This winter break, my husband took all the boys on a road trip and my daughter Arah and I stayed behind for a girls weekend. She invited over a few of her close friends for a Pride and Prejudice movie night because one of the girls had never seen it, and it’s already a favorite to the rest of us. I haven’t watched the movie in so long, so I was greatly looking forward to it.
All Jane Austen fans have their own favorite version, but for the night, we chose the 2005 version starring Kiera Knightley and Mathew Macfadyen, but I’m also a fan of the TV mini-series with Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy.
Anyway, at the last minute Arah and I decided to make the evening more special by creating an entire viewing party. By last minute, I mean about 5 hours before the girls were going to be at the house.
Thankfully, putting together an memorable Pride & Prejudice movie night wasn’t too difficult. I already had dinner planned, so that wasn’t a problem.
Using our methods and a little luck, putting together your own party is something you could do on short notice for a book club evening to make your guests feel welcomed and special.
To decorate, first we pulled together what I had around the house.
Milk glass vases, white dinner plates and real silver ware, vintage books, and a copy of the Jane Austen books in one collection.
Then, we borrowed.
My mom has tons of fabric and has collected vintage pieces for as long as I can remember.
We used her vintage lace and crocheted pieces for table covers, and mix and match tea cups.
Last, we purchased.
Inexpensive pink and white carnations from the grocery store were simple and elegant displayed in the milk glass.
Dollar store frames held pretty quotes from the classic novel that I printed right at home on old sepia colored paper. I didn’t have time to make the images myself (after creating one, and realizing how long it would take), so I found an affordable shop on Etsy called AliceFlynn that sells the digital images. They turned out perfect, and each girl was able to take one of the frames home with them.
Once all the elements were pulled together, it was time to set it all up.
My 1940’s piano became the perfect console for the hot cocoa & dessert bar.
On all the tables around the room, we mixed the frames and quotes in with the fresh flowers, milk glass, vintage books, and fabrics.
In the kitchen, I used PicMonkey to create an menu image, and put it in a frame beside the dinnerware and food.
With my daughter Arah being away for college, I’m the only girl in a house full of boys. Even our dogs are boys. I miss the everyday things like watching chick-flicks and discussing our favorite books, baking, listening to boy problems. So needless to say, when she’s home I enjoy all the girly things we get to do together.
It was an evening that was hopefully just as special to our guests as it was to the two of us!