Medieval Feast: Invitations

It was essential that the invitations to our medieval banquet were designed, made and sent to their recipients in time for an answer to be given.  Therefore, this was one of L11’s very first projects to be completed.  L11 had already jotted her ideas down for the invitations during one of her project sessions.  I encouraged her to have a look at some medieval invitations online, to maybe get a feel for the way they were worded.  At first, the celebrations were to be for a ‘coming of age’ banquet for T, however L11 changed her mind deciding it would be less confusing for all if she invited everyone to a feast to celebrate their learning adventures (thereby sticking to the actual reason for holding the banquet in the first place).  She wrote and rewrote the invitation until she was happy with it.  She had known that she wanted to have a rose motive (which was fast becoming a little theme within the banquet, linking to T12’s presentation of the War of the Roses) and we found some ideal pictures on Google, and copied and pasted them onto the invitation.  At first L11 was going to use our feather ink pens to hand write them but at the last-minute asked me to show her the various fonts on the computer.  Falling in love with the Old English font, and knowing she would find it hard to replicate it with the ink pen, she asked if she could type out the invitations and then print on parchment paper.  Which is what we did:

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She then proceeded to age it by burning the edges, rolling it into a scroll and finally sealing it with a wax seal:

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And here they are ready to be delivered, one to my mum and the other to our incredibly good friends Andy and Nik and their two children:

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Easy, inexpensive and very effective!

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