Monday, April 9, 2012

A Titanic Tea Party (reposting from 2009 because of the 100th Anniversary)

Ideas for this Edwardian Tea Event were inspired by the book "Last Dinner on the Titanic" written by Rick Archbold and Dana McCauley. Why not invite your friends over and have a lovely Edwardian Tea Party?

Menu selections for breakfast in the First Class Stateroom on April 13, 1912 included scones where as only biscuits were available in the Third Class. Black Currant Conserve and Oxford Marmalade were served with the scones. This book focuses mainly on the 3 classes of dining room menus. I have gleaned inspiration to construct a possible Afternoon Tea menu. We all need to honor the memory of those who died when the ship went down and learn valuable lessons regarding the consequences of Captain Edward Smith's decisions to ignore reports of icebergs because of a passion to set a record breaking trip. Showmanship and pride about a vessel believed unsinkable were given precedence over safety and common sense.

For the First Class, Afternoon Tea was served in the Cafe Parisien under the supervision of Monsieur Luigi Gatti. A Third Class menu showed that breakfast, dinner and tea were served. This type of tea would have been like a typical working class high tea of meats, cheese, pickles, bread and jam and tea.

No actual Afternoon Tea menu was found for the First and Second Class so I have created a possible one given the food items listed on the Dinner Menu and the vast array of ingredients available here. This includes savory finger foods, petite desserts and the black currant scones and tea we know about.

Afternoon Tea Menu:

Ham Biscuits, Asparagus Cheese Tarts with Saffron, Chicken Salad Finger Sandwiches Cheese Selections, Cheese Quiche and Mushroom Puffs

Chocolate Eclairs, Apricot Puffs, Fresh Fruits, Cherry Tarts and Cookies and scones

Assorted Teas and Herbal Tissanes

The book, "Last Dinner on the Titanic" suggests the idea of having guests come playing the role of one of the guests on the ship. Why not do the same thing at your Afternoon Tea Party? Costumes will be fun to pull together and you can have prizes for the most original. You might like to use the book to assign characters as several ladies may want to be Molly Brown. You might like to be Molly! Another prize could be given for the most profession character presentation. Music for your party should be strings and piano as that was what was on the Titanic.  Or maybe the sound track from the movie?  "Last Dinner on the Titanic"  is out of print - check ebay, etc.

I am also linking this post to Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage and her Tea Time Tuesday and also Kathy at A Delightsome Life!


Deanna said...

Dear Bernideen, I enjoyed your post today which jogged my memory about the sinking of the Titanic. A Tea Party like you suggested would be great fun!
Blessings to you,
Deanna from the Kansas Flinthills

Mrs. E said...

This is SO amazing....
I am currently reading a book
about the Titanic! This looks like
a lovely book too.... and since I love
to cook as well ;) it even looks more lovely
hehe!! :).... I am SO happy that I found your
delightful blog.... it seems like we share quite a few of the same interests!

Many Blessings~ Miss Jen

Storybook Woods said...

Yumm, this would be so fun to do in school. Thank you for the idea. Clarice

Allidink said...

That is so cool! I am going to look for this book now! How neat!!! Thank you so much for sharing!

All the best,

parTea lady said...

I have attended two Titanic teas and it was such fun. At the second tea most of the guests dressed in period costume. I had such fun finding a flamboyantly large hat and decorating it with ostrich plumes, fabric, jewelry, etc. I must do a post about these teas. Thank you for linking my blog.


Yeas, incredible about the Titanic. I've watched many documentaries on TV this weekend, how sad and how fascinating to all of us The Titanic is! Have a blessed week.


Wonderful Titanic Tea party, wish I could attend and wear nice cloths. It's so sad though, but we seem to have a fixation with the Titanic and it's sinking story. I guess it's because of the great movie we saw.
Have a lovely week.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen,
I have a book also {well, it actually belongs to my son}, and the menus are the same. Fascinating reading although very sad at the same time. Thank you for sharing this with us and have a wonderful week.


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Bernideen,
that menu shows, how luxury the tour in this ship was. It sounds really amazing. Thank your for sharing.
Best greetings, Johanna

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Hi Bernideen
This post was so interesting, lucky was the person in first class.
I'm sure there will be parties around to celebrate the Titanic.

Snap said...

Thank you for reposting A Titanic Tea Party. Perfect for the 100th anniversary~

Donna and Miss Spenser said...

Miss Spenser's is gearing up for their very special Titanic Tea this Saturday - A sold out event -- 44 guests! Hope to take pictures.

Looking forward too - to the Titanic Movie by Julian Fellows this Saturday and Sunday; I love history. It's still so very sad though that so many lost their lives...I can hardly comprehend it... ~Donna