Welcome to the TITANIC TIMES TRIBUNE. I have created this site so I can share with everyone the video and pics of my TITANIC dinner party, among other odds and ends. I want to share my passion for the great lost ship. So, kick back and enjoy the show. Let me know what you think. But first, "Read all about it" here as to how I went about throwing this party. Feel free to sign my Guestbook , send me a Blog, and/or score this website in the "Ratings & Comments" section. Your reviews are welcome.
I was just tooling around one day on the computer and started writing up a menu reminiscent of the last dinner onboard the TITANIC. When I realized that the anniversary of the sinking fell on a Saturday night, I decided to make the dinner a reality. So I dove into creating a fun, but fancy invitation for my guests. On the invitation I created a guestlist of the names of famous survivors of the sinking. Next to the survivor's name I wrote the guest's name, indicating that they were this person. I then said "Come dressed in your best and regale our group with your tale of survival." So now, I had to let them know how they survived the sinking.....hmmm....how do I do that? Aha!! I created a Boarding Pass along with a picture of the survivor and a little biography of their adventure!!
Now, I wanted everyone to thoroughly enjoy themselves without having to worry about driving home after a few drinks. After all, we're talking about a champagne reception, wine with every course, and after-dinner brandy! So I asked good ole Dad to help pay for a limousine service. I thought that would be a nice touch and really set the mood. And it did. My guests R.S.V.P'd immediately full of enthusiam.
Now my Dad didn't want to see me so occupied in the kitchen preparing everything that I would not be able to enjoy the evening, so he offered to hire a Chef and a waiter. I thought that was a fantastic idea. So, enter Chef Kevin. He was great. The food was cooked to perfection. He brought his waiter, Greg who was very professional and a real nice person. I highly recommend them. Great service.
Of course, Dad had to practically take over with his ideas. He has a very grandiose personna. He called the Navy and got a sailor to "pipe the guests aboard". That was really overboard, but since we were going overboard on the TITANIC....guess what came next? Dad wanted a lone violenist to play for us at dinner. I told him that was not the sound I wanted. I wanted the sound of a quartet, and I had some CD's that I intended to play. He wouldn't let it go, but I was firm that I wanted a quartet sound......sooo......We hired a quartet!!!! This was getting crazy out of hand. But since things were already so crazy....I went completely overboard and ordered a TITANIC ICE SCULPTURE!!! How crazy is that??? But what the heck? Why not? So I did it, and every body was impressed.
Now that this dinner was going to happen and I couldn't back out now, I bought some new matching table linens and napkins. What am I missing? Place-cards indicating where the guests are to sit! Back to the computer I go and created Place-cards from a business card template. On the card was the name of the guest-survivor with the White Star Line Logo. Very professional looking.
Can't have a TITANIC dinner without TITANIC wine and champagne!! Off to E-bay I go and buy some authentic looking TITANIC wine and champagne lables that peel and stick onto wine and champagne bottles. Voila!......vintage 1908 wine and champagne "bottled exclusively for TITANIC passengers."
Underneath the open glass coffee table is a model of the TITANIC wreck with spotlights on each end of the ship. It is lit up from above as if a submersible was lighting the great wreck. It gives off a ghostly silhouette. Above the wreck I had a candle on each end lit througout the evening.
Everything was set. The invitations were sent out along with the boarding passes and biographies of survivors. The limousine to pick up family, the Sailor to "Pipe 'em aboard", the quartet to play lively music, the Ice Sculture and the wine & champagne bottles for atmosphere, the Chef and waiter to prepare and serve a 7 course TITANIC meal.
The limo rolled up, the guests arrived in tuxedos and dress and they were "Piped Aboard." The quartet played Strauss's "Blue Danube" - one of my favorite waltzes. The Celebrated String Quartet were absolutely first class all the way. They played ragtime, waltzes, and classical music that were heard onboard the famous ship. They were wonderful.
Greg the waiter greeted the guests by their character name with champagne and hor's d'oevres. Everything was a complete surprise to them. They had no idea that I hired a Chef to cook, or a quartet to play for them. We chatted, we listened, we danced.
During dinner we got into character and discussed how we all survived the sinking of the TITANIC. It was a very interesting dinner. After dinner we danced some more. The guys went outside and had cigars and brandy on the deck. It was a beautiful night.
The quartet finished and left for the evening. The CD's came on and the party continued. Everyone was enjoying themselves. Finally, at the end of the evening, I dimmed the lights in the house and had everyone stand around the wreck site. The candle-light vigil was still lit over the wreck. The wreck itself was lit up by the spotlights as well. I made a little speech about how the band continued to play music on the sloping deck as the bow sank deeper into the sea. I told them that the last song believed to have been played by the band was "Near'er My God To Thee." I then played that hymn on the CD. As the last notes faded, I faded out the spotlights that were over the wreck site and we all stood over the wreck site in darkness, save the candle-light. It was very touching, and the perfect end to my TITANIC dinner.
To listen to "Near'er My God To Thee" click on the stop button at the very bottom of this page to turn off this page's waltz. Then press play here, or go to the "TITANIC MUSIC" page.