A Jane Austen Birthday Party

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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 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 the way Jane Austen does.

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 character
  • Bring their favorite tea cup
  • Let them know if they are expected to come alone or bring their family
Jane Austen Birthday Party Invitation

Jane Austen Birthday Party Feeling:

Like a tea party, floral patterns, pinks, and whites are perfect for the regency era feel. Decorate your party space with these colors using:

  • Balloons
  • Tablecloths
  • Streamers
  • Chair decorations
  • Floral pillows

Another item that will add to your party will be the dress of your guests. Have your guests wear dresses similar to their favorite characters.

We've enjoyed dressing as Elinor from Sense And Sensibility; Emma and Harriette 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.

Jane Austen Birthday Party

Jane Austen Birthday Party Food:

The food that would be most "Jane Austeny" is tea and cookies or biscuits. Since it is a birthday, ice cream is great.

Below in the fun section is a game to play with the ice cream. And, of course, everyone likes fruit!

Check out Shower of Roses' blog for more Jane Austen birthday party inspiration...

Jane Austen Party Fun:

Alright, let us get on with all the lady-like games we will be playing. Some fun games for this party are:

  • Would You Rather?
  • Different utensils
  • Tea bag toss
  • Musical chairs
  • White Elephant Exchange

Would You Rather?

I thought that this was the best game we played at our party. The object is easy and there is no loser.


What You Need

All you need is a large container and a few notes that have some comparisons on it. 

Some of the cards said 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.

How To Play

You pass the container with all the cards in it around the circle, and everyone draws a card.

Once the container has gone around, the first girl in the circle reads her card and tells everyone what she would prefer. All the other girls can discuss it and say what they would prefer.

Then the next girl reads her card and tells which she would prefer.  And so it goes around the circle.

Different Utensils

This was actually a game that the hostess made up. There isn't really an object, but it was a ton of fun!

What You Need

All you really need is the things that almost every kitchen has: serving utensils!

Our hostess used things like:

  • Measuring spoons
  • Pie cutters
  • Soup serving spoons
  • Crab forks
  • Plastic spatulas
  • Any other awkward serving utensils!

And, of course, ice cream!

How To Play

Number all the utensils for as many girls as you are expecting. Put the same numbers in a bowl and have the girls draw the numbers.

Whatever the number is she must eat her ice cream with the utensil that matches the number. 

I hope you have as much fun with this game as we did!

White Elephant Exchange

This game was really fun, especially since we all went home with a gift. The object is to get the gift that looks like the most fun to own!

What You Will Need

  • A gift for as many girls as are attending, already gift wrapped
  • 2 decks of cards

Have all the gifts on a table for all the girls to see. 

How To Play

All the girls stand in a circle in the middle of the room, leaving space in the middle.

Take one deck of cards and deal them out so that each girl has an even amount. (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 girl 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 girls 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. 

This game was a ton of fun as well. In fact we all laughed through the entire game.

I hope this is the theme you will choose as we had such a blast! A Jane Austen Birthday Party is a lot of fun and Bee-Jay and I had the time of our lives at the party.

-Teen A

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