This weekend was the 10th anniversary of my annual Regency Pumpkin Tea, a private Regency event that I host. As this was the 10th year I have hosted this, I wanted to do something special, and so I planned a Regency candlelight dinner on Friday night, and the Regency Pumpkin Tea on Saturday lunch. It was great fun!
I cooked all the dinner food Friday, with a bit of help from a friend on the vegetables and pear desert (thanks Ali!). We had punch, port, champagne, and more, eating, drinking and laughing, and some games of cards with betting "diamonds" and entire collections of tiaras (LOL).
|Friday's dinner repast of Regency fare|
|The Regency dinner table and candles|
|The table lit by candlelight|
|Ali and I having a great time!|
|Lovely Regency ladies enjoying the evening!|
|My new gown - orange silk sari Regency|
This was my first time hosting a Regency dinner (not a sit down 13 course meal I'm afraid, lol), but I did try to choose all period appropriate fare, and had fun pulling it all together. I have some tweaks and improvements in mind for next year (the cream sherry was too sweet, the port great, the vegetables yummy (but will cook fewer and longer next time), the pear/orange/raisin/brown sugar desert YUM, the Cornish hens came out great, but the brisket I can improve upon, and Trader Joe's, as always, came through with some wonderful delights! :).
I picked up candles from World Market, and they burned great, so more of those for next time. And the two 5-candle candlelabra's plus another 7 few single candles around provided lots of great light, so that was great. We also had a fire in our fireplace in the front room for the first ever since we bought the house, and that added to the ambiance.
Saturday - The 10th Annual Regency Pumpkin Tea
|10th Annual Regency Pumpkin Tea (photo courtesy Gloria)|
|About ready to begin the tea!|
|A bit of sun on some lovely ladies!|
|Ali and the meandering after the tea|
|Fire pit shoe shot!!|
|Vanessa's lovely blue gown!|
|My friend Judy helping me with my tiny spencer buttons|
|My friend Ali and I at the tea|
|My autumn ensemble - my 'strawberry picking'|
gown, Regency apron, black sash, mustard
silk fichu, brown velvet spencer, and stovepipe
bonnet from Amanda's etsy shop
|A bit of shenanigans|
|Tree climbing shenanigans!|
|Judy in my favorite maple tree|
|Kat, Judy and myself - what a fun weekend!|
|Toasting the company with champagne|
We planted the Fabulousity Club flag and I christened my land with champagne!
|We planted the Fabulousity Club flag in the yard!|
|We did a fire pit that evening - |
Guy Fawkes day appropriate ;)
|Planting the flag! (Photo courtesy Gloria)|
|10th Annual Regency Pumpkin Tea group shot (courtesy Gloria)|
I didn't get a lot of pictures of the dinner, but all of my pictures are here (Friday) and here (Saturday) ;).
And I can hardly believe that 10 years have gone by!