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, September 23, 2009

Dinner Before the Show

Another show at the Liberty Theatre (this time a Neil Diamond tribute) . . . and so once again guests invited for dinner.

It's almost fall . . . and so the gold tablecloth and napkins (in our silver napkin rings) is the basis for the tablesetting.
Five of my antique silver julep cups hold garden flowers in shades of yellow to compliment the yellow cloth. To add a touch of fall -- five faux green pumpkins with a glittery glaze are set atop more napkin rings,
I alternated vases of flowers with napkin rings down the center of the table. Keeping the arrangement low enough to be able to see over. Although food is important when we have guests for dinner, and wine is important when we have guests for dinner . . . the MOST important thing is conversation!
The silver, gold and green make for a fall table. Elements of real, antique and faux go together nicely.

No plates on the table for we started in the garden with martinis and appetizers. It was a nice evening to be outside. And when we have company for dinner, we always like to serve appetizers and drinks in one place -- dinner in another. A movable feast!

When we were ready for dinner, our guests came inside, stopping by the table in the breakfast room to pick up a plate and help themselves to the buffet. Of course, the plates are blue and white!
A dinner of room temperature cherry and pear tomatoes, roasted with garden basil and drizzled with a bit of balsamic vinegar, loaded mashed potatoes (cheese, sour cream, green onion) and grilled lamb. With bowls of rhubarb mint compote on the table which went perfectly with the lamb.

Join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see how everyone has set their table this Thursday! It's a fun way to spend Thursdays -- seeing the creative and clever tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch.


nannykim at spindle cottage said...

man, we hardly ever can find lamb here!! Sounds good. Like the silver cups and of course the blue and white plates. Sounds like you all had a fun time!

Elizabeth and Gary said...

How do you do it, always perfection.
Happy fall,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Everything looks just gorgeous and the menu and food looks sooooooo good. I am really hungry. Hope you had a great time. Hugs, Marty

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful table and wonderful menu, Martha! The food looks delicious!!


Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

How very pretty and the food sounds so good! Cindy

Southerncook said...

It's just lovely Martha and I am sure everyone enjoyed themselves.


Anonymous said...

Every thing looks wonderful!
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Julie said...

Hi Martha, It all looks perfect...Sounds like fun was had by all...

Christi @ A Southern Life said...

Beautiful table and the food sounds too good. Makes me hungry!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty and believe me -- my mouth is watering!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha, what a wonderful menu! Delicious, and perfect for "buffet" serving. Yum.

I love the pumpkins perched on the napkin rings -- what a great idea! I hope you don't mind if I steal that one someday.

We have never tried grilling lamb -- Howard's still learning his grill skills, to get beyond burgers and sausages!

All the best... Cass

Deanna said...

Dear Martha,
I like the blue and white dishes very much.
The food looks wonderful and I know it must be!

You've made Dinner before the Show someting to remember.

You'd asked about a tree that I had a picture of on my blog being from last year. Close, it was two years ago. We've done some more landscaping since then. You know your Kansas.

May you have a blessed Autumn,

xinex said...

The food looks yummy and of course, I've always loved your plates.....Christine

Rettabug said...

My goodness...I wish I could have joined you at this event! Very innovative decorations & I like the way you encouraged people to move about & mingle. Good thinking!

Joyce said...

Great concert I am sure and such a pretty arrangement of silver cups. Lamb is one of my favorites:)

Sarah said...

Beautiful table and the food looks delish! Like your idea of the silver napkin rings and glasses down the center. Lovely! ~ Sarah

Mary Bergfeld said...

It all looks so inviting, Martha. I love the centerpiece you fashioned for the table. Just reading about your menu made me hungry. I hope the performance was as good as the meal and company that came before it.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Martha,

Love the blue and white dishes. Are those pheasants I see on the table? Very nice setting.

Thank you for sharing it with us!

~ Tracy

Fifi Flowers said...

YUMMY food... You are making be want to eat!!!

Bill said...

Hi Martha,
I decided not to covet your antique silver julep cups (but I was sorely tempted!!!). Everything looks wonderful and, as always, your menu sounds divine!

Bye for now,

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Looks and sounds wonderful! Love the centerpiece!