But you can’t have a party without games! The first game was Jane Austen trivia and the second game was a tea tray memory game. I went back to my earlier ideas of creating a Jane Austen Guess Who Game, but decided against it as it seemed too hard for my group of friends that were attending. Unfortunately all my friends who actually Jane Austen fans were unable to attend. So I thought for a while and decided to go with an old wedding shower/baby shower favorite: Guess How Many Sugar Cubes.
So with this game you usually have a jar, or other clear/see-through containers with a lid and fill it with some type of candy, or objects, and have people guess how many are in the container. As this was a tea related party, I used my glass teapot (and I covered the openings with tape to make sure no bugs came in). I fit 125 sugar cubes in my teapot.
People had a lot of fun with this, and my Tia actually guessed the exact number of how many sugar cubes were in the teapot. She chose prize one.
I know I’m sure you all wondering what else could I possibly share but I’m not done! I still have one more game, my music choices, my hair, my regency dress, and what kind of favors I gave out to to share. Stay tuned!
But you can’t have a party without games! In my last post, I shared about the first game, Jane Austen trivia. For the second game I was looking online and I spotted a post by Plum Deluxe about ideas for Tea Party games. One of which was to have a tea tray memory game.
I have played versions of this game in the past at many bridal or baby showers, and a few years ago I did this exact game for a friend’s Spring Tea Party Bridal Shower. This is so easy to do, all you have to do is collect tea themed (or in my case Jane Austen and Tea themed objects). I used the following items:
“I ❤️ Mr. Darcy“ Clutch Bag (I won in a giveaway by Ellery Adams)
So as I have been saying in every post, I have been planning my Jane Austen 29th birthday party for a few years (it was originally supposed to be my 27th birthday celebration but things happened); and I was finally able to have it.
So originally I had planned for three games, but I ended up doing four. The first game I had wanted to play a type of guess who game where I gave an Austen character to each party guest. I planned for each to have a short bio of their character along with a list of characters everyone else was going to be. I planned for each to act out their character, the first person to get someone to guess them right would receive a prize. I thought it would be a lot of fun, but then my sister and mother pointed out that the people attending were not really Austen fans.
Yes it turned out that all my friends who had actually read or watched Austen’s works were unable to come and the friends that were attending had very limited exposure to Jane Austen. So it was back to the drawing board .
My next thought was that I would do a game that was more of “Who Am I?” I would give everyone a list of characters and then I would read out a short bio of each character and they would have to match up who goes with which storyline. I thought this would be easier and I could do it either before or after the trivia game, that way it would help people get a boost in answering one of the games.
But when I presented it to my mom and sister, they both still thought it would be too hard. So it was back again to try and come up with a new idea.
I decided to shelve it altogether and instead work on the Jane Austen Trivia game I had planned. I sat down and wrote it up, but then when I looked it back over, I realized it was too hard. I ended up throwing it out and starting all over again.
So I rewrote it, and then this time it was far too easy. I thought if I used it then everyone would be a winner. That one joined the other in the trash.
I did a few more drafts and then finally settled on one that I thought wasn’t too hard, but also not too easy.
However, it still appears that I made it too hard as everyone said it was really difficult.
My friend who won got 9/15 questions correct and chose prize three. I will attach the Trivia file below and let me know what you think. Was it too hard? Too easy? Or do you think just right?
Next month I will be celebrating my 9th blogiversary!
And in these nine years I have come to the realization that not everything I write or post is… well good. Some of what I have posted in the past is poorly written and random.
Some posts were added as filler to help me stay on my scheduled “post days” and some have absolutely nothing to do with Jane Austen or an Austenite topic as at times I struggled with what I wanted my blog to be exactly.
So I have decided to go through my posts and clean them up. Clear out the ones that were added that are not good and offload any that don’t fit the theme to a different site. I had wanted to get this done by my Blogiversary, but I know that won’t happen, I have nine years worth of posts to go through after all.
So just letting you know if you see this:
It’s because I’m working on trying to make this site better and fit a certain vision. And to let you all know it isn’t a server issue or a problem with WordPress.
So as you know if you have been following my page, I just celebrated my 29th birthday with a Jane Austen Garden Tea Party.
Some of you might be wondering why I am so extensively going through all the party planning and it was because I had been planning to have this two years ago, but life got in the way so I decided to wait and now I’ve finally been able to have it.
So starting with sandwiches, remember how we’ve been having those The Magician’s Nephew Bible study/book club/tea party? Well, those have also been a dry run for me as it gives me a chance to try out recipes and see which ones I really love. I decided to start off with one I really loved: Curried Egg Salad Triple Stacks Sandwiches
I also really love cucumber sandwiches and wanted to use the recipe from SpendWith Penniesbut to save time I used Chive and Onion Cream Cheese Spread.
But I used a cookie cutter to make them into teapot shape; along with cutting the other half of the cookies into a teabag shape. And I dipped them in chocolate
Chocolate Dipped Cookies:
Have your cookies baked and cooled.
Using a double broiler, melt a chocolate bar or chocolate chips.
If you do not have a double broiler, get two pots about the same size or have one be slightly smaller than the other. Heat water in one until it boils. Turn down the flame and take the other pot and hold it over the one with boiled water. Place the chocolate in the top pot and stir until melted.
When chocolate is melted, dip cookies and lay on wax paper. Put cookies in freezer or fridge to get chocolate to harden.
The last cookie I made was Better Home and Gardens Sugar Cookies.
2/3 Cup of Shortening
3/4 Cups of Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Vanilla
4 Teaspoons of Milk
2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour (Sifted)
1.5 Teaspoons of Baking Powder
1/4 Teaspoon of Salt
Throughly cream shortening, sugar, and vanilla.
Add egg; beat until mixture light and fluffy.
Stir in milk.
Sift together flour, baking powder, and salt.
Blend dry ingredients to the wet ingredients.
Divide dough in half.
Chill for one hour.
On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to 1/8 of an inch thickness.
Cut into desired shapes with cookie cutters.
Bake on greased cookie sheet at 375 degrees F for 6-8 minutes.
Cool slightly, then remove from pan.
I had wanted to make Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cakebut I ran out of time and I ended up just buying an Almond Poppyseed cake from Raleys. It was good, but not as amazing as the Meyer Lemon Poppyseed Cake.
My friend also made Carrot Cake (my favorite) and carrot cake cupcakes. I didn’t take a picture of the cake (so good) but in the picture below, where the cupcakes are is where the cake was placed. All the cupcakes were gone by the end of the party. The recipe is a secret or else I would have shared that too.
I’ve been having so much fun sharing all these things with you, and even though the party has ended I will be continuing to share all my other party plans!