We finished our first quarter of school last week and so to celebrate we threw a Medieval Feast. The children did research about what that should entail, and my job was to deliver the veto on things like serving peacocks with the feathers on and sewing pig heads to chicken bodies and the like. But we managed to preserve some of the general idea.
We invited Josh’s parents to be the King and Queen, visiting us at our manor house. They gamely showed up in Medieval-esque attire, and adopted stern faces when informed that people didn’t smile for pictures in the Middle Ages. Upon their arrival, Josh played a fanfare on his trumpet, but he forbade me from posting the video on the internet. It was awesome though. :)
Before the meal, Hannah brought around a bowl of scented water for our guests to freshen their hands after their journey. This step was repeated between courses since of course people didn’t use forks in the Middle Ages.
We ate our dinner off of bread plates, and after dinner we ate the plates. Hannah was distressed by that choice, since in the actual time period nobles gave their bread trenchers to the poor. However, since there were no indigents in our dining room, we indulged in anachronism just a bit.
For dinner we had roast capon (rotisserie chicken), roasted broccoli, salad, and cheese. Dessert was apple pie (marked with a “G” of course). We drank “mead” in goblets, which was a huge hit with the maidens and squire.
In between courses, in addition to the scented water routine, Josh played his “lute” (mandolin) and Jack played a drumroll. Everyone tried to use medieval terms, we made medieval jokes, and had a very jolly time.
Naturally we had lots of toasts, led by Hannah who had read up on that sort of thing. It was most amusing.
After dinner we enjoyed rousing musical entertainment and dancing. Having eaten our plates, cleanup was minimal and easily accomplished (the kitchen staff having evidently been taken with the plague or eaten by errant dragons, because we could find neither hide nor hair of them and thus had to clean up ourselves).
A good time was had by all, and it was a great way to celebrate being a quarter of the way through our school year.
Enjoy your weekend in brave and chivalrous fashion!