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, November 11, 2009

A Fall Dinner Party

Another evening before the theatre . . . and I so enjoy having friends for dinner. It's November and the big blue bowl of pumpkin and gourds is still the centerpiece. The candlesticks are a favorite -- they're by Frederick Cooper and have a wonderful hefty feel to them and have enough age on them that they fit in at Linderhof.
The wine coasters ready for the bottles of wine. The German silver positioned correctly for European cutlery with the fork tines down. Instead of a tablecloth, the rattan charges and since it is November, the plates are the blue and white turkey ones.


A menu for each place and gold napkins (for they go so well with the pumpkins and gourds) in my Victorian silver napkin rings.




I love the look of the dining room just before the company comes. Everything is done and everything is in place. It's the time of anticipation and I so enjoy awaiting the arrival of our guests.

It was a fall night although not a cold one but our menu reflected the heavier foods of autumn. Appetizers were wonderful egg rolls which friend Mo brought. We started dinner with not a salad of lettuces but rather a plate of asparagus vinaigrette followed by Coq au vin served over garlic mashed potatoes with plenty of crusty bread to sop up the juices. Dessert was Tenneessee whisky cake.

Please join friend Susan At Between Naps on the Porch to see what other tablescapes there are this Thursday.

33 comments:

Mary said...

Gorgeous! But then it always is:-).

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful table, Martha. I love the European style of the fork tines down. Goes well with the wonderful French meal you served!! I love your dinners before the theatre. You always have the most wonderful evenings!

xoxo
Jane

Deanna said...

Dear Martha,
Lovely Table and I know your food had to have been wonderful as well.
Tenn. Whiskey Cake sounds like it would melt in your mouth good,
d

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

The table is gorgeous. I love the blue with the pumpkins and the fall colors. It is so pretty. Your menu sounds just wonderful too. Hugs, Marty

Patricia said...

What a beautiful table. Truly a Fall and Thanksgiving inspiration.

Rettabug said...

What an enchanting tablescape! I love that you do a menu to go at each place setting. I always forget that sweet little touch.

Your menu sounds scrumptious! Our neighbor & my piano teacher in FL trained in France & he used to make Coq au vin for dinner parties. What wonderful memories you're brought up for me. He would play for us after we finished eating & it was sheer heaven!

Thanks for sharing your lovely table.

♥ Rettabug

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You have such a gorgeous dining room and your table is fit for a queen~ I love all the details and the soft glow it just seems so happy! Cindy

bj said...

Just beautiful, as always...I love everything about it. I didn't know about turning the tines down. Wonderful...

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I will be right over, the table is just perfect, love the chargers. The menu sounds so delicious, I'll have dessert too...

Sharlotte said...

This is beautiful! Your home is so lovely, warm, and inviting! Thanks for sharing!

La Table De Nana said...

Warm and inviting:)

ellen b. said...

Oh I really love the glow of your table. Very nice!!
I'm looking forward to flying to Seattle on Saturday so that I can get my home there ready for Thanksgiving and have some fun with table settings. I don't have anything this week as I'm busy getting ready to be gone from my sweet little condo in Southern California for a full 6 weeks!!
Blessings...

Mimi said...

Another beautiful table at Linderhof! I just love all your blue/white dishes.

Shelia said...

Hi Martha! Oh, your table is just so gorgeous! Your centerpiece is lovely and that bowl is so lovely! I would never have thought to put blue with pumpkins! The cake sounds so delicious!
Thanks for popping in to see me,
Shelia :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty -- it has quite a golden glow about it. And your menu sound so good. Thanks for your kind visit too.

Erica said...

Martha.......your table looks stunning. I'm sure that you will have some great food to eat on that beautiful table.

The Tablescaper said...

Sounds delicious and looks so inviting! Beautiful.

- The Tablescaper

Sherri@lavenderfields said...

Beautiful table and that menu sounds delicious! Have a great Thursday! Sherri

joey said...

Delightful ... and autumn feast for the eye and palate!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Martha, what lucky friends you have to be dinning in such posh and upscale surroundings. I love everything!!!!! It drips of good taste and hospitality. The table is set with an eye for detail and grace. Your menu sound divine! Just beautiful every little last bit!
Yvonne

Amy said...

All I can say is...lovely. So inviting.

Sonny said...

Love your table , Martha. so subtle and elegant, as is your entire home. I admire your style very much..
~Sonny Dayz ~

Bernideen said...

Wish I could have been there!

Marcee said...

Stunning! This is so warm and inviting:)

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Beautifully presented tablescape Martha! I love your dining room and those french doors leading out. It would be an elegant joy to eat at your table! The menu sounded delish!! Stop on by and check out my anniversary giveaway! Happy TT! Hugs!

Rebekah@Red's Nest said...

It all looks wonderful and the menu sounds even better. Ahhh! Blessings.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The room is positively glowing. This would be such a treat to come to dinner with a table that looks so gorgeous and a menu that is delicious. I enjoyed my visit. Sue

Liz said...

Lovely! Your home is so pretty.
~Liz

Charm and Grace said...

Wow, more gorgeous photos of such a lovely tablescape. I only wish one of those place cards had my name on it! It's plain to see that you are an artist when it comes to decorating for dinner parties (and it goes without saying that your photography is artwork.)

Blessings,
Christi

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Yum...dinner sounds wonderful! What a beautiful, warm table setting...I could be happy at this table for hours. I envy whoever dined here...so beautiful!

Sandy said...

Just a beautiful and perfect fall table. Thanks for sharing the German tradition on the fork. The menu sounds wonderful. Thanks for visiting. Hope you get a chance to visit again soon.
Sandy

house things said...

Martha,
That is one beautiful dining room and table. Inspiring!
Best,
Kathleen

Linda said...

What lucky guests! I love your table and your dining room.