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 22, 2009

A Summer Luncheon

It's summer on the prairie and time for the July Lunch Bunch to come for luncheon. A Summer luncheon should be a summery table filled with garden flowers. A pretty new tablecloth of birds and butterflies to reflect the flittering butterflies and feathered friends outside the windows of the breakfast room.
Not the blue Spode, but rather my Grandmother's Noritake, Marcasite -- a great cream, white and gold pattern. I've added to it and love it for the cream, gold and white is always so versatile.
As always, a menu at each place -- this one in a note card with a picture of a wren on the front -- and the real wren came to visit the feeder closest to the breakfast room while we were having lunch. We thought that a fun coincidence.

The white vase filled with white daisies and green fennel is a Wedgwood piece given to me by a dear friend. The green in the fennel pick up the birds which are part of the centerpiece.
Favorite birds that usually roost on the shelves of the baker's rack in the breakfast room. Used frequently, however, on the table as part of a centerpiece. A long ago purchase from Nell Hills and a favorite.

The menu was full of summer flavors -- mixed greens with basil leaves and garden grape tomatoes with balsamic vinaigrette; individual zucchini tarts and lemon blueberry cake for dessert. Served with pitchers of an icy lemony green tea.

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what others are doing with their tables this week. It's always fun to see the creative tables that everyone sets.


niartist said...

Oh this is just lovely Martha. I love the card with the menu and the welcome note. Delightful, and looking out onto your garden is really enough beauty in and of itself. Oh how I long to lunch at Linderhof! :) ROADTRIP!!!

Deanna said...

The table looks lovely!
Very nice for a Summer Luncheon.

Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful table setting, Martha. Your grandmother's china is exquisite! I love the gold detail. Your tablecloth and flowers are perfect in this setting in your breakfast room. I love it!!

You have a delicious menu there!! I was hoping you had posted the recipe for the Lemon Blueberry Cake but you have saved me from a couple of dreaded pounds!!

Hope everyone had a great time at the luncheon! :-)


The Tablescaper said...

Lovely, so inviting. I wish I was part of your lunch bunch. Where ever did you get that tablecloth? I could really use one like it. - The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

Very pretty table. I love those little birds, so beautiful!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a lovely table! The card is so pretty.

Signing Out said...

Stunning! I love the gold and cream Noritake china. Your silverware is beautiful, and that tablecloth is so sweet. The vase with the daisies and fennel is perfect.


Cathy~Mille Fleur said...

Oh how pretty!!! I love the china and the flowers are perfection!!!

The view from your table has to be my favorite!!!

Happy TT!!!


Mary Bergfeld said...

How lovely, Martha. Your inherited china is just beautiful.

Printersdevil said...

I always look forward to your tables and that wonderful room of yours. The menus were a perfect touch and how great that Mr. Wren came to visit in person.

Don't forget to join us on this weekend for the final Christmas in July Tablescape Party on Saturday (some may spill into Sunday since the 25th is Saturday. I am having a real CIJ family dinner on Sunday, but will post my table photos Friday night and Mr. Linky will be up and ready at Playing Dishes.

Nancy Yoakum said...

A lovely tablescape as always! Everything looks so fresh! I love your flowers and the menu sounds great! Hasn't this weather been fabulous lately? Enjoy!

Hugs, Nancy

The Blushing Hostess said...

Lovely summer table - sorry about the computer - better days ahead!

Barb said...

Hi Martha, such a lovely table. I adore those water pretty!!


A Hint of Home said...

Your table is so elegant. Everything is lovely.

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Your table is always so lovely. Love your pretty birds. Your menu sounds to die for.


Eileen said...

This is very pretty and your home looks beautiful! Loving it all!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

So pretty! How wonderful to have a wren visit your feeder during your luncheon. How did you arrange that little trick? You must have a pretty good line to God! The butterfly tablecloth is so perfect for a summer luncheon, and the china is lovely. Those birds and that vase filled with flowers are a perfect touch for the center of the table. What a delightful place to have a luncheon. laurie

Lori E said...

Lemon green tea sounds so good to me and I am more of a coffee drinker.
I like how you have kept it simple but elegant. Very friendly and relaxed. So relaxed the little bird came to visit.

Elizabeth and Gary said...

I always love seeing your china and the way you dress your table, so very pretty!. Your wedgwood vase is beautiful.
Take care and enjoy your day,

Sandi (Meme) said...

Your table is beautiful. I love the way the flowers match the ceramic birds.

Joyce said...

I like the idea of the menu cards. It all looks so pretty and I get the Lunch Bunch likes to lunch at your house the best:)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is beautiful! The simplicity is very elegant. Love the tablecloth, and the vase of flowers.


Lori @ Dining Delight said...

Pretty tablescape! Love that you did it for the "July Lunch Bunch" -fun name! You are right, those green birds match wonderfully with the fennel in your centerpiece!


Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh, what a pretty summer luncheon table! I love that new tablecloth -- gorgeous! And your mother's china is beautiful -- I love the colors in the border, that soft green with the gold.

Sorry I am so late in commenting -- so much catching up to do!

Did I ever mention how much I love the brick floor? I have decided that is what I need in the conservatory here -- a brick floor! Is it hard to care for?