So I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years, and I’m not letting the Coronavirus get in the way. I had always planed a garden party (social distancing check), trying to keep it small (small groups check), and our county is moving a tier down. But even if everything gets on lockdown again and it turns out to be just me, I’m having it!
Those who follow me on Instagram have seen that I already started by collecting tea cups which I plan to use for people to drink out of and take home as their favor. I started early on that as I wanted plenty of time to get enough.
After that, I moved on to invitations. Emily Post recommends that invitations should be mailed out 4-6 weeks before the event. I had planned a weekend to work on them, but things didn’t go quite as planned.
So I was getting close to the 4 week mark and needed to get invitations out. I found a couple cute ones on Etsy. One by PaperColada was nice looking and a good price, but I struggled with editing it. So I ended up giving that one a pass.
Another one by AgentKat was gorgeous, but the price was a bit too high as I still needed to pay for printing them. I gave that one a pass as well.
There were other paper ones that could be made and fit the style and price I wanted, but they wouldn’t be ready in time.
So I tried making my own cards. After visiting CVS, Staples, Walgreens, Zazzle, and VistaPrint-I ended up settling on Walmart. The cards weren’t exactly what I had envisioned, but they still came out cute. I made three different ones with free Regency pictures I found online. This one photographed the best.
The invitation says:
You are cordially invited to a Jane Austen Garden Tea Party
In honor of Miss L—- Twenty Ninth Birthday (I wanted to do Nine and Twenty, but I wasn’t sure everyone would get it.)
“It sometimes happens that a women is handsomer at twenty-nine than she was ten years before.” -Jane Austen
Please RSVP with haste at —
Costumes are not required but encouraged
I can’t wait to share some of my other plans with you all.