This is the weekend that the new and final season of Showtime’s “The Tudors” hits the small screen in the USA (and for our friends overseas, it’s a good time to buy a plane ticket and stay a while!). Toast the final hurrah of the show that tickled Tudorphiles and won over others with its sheer eye candy and soap-opera storylines. Whether you throw an all-out throwback bash, or just gather a few close gents or ladies-in-waiting around the telly, have fun at the expense of the most luscious yet dysfunctional dynasty in history:
Dress the part. No costumes? Cleavage will do.
Serve “head-y” snacks — Roast a head of garlic, mix the paste with EVOO and salt/pepper, and spread on baguette slices. Must be a baguette because you might as well introduce something French now–Mary Queen of Scots is just around the corner! Carry on the execution theme with Boar’s Head sliced meats for a cold-cut platter. Chop up a head of lettuce for a salad, as you’ll need something from the veg group. It’s more than the court bothered to do.
Sip something tasty (perhaps a Bloody Mary?) every time:
- …the Massive Monarch bellows “I’m the king of England” or inappropriately eyes a court vixen
- …Charles Brandon seems to be experiencing an internal struggle
- …Anne of Cleves smiles pleasantly & you can see the “I’m so glad I still have a head” thought bubble above her
- …Kitty Howard looks clueless and/or giggles
- …you notice that the executioner or peasants have stumps for teeth while the royals have straight, gleaming choppers
- …twice if the executioner or peasants have straight, gleaming choppers
- …something happens and you know that “that’s not really what happened!”
- …anyone dies
Remember to celebrate the history of this famous family and all those who were involved with it as you celebrate the series. Cheers and happy viewing!