Happy Birthday, Tasha Tudor!
Last week was Tasha Tudor's 98th birthday, and we celebrated with a lovely cake and tea party on Tasha's porch. Winslow came in from pruning the garden, Amy arrived toting baby Katie, Ellie skipped in wearing her new favorite "fairy dress," and Natalie came bearing berries and a cake. Henry the dog settled in a most lucrative spot for potential falling cake crumbs.
At the center of the scene, a lovely white cake stood three layers tall, with black currant jam in between the layers and a whipped vanilla frosting, made even more enticing with a heap of fresh berries. What a treasure fresh berries are, what a luxury!
The white cake receipt is from a Tudor family favorite cookbook, A World of Baking by Dolores Casella.
Ellie Tudor made Granny a "Happy Birthday" sign on the chalkboard. Ellie walked from guest to guest holding out one color of chalk at a time saying, "Did Granny like THIS color?" Baby Katie was enamored with the lace overlay as she celebrated her first Tasha Tudor Day. It was also a special day for Ellie, as she was gifted (by her parents) a child-size antique pink lustre tea cup of her very own, in Tasha's favorite pattern. She went around the table "reading tea leaves" for the guests, making predictions that involved hiking with Henry in the very near future. Oh, how precious is childhood imagination!
It was a hot day, but Tasha delighted in hot weather, and it rarely stopped her from taking her tea
(though iced was also welcome). Winslow Tudor cut seconds of the cake as Natalie poured seconds of tea, and we laughed and reminisced about previous birthday parties and tea times on this small porch that can hold so many years of memories and so much happiness.
Thank you all so much to those of you who joined in with celebrations of your own, and all of the lovely notes and comments we received. It means so much to know that Tasha touched so many of your lives as she did ours.
Winslow, Amy, Elizabeth, and Katherine Tudor at Tasha Tudor's 98th birthday tea, 2013.
Natalie and the Tudor Family