Downton Abbey Season Four Premiere Party

Last Thursday night, historic Franklin Theatre outside of Nashville hosted a Nashville Public Television (NPT) fundraiser and Downton Abbey’s Season Four premiere screening.  

franklin theatre

historic Franklin Theatre 


NPT’s 1920s Soiree preceded the screening where guests came dressed to the nines in period-appropriate attire to hobnob and share their passion for the popular television series.

downton abbey costumes

Mr. Man & The Decorologist, Downton Abbey-style



Attendees reveled in the chance to play dress-up and experience the glamour of the British Edwardian period. The men dressed in military regalia, black or white tie, or the more casual hunting or golfing ensemble appropriate to the era.  

downton abbey period costumes 


Hats, canes, and scarves were the perfect complement to most men’s attire at the event. Here is a photo of my lovely friend, Melanie, and me with our dapper escorts:

downton abbey photographic backdrop

Melanie Gnewikow of Melanie G Photography, Dr. David Gnewikow of Advanced Hearing SolutionsPhil Barnett of Stonebrook Media, and Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist



 Most ladies wore some combination of hats, fur, lace, and/or gloves. 

downton abbey costume ideas




Many chose the more “modern” style becoming popular in the 1920’s – flapper!

flapper style costume

Dianne and Mike Tant of Franklin



The accessories and jewelry were oh-so-important to getting the Downton Abbey “look.”

downton abbey accessories



There’s nothing like going to the theatre where you are served in your seat!

downton abbey npt 8 soiree



As showtime neared, the excitement built in the eager audience.  And the premiere did not disappoint!

downton abbey premiere party 


Spoiler alert:  if you thought Lady Mary was self-centered before, just wait until you see her this season. Matthew’s death did not soften her up, not one little bit.  I pity her next love interest . . . but I can’t wait to see who it will be!  

downton abbey season 4

Downton Abbey Season 4 Premiere 



After the screening, soiree guests were invited across the street to Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry for a bit of chamber music and lively discussion about the much-anticipated premiere.  

walton's antique and estate jewelry

Walton’s Antique and Estate Jewelry 



Shop owners encouraged patrons to try on some of their fabulous estate and antique jewelry.

flapper costume



Popular jewelry at the event included pearls,  as well as Edwardian and Art Deco-inspired pieces.

art deco jewelry

Edwardian baubles from Walton’s  



Here’s NPT President, Beth Curley, trying on some of Walton’s beautiful selections:

npt8 president beth curley



A good time was had by all!

a toast to downton abbey



We had a wonderful night and enjoyed spending the evening in idyllic downton downtown Franklin – and it’s even prettier at Christmastime!

downtown franklin, tn

historic downtown Franklin, TN



the decorologist downton abbey


Season Four of Downton Abbey premieres in the states on January 5.  

Merry Christmas from our manor to yours!


  1. Karena

    Kristie, how fabulous and exciting. I cannot wait for the new season to begin!

    Scalamandre Giveaway!

  2. Beth Lester

    Aw, lovely. Very similar to what my daughter and I got to do on the Queen Mary last year, but I think yours was even fancier!

  3. Carolyn

    Kristie – love following your blog but grammar is sometimes a problem. To be fair, you are not the only blogger who strucggles with pronouns being subjective or objective. It just stands our from an otherwise beautiful blog.
    Correction: Here is a photo of my friend, Melanie, and ME with our dapper escorts.

    • Kristie Barnett

      Thank you, Carolyn – I’ll go correct it now 🙂

  4. Janice

    Beautiful pics! Must have been a fun evening!

  5. Jennifer Collins

    Vicariously living through you!
    Your Fellow Downton Fan,

  6. Angela

    What a fun evening! I have to say I’m a little jealous I don’t live closer 🙂 I will just have to wait until January.


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