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, July 29, 2009

A Luncheon for Company

We love having company at Linderhof -- whether for lunch or dinner. There is nothing like a summer day in the breakfast room watching the birds feeding and feasting on foods mostly from the farmer's market.

I don't have as many dishes as some -- prefering to use those that I love over and over again -- like my blue and white Spode Blue Room. The plates I used here for the luncheon as well as a Spode Blue Italian milk jug to hold the flower arrangement.

But I do have these wonderful tomato plates -- salad plates actually although BIG salad plates that are perfect for a summer salad which includes tomatoes. A Williams Sonoma mark down, they're used often in the summer.
A white cloth over a green floor length one. Green napkins in my silver napkin rings. A simple table but one that suits luncheons at Linderhof.
But the best thing to go on the tomato plate is a green salad -- with Farmer's market or garden tomatoes.
And then each guests can see the tomatoes on the bottom of their plate when they finish. There are 4 and each plate is a different tomato. A feast of tomatoes for the mouth and when finished, a feast of tomatoes for the eyes.

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what other tablescapes are offered up this Thursday. Everyone is so creative with their tablescapes and Tablescape Thursday makes Thursdays extra fun!

28 comments:

ellen b said...

What fun those tomato plates are. What a lovely luncheon setting!

food with style said...

love those tomato plates!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Pretty tomato plates! The salad looks good!

Katherine

Enchanted Rose Studio said...

Such a pretty luncheon table! Your tomato plates are fabulous! Everything looks so lovely and inviting!

Tina

Blushing hostess said...

Pretty glasses!

Southerncook said...

LOVE your tomato salad plates. Oh how I wish I could be a guest at one of your luncheons. Lovely post Martha.

Carolyn

niartist said...

Oh Martha, there are so many things in these photos I want to commend you on, and I hope I get them all. If I don't, I'll come back later and comment again! LOL! :) FIRST, I never noticed the brick floor of the sunroom at Linderhof! I'm so loving that! I told Scott a few days ago that I had found a product at Lowes (of all places) that is a tile (I think used for backsplash) that looks just like brick, only it's very thin. I don't know if I could manage to use it on the floor in the basement, but wouldn't that be beautiful!?!? Oy ve! Ok, moving on! The napkin rings are simply stunning!! Love them, and I have to know where they came from! The blue and white pitcher with the flowers is a stand out, and I can surmise that those daisy's are from the gardens of Linderhof - even more my taste! The plates are beautiful - and you're right - who doesn't love an oversized salad plate? I used to (when I was worried about my weight) use them instead of dinner plates for dinner. That whole mind trick thing. I guess it worked - at least in the short term. ;) The food looks ABSOLUTELY delicious, and of course, the whole set up in it's totality is really just stunning! Thanks for sharing! You know how I love my visits to Linderhof!

Peg @ Bloomfield Farm said...

I love the tomato plates. If you hadn't confessed they came from Williams Sonoma, I'd have guessed they were antique. Lovely table... simple is good!

Mary said...

The first thing that caught my eye was your milk pitcher! I love Spode's blue, but the tomatoe plates are adorable, and set against the blue plates, it's very pretty! Love you salad, too!

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a very pretty table, Martha! Simple and lovely! I love daisies~my favorite flower! The tomatoes and salad look wonderful, as do your plates.

I too, just noticed the brick floor! Oh, does that ever show off the charm of your home!! Love it!

I didn't have time to get the recipe for the Lemon Blueberry tart, but I will now. I mentioned it in my post last week and I think you may have gotten a few hungry visitors!!

xoxo
Jane

Brenda said...

I LOVE those tomato plates! They're so pretty I could never put them away. I'd have to hang them on the wall!
Brenda

Charlene said...

Love the tomato plates, and the simplicity of the setting as well! Beautiful without being "over the top".

Mary said...

I love your plates and that salad screams summer fresh and delicious.

denisemarie in Houston, TX said...

love everything about it. I love the white over the full table cloth. I love the casualness of it. I just got a few William Sinoma clearance items last night that I can't wait to use. Love yours. And those pheasant rings, OMG. Love the room and those bricks on the floor.

Debbie Moore's Slice of Pie Cookbooks said...

Love the plates ... email me and we can exchange cooking column ideas! I'd love to share links to the newspapers!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love those beautiful tomato plates! A guest at Linderhof is always in for a wonderful time, I'm sure.

Liz said...

What a perfect country table! Just lovely!

~Liz

Eileen said...

'Love your tablescape! 'Love those tomato dishes! I've never seen anything like them, I love 'different' things. This was great!
All the best,
Eileen

Martha said...

The napkin rings are part of my collection of mostly Victorian and some Edwardian silver napkin rings. Most have names but some have just initials. They're always used for meals. I've collected them for quite a few years -- they're pricier now, alas, I used to get them for $10 or so but since several magazines did articles on them . . . the prices have shot up.

Kathleen said...

Lovely table..The tomato plates are wonderful!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Martha, I always consider it a treat to find a post from you, especially one about entertaining! This table is lovely -- and those tomato plates are so pretty and different.

Love those glasses -- very Williamsburg tavern looking.

And -- I got a chance to spy your beautiful brick floor again. I'm going to show it to my husband. I think it would be perfect in our sunroom!

Cass

My Carolina Kitchen said...

Beautiful tablescapes at your home. I love the tomato plates - very cool.
Sam

rosecottagegardensandfarm said...

Such a lovely luncheon you have set! I would love to join you in your gorgeous sunroom for a yummy tomato salad! Love your brick floor, too!

Thanks for sharing the images of the pretty tomato plates.

Debbykay at Rose Cottage Gardens and Farm

for the love of a house said...

Hi Martha!
Beautiful table setting and your salad looks wonderful!

Thank you for your sweet well-wishes! I love that you've been to the CG Hotel!
joan

Becky said...

Martha, as usual your table is gorgeous! Like others I think it would be such a treat to be a guest at Linderhof. You have such talent.

Those tomato plates are too cool. I love the idea of a salad and then seeing the tomatoes. Would you mind telling me about your glasses? Pattern, who made them, etc. I really like those, too.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

This looks so pretty. I would love to have a floor length cloth to put on a table in my home. Can't get much better than tomatoes on the plate - printed on it or eaten on it. laurie

Joyce said...

Cute tomato plates.
Joyce

Cindy said...

I appreciate the simplicity of your tablescape. Very pretty and I like your tomato salad plates. They are very unique. Thank you for stopping over at my blog and leaving a comment, I appreciate it and it gave me a chance to discover yours. I love that about the blog parties. Hugs, ~cindy s~