Please Join Us for a Downton Abbey Tea Party + Enter to Win Tickets for You and a Friend

Downton Abbey Tea

Last February we had the joy of hosting nearly two hundred Downton Abbey enthusiasts for a beautiful tea party. We all had so much fun we decided to do it again, bigger and better this time!  

Save the date: February 21, 2015  10 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 

Dennis Bevins Downton AbbeyDennis Bevins of Andover Fabrics will be flying in from New York to talk to attendees about the new fabric collections that were inspired by the show, what it's really like behind the scenes, and the immense possibilities for sewing and quilting with the Downton Abbey collections.

Both the morning and afternoon tea parties will be fully catered with finger sandwiches, pastries, desserts and, of course, English tea. 

Ladies at Downton Abbey Tea Party 2014
We will once again have a photo booth and a display of era hats from Crowning Lori Hats for sale, plus goodie bags for attendees and plenty of door prizes! 

Tickets are available now online through Eventbrite (morning tea and afternoon tea) and in-person through Special Orders (or call us at 503-252-7960). 

Downton Abbey Projects
We're also giving away a pair of tickets! Tell us why you have fallen head over heels for Downton Abbey in the comment section below and be entered to win two tickets to the Downton Abbey Tea Party on February 21st. Entries will be accepted until January 31, 2015. A random winner will be announced on February 2, 2015.  Congratulations, Cherie! 

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Lauren M

January 20, 2015 at 3:02 PM

I have absolutely fallen head over heels for Downton Abbey! It is the perfect melodrama. There are some characters you love and feel for throughout the entire series (like Anna and Mr. Bates). Then there are some characters you love to hate (like Thomas and O'Brien). The storylines are well written and definitely keep me intrigued and waiting for the next episode. I also love the time period and outfits, so classy and elegant. It is just wonderful that Andover released beautiful fabrics based on the series. It is one of the things that sparked my interest in sewing and quilting. I would love the opportunity to attend a Downton themed tea party as it sounds exciting and fun.



January 21, 2015 at 5:03 PM

Loving Downton Abbey for the beautiful costumes, the accents and of course the scandalous secrets of the family!



January 23, 2015 at 3:59 PM

My favorite part of Downton Abbey is the Dowager Countess. She always tells it like it is, and she has her own priorities and her own point of view. A strong and powerful woman!



January 23, 2015 at 5:47 PM

Wow! Wouldn't that be fun. Sign me up. I have knitted Lady Violet gauntlets to wear!!



January 24, 2015 at 2:18 AM

I haven't been, but have loved Downtown Abbey, my mother-in-law loves it also. The costumes are amazing, we always enjoy the sets.



January 25, 2015 at 12:31 AM

My sister introduced me to Downton Abbey just a few months ago, and now I am addicted! All the scandals and secrets are what keep me coming back for more each week. I would love to come to the Tea party and bring my sister along.



January 25, 2015 at 2:39 AM

The drama, all the craziness that happens to each character, and how they interact. It's fun to see the times changing also from season to season.



January 26, 2015 at 3:16 AM

I like watching the show with my family, and seeing all the intrigues



January 26, 2015 at 9:33 AM

i cant just pick out one thing, the story line the set, the costumes are magnificent. quiltmania had a beutiful sachel to make and knitting mag have some of their knitwear it is just fabulous always intrigued thanks for the chance tow ei nthe tickets i would love to take my grandaughter she also is intrigued


Ann C.

January 26, 2015 at 9:17 PM

I have been watching Downtown Abbey from the very first broadcast and can't resist the marathon of episode viewing prior to the new seasons broadcast! I love it all, especially the gorgeous clothing.
I used to haunt vintage shops while in High School and then college ( often dipping into my grocery funds for a magnificently stitched garment or accessory ).


Arlene laughlin

January 26, 2015 at 9:23 PM

I have loved the English history since 1952 when Elizabeth came to the throne. This program gives a better idea of what it must be like to live in that kind of world and to see behind the scenes of a class of people the majority of us will never know. Downton Abbey is exciting to watch and to follow the characters. Would love to attend your tea.


Susan Fugate

January 26, 2015 at 9:30 PM

My friend Kate in Davenport IA got me hooked on Downton Abbey three years ago. Last year I told her about your tea and she got her airline ticket to fly out here so we could experience Downton Abbey at Fabric Depot Tea together.Her plane arrived on time that Saturday morning but due to the weather the tea was cancelled. The rescheduled tea was The next Saturday but Kate's plane back to Davenport was on Friday. We both missed the tea we had for so long looked forward to. If I win the tickets I'm going to pay Kate's plane fare out here to go. What are friends for? We've been friends for 40 plus years!!! Thanks



January 26, 2015 at 9:32 PM

What's not to love? I think my favorite part is the set and costumes but honestly I love it all.


