A Jane Austen birthday party is a fun theme for older girls. With the regency era gowns and up dos, this is not just a costume party...it's an event!
Jane Austen novels are found on nearly all young women's book shelves. The movies are a joy to watch, and young ladies love analyzing the characters and thinking about whom they are most like.
As girls mature and begin to experience society outside their own homes, the stories take on more meaning and become even more enjoyable as no one can capture the intimate relationships between neighbors and human nature in general the way Jane Austen can.
Our favorite Jane Austen movies are the BBC version of Pride and Prejudice. There is way too much cleavage but Colin Firth is the best Mr. Darcy ever and the movie is almost word for word to the book.
BBC's 2009 version of Emma is our favorite Emma. It is such a lovely movie. The clothes and music are amazing!
We also enjoy Sense and Sensibility staring Emma Thompson and Hugh Grant. Emma Thompson wrote the screenplay and she did an amazing job.
Before throwing your party or you are invited to a Jane Austen birthday party you may want to watch these three movies to get you in the mood and get your costume ideas flowing.
This party is especially fun because it is a costume party! Have your guests wear dresses similar to their favorite characters. We've enjoyed dressing as Eleanor from Sense And Sensibility; Emma and Harriett Smith from Emma; and Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs. Bennet, and Lady Catherine Debourgh from Pride and Prejudice.
The boys are always good sports and got in on the fun dressing as Mr. Darcy, Mr. Knightly, and Mr. Woodhouse, Emma's father.
Dad loves woodworking and viewed making canes for the boys as a fun way he could contribute to the party. There was only one occasion of fencing with the canes, which looking back, is also period appropriate.
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Based on our favorite Emma, Mary has drawn these two free coloring pages of Romola Garai as Emma. In one, she is arguing with Mr. Knightly. With their conflicting ideas about a certain match that Emma is trying to prevent and Mr. Knightley is endorsing, Mr. Knightly leaves in anger.
He quickly turns back around to add one more ending comment. Happy that he is returning, Emma jumps up and says, "I'm so glad you came back for now we shall always be friends." Accordingly, this coloring page is called "We Shall Always Be Friends."
In the second coloring page, she is trying to read. If you know the Emma story, you will remember that Emma is always trying to further cultivate her mind with reading but finds this difficult because she is easily bored by reading.
Another Easter egg in this coloring page is the image of Box Hill in the book that Emma holds. Both of these coloring pages are free! Just click on either image to print.
Although maybe not appropriate for a teenage party, you can make your Jane Austen birthday party more friendly to younger girls with a coloring table.
The fun for this party begins with the invitation. Because you are requiring something more than just showing up from your guests, be specific in your invitation.
Ask them to dress as their favorite Jane Austen character and bring their favorite tea cup. Let them know if they are expected to come alone or bring their whole family.
Like a tea party, floral patterns, pinks, and whites are perfect for the Regency era feel. Decorate your party space with:
Lace and lace doilies spread under the food is also a nice touch. The tea cups themselves lend to the overall feel of this party.
If time and space allows, quotes from your favorite Jane Austen novels adds a very special touch. Print these quotes out on white paper and mount them on black paper.
On to the food: A cake that tastes delicious with tea is our adaption to All Day I Dream about Food's coconut lemon curd cake. That served with fruit, vanilla ice-cream and tea is perfect for your Jane Austen birthday party. You can serve this cake whether the occasion is a birthday or not.
Some cheese and salami is always a welcome treat served as guests arrive. Save the cake for after the games and when tea is served.
Any games that are appropriate for tea parties work well for a Jane Austen birthday party.
Musical chairs to music from the movie Emma and the tea bag toss are musts. Some sort of trivia game is nice as an ice breaker too. All these games are explained on our tea party page.
Choose some of the games listed here for your Jane Austen birthday party. They are all fun, but there isn't time in one party to play them all. An alternative to a trivia game is Would You Rather?
To play this fun ice breaker, you'll need a large container and a few notes that have some comparisons on them.
The cards should say things like, "Would you rather have duck feet or fish scales for skin?" and
"Would you rather eat breakfast in a hot air balloon or dinner in a castle?", or
"Would you rather travel the world for free or live anywhere for free?" and many other tough comparisons.
Pass the container with all the cards in it around the circle, and have everyone draw a card.
Once the container has gone around, the first person in the circle reads their card and tells everyone what they would rather. Let open discussion ensue before moving on to the next person.
For girls who insist upon giggling, this miscellaneous utensil game is fun. All you really need is the things that every kitchen has: serving utensils! Oh, yes, and ice-cream.
Use things like:
Number all the utensils for as many teens as you are expecting. Put the same numbers in a bowl and have the young ladies draw the numbers. Whatever the number is she must eat her ice cream with the utensil that matches the number.
This game is best for a group of tween and teenage girls.
This game is really fun, especially because everyone goes home with a gift. The object is to get the gift that looks like the most fun to own! This game is best played when no other prize awarded games are played. You will need:
Have all the gifts on a table for all to see.
Stand in a circle in the middle of the room, leaving space in the middle.
Take one deck of cards and deal them all out. (any leftover cards can be taken out, but they must be taken out of the other deck as well). Taking your other deck, read the first card. The person that has that card can go grab a gift and set it in a pile at her feet.
Repeat until all the gifts are off the table. Now the everyone can start taking gifts from each other's piles. When all the deck has been gone through, the remaining gifts in your pile is yours.
Warning: This may insight giggles as well.
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