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Tips For Hosting Parties

An Elizabethan Madrigal Dinner (part 1)
A madrigal dinner is a wonderful way of going back in time, it shows just how people lived during the Elizabethan era and here is how it goes.

The Great Hall is where the dinner is held. Ye Order Of Feast

The wassail is to be used as a toast Please refrain from partaking till the appointed time. Although the cost was shocking, there was keen competition among Queen Elizabeth’s subjects to entertain Her Majesty when she passed through their counties on one of Her numerous summer progresses. In 1576 Sir Roger North was honored at his estate by the “Queen Majesty’s coming thither on Monday the first of September supper and tarrying until Wednesday after dinner. “The honor cost Lord North a bundle, most of which was paid to serve the Queen and her enormous entourage meals like the one we are about to be served. The Lords account book showed that among other things he purchased a cartload and two horse loads of oysters, 430 pounds of butter, and 2,522 eggs. In anticipation of the glorious event, he had put up a banqueting house and some new kitchens. He also hired special cooks from London to augment the dozens of people already on his serving and kitchen staff. For most of Elizabeth’s hosts, such generosity paid off, not only in preferment’s, but equally important, in friendship of the monarch.

Fanfare The First Announcing the seating of ye guests by ye jesters

Fanfare The Second Announcing the procession of ye singers, Wassail Bowl, and the Toast to the Occasion

Gloucester shire Wassail… English “Wassail” was an old Angelo-Saxon drinking pledge Waes-Hael which means,” Be in good health.” At early Saxon feasts it was customary to drink a wassail to the Lord of the house, and thus the wassail bowl became a feature of English events. Also, the customs of wassailing the fruit trees were common throughout England. Men went out to the orchards with a large jug of cider and there they drank a toast to the trees, often beating them, bidding them bear fruit in the coming spring. Spain and it’s Canarie Islands produced the Elizabethan favorite wine, Sack, a type of sherry. Some gentry preferred a still sweeter and richer drink called hippocras, compounded of white wine, sherry, nutmeg, cloves, Jamaican pepper and sugar, a concoction that was to survive in later times as a Christmas or New Year’s punch.

Fanfare The Third Announcing the passing of ye viands

The Mince Pie Long before Francis Bacon wrote that “mincing of meat in pies sparest the grinding of the teeth,” mixtures of spices and liquor had been used to preserve perishable meats and fruits. By the seventeenth century, mince pie had a politico-religious connection. At Christmas time, cavaliers would bake rectangular “coffins” or crusts, for the spicy filling and often created monstrous affairs weighing over 100 pounds.

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  • billy J says:

    Tips for hosting a underage drinking party?
    Ok i understand the consequences of having an underage drinking party at my house without parents… so dont bother saying anything. But what i wanted to know what were common mistakes kids do that led to the parties being busted? Or what are some good tips that you may have as fas as saftey or not getting caught?

    May 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm
    • tjd_purplecrazy_84 says:

      Hey, one of the most common mistakes is that the party ends up moving somewhere else. Once you start it, keep it at your house!

      Keep all alcohol (and whatever else you have) away from the front and back doors. Just make sure that if there is that knock on the front door, that nothing can be seen.

      Remember that police cannot enter your house without permission or a warrant. So if you get the knock, send someone that has not been drinking and DO NOT let the officers come inside your house. Instead, open the door, step outside, close the door, and have the little talk with the police. They will possibly try and trick you in letting them go inside. If they get one foot in the door without you saying anything, they technically have been invited in and can do their thing.

      Also, they can enter if they see something illegal… aka drugs.

      Just remember to keep your cool if they do end up at your house and do not let them in or let them see anything.

      So the big thing…. keep the party where it started! haha

      Good Luck and have fun,

      May 30, 2012 at 9:19 pm
  • LaTisha says:

    Anyone have any tips for hosting a Holiday Mary Kay Party?
    I’m hosting a party a week before Christmas for my younger sister and I want to help her get lots of sales. Just looking for tips, ideas or any experiences that you may have had.

    May 28, 2012 at 6:52 am
    • Sarahz says:

      invite EVERYONE you know and tell them to bring a guest. work friends, neighbors, family, friends. holiday season will be tough to get people to your house though with preperations and holiday parties going on.

      May 30, 2012 at 10:40 pm

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