Tuesday, March 19, 2013

A Lovely Titanic Tea Party!

We love sharing Tea Party ideas here on the blog, and we recently stumbled upon a lovely Titanic Tea Party that was hosted by Mrs. Sara Coller of Hope In Every Season along with her children.

I enjoyed her ideas and how she kept the tea simple, yet was able to teach a valuable history lesson, and incorporate character discussion at the same time. I asked her to share her post with us and she graciously agreed. Here it is:

One of my favorite things about homeschooling is that we have all the time in the world to do fun things at the drop of a hat.

We're all history buffs around here so I try and find creative ways to fit a history lesson into whatever other things we're working on.  I love to incorporate historical facts with Bible truths for fun devotionals for my kids.

A few days ago, we had a Titanic Tea Party.  I made them an invitation and had them dress up in their fanciest costumes.  They all came upstairs and sat around the tea table and I handed them each a character card. 

 I put a picture of an actual Titanic passenger on one side and a short biography on the other.

Avalon was the nurse and stewardess, Violet Jessop.  Lynzie got her all fixed up in her nurse's apron and cap.  By the way, Avalon will be 4 this Friday, March 1st!

Selah portrayed Mrs. Sylvia Caldwell, a missionary who claimed to have heard a crew member say, "God himself could not sink this ship", upon boarding the Titanic.

Elisha was American businessman, Benjamin Guggenheim.  We all agreed that Guggenheim acted most heroically by refusing to take a place on the ship that could be given to a woman.  He went down bravely and in his best clothing.

Michael was Captain Smith.  While the Captain made some bad choices that might have led to the Titanic's demise, he ultimately did the right thing by staying with his ship and taking responsibility for the disaster.

Cainan thought it was pretty awesome to be John Jacob Astor, the richest man in the world at the time---until he found out that Astor, like the other men at the table, did not survive the sinking.

Lynzie had studied the Titanic's history previously so she was familiar with her favorite character, the "unsinkable" Molly Brown and her bravery in trying to convince those on her lifeboat to go back and look for survivors.  Isn't her dress perfect for the occasion?  We found it at a yard sale last summer---love it!

They took turns "introducing themselves" and then I gave a lesson linking up the prominent passengers' actions or attitudes with Biblical truths.  It was a lot of fun and I think it got them thinking about issues like pride, duty, and priorities.

We used this set of Abingdon china that my mom gave me.  I believe it was put out in the 1960s.  

We love to use it for Lynzie's birthday tea parties, as well as whenever we have special guests.  I figured the Titanic passengers would enjoy a little "Grape Kool-Aid Tea" and banana bread.

It was a great party and a fun learning experience.  See the pretty doily under the bread plate?  Elisha made that for me last weekend.  I love it!

Thank you for sharing  your sweet party with us, Mrs. Coller!
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  1. Thank you so much for featuring our tea party! We had such a wonderful time and the kids are begging for a round two! I'm thrilled that they were inspired by the different characters they portrayed---which was the point, of course!

    Mrs. Sarah Coller

    1. Sarah, it was such a neat idea I couldn't *not* ask you! Thanks for taking the time to link it up, otherwise I would have not have had the chance to visit your sweet blog. Thanks again...:)

  2. That sounds like so much fun. What a wonderful time :)

  3. Oh how fun! I would love to do this with my girls! Love the yard sale dress - so very pretty. My girls would love to have one just like it. :)

    1. Jill, I know, now I am going to keep an eye out for vintage dresses and such just so I could do something like this too!

  4. Would you believe - just yesterday I bought a book out of the sale box at my library for just 50 cents. It was 'Last Dinner on the Titanic Menus and Recipes from the Great Liner'! I'm not sure I want to attempt some of the main first class dishes which feature quail, lobster and caviar but the idea of a Titanic Tea party really appeals. The book not only has recipes but shows the china services used. It's a great learning resource and not just a recipe book. There's even tips in the book on hosting a Titanic dinner - with information on dress, table settings, manners and passengers.Our recently launched family business is a vintage china hire company and I have china from that era, silver tea services - everything we would need to host a Titanic Tea party. I think I have just been given the idea for our next homeschool project so thank you June for sharing Sarah's tea party - I will use her character card idea. Off to tell my children right now what I'm planning!

  5. Oh, Anne, you are making me jealous! I am going to have to check that book out now. I will have to check if it is at my local library first. I hope you have fun and if you do it-- you should blog about it and send me the link so I can see it! Hope you all have a smashing time! :)

    1. Have just finished reading some excerpts to my twins. They want to make head wear with pearls and feathers on after I showed them the illustrations of the diners in the Ritz restaurant! We are going to hold our party on14th April, 101 years since the last dinner on the Titanic. Not sure which recipes we will attempt but the chocolate eclairs and American ice cream sound good! Hope you find a copy June - it has lovely Edwardian art illustrations reminiscent of those on your blog.


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