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, September 30, 2009

A Fall Dinner Party in the Garden

The best thing about fall on the prairie is that we once again can enjoy the outdoors -- summer is usually too hot but in the spring and fall . . . .

Saturday night we had 12 over for dinner before the show at the Liberty. A casual affair of brats, 3 salads, and that wonderful Oma's Apple Cake for dessert. Mostly beer but some wine was served as well.

The tablecloths were a day before garage sale find -- old Williams Sonoma ones -- and not three but six! Different sizes but it is nice to have a patio party and have ALL the tablecloths match!
If it's a party at Linderhof, it's blue and white! The plates look good on the sage green print tablecloths. White Hotel napkins (my everyday napkins actually) for each place. Outside, the silver napkin rings ARE NOT used!
Glass canning jars filled with garden basil and a yellow annual that I've forgotten the name of. And because it was fall -- pumpkins as well. Husband Jim felt the new tablecloths made the garden feel like fall -- much more so than the summer yellow and blue ones! I agree!
We're twelve at two tables for four -- but it's okay to squeeze in -- especially for a casual patio party!
The centerpieces kept small but fresh. The yellow flowers were bought three years ago and they reseed themselves -- they're a great annual but a mystery annual because I've forgotten their name!

We love to entertain both inside and outside and with the beautiful fall weather, garden parties are perfect.

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other Tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday.

30 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful outdoor tables, Martha. We are enjoying the porch during this great weather!

Southerncook said...

Perfect setting for a dinner party before the show at the Liberty. Just beautiful. Oh it is a MUST to enjoy the outdoor setting when one can.

Carolyn

once in a blue moon... said...

love dining al fresco, fall is always the best!

Sandi (Meme) said...

fall is coming quickly and you have provided the perfect setting to watch is come in.

Have a great week.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh, I can't wait for it to cool off a little more and then we can eat outside. This looks lovely. I'm sure everyone had a great time. Hugs, Marty

Lori E said...

Simple is often the best. Too cold here to eat outside now besides that it is dark here already.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty and I love the fall weather to get those last few dinners outdoors -- pretty spot in your garden to dine.

susan said...

It seems as if you are always entertaining! You have a lucky group of friend to be on your guest list! This is the perfect time of year for outdoor dining --good weather/no bugs! I love the blue and white with the sage green!

Heidi said...

Isn't it wonderful to eat outdoors? That looks very inviting!Those tablecloths were a great find.
Could those yellow flowers be calendulums?(sp?) They have a familiar look, and calis. reseed like crazy...
I'd love it if you'd come by for a visit sometime, although I'm not posting a traditional tablescape this week I have something fun to show, and I'm having my first ever giveaway!
Heidi - Heart and Home

Lorrie said...

It's fun to enjoy the beautiful fall weather while you can. I love the centerpieces.

Lorrie

Carrie said...

Very pretty!! What a lovely place for eating and chatting.

Deanna said...

Hello!
You have set a very nice table and I'm sure that the food was great!
Always a delight to visit your blog.

I wish our Fall would last a really, really long time,
d

Martha said...

The flowers are Melampodium -- a prairie star flower -- I highly recommend them.

Dining Delight said...

Great find on those multiple tablecloths! I know I have been buying "bunches" of tablecloths in the same colour lately as I really like the look when you have multiple tables to decorate. Your patio party looks great!

DD

Sherri S said...

Beautiful garden party! I just love this weather.

Janie's World said...

Beautiful tables on a beautiful evening with wonderful friends...who could ask for more!!!

Yira said...

I love the easy feeling of your outdoor dining arrangements. Dining al fresco is my favorite. Beautiful.

Maggie B said...

How lovely to be able to dine outdoors and enjoy warm Fall temperatures. It's too cool now in the evenings here in Normandy but still warm in the midday sunshine.
Happy TT.
Maggie

Amy said...

Seems absolutely perfect! A nice gathering.

Cynthia said...

Great outdoor tables. Please send some of that cooler weather down here to Texas! Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Carrie said...

Lovely outdoor setting with wonderful blue and white!

Carrie said...

Lovely outdoor setting with wonderful blue and white!

Chari said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh...your fall patio party sounds like so much fun...and the menu sounds mmmm...yummy! Love brats!!!

Your patio is so beautiful and what the perfect backdrop for your party! Girl, I love those pretty sagey green tablecloths...what a deal! And your honey was absolutely right about the sagey green being perfect for autumn! I too, really like your beautiful blue and white dinnerware against this shade of green...so pretty! Thanks for sharing your dinner party with us...hope you had fun!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Mary said...

How beautiful it all looks, Martha.
You spoil us!

Brenda said...

The heat has let up, so I'm finally getting to enjoy my new deck as well. Blue and white is one of my very favorites, and what better for a dinner party than such tranquil colors with those tablecloths? Beautiful tablescapes!
Brenda

Penny said...

Martha, The tables look lovely and the menu sounds delicious. You make me want to run out and look for William Sonoma tablecloths on sale! I love coming up with unusual budget friendly table decor.

renaeterrell said...

What a lovely setting for a dinner party.

Thanks for stopping by and commenting on the New Orleans pictures. We had a lovely afternoon, strolling and looking at the beautiful old building. So glad to see the city come back from the brink! Blessings.

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Such a beautiful setting and your table is lovely. I adore your plates. Gorgeous!

Barb

Blondie's Journal said...

Lovely al fresco dining!! I adore it!! I love those new tablecloths!! Just beautiful and as always, your place settings are fabulous!!

Have a wonderful weekend, Martha!!

xoxo
Jane

nannykim at spindle cottage said...

That was some find---those are nice tablecloths! Love the dishes too. Hey, I am wondering if you have any trouble keeping the napkins clean?? Let me know your secrets!