Second Class Menu
First Course ~ Soup
Second Course ~ Main Dishes
Roasted Turkey with Cranberry Sauce
Third Course ~ Desserts
American Ice Cream ~ Lemon or Vanilla
Cheese and Biscuits
Tea or Coffee
The consommé was adapted from one of the consommé recipes in the book. We did not like the second class choice, so we took our idea from the first class menu. It was basically a vegetable broth with seasoning. Tom Sawyer studied the parts of the book that talked about napkin folding and how to lay out the crystal and china. He really enjoys setting the table and playing restaurant, so this was the fun part for him. Maybe he'll have a restaurant some day? He also helped design the fruit display. On the Titanic the large fruit displays with fresh fruit were considered especially impressive. The fruit in our display was a week's worth of fruit for us. The girls helped with all of the cooking.
Once dinner was ready, we called everyone to the table with the song, "The Roast Beef of Old England" (found on YouTube). On the Titanic, this song was used to call everyone to dinner with a bugler. We listened to period music throughout dinner (also found on YouTube). (YouTube is my favorite resource this week. I am able to go and find a video clip or music on almost anything we are studying and enhance our learning.) Everyone assumed their roles as passengers on the Titanic, and we talked about period history. We also talked about how the Titanic was built and how it was "unsinkable". We drank sparkling grape juice and worked our way through the three courses. Unfortunately, I only got a picture of dessert. During the Edwardian period, it was common to have something cold, something warm, and something sweet and tangy. The kids were excited about getting extra desserts.
After dinner we decided to go on a walk and measure the length of the Titanic (888 feet). As we were walking along (all dressed up), marking the street with chalk every 25 feet (the length of our tape measure), the police passed us. They turned around and passed us again very slowly. We were all prepared to explain we were the neighborhood crazy homeschoolers, but they passed us by. Whew! I guess they decided that we were strange but not dangerous.
We finished off the evening with the movie, A Night to Remember. Most of the kids wandered off before the film was over, since it was so late. I liked this movie better than its more popular cousin, Titanic. We plan to watch the Unsinkable Molly Brown this weekend. I am glad we were able to do something special to remember this major world tragedy. By preparing the Titanic's last dinner, the kids got in some home economics, social skills, math, history and music.
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