|A Sampling of Our Excellent Company|
|And the prize for Best Costume goes to...|
A runner-up for Best Costume was surely admirable R, who ransacked her closet and came up with...drumroll, please...MR. COLLINS!!!!
|"You must give me leave to flatter myself, my dear cousin, that your refusal of my addresses is merely words of course."|
|Lady M handles the cold, hard cash|
|For one lucky, lucky reader|
|"Hear ye, hear ye! Photos from 1991, when all the royals were still alive and married!"|
|"She ran her hand over his throbbing-- etc. etc."|
|Look closely: the Honorable Miss D has a hold of the action figure|
Speaking of negus (mulled wine), I pity the one woman who apparently took a swig of the spicy sugar syrup, unmixed with any wine. That must have been quite the shock. Many tasters agreed with my husband that the recipe wasn't bad, but it could have used more sugar.
The orgeat lemonade was a universal hit, however, and should you like to serve it at your next Regency party, I used this recipe for the orgeat syrup and these proportions for the individual drinks. For those of you who never danced at Almack's, orgeat is an almond-flavored concoction, touched with a little orange.
And speaking of dancing, Mr. Beveridge's Maggot was a BLAST! Thank you to all the brave souls who squeezed onto the dance floor, braving furniture, moving bodies, an uncovered outlet, and the eyes of onlookers to learn this famous Austen-era country dance.
|Lining up with partners (and the back of C's prize-winning dress!)|
|Recognize this four-across formation from the Austen movies?|
|Ye olde Left Hand Turn|
|Everyone "casting" various directions|
For those of you who did dance, here's the P&P clip again. Note how Elizabeth and Darcy start at the Top of the room as a First couple. They work their way down the room. When they are at the very bottom, they sit out one set of figures (when Sir William Lucas speaks with them). Then they rejoin the dance, moving UP the room, but this time performing the steps of a Second couple, with the symbolic distance between them on the four-across.
Anyway, thank you again, dear readers, for a wonderful evening. Hope you enjoy the book. If you do, do me a favor and tell a friend or leave a review or star-rating on Goodreads or Amazon! Thank you, thank you, thank you.