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, December 16, 2009

A Christmas Luncheon

The four of us who call ourselves "The Lunch Bunch" enjoyed a holiday luncheon. A festive Christmas luncheon! With presents and cake!

The centerpiece -- my non-blooming Christmas cactus in the blue oriental bowl.
A menu at each place, a present for my guests at each place. Wrapped in gold and tied with a gold bowl.

A green Christmas cloth and festive napkins with greens, burgundies and golds. A birthday gift from my dear friend, Shirley Ann. In the silver napkin rings, of course!

And my "new" everyday cutlery -- the German silver. (The fork turned upside down in the European tradition.)

The china is not Christmas but I think part of the gold design looks like a Christmas ornament. Bought long ago at an auction -- not for these dishes -- they were a bonus in the box. Eight of them. They're Japanese. I have no idea of the maker and not a clue as to the pattern. But since I like white and gold china almost as much as the blue and white transferware, they became as treasured as whatever was in the box that I did want!


The menu with a gold Christmas tree --

Luncheon at Linderhof
December 15, 2009

Menu

Neiman Marcus Chicken Ala King
Parmesan popovers
Salad of Mixed baby greens with kumquats, sugared pecans
Orange curry vinaigrette
Lemon Curd Poundcake
Freshly Brewed coffee

It's Thursday which means that it's time for us to show off all of our beautiful tables. If you want to see some other fantastic tables, please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for it is Tablescape Thursday. I suspect a Christmas table or two may be in the offing!

25 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

Lovely! Your post brightened my dark afternoon here in the frozen midwest tundra. I'm "in" with the beginnings of a cold--drat--and feel as if I attended your luncheon. Please, please share the lemon curd poundcake recipe unless it is a treasured "secret". I LOVE poundcake!

Fancy Pantalons said...

What luck to find those bonus dishes in the box! They're so, so lovely.

Blondie's Journal said...

Your tasble is lovely, Martha. It sounds like it will be an elegant luncheon!

xoxo
Jane

Pondside said...

Isn't it nice to have a set of china that is 'just right' for a certain occasion or time? Your table looks very pretty and the luncheon must have been a lot of fun for the Lunch Bunch.

xinex said...

What a gorgeous gift wrap! Lucky gift recipients! Your menu sounmds wonderful and love the gold dishes....Christine

Michael Lee West said...

What a stunning menu! I love ladies' luncheons--wish I could've been there!

Gayle (GardenofDaisies) said...

Your Christmas cactus makes a lovely centerpiece. And I think your gold china is very festive and Christmasy. The "Lunch Bunch" sounds fun!

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

Looks like fun! Love the gold.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

Your table is just beautiful, I love the beautiful gift boxes...

SquirrelQueen said...

You table is beautiful and the menu sounds wonderful. The Lunch Bunch were in for a treat.
Thanks for visiting my photo blog, hope to see you again.
Hope your holidays are merry & bright.

Carrie said...

Love the small gift on the plate.

Cathy said...

What a lovely luncheon menu! And your holiday table is beautiful.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This is beautiful, Martha. The menu sounds delicious!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would love to be one of your guests! The table is beautiful and is the perfect setting for your fabulous sounding menu. Yummy. Are you sharing any of those recipes- I hope so!
Your guests are in for a delightful treat for their eyes and tummies!
Yvonne

Sherry said...

The presents are lovely. I really like that china too!

Nouveau Stitch said...

How fun! Beautiful table and how lucky you are to have a lunch bunch!

Thanks for stopping by Nouveau Stitch!

Linda Q said...

Lovely and sounds so yummy, not to mention the atmosphere in your lovely home!
P.S. My sideboard ( with the top off right now) is also that black ebony finish like the etagere, both from about 1850-1880. I love them!
Would like to see yours!
Linda

Maryrose said...

Oh so, so pretty and I would love to taste that luncheon menu you are serving. Yummy. Thanks for sharing and Merry Christmas
Maryrose

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful-sounding menu! Lucky, lucky guests :)

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful meal!

Mimi said...

What a fun time, a ladies luncheon. Your menