Fans of the Downton Abbey series at our West Vancouver residence, the Westerleigh, have been following the television show through regular viewings in the onsite theatre. To commemorate the end of the series, The Westerleigh held a “Downton Abbey Tea Party” on the afternoon of May 12th. Residents attended the event in their finest threads, including elegant hats and fascinators for the ladies. Many even made their own in a fun headpiece decorating pre-party, held the same day.
Music was provided by local group Bob York and the Nu-Yorkers, and Chef Paul Marshall, ever one for adapting to events at the Westerleigh, brought the sit-down tea to life with plates of finger sandwiches and clotted cream and scones, served on chinaware in the dining room. Residents enjoyed the goodies while sampling teas and appreciating the Downton Abbey quotes that decorated centerpieces of peonies. The Westerleigh’s head dining room supervisor, Diana Kerr, and all the dining room servers joined in the fun. One resident took things up a notch by arriving in a maid’s outfit, to represent the below-stairs staff so delightfully represented in the show.
“The business of life is the acquisition of memories…” – Mr. Carson, head butler at Downton Abbey
Residents of the Westerleigh are accustomed to themed events, and now that the weather has allowed for dining al fresco, many are held on the patio, including a 1950s-themed barbecue in June and a Western barbecue in July. The summer will round out with our PARC’s annual White Tea at the Harmony Arts Festival in Dundarave.