Jeri Cella

January 26, 2015 at 9:56 PM

I am smitten with the time period! The wardrobes are amazing. I recorded a show called manners of Downton Abbey. They have a fella behind the scenes who helps the actors with every detail. I've watched it 3 times. So fascinating! I would love to win the tickets.


Tami Davis

January 26, 2015 at 9:57 PM

I have become a big fan of Downton Abbey, and I love that it's a show that both my mom and I can enjoy the same despite our generation gap. I love to see the way of life from that era, and especially their beautiful style. I can't imagine having to change my clothes several times a day just for meals!



January 26, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Everybody's just so classy, sigh...



January 26, 2015 at 10:16 PM

I enjoy watching their way of life. The upstairs and downstairs dynamics, they way the war started to change things, how well everyone communicates and socializes. Now we have so much entertainment in forms of TV and cell phones, back then they just had social status, books, and art.



January 26, 2015 at 10:25 PM

I love the hats! (If I happen to be picked as the winner, please give them to Susan Fugate - her story is wonderful and she really deserves to go with her friend!)


Kimi Fong

January 26, 2015 at 10:35 PM

What's not to love about Downton Abbey?! I've been hooked from the very first episode. Love the insight into both the upper and lower classes, the drama, the costumes, the time and story lines, basically everything about this series. Every episode leaves me wanting more. I would love to have the opportunity to attend your tea party and to be around fellow Downton Abbey enthusiasts.


Julie Linn Sims

January 26, 2015 at 10:50 PM

I have to confess, I am not a fan, however, my Daughter-in-law, Kara Miller, is a huge fan. I would love for her to win the free tickets as it is also close to her birthday. I would also insist she take another Downtown Abby disciple! She is a wonderful DIL, wife, and mom, she deserves this more than anyone.



January 26, 2015 at 10:58 PM

I love the fashions. I do pay attention to the story but I am so excited about what everyone is wearing.


Patricia L. Palmer

January 26, 2015 at 11:43 PM

Its all about the hats!!! I probably should have been born in the Victorian Era or into the 20's, because I love the regal way of life, with the formality of the dress, Tea, and manners.


Christina Yokoi

January 26, 2015 at 11:57 PM

At first I didn't know what all the hype was about. But once I watched a few episodes I was completely hooked! From the costume array to the controversy & love, I love it all! Mostly I love the family connection & how they stick together through thick & thin, better or worse.



January 27, 2015 at 12:24 AM

Love the drama in a society class that is so proper. Most intrigued by the dresses that are so elegant. Always impressed by the detail and hard work in the wardrobe.


Kathleen Joslyn

January 27, 2015 at 1:05 AM

I have always been drawn to the British Isles and the structure of the Upper Class, even though my relatives would have been poor Irish or Scottish servants. Tea was a daily occurrence when spending time with my Grandmother and we all had special or favorite cups and saucers to use. Grandmas tea even had to be strained of it's tea leaves. Downton Abbey has helped me visualize an era that interests me and I was able to share each episode with a friend through our "After the Show" phone conversations about the story line we had just viewed and where we thought it was headed. I was lucky, because where I lived in Idaho, I could get the show at the OPB airtime and if I missed that the IPB time directly following the Oregon broadcast. I look forward to each episode or story line, the view of the manor house and the lovely costumes and wardrobes that reflect the fashions of a bygone era. I was happy to see the introduction of an electric sewing machine when the new Ladies Maid came to Downton, I am sure that made a great difference in the lives of the servants. I cannot wait to see the fashions of this new season.


Lorien Fletcher

January 27, 2015 at 1:06 AM

I love a good period soap opera with fantastic clothes!


Susana Garcia

January 27, 2015 at 1:40 AM

I worked as a caregiver for a 93 y/o lady, I was looking for a show where my client would be engaged, we are now both hooked.For me it is fascinating to see how the wealthy lived, their body language is so sophisticated, how well dressed they all are, all the open space around , the utensils, dinner table setting. Would be nice to get her out of her home to attend the tea party.


Jan Sturtevant

January 27, 2015 at 3:26 AM

When I win the tickets I'll give them to my cousin who lives in Portland and instruct her to dress the part!


Carol Wiley

January 27, 2015 at 4:06 AM

I love watching Downton Abbey for the excitement, the clothes and seeing how English living changed during this time period of history.


Tonya L. Fogleman

January 27, 2015 at 10:56 AM

The show reveals a fascinating look into a lifestyle and time period that I could never know first hand...I love being catapulted into that fantasy world! The clothing is gorgeous, and probably of one of my favorite vintage clothing time periods. I love to watch for inspiration for my own sewing! It would be a wonderful treat to be able to attend your tea!


Pam Z.

January 27, 2015 at 11:52 AM

Growing up with an English grandmother, Downton Abbey has given me a window to view her world as it may have been. The family scandals, attire, the location and parallel history unfolding has kept me hooked from the first episode. A display of the caste system of England is ever present. The actors portraying these fabulous characters are superb.



January 27, 2015 at 12:20 PM

Love the Downtown Abbey era...a afternoon tea dressed up like that era would be a lifetime treat.


Virginia Hammon

January 27, 2015 at 1:43 PM

The hats and clothes!---especially the hats! And, of course it is a very good story with many complex characters responding to a dynamic and changing period in history.


Lucy Booher

January 27, 2015 at 2:48 PM

This sounds absolutely wonderful! I love afternoon tea, can't wait!


Betty Colburn

January 27, 2015 at 5:49 PM

It is all about the clothes, manners and customs and how the whole system is on the verge of change.


Jennifer Day

January 27, 2015 at 5:50 PM

Awesome costumes! Looks like such a wonderful time! Thanks.


Mary Day

January 27, 2015 at 6:33 PM

Downton Abbey is such a delightful show. Reminds me of the elegance that our society seems to have lost.


Dina M.

January 27, 2015 at 7:31 PM

This show fully takes you to another time and another place so different from what I know. It's great to be immersed in it all and also nice to come back to reality where women today have so many more choices in life.



January 27, 2015 at 7:53 PM

Lady Mary has the most amazing wardrobe! Costumes, drama, comedy, and the English countryside, what's not to love?


Suzanne Cosmo

January 27, 2015 at 11:26 PM

I grew up with a British mother, my father was from Scotland, (he died when I was young), but she kept our standards high and I passed on High Tea parties to my grand daughters. So many moments are replayed in my head when I watch Downton Abbey. I like the formality of it all and the respect both upstairs and down. It is captivating every moment on the screen.



January 28, 2015 at 1:07 AM

I would bring my mum because she loves DA and we had great tea parties when I was a kid. Also, I think in a past life I was a house maid from that era! Haha!


Patricia Yeakley

January 28, 2015 at 6:21 AM

Absolutely in love with the fashions of the ERA. My time and place in history and heart.



January 28, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Julian Fellowes has created a masterpiece series for all time. He takes us back into a time where manners and etiquette are the standards to live by. How I miss the simple courtesies lost in our time. The characters run the gamut of personalities. I was unaware of the series. My husband gave me the first season and I've been hooked since. What a wonderful gift to our present and future generations.


Janice Jones

January 28, 2015 at 9:06 PM

Downton Abbey is the Quintessential Victorian era and forward. We are so delighted with the customs, style, manners, dress, details in furnishings and above all the Grace of Downton Abbey's family. I so wish our generation had these attributes of Humanity and Grace.


Beth Strand

January 30, 2015 at 12:06 PM

I love Downton Abbey for a variety of reasons. First, for the very human portrayal of the struggles of life both upstairs and downstairs. Second, because of the sheer beauty of the setting, the antiques, the incredible scenery, and that house! Third, the costumes...the early teens and twenties were a time when fashion really evolved rapidly and a lot of the change was driven by the emerging rise in women's rights. Fourth, it's just wonderful to slip back into such a genteel and manners-driven era for a few hours. And, lastly, it all just combines to create a beautiful view of a world on the edge of change and reminds me that my world, which seems so constantly on the edge of change, may be beautiful in its struggles, too.


Kathleen Boone

January 30, 2015 at 7:59 PM

I've always been into fashion and history and it amazes how much attention they pay to detail in all manners for this show! The styles and fabrics are correct for the lower class to the high class. Not to mention the story is SO GOOD my husband enjoys watching with me. Mostly I just like drooling over the clothes and wish I had some of them in my wardrobe!



January 31, 2015 at 2:50 AM

The 1920's are my favorite era so I'm loving this season !


Chris Stansbury

January 31, 2015 at 7:13 PM

What could be more fabulous than an afternoon tea, Downton Abbey style? I love the era, especially the elegant styles and fabrics. Add a social event with good friends and fabric to buy. Whoever thought of this is genius.


Donna Deskin

February 1, 2015 at 8:52 PM

Downtown Abbey is fantastic for several reasons I can't just name one. The totally awesome clothing are just gorgeous, I want to make everyone of them. Next would be the beautiful setting, the grounds and exterior and interior of the castle. The art work. The upstairs and downstairs struggles. The history that one can learn or remember what I was taught by my grandparents and of course history class in high school. The wonderful manners of the day. Thank you for all.