I set out Tasha's books that featured Valentines. . . .
. . . .and those that spoke of February. . . .
Then I set out the materials for making our own versions of Sparrow Post boxes and Valentines. . . .
Once everyone was here and had looked through the 1955 Life magazine featuring Tasha's dolls' wedding we watched the movie that Nell Dorr made about it. . . .
Then it was tea and cake time. . . .
I made the Tudor family's Valentine Cake recipe. You will note that the second cup of milk has been crossed out on the recipe. Apparently, it was a publishing error. However, when I made it, I thought it much too thick, so I added an additional 1/4 cup of milk. But I think it could have used more because the cake was not very moist. Plus, according to the instructions I should have had enough batter left over to make 12 cup cakes, but I did not! Here is the recipe for those who would like to experiment with it. If you add even more milk than I did and it turns out moister, please let me know. . . .
Everyone received a page of miniature cards to cut out and take home from The Jenny Wren Book of Valentines. . . .
Our Sparrow Box boxes were made from inverted paper heart boxes I found at Michael's for just $1 each. Everyone used their imaginations and came up with something totally different. You should see all of these! The clothes pin on the side is for outgoing mail. . . .
This is what it looks like when finished. . . .
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