‘Pemberley Party’ – a Regency ball in Sweden!

You may remember that a while back I wrote about a Regency ball that was going to be held here in Sweden. Well, two days ago it was time. kristinehovs malmgård
So I packed a bag with my ball gown (the red one), shoes, gloves and other essentials and went up to Stockholm.

The place where the ball (or the ‘Pemberley Party’ as it was called) was being held was the beautiful 18 century Kristinehovs Malmgård right in the middle of Stockholm. I wasn’t quite sure where the place was so I set out in good time to be able to find it. It was however very easy to find, and so consequently I was way too early and walked around the whole surounding area to while away time (as a true Swede…).When it was time I made my way there, and was still amongst the first to arrive! Ah well. I had plenty of time to get changed however.

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The beautiful ballroom. Not very crowded at this stage

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Some of the ladies getting ready

I didn’t really know anyone there and was a little shy in the beginning. But I soon got talking to some people and quickly got over my shyness. Everyone was very nice and friendly!

Regency Ball Stockholm

Some of the guests posing under the watchful eye of King Gustav III (who’s on the portrait on the wall)

Soon the dancing started. Ah what a joy to be dancing again! It’s been too long!

Under the guidance of dance instructor Per Lindberg we danced our way down and up sets, through the different figures, and there even was a dance where you were allowed to do so called “thieving”. Stealing someone else’s place during the dance. That led to lots of laughter and giggling. There were many dances, some which I was familiar with since before, some that I wasn’t. Of course the beloved ‘Mr Beveriges Maggot’ dance, so well-known from BBC’s P&P, was one of the dances we did. Twice actually, to my great delight! And also the “Other-Way-Mr-Collins” dance. When I first did this dance I found it very complicated and difficult to do, I am proud to say I didn’t this time! Maybe it was because I’ve already danced it now (once) or maybe just that I am in general slightly more experienced when it comes to these kinds of dances now.

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Dancing

Regency Ball Stockholm

And…. you guessed it! MORE dancing!

After having danced for a couple of hours or so it was time to break for some refreshments. In another room in the house tables had been laid out with tea things. There were little triangular sandwiches, scones with lemon curd (!) and cakes. And tea of course! We piled our plates full (I know, that doesn’t sound very lady-like at all, but that is what we all did. It was all so delicious! And besides, you get very hungry from dancing) and went outside to sit in the beutiful sunshine and eat, drink and converse. It was lovely and I had a very nice time discussing the constructions of bonnets and the trials of sewing with delicate fabrics when you have cats around who love nothing better then to ‘play’ with that same fabric…

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Tea in the very bright sunshine

Regency Ball Stockholm

More tea. And bonnets.

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Some people enjoying the shade

Tea!

Delicious!

After tea it was time for some more dancing, and we kept it up till it was time to go home. No one wanted to stop, but even lovely events such as this one comes to an end eventually. I am very pleased to report however that the intrest in doing something like this again was very high and people were already discussing plans of what else could be done of similar things. So I have high hopes of this being only the beginning of Regency events here in Sweden.

Regency Ball Stockholm

People in pretty costumes

Regency Ball Stockholm

Posing

Regency Ball Stockholm

And then all of a sudden out of nowhere some chicken appeared!

Spectators

Our spectators. There was a cafe next door to where our ball was held. So we provided the cafe guests with something to look at while they were having their coffee.

It was a very pleasant day, and I am so glad that there has finally been a Regency ball here in Sweden! And I can’t wait for the next ball (either here or somewhere else)!

I will finish off by quoting the great Jane Austen herself:

It may be possible to do without dancing entirely. Instances have been known of young people passing many, many months successively without being at any ball of any description, and no material injury accrue either to body or mind; but when a beginning is made — when the felicities of rapid motion have once been, though slightly, felt — it must be a very heavy set that does not ask for more.

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11 Responses to ‘Pemberley Party’ – a Regency ball in Sweden!

  1. Isabel says:

    Oh I am so jealous. Its sounds like you had a wonderful time. 🙂 The tea looks delicious. 🙂

  2. Per says:

    So glad that you and the others had a great time!

    The dance we call “The other way, Mr. Collins” is actually “Shrewsbury Lasses”. I made a poor job of teaching it the previous time, but now I have had time to get it right. You’ll find a full list of the dances at http://dineth.forodrim.org/pemberley-party.html .

    Nice pictures! We have a few additional pictures at http://dineth.forodrim.org/gallery.html#pemberley-2011

  3. Aurora says:

    I sure did have a wonderful time Isabel! 🙂

    Thank you for the links Per! And thank you for organizing this whole thing! It was lovely!

  4. Per says:

    Pemberley Party was in fact so successful that some participants now have put together a live role-playing event (with dances, of course). It’s called ‘Kärlek och fördel’ (Love and Advantage). Reserve 16 october 2011 in your calendar for another ball with dances – and intrigue!

    See http://dineth.forodrim.org and http://karlekochfordel.appspot.com for more info.

  5. A Regency Ball in Sweden?! Jei! 😀 I live in Finland but have not managed to find a Regency Society of any kind. Do you have frequent gatherings / events or so :)? (Jag talar flytande svenska). As I often come to Sweden it would be really interesting to participate!

  6. Per says:

    Littlemissregency: we dance every other friday (odd weeks), mostly medeival/renaissance and also English Country Dance. Great fun! Have a peek at http://dineth.forodrim.org and drop by if you’re in Stockholm!

  7. Aurora says:

    Oh so there WILL be a live-role-playing event! That is great news! I’m glad to hear that something came of the planning that went on there. I would be very fun to attend, I shall see if I will be able to do so. But either way I shall make sure to write something about it on here. 🙂 I think it is a great idea!

    Littlemissregency – yeah I know, a ball in Sweden! 😀 I think Per answered your questions already, I hope you will be able to come and attend some event sometime!

  8. Per and Aurora: Sorry for answering slowly (somehow I had missed that discussion had continued!) Thanks for the information, historical dancing and balls sound so much fun! 🙂

    I´m working on my first regency dress (no great success so far but I will bravely carry on :D) and planning for the next trips to Sweden. How fun wouldn´t it be to dress like a true Regency Lady and swirl to the tones of a waltz.. I will definitely hold the Swedish historical events in mind!

  9. Per says:

    Today, at the LARP convent ‘Prolog’ i Västerås, I heard rumors about an upcoming Jane Austen LARP some time in late spring 2012 in the south of Sweden. Probably several days. With dancing, of course…

  10. Aurora says:

    Oh really!? That is wonderful! Please keep me updated on this! 😀

  11. ellen says:

    please visit facebook J.A.S.E.Jane Austen Society of Europe and ask to be members –we are to hold our first conference in 2013 and would love to meet Jane Austen admirers from not only Europe but all over the world .Please see also http://www.regencybydesign.co.uk about our Regency Ball and Festival on May 24-27th 2012 to include a grand costume Ball,Tea at Tennysons birthplace and a Jane Austen Gothic Soiree at an English manor house –I love Sweden we used to live out htere for a while and its great to know that Jane Austen is celebrated out there.

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