Downton Abbey Party Menu

Downton Abbey Party Menu

Downton Abbey is back on television in the US this weekend, so get out the good china and polish the silver.

Downton Abbey Party Menu

By which I mean have the kitchen staff get out the good china and polish the silver.

Downton Abbey Party Menu

I couldn’t decide between a tea party and a dinner in honor of everyone’s favorite classy soap opera, so it ended up somewhere in the middle.

White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones

Channeling my inner Mrs. Patmore, I came up with a spread of pretty and dainty things, very loosely inspired by favorite ingredients from the U.K and with a modern twist. Perfect for your Downton Abbey premiere, finale or viewing party.

Downton Abbey Party

We invited our own Dowager Countess to preside over the event. I think she approved.

Downton Abbey Party Menu

Stilton Pear Tarts

Stilton Pear Tarts

Oh my stars. The very English cheese, Stilton (or use Gorgonzola or similar), baked into buttery puff pastry and topped with a pear salad.

Stilton Pear Tarts Recipe >

Cucumber Stacks

Cucumber Stacks

This super easy play on cucumber sandwiches was a surprise hit.

Cucumber Stacks Recipe >

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish

These tiny, appetizer-sized Yorkshire Puddings filled with rare beef have been haunting my dreams. Just. Make. Them.

Mini Yorkshire Puddings with Roast Beef and Horseradish Recipe >

Lemon Caper Shrimp

Lemon Caper Shrimp

Classic. 

Lemon Caper Shrimp Recipe >

Mint Pea Soup

Mint Pea Soup

Fresh English peas, leeks, and mint make for a fresh-tasting, sophisticated soup.

Mint Pea Soup Recipe >

Cranberry Orange Sorbet

Cranberry Orange Sorbet

Much more than a palate cleanser, this sorbet is absolutely bursting with flavor. And color! 

Cranberry Orange Sorbet Recipe >

Almond Cakes

Downton Abbey Party Menu - Almond Cakes

My favorite Almond Cake, made dainty for the occasion by baking in a mini tartlet pan (a mini muffin pan will work as well). Cake recipe makes 24 mini-sized cakes, reduce baking time from original recipe.

Almond Cake Recipe > 

White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones

White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut SconesMy favorite scones- packed with luscious chunks of white chocolate, dried apricots, and walnuts and barely enough dough to hold them together. The Brits would be appalled.

White Chocolate, Apricot, and Walnut Scones Recipe >

Chocolate Toffee Mini Trifles

Chocolate Toffee Mini Trifles

Yes.

Chocolate Toffee Mini Trifles Recipe >

Check out my other TV-inspired parties and menus: Arrested DevelopmentBreaking Bad, and Parks and Recreation.

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