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, June 3, 2009

An Outside Dinner Inside

It's Thursday which means that it's time for tables and dishes! Thursdays are always so much fun as we get to see everyone's great tablesettings. Thanks to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting this great event!

We invited another couple for dinner last week. It's spring and we love to eat out on the patio before the heat and humidity of summer force us back inside. But since it is also spring, chilly temperatures often supplant the warmth of May.

Such was the weather last Thursday . . . . and so our outside dinner party came inside!
But I did use one of my outdoor tablecloths -- as a topper to a floor length gold one that I often use in the breakfast room.
My two blue and white Spode pitchers hold garden flowers and herbs. But then we usually have flowers on the breakfast room table -- even if it is just for the two of us.

Dishes are my blue and white Spode and napkins in the Victorian silver napkin rings are gold to match the wee bit of color in the tablecloth and the gold tablecloth underneath.

Even though we ate inside instead of outside, it was a great dinner party. Steaks perfectly grilled by husband Jim and Hasselback potatoes and farmer's market asparagus accompanied the steak.

Dessert was made from the fresh cherries that were at the market -- individual cherry tarts.


Pamela Terry and Edward said...

Beautiful table!

Scribbler said...

This sounds wonderful -- I am sure everyone had a grand time.


Mary Bergfeld said...

Another beautiful table, Martha. Your dinner sounds as though it was delicious.

Brenda Pruitt said...

I just found my first Spode blue and white plate at an estate sale last weekend. I would LOVE to have those Spode pitchers. Lovely!

Mary said...

Mmmm, LOVE your Spode pitchers! Such a pretty table. I love it that you have flowers on the table even if it's just the two of you. :)

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Simply lovely, Martha!

Dana and Daisy said...

Mmm! Sounds delicious too!

Leigh of Tales from Bloggeritaville said...

Oh! MArtha! I just love that blue and white. Charming!!!

Thanks for dropping my Bloggeritaville, my friend!


ellen b said...

Love all the blue and white and the tablecloth choice for it is very nice.

Kathleen said...

Beautiful...and the cherry tart sounds wonderful!

Kammy said...

Wow, loving the double flowers ! I love your Spode...really love your silverware too , it is so very pretty !
Hugs ~ Kammy

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Your tablescapes always have sort of a casual elegance that I admire so much. Of course, I've never seen a table with blue and white china that I didn't love, and those pitchers with the flowers and herbs in them are so pretty. Your menu sounds delicious. laurie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is so lovely --- as they are every week and a cherry tart too? Oh heavenly!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Martha, I love the blue and white fresh. I love how you used the Spode pitcher. I have a small one that I just may pull out for a tablescape...great idea...filling it with flowers.