On May 5th our homeschool co-op held a medieval feast. It was a lot of fun (and a lot of work!) and I thought it would be fun to share some pictures of what we did with you. I wish I would have gotten a lot more pictures and that they were a lot better but this is what I have so here we go...
Preparations for the feast naturally started long before the feast was actually held (as it would have in those days as well). We had been studying the Middle Ages all year long and so we were learning about what would have happened as well as learning some medieval music and dance. We were also working on costumes, decorations and plans for food.
The day before the feast we all got together and worked on some final details. Here are a few pictures from that time:
You may notice our bread plates. Trenchers are actually the more authentic name. I don't know that ours turned out super authentic looking but bread trenchers were the common thing to use at feasts. Rebecca and I made 90 + trenchers for the feast. Kandi also brought along a gluten free substitute for those with allergies. You may also notice the knife and spoon but no fork. Forks weren't invented yet so we made all of our feast goers go without as well. There were no major complaints so that was good. :-) Don't bother to notice the cup and napkin. They were not authentic. We simply did not have enough authentic cups for that many people (and we supposed they would not want to share the way the would have in Medieval times) so we just went with cups and bowls that were at the church building. We should have had a basic and towel with a servant for each table instead of a napkin but our servants were also our nobility and so that didn't work so well.
We tried to get a picture of all who where in costume in front of the banquet all. They didn't all make it into the picture but it was close. There was a cardboard castle wall behind the people and underneath the draping tulle but it is well covered with people. :-)
And then the feast begins!
Here is the schedule and menu:
Parade of the Fancy Foods (so they could then be taken to the kitchen to be put on platters)
1st Entertainment: “Summer is a Cummin In” performed by the children ages 7 and under.
Split Pea Soup
2nd Entertainment: “Be Thou My Vision” performed by Zithers Group
Pork Blancmanger Carrots
Peacock Wortes Beets
3rd Entertainment: “Shiarazula Malazula" and "Greensleeves" performed by Musicians and Dancers
4th Entertainment: “Hot Cross Buns” and “Te Deum” performed by Recorder Group
5th Entertainment: “Lo, How a Rose E’re Blooming” performed by Singers
for a different month. I was thankful that she was willing to wear it as I figured it would be far to impractical for me and all the work that I needed to do in the kitchen.
Aaron sat at the end of the table where he was able to get up and blow the trumpet whenever anything needed to be announced. Ken kindly agreed to be the herald so whenever Aaron blew the trumpet Ken would get up and announce the next food course or the next performance. Another boy, Zachary, had planned to blow the trumpet but he got sick and was unable to come and so Aaron took his place. Aaron is not good on the trumpet but he can get a fair amount of sound out anyway.
Funny story on my dress. I had been working on a dress for me out of a tan colored linen look material. I was embroidering flowers around the hem and it had been one of my last projects as I wanted to make sure that all the kids had clothes first. I took it with me to co-op the day before the feast in case I had time to work on the embroidering. No matter how much embroidering I got done I intended to wear it the next evening. But I couldn't find it. I made a special trip back to the church building to look for it and then I looked for it at home (just in case) and I looked all over the van. No dress. Thank-fully my sister Martha had sent down some dresses that we could use if we wanted to. I had parceled most of them out to other mothers but there were a couple left. So I tried them on and Ken thought I should wear the one above. It wasn't as authentic as the one I was making but it was made in generally a medieval style and I was thankful to have it. Of course as soon as the feast was over I found my dress - right in plain sight in the church office. I don't know how I missed it. I wondered if God somehow worked things out so that I did - telling me that I didn't have time for that anyway.
So that was our feast. It was a lot of work but in my opinion totally worth it because of all the fun we had, the things we could experience and all the learning that went on.