Catch up on your Downton Abbey drama

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If you're all in a tizzy about the Downton Abbey movie which opened on September 20, we're right there with you.  We saw it and loved it! The entire cast is back for this feature length film driected by Michael Enger and written by the great Julian Fellowes. Oh, Lady Mary! The year is 1927 and the Crawley family and the downstairs crew prepare to welcome King George V and Queen Mary to Downtown and drama ensues as it only can at Downton.  We have some great ideas on how to catch up on your Downton Abbey plots, get reaquainted with the cast of characters and even throw a Downton party fit for a Queen.

Catch up on all 6 Seasons

If you haven't seen any Downton Abbey episodes, now's your chance to binge. If you've seen them all, it's the perfect time to reaquaint yourself with the Crawleys, Mr. Carson and the whole gang. Get the complete series in Blue Ray with a bonus DVD "Secrets of Highclere Castle" the venerable building upon which Downton was modeled. The Downton Abbey DVD boxed set is also available, or you can just stream away with your Amazon Prime membership and watch from anywhere at any time.  Also catch up on Downton Abbey: The Weddings and learn all about the manners of Downton Abbey

All the books you need, including the official cookbook and film companion

Prep for your pre-film Downton Abbey party with great dishes found in The Official Downton Abbey Cookbook.   "Food historian Annie Gray provides a rich and fascinating insight into the background of the dishes that were popular between 1912 and 1926, when Downton Abbey is set —a period of tremendous change and conflict, as well as culinary development. All the recipes reflect the influences found on the Downton Abbey tables." Learn to make Cornish Pasties, Oysters au Gratin and Mrs. Patmore's famous Charlotte Russe. To go with all those delightful dishes, pick up a copy of The Official Downton Abbey Cocktail Book: Appropriate Libations for All Occasions with recipes for classics like the Mint Julep, Prince of Wales Punch, and Ginger Beer, this collection features character-specific variations such as Downton Heir, Turkish Attaché, The Valet, and The Chauffeur. The recipes reflect drinks concocted and served upstairs and down, as well as libations from village fairs, cocktail parties, and restaurant menus typical of the time.

Downton Abbey: The Official Film Companion should also be at the top of your "to read" list. The official tie-in to to the full-length feature film, this book brings the world and characters to life. Get photos from production, interviews with cast and crew and historical background, too.  Also pick up Downton Abbey: Rules for Household Staff by Carson. "Covering all the main positions of the Downton household―footman, lady's maid, housekeeper, groundsman and more―and with a general introduction for new members of staff from Carson the Butler, this book tells you everything you need to know about working below stairs in the grand estate of Downton Abbey."

All the tea in Downton

Tea is a big deal at Downton Abbey so if you're serving this refreshing and rejuvenating beverage at your binge watching or pre-film party make sure you have the right stuff.  This holiday and movie collector's set from Republic of Tea includes English Rose, Downton Christmas Tea, Lord & Lady Grantham's tea, The Bates' tea and more. Pick up a make-your-own Downton Abbey organic scones kit and don't skimp on the English clotted cream, either.  You'll need a tea set, too, of course. We love this  ufengke 11-piece European tea set with lovely hand painted red and white roses. 

Gifts and other delightful Downton Abbey things

Decorate your home with all things Downton including this replica of the Downton Abbey Castle for your holiday tree.  Pick up the Downton Abbey Compendium set with a collection of fun, period parlor games and card games to play with family and friends. We also love these official Downton Abbey "Jet Memento" petite Edwardian-style drop earrings. Find more earrings, ornaments and gift ideas in this handy Downtown Abbey shop

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