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, May 13, 2009

A Garden Luncheon -- Inside!

It's Thursday and time for the wonderful tablescapes that you'll find at Susan's, Between Naps on the Porch. It's always fun to see the creative tablescapes each week.
Wednesday we had a garden luncheon at Linderhof -- but because of threat of rain it was INSIDE!!!! But the table did say "garden" whether it was outside or inside in the breakfast room or the dining room. With six guests, alas, if we couldn't have it outside, it had to be in the dining room rather than the breakfast room which overlooks the garden.
I always do a menu for each guest -- this particular menu was also the placecard -- for each had the name of the guest on the menu. And at each place, a wee wire basket, lined with moss and filled with violas.

Silver salt and pepper shakers -- the pepper in a "watering can" and the salt in a garden pail. Bought several years ago from Smith and Hawken (at a ridiculous price but I had to have them) just for garden dining.

The centerpiece, two French wire baskets -- turned on top of one another and also lined with moss and filled with the same violas.

The cloth, a dark green which seems like a garden. The dishes are my blue and white Spode which are peeking out from under the menu. White napkins in my silver napkin rings.

The menu for the luncheon?

Chicken Dijon, Salad of garden greens, roasted cherry tomatoes, Farmer's market radishes with Linderhof vinaigrette and a rhubarb strawberry crisp (served warm) for dessert along with coffee.

(And don't mind my "oops" -- the date is listed at 2000 but it really should be 2009!)

Everyone had a grand time and they lingered over lunch as lunch should be lingered over.

32 comments:

Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer said...

ooo I love bringing the outdoor in! Happy Tablescape Thursday ~ Susan

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

It's beautiful, Martha!

marty39 said...

What a beautiful garden theme. Everything is just so pretty and the menus as placecards is such a wonderful idea and so unique. I love it. The 2 large wire baskets and then the small ones are great and really brings the garden inside. Such a beautiful setting. Hugs Marty

Janie's World said...

OOO, so pretty. I love the wire baskets and your cute salt and pepper shakers!

Acorn Cottage said...

Those are the most adorable little baskets! I would have had to have them too! You always amaze me with the tablescapes and menus you come up with, a regular Martha Stewart!

P.S. Oliver is such a cutie! Tasha Tudor always had Corgi's you know!

Dana and Daisy said...

ooh, I want a house like yours!

xinex said...

The menu/placecard is such a great idea! I love your goblets, so pretty and unique. Everything is so beautiful and I just love the garden theme....Christine

susan said...

Yes, I agree--you did HAVE to have the salt and pepper shakers! Your menu sounds wonderful. I love radishes. Rhubarb is not something I am familiar with--may have to give it a try! I know your guests enjoyed this.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Well you had a very pretty garden party - even if it WAS inside.

Teacup said...

Oh I love it........it looks so beautiful Martha.

Lindsay @ Peacock Blue said...

What a beautiful home in your blog header!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Martha, what an enjoyable luncheon this must have been for all. Just love all your ideas, the salt and pepper shakers, the tiny flower arrangements at each setting and the menu. Lovely!

A Touch of Country said...

I love all the extra touches you did.

Wonderful job!

kelly said...

How wonderful to use all the natural foliage! Cheers!

abeachcottage said...

oooh love the natural look you came up with

happy tablescaping!

Sarah
A Beach Cottage

Kammy said...

Hi !
This tablescape screams spring ! Love the menus, I am sure your guests did too. The paper you printed on with the topiarys is so sweet and really matches. I too
love blue spode !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Mary said...

Martha, you do set such a gorgeous table. This looks so inviting.

Fifi Flowers said...

Pretty setting... love the use of a menu!

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful tablescape and garden theme. I can see why you had to have those salt and pepper shakers.
Sam

sophiedahydesigns said...

Your tables are always so lovely. It is a joy to look at them!

Mary said...

Oh, you always set the best tables!!! What a beautiful centerpiece -- I'm such a sucker for pansies. :)

Southerncook said...

Beautiful tablesetting as always Martha. Your menu sounded fabulous as well and I love those wire baskets. I have those same S&P's as you know but haven't used them yet. Wish I had gotten two sets???

Carolyn

Robin said...

I love your tablescapes....they are always so magical. I adore those wee wire baskits with violas.

Have a beautiful day.

Gary and Elizabeth~ said...

Hi Martha,
Every table you set is beautiful! I love your Mothers Day chair and it looks so perfect in your bedroom by the fireplace. Your little (Vanna White) looks very content without a care in the world, silly doggie.
Enjoy your day,
Elizabeth

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

I love the menu! Thanks for the idea. I also liked how you served your salt and pepper. Very creative and beautiful setting!

g.suzie said...

I adore the greenery on the table and adding the extra touch with the menu, great idea. . .

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

I would love to be a guest at your table. It is always so pretty and inviting. Loved everything about it!

Candy said...

And what a table to linger 'round.
Peace as a Spring day in the garden.
Too cute on the S&P.

Cheers,
Candy

Joyce said...

Once again I want to have lunch at your house with the pretty table and the delicous menu.
Joyce

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

So pretty! Those tiny wire baskets are wonderful! And I agree, I would have bought that s/p shaker set too-so cute! Your menu is so pretty with the garden icons on it. What a lovely dining experience this must have been. laurie

Kathleen said...

Lovely garden table, Martha! Hope you enjoyed your friends!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

What a pretty table, Martha! I love your stemware. The menus are a wonderful idea! I love the little baskets of violas, too. Perfect!