Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Paperwhite Luncheon

Every month a three friends come to Linderhof for lunch. We've finally settled on the first Tuesday of the month. We've been doing it for ten years and I thoroughly enjoy the luncheons. These ladies are "foodies" and food is the topic. I get to try new recipes and I've yet to send out for pizza.
I called this a paperwhite luncheon as paperwhites were the centerpiece and my four bird "vases" each held a spray of paperwhites.

The plates are some of my Spode blue room and I used my white overlay tablecloth and white napkins as well.

The cutlery is stainless -- English hotel is the pattern -- they don't match which suits me fine!

The glasses are actually parfait glasses that we got at a restaurant/bar show in Las Vegas. They truly have been workhorses.

At each place is a menu -- a souvenier as well as knowing what the next course will be!



The silver napkin rings are part of my extended collection of Victorian and Edwardian napkin rings. ALL have either names or initials and are used daily.Gathering four birds took four years -- the first came from Nell Hill's in Atchison. The second bought a couple of years later came from a garden shop. Both were what I considered pricey! The last two were bought on my birthday in a gift shop in a little town about an hour north. They were on sale for half price! Finally, I had my four!

It was a taste of spring in a rather cold Febreuary day. A simple tabletop but a welcoming one.

This is my first Tabletop Thursday and I was eager to share. It's sponsored by Susan at Between Naps on a Porch

37 comments:

Susan said...

Gorgeous table... I love your blue Spode! And the napkin rings...sigh

Looks like a lovely luncheon setting!

Susan

~CC Catherine said...

Welcome to your first Tablescape Martha! You did fabulous! I love the Paperwhite theme! Also, love the Blue Spode. I have the Blue Italian Spode set and love using it! Hope you join us weekly! I've added you to my blog roll! Your blog is wonderful! ;)

ceekay said...

Love the paperwhites and those birds are great!!

A Hint of Home said...

Blue and white is always so pretty!

Cynthia said...

What a beautiful table! The blue spode plates are fabulous. Lovely! Cindy

Ma'dame French said...

Great job and welcome to your first TT....enjoy the fun and touring!French

Shelia said...

Beautiful table! Everything looks so lovely!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Elaine said...

I would love to come to your home for lunch.....what a lovely setting! Elaine

Linda/ "Mom..." said...

CONGRATS on a LOVELY "first" TT~~~ And you must live near ATCHISON, KS, right??? (Mary Carol Garrity, owner of Nell Hills, is a longtime friend from years ago when her place was pretty "NEW". Is she a SWEETHEART or what?!?!). LOVE that you love paperwhites & they look yummy w/ your SPode~~~ just delightful! Thank you for sharing!!! Warmly, Linda ...BTW, did you know there's a Schloss Linderhoff (Castle) where we used to live in Germany?!?! Wow, huh?!)~~~

Martha said...

Actually, the Linderhof of the prairie is named after that Schloss Linderhof.

Martha said...

We're about 3 hours south of Atchison. Am more excited by Nell Hills in KC -- I can get there in half the time.

And yes, Mary Carol is a delightful person.

Candy said...

Blue dishes, one of my favorites. Love the little birds.
Enjoy TT, Candy

Terri and Bob said...

Gorgeous. I am so fond of birds, too. I love Nell Hills. My daughter's wedding china is Mary Carols black and white china. It is lovely, too!

KD said...

Martha I of course love the blue transferware! I also love the classic paper whites. Nothing is so peaceful as a paper white in the dead of winter. Lovely lovely table!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful table Martha! I love setting tables and using all the goodies!

Do you go to Nell Hill's often? It's several hours from us, but I love to go every other year or so. I like the Atchison store better than the KC store. Both are wonderful, but the little store is my favorite.

Fifi Flowers said...

First let me say... your home... photo in your header is FABULOUS! Perfect for painting!
Now... your luncheon... lovely setting! I'm sure it smells heavenly... ADORE paperwhites!
ENJOY your day!
Fifi

Beaux Mondes Designs said...

I love this. I decorated a table blue and white(http://beauxmondesdesignsevents.blogspot.com/2008/09/blue-white-asian-toile-garden-theme.html) in my backyard last summer similar to this but not as beautiful as yours. Blue & White dishes with crisp white linen and silver is probably my favorite setting. It just looks so elegant and inviting. Great job.

ellen b said...

Hi Martha! What fun to have a monthly food gatherning! I love that idea. I have a small collection of silver napkin rings from England. I love mix and matching them,too. Welcome to Tablescape Thursday :0)

Kim Chalfant said...

Love everything about your tablescape. I'm jealous of your napkin rings. I need to find some.

Peggy said...

Absolutely beautiful! The blue and white with the paperwhites make such a nice setting. I love how you gathered your bird vases over time. That makes them even more special. Peggy from PA

xinex said...

Love the blue spodes and those birds are just darling. Neat idea about the menu....Christine

Martha said...

Pat -- I try to go as often as I can -- yes, the Atchison store is my favorite but . . . if I need a Nell Hill's fix the KC store is just a little over 1 1/2 hours away -- the Atchison store closer to 2 1/2!

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

Love the menu idea & I love those birds!

Mama said...

Your table really is very pretty, I am drooling over your napkin rings :). Kathy.

prof en retraite said...

Blue and white Spode is my all-time favorite! I love the container for the paper whites and those birds are just perfect! I understnd why you set about collecting them. I love the idea of flowers at each place! Great tablescape!...Debbie

Martha said...

BDM -- Your blue and white garden party looks lovely. After visiting your blog, I'm blushing from your compliments!

Thanks

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

I envy your friends...what a delightful table setting! And menus! WOW! Love the blue and white theme with the paperwhites and the birds are so worth the wait! Thanks for a great TT! Susan

DEB said...

Beautiful table! Love your birds and the blue and white plates are so pretty. I have always loved the smell of paper whites!

santamaker said...

What a great outdoor lunch tablescape. I just adore the Spode. Love the birds, everything looks lovely.

Kathleen Ellis said...

What a LOVE-ly tradition...getting together for a lunch every month!
Your table is beautiful...love the paperwhites theme.
Welcome to TT!
Happy Valentine's Day!
;-D

Maryrose said...

Love the paperwhites. Your luncheon table is so pretty and inviting. Lucky guests. Thanks for sharing, Maryrose

ann said...

If this is your first,the rest of us don't stand a chance.Welcome.This is fabulous...Ann

The Bliss Journey said...

I love the bird vases with the paperwhites.
Kathleen

Cass said...

Mmmm.... Spode. You don't need anything else!

Lovely table, charming setting. I have one silver napkin ring; it was mine as a baby and has tooth marks in it. My mom thought it a good teething ring!

Cass

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

What a lovely and beckoning table! Love the Paperwhites and your Blue Spode. What a great tradition! Have a good rest of your week!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Beautiful...always a delight to see this charming table...still love the birds and those napkin rings are wonderful! The Blue Spode is soooo pretty! Susan

Brigitte said...

Hello everyone,
I am new to blogs and only follow one so far but the name Linderhof caught my attentuion since we have been there several times many years ago.
I am a blue-white fan myself and lucky enough to have a husband who collects Spode.It is the Tower pattern and we have many many pieces.
Looking forward to reading your posts,
Brigitte in Maine