Host your own Victorian Celebration! A few scrumptious treats, savory platters of delicacies, and some raucous parlour games are sure to be a welcomed respite from our digital age.

Parlour Games

In the Victorian Era, a party was not complete without games to entertain and delight youths & adults alike. Have your own fun by playing a few of the following games at your soiree!

Blindman’s Buff

parlour-games-the-allrounder-9-e1450640609489-1050x841-1-999x800Blindfold one of the players while all other guests scatter around the room. To start, the blindman is spun around several times. The blindfolded person must attempt to catch someone. When they capture a player they have to give the identity. If they get it right then the captured player takes the blindfold and play continues. If the blindman is unable to identify who they have captured the prisoner is freed and play continues.

Hunt the Slipper

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A player stands in the centre of a circle formed by the other players. The player in the middle closes his eyes and as he does so the slipper is passed from player to player behind their backs. When the person in the middle opens his eyes, the passing of the slipper immediately stops and the player must guess who holds the slipper. If he is correct, they change places, otherwise the player closes his eyes again and play continues.

Forfeits

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One person is chosen to leave the room (he is called the judge). All the other players must place a small personal item into a box. The “judge” is brought back in to the room. He picks up an item and describes it. The owner must identify himself and pay a forfeit – do something amusing/embarrassing – to win back the item.

Sweets

Recipes: A Victorian SpongeBread and Butter Pudding, Gypsy Tart

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Recipe: Wassail

Savory

Recipes: Roast Goose, Raised Game Pie, and Beef Stew

 

Written by Victorian Trading Co.

Preserving the richness of the most romantic eras, we capture antiquity in our unique gifts, clothing and home decor.

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