Tablescape Tuesday: Downton Abbey Style

 “Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually!”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭105:4‬ ‭

I know how wildly popular the British period drama Downton Abbey has been and Sunday night began its sixth and final season!  I haven’t watched a single episode, but before you throw your English tea cups, I do plan on buying the entire series to sit down at my leisure and watch!  No one sets a more formal and proper table than the British aristocracy with their heirloom china, crystal, and sterling!

However, my dear friend Patti, with her beautiful collection of table ware, can run a close second!  For many years, she and her husband have hosted Thanksgiving dinner, with a grand total of 60 family members attending this year.  Being the fabulous hostess she is, each table is always set with linens, fine china…the whole works!  While visiting her, we had the best time setting a formal “Downton Abbey” styled table!

A beautiful Irish linen tablecloth graces Patti’s dining table!

The china pattern is “Twilight Dell” by Oxford

The “chair” place card holders have to be the most unique that I have ever seen!  I love them!

The water goblet and the iced beverage is “Araglin” by Waterford.  This pattern is characterized by diamond and vertical wedge cuts.  I visited the House of Waterford last summer while in Ireland and watched a demonstration of how the beautiful crystal is made!  You can see more here.

The flatware consists of several patterns!  I love mixing it up…even on a formal table!

Note the beautiful embroidery on the tablecloth and the individual salt cellars!

The centerpiece is a vintage silver-plated epergne filled with champagne roses!

 “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬

The vintage compotes and seafood forks are awaiting an appetizer of shrimp cocktail!

So, what about you?  Are you a fan of Downton Abbey?  I always love your comments!

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  1. That’s a beautifully formal table, Pam! I love the mix of the sterling flatware, the place card holders, and that tablecloth is outstanding. Thank you for sharing. Like you, I have not seen a single episode of DA, but a reader informed me it is also available on Netflix. It’s definitely a time period I admire, especially now that they’re into the Flapper era. 🙂

  2. Kim says:

    Ooh…lovely! We love Downton Abbey and are sad it’ll be ending after this season. We came into the series after its second season, so we borrowed my mother’s DVDs and had a Downton marathon weekend. Our favorite thing is the story of the servants behind the family characters. Great idea to set a Downton table!

  3. Joyce @ QN says:

    Beautiful indeed! I hope no turkey gravy was spilled on the gorgeous tablecloth 🙂 Enjoy your sessions w/ Downton Abbey. I’ve watched just a few episodes myself…

  4. Suzan says:

    How gorgeous ! Wow I just can’t imagine hosting a sit down dinner for 60 people – how amazing !
    I have 2 friends that laugh their heads off at me that I watch Downton Abbey ( ignoramuses don’t know anything about it LOL ) but I’m officially whipping a tea cup at your head – START WATCHING LOL !!!
    Great post – thanks for sharing !

  5. FABBY says:

    Stunning! This tablescape is right up my alley. White linen is my favorite elegant thing and then a beautiful china such as this one. I never miss DA either and wished I lived there at that time and place.
    Exquisite! I’m pinning.

  6. FABBY says:

    Stunning! This tablescape is right up my alley. White linen is my favorite elegant thing and then a beautiful china such as this one. I never miss DA either and wished I lived there at that time and place.
    Exquisite! I’m pinning.
    PS: A question: Did she have 5 more tables such as this for 10 each?

  7. Carol Cook says:

    Everything is beautiful.

    The first year our lane did a Progressive Dinner on New Year’s Eve, the main course was served with silver, china, linen, etc. It was gorgeous, but the people who hosted that year moved away and no one else wants to go all out.

    As to Downton Abbey, we didn’t have a television for years (by choice) so I was out of the loop. Our children bought us a television so they could watch it when they visit and I finally go to see what DA was all about. I love it, but I haven’t purchased my season pass. I need to get busy and do it so I can catch up. I love the fashions in addition to the furnishing of the homes.

  8. What a gorgeous room for a DA table Pam! It is a rarity these days to see a formally dressed table. I am guilty of rarely using a tablecloth, I find them to much of a bother. I also rarely use my Waterford in these days of much more casual dining, so it is a treat to see all the elegant pieces put together on this beautiful table! I think you will love DA, my husband loves it, and he rarely watches anything but sports and news. Winter is a great time for a TV marathon!

  9. Oh, how I love this table! It is right up my alley ~ just my taste. I am visiting from the Charm of Home link party and just discovered your blog. I’m loving al I see here!! Would love for you to link up with us on Saturday mornings, too, (Share It One More Time link party at But if not, then just stop by because I have a table setting up now I think you might enjoy… 😉

    Btw, I bought the entire set of Downton with the same idea in mind. It’s still sitting unwatched, but i do plan to get to it…

    Lory at Designthusiasm

  10. I love the show and plan to buy the complete set when it is all said and done.

    That looks like the kind of dining room I’d love to have. We do break out the china for holidays, the overall setting is not as serene. Such is life with 4 boys in a log home in Alaska.

    When I saw this post in a link up, I had to chuckle as I’m working on a post sharing a Downton Abbey fundraiser I attended. What I wore went into a post today.

  11. Michele says:

    WOW!!!! Now that is one fine looking table, indeed! I think even Mr. Carson and Dowager Violet would approve of such a lovely tablescape! : – )

    (Big fan of DA.)

  12. Jane says:

    Perfectly set table…made my morning! I had chairs very similar to yours back in the day, but traded for something more modern and have ALWAYS regretted doing so. Beautiful!

  13. pattilynn9 says:

    If you’re a member of Amazon Prime, you can stream the first 5 yrs of Downton Abbey for free. If you’re interested in joining Amazon Prime, new members can sign up for $73.00 until Jan 17, 2016. After that it reverts to the usual $99. a yr.

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