It's too hot for luncheon in the garden but a Provencal luncheon is just the thing to beat the heat.
The lavender is blooming profusely and I'm making wands or bottles of as much of it as I can -- the perfect centerpiece instead of flowers. And what better addition to the centerpiece of a Provencal table than a big bowl of lemons!
At Linderhof the dishes are always blue and white (or white edged with gold) and the blue and white goes well with the sunny yellow of the tablecloth. I set the table in the European style with the cutlery face down. A menu, of course, at each place and the napkins in my silver napkin rings.
The soup in little blue and white covered tureens from Nell Hills. Soup in the heat of summer? Ah, yes, a cold soup -- chilled cucumber soup garnished with a shower of garden chives.
Cool and refreshing and the perfect way to start a summer luncheon.
Dessert is an old favorite -- a German torten made with fresh peaches. A perfect way to end a Provencal luncheon.
Please join my friend Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other great tables set up for this Thursday.