parties & entertaining : dinner and a movie the importance of being earnest

Period dramas are so enchanting. They’re the perfect opportunity to let go of the present and frolic among some of the most magnificent eras. As dissertation deadlines were nearing last summer, I found myself wanting to escape the stress in the evenings after innumerable hours in the library. Luckily for me, I befriended a lovely group of women of the literary kind. And so pints of ice cream were bought and a side of extra chocolate syrup. An evening that should have been used for productivity was quickly replaced with an evening of laughs and much needed mental rejuvenation with The Importance of Being Earnest. Thought I would invite you for a sweet escape and experience…
The plot revolves around Jack and Algy, two men from Victorian England. And before the film proceeds, this may be the best time to serve Owl’s brew, a cocktail for the tea-consuming kind and cucumber tea sandwiches with radishes and watercress. It should be noted that cucumber sandwiches were consecrated by Oliver Wilde as he mentioned them in the original play. 
Whenever Jack travels to London from his estate he claims to be visiting his fictitious brother, Ernest. And once in London he calls himself Ernest for the sake of privacy and a crucial tactic to win the heart of his beloved Gwendolen who declares she can only fall in love with a man named Ernest. These scenes are particularly worthy of their Victorian details and should be accompanied by a hearty, Victorian-inspired main of mincemeat pie.
Algy, knowing Jack’s secret travels to Algy’s estate and introduces himself to an attractive ward as  the infamous Ernest. Cecily is instantly enamored by him and his name. 

“When I’m in trouble, eating is the only thing that consoles me. Indeed, when I am in really great trouble, as any one who knows me intimately will tell you, I refuse everything except food and drink.” –Algernon, or Algy

To follow the lead of Algernon, it may be appropriate to indulge with him with a slice of Victorian spongecake. Though upon Jack’s arrival and Gwendolen’s unexpected arrival as well proposes the questions of who is Ernest and if there really is an Ernest? I promise you though, it’s a sweet ending. 
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{c&é has hosted a number of dinner & a movie nights}
  • Sabbie Narwal

    I love, love period dramas, historical films and so on! They are simply some of my favourite things in the world. Last night, I lost myself in ancient Persia! I will definitely checking out “The Importance of Being Earnest” soon!
    P.s. There's a bird chirping outside my window! Could it be…?

  • absolutely love this concept supal!
    reese's costumes in this movie were absolutely gorgeous <3

  • I'm glad I'm not the only one. You would love Earnest… it's one of the less serious period dramas 🙂 x

  • You have no idea how much I want to invite a few of you ladies over for a dinner and a movie! How fun would that be? xx

  • How have I not seen this movie? I will rent it asap – I love period pieces and the cast looks amazing (love Judi Dench)! Also, I wanted to let you know that I picked you as one of my favorite blogs for the liebster award on my blog today. I love your blog & am so happy I came across it!
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  • So sweet, thank you so much Sarah! And you must watch Earnest. It's the only film I will watch more than once 🙂 xx

  • Thank you Lauren! x

  • ooo I am seriously addicted to period dramas and have probably seen every period drama ever made! Also, I have seen all versions of the same story- if there are more than one. But I must admit I haven't seen this one! So I will have to pronto.

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  • You must watch and let me know how you like it! x