DOWNTON ABBEY FINALE..

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The popularity of Downton Abbey, the British period drama series, depicting the Crawley family and their servants in the post-Edwardian era, has grown into one of the most widely watched mini series of all time. And there are plenty of fans down here in southern  Alabama. I was recently invited to join a group that convenes every Sunday evening. Donned in period hats, furs, gloves, jewelery and other finery, we waited excitedly for the drama to unfold each week. As the third season drew to a close, we decided to celebrate with a British themed finale of our own – complete with period dress, an elegant smorgasbord, and even our own “butler”. The evening was bittersweet: the fellowship of lovely friends followed by the gut wrenching, melodramatic ending to Downton Abbey’s third season…

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Our hosts, Mike and Laura Everett

Small nosegays of roses and greenery arranged in silver vases and the hostess’ antique bronze and china candelabras arranged on an heirloom embroidered tablecloth formed the backdrop for our tablescape. Below are the steps in creating the simple nosegays.

  Buy an  assortment of roses and cut greenery in your yard for the arrangements.  Silver trumpet vases, bud vases or other small silver containers will work nicely.

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  Place three roses  in the center.  Add the greenery and secure with a pipe cleaner.  Trim stems if needed, and place in a vase filled with water. I used loropetalum, dusty miller, kimberly queen fern, macho fern and pittosporum.

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Food is displayed on silver and crystal serving pieces garnished with fresh oregano, rosemary, kimberly queen fern and camellias.

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Farewell to Downton Abbey until next season!

“We don’t always get our just desserts”…… Violet Crawley

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