Today is the last “Downton Day” of the year – the final episode of Downton Abbey Season 5 airs tonight on KQED/PBS at 9 p.m. Pacific time. This season’s plot has brought the Crawleys and their servants into the mid-1920s, and nobody’s lives are settled and secure, as usual. What better way to catch up on the doings and happenings in this fictional world than with a cup of tea and some treats at the ready? Look in the tea party pantry for some English tea-time favorites, like scones (you can use a mix or buy them ready-made), cream, jam, and cakes. You can make an elaborate spread suitable for the Dowager Countess, or a simple tea table that would make Mrs. Patmore and Mrs. Hughes, or Lady Rose’s Russian refugees comfortable.
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The BBC’s popular serial drama, _Downton Abbey_, has returned to PBS for a 5th season! Full of beautiful costumes, sets, and English countryside, this historical drama also includes tea as a regular part of life, as it was in Edwardian, and now “Roaring Twenties” era – English society. The program has inspired a variety of products, from high fashion designs, to furniture and jewelry, to china and other housewares, to tea blends. The Republic of Tea is the best-known company to have come out with a whole line of tea blends inspired by Downton Abbey. The teas are available at Cost Plus World Market, and at some independent tea shops like Thyme for Tea in Niles. I purchased this tin of tea for about $12 at the Cost Plus on Coleman Ave. in San Jose.