We are big literature lovers in our homeschool… and big Jane Austen fans. We’ve read all the books and I’ve had the pleasure of visiting both her house in Chawton, England and her grave in Winchester Cathedral. A few years ago, I put together a Jane Austen book club which was entertaining, thought provoking, and something I hope to do again soon!
When my eldest daughter turned 10 last year, she wanted a Jane Austen tea Party. Imagine my delight. My Jane Austen party planning heart was thrilled to hear her choice. We kept everything pretty simple (for favors we sent girls home with bookmarks and a handkerchief with embroidery floss so they could monogram their own), but the one thing we did seek out for her and her two sisters for the party was regency dresses. We found a wonderful etsy shop, Amuse Me whose owner Lisa, makes them in all different little girl’s sizes and many different colors. The dresses made my girlies feel extra special and helped them to pretend they were back in England, another time…another place. (and since the party, they have become favorite dress up dresses for many different imaginative schemas!).
Do check out Lisa’s Etsy shop. She sews the sweetest things and her customer service is top rate. You can also find her on twitter, instagram, facebook, and on her lovely blog. (She’s a homeschooler too!) Here’s some lovely photos from our Jane Austen Tea.
P.S. I can’t take credit for the amazing Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy Pride and Prejudice themed cookies. They were made for my daughter by our dear friend, Nikki of Tikkido. If you haven’t checked out her blog do so…it’s full of fabulous do it yourself, save you money, party fun!
Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy cookies… (the others are shaped like teacups and teapots with hand painted icing roses (Thank you, Nikki!).
My girls in the sweet dresses made for them by Lisa at AmuseMe Etsy Shop…