never know what's around the next corner at this meal. These are my personal favorites that remind me of my new favorite show.

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These appetizers offer your guests the opportunity to socialize at the start of the meal. They're bite sized so they won't have to talk with their mouth full!

Bean and Barley Soup With Ham
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
Crab Stuffed Deviled Eggs

Main Courses
These main courses are fit for the Crawley family themselves! These are substantial dishes, so I suggest only making one.

Beef Bourguignon
White Wine and Orange Poached Salmon
Butter Crusted Chicken

These sides are perfect companions to the heavier main dishes. Plus, they're all simple, so I'd suggest making all three. 

Asparagus Almondine
Tomato, Ham & Asparagus Baked Eggs
Roasted Butternut Squash and Apples

These desserts are the perfect way to keep your party going, since they're as decadent and rich as the ones on the show. 

Blackberry Bread Pudding
Apple Meringues
Blueberry Cake With Lemon Glaze


These beverages are sure to make sure that your guests are having a good time. Serve wines with dinner and port with dessert. If some of your guests don't drink wine, here are some other options. 

Simple Hot Spiced Tea
Mulled Cider
Ginger Cinnamon Tea

Presentation Pointers:

1. Ask everyone to dress nicely. This isn't a pizza and beer party, so show some class. Just pretend the Dowager Countess will be there. Can you imagine her face if she saw you in a hoodie?

2. Play some classical music in the background. Nothing too loud, just a subtle background soundtrack. 

3. Let people move around. This goes against what we see on Downton Abbey, but let the guests feel free to mingle during the appetizer and dessert courses. Don't make it too stuffy, unless of course you have your own butler. 
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