Thursday, November 10, 2016

A Presidential Tea with Mamie Eisenhower

This past Sunday we held a presidential tea party in celebration of the culmination of the campaign season. Our guests were treated to a special themed event with an attempt to recreate the atmosphere of a unique evening at the White House, including a menu featuring the eagle seal. This event was Honoring the Citizens of the United States of America.
The first course featured a White House Garden Cauliflower Soup garnished with snippets of fresh Spring green onions, craisins, and freshly milled pepper. The inspiration for the soup came from an event hosted by Dwight D. Eisenhower where Cauliflower Curry Soup was served at a dinner to honor Soviet Premiere Khrushchev. Complimentary White Wine Spritzer with Lavender Floral Elixir (symbolic for luck) was served to each guest with Crackers topped with Herbed Cheese Spread.
In 1959, Mamie Eisenhower frequently held teas at the White House for the wives of members of the House of Representatives. 'Open faced sandwiches' and 'chicken salad sandwiches' would be served at those teas. Therefore, our sandwich plate included Chicken Salad Tea Sandwich, Open Faced Veggie Confetti Sandwich with an edible star cut from a turnip, Roasted Pork Tenderloin with peach Conserve and Marinated Shrimp wrapped with a Snowpea Pod.
Nancy's signature Traditional English Cream Scones and seasonal Curried Pumpkin & Ginger Scones were served alongside a Fresh Fruit Skewer placed atop Marshmallow Cream.
The dessert finale featured Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cheesecake with a raspberry coulis and garnished with fresh raspberries.
Since Mamie Eisenhower was our welcomed speaker, Mamie's Million Dollar Fudge was offered to each guest to enjoy at a later time. Mamie, portrayed by local Gettysburg resident Ruthmary McIlhenny recollected her first meeting with Ike, the trials and tribulations of marriage, war, politics, the presidency, and their life together on the Gettysburg farm. Mamie really enjoyed her opportunity to be First Lady in 1953. They had been married 36 years and had moved 39 times already. She anticipated the opportunity to live at one location for four years, and perhaps eight years would be grand.

Our Presidential Teas are served every four years. Looking forward to 2020 with eager anticipation, renewed hope and great possibilities.


relevanttealeaf said...

What a lovely tea and your menu is delicious! Wish I could have been there!

Marilyn Miller said...

Yes, hope for 2020. How lovely that Mamie was able to make an appearance at this special tea. It looks just delicious and well thought out.

Linda Jennings said...