"If he does not come to me, then," said she, "I shall give him up for ever."
The gentlemen came; and she thought he looked as if he would have answered her hopes; but, alas! the ladies had crowded round the table, where Miss Bennet was making tea, and Elizabeth pouring out the coffee, in so close a confederacy that there was not a single vacancy near her which would admit of a chair. And on the gentlemen's approaching, one of the girls moved closer to her than ever, and said, in a whisper,
"The men shan't come and part us, I am determined. We want none of them; do we?"
Darcy had walked away to another part of the room. She followed him with her eyes, envied every one to whom he spoke, had scarcely patience enough to help anybody to coffee; and then was enraged against herself for being so silly!
"A man who has once been refused! How could I ever be foolish enough to expect a renewal of his love? Is there one among the sex, who would not protest against such a weakness as a second proposal to the same woman? There is no indignity so abhorrent to their feelings!"
-Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
I realize that quote has little to do with place cards. But it mentions tea, and I love that scene. So there.
We wanted to invite you all to a "Pride and Prejudice Tea Party." This post will be the first, and in it I will show you how to make some cute little Tea Party placecards.
I began with a basic shortbread sugar cookie. I didn't want a soft cookie, because it wouldn't be sturdy enough. I cut out rectangles and then sliced off the top two outer corners to make the shape of a tea bag. I baked and cooled these cookies.
Then I made my favorite royal icing recipe...
and piped it on to each cookie, and left them to harden...
Then I printed out these Jane Austen silhouettes. I made them so that you can fold right down the horizontal middle there and then slice between each silhouette to have a double sided tea tag :)
I used an edible marker to write the guest names on the cookies...
Then I threaded regular old thread on to a needle and gently made a hole in the top of the cookie, ran it through to the tea tag, glued the back and front of the tea tag together, and voila! A cute little Pride and Prejudice Tea Placecard.
Now I will tell you the truth!
Okay, technically everything I said above is true, but there was a break after I left the frosting to firm up. You see, I have several children. One of them is fond of climbing on counters. She's almost 2. And she loves frosting....
And I had 30 minutes until the party. So after I cried, I just set them aside and told the guests they WOULD have had cute little placecards, but instead I have a cute little baby covered in frosting.
A day later, I re-frosted the cookies and took the pictures. Yep, I couldn't let that one go.
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