It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged That “Pride and Prejudice” Parties Rule
Dress up like Lizzie Bennet to host afternoon tea with a table setting worthy of Pemberley.
On rainy spring afternoons, nothing beats curling up with a Jane Austen novel—but a few hundred pages and a few million raindrops can be enough to tire out your eyes and your heart. When that’s the case, invite friends over for a Pride and Prejudice–themed party that could lure even Lizzie Bennet herself away from her reading.
Set the table for afternoon tea with a lacy tablecloth and porcelain teacups in a traditional blue-and-cream scroll pattern. Antique brass candlesticks hold wax or soy candles, whose fragrance is undeniably more pleasant than the animal-fat tallow of Austen’s day. An etched wooden cake stand can hold treats such as petit fours or homemade chocolates freshly popped from a cameo-shaped mold. While discussions of Austen crossover fanfic are encouraged (Mr. Wickham and Elinor Dashwood, anyone?), a set of Pride and Prejudice–themed ceramic coasters keeps the conversation from veering toward Lord Byron or those blasted Brontë sisters. When teatime is over, you’ll know it was a success if guests don the custom Regency dresses you draped over their chairs and tell you “how ardently [they] admire and love you”—or at least how much they loved your party.
1. Pemberley Collection teacup and saucer, Jane Austen Gift Shop; (£8.33 excluding VAT)
2. Etched wooden cake stand, Modcloth; ($44.99)
3. Antique brass candlesticks, CB2; ($18.95)
4. Cameo chocolate mold, Victorian Trading Company; ($9.95)
5. Heirloom lace tablecloth, Victorian Trading Company; ($69.95)
6. Pride and Prejudice ceramic coasters, LemonPlumDesigns on Etsy; ($14)
7. Custom Regency dress, SewManyTreasures on Etsy; ($145)
Stephanie McDaniel is a political theorist-turned-novelist from South Carolina. On the rare occasion she’s not writing, she spends her time folk dancing, singing, and adding sea salt to Lake Michigan.