Whenever we entertain, we always like to make a menu for each place setting. It's a souvenir of the meal and often the picture at the top is a picture of the table where the meal takes place (love digital cameras and computers!)
These are menus new and old -- and basically the format is the same -- a picture at the top, then "Dinner at Linderhof" or "Lunch at Linderhof", the date, "Menu" and finally the food being served.
For an Easter luncheon, I used a Victorian Easter card and hand wrote the menu inside.
An old Valentine card used both as a menu and a placecard. The name on the front . . . .
And the menu on the back handwritten in red, of course!
The menus are usually placed in the plate so that our guests can take their napkin and put it in their lap and the menu is there for their perusal before the first course is served.
The menus are usually printed on whole sheets of paper --
And if we're celebrating something special, that is shown at the top as well.
Sometimes we'll find some pretty paper and will use that for our menus. If so, we don't add a picture -- the paper is pretty enough as is.
Whether it is a simple luncheon for four . . . .
Or a luncheon for 10 . . . there is always a menuFor dinner parties, the menu is often one of many courses.
But for a luncheon, the menu is often just three -- a salad course, a main course and dessert!
I just think that it adds something special when everyone has their own menu.
It makes the luncheon or dinner more of an event and tells our guests how special we think they are.