Thursday, February 21, 2013

Pride and Prejudice: Tea Party Placecards

"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.

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. 



  1. What precious cookies! And, you will share the story of your 2 year old enjoying that icing for years to come! Life to the full, Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  2. The cookie looks amazing! I've never seen anything so elegant before! I'm pinning this one for sure. What a great idea! Have a wonderful day. ~ Jamie

  3. So adorable. I love tea parties. I have them with friends, shut-ins, and my grandchildren. Thank you for sharing.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.

  4. I love the story about the frosting! I'm thinking everyone thought that was the best thing they heard that day...a funny story, no less!♥♫

  5. Wow! These are fantastic!! I had to laugh about the icing. I just made cupcakes this weekend and my son keeps taking one and licking all the icing off and puts the cupcake back on the counter. Lovely. haha I would finish them too for a photo!!! Good job ;)
    Jamie ~


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