How to Host a Downton Abbey Dinner Party

Don your finest evening wear and invite your friends and family to share the exuberance, pomp and grandeur of a Downton Abbey dinner party. First impressions count so it’s imperative to get your dining table looking as authentic as possible.

Polish your cutlery and glasses, make sure your white table cloth is ironed and that you don’t give your guests paper napkins! Take the lead from our infographic, devise a mouthwatering menu and your guests will be wowed by your efforts.

This infographic is packed full of hints and tips on how the aristocracy dined during the reign of George V (and indeed some royalty and aristocrats still do). This wonderful way of life was great if you were upstairs and hard graft if you were downstairs – nevertheless, hosting your very own Downton Abbey party doesn’t mean that you have to live in a mansion or have servants to get the effect.

How to host a Downton Abbey dinner party



  1. Jean | says

    I may not have servants, but I am rather famous in some circles for my tendency toward Dowager-worthy witticisms!

  2. Sandra Mettler says

    Extraordinarily detailed and accurate! This is so much fun! Thank you! This is not going to happen in our little house in the Northwoods of Wisconsin, but the very thought is intriguing. In my heart, this is how I’m meant to live. We were at “Downton” last month (Highclere Castle). I felt like I belonged there.
    And now……back to daydreaming about living in a different era in a different country. There’s just this nagging feeling that I’d have been ‘downstairs’, though every instinct is telling me to be the Dowager Countess of Grantham. Sigh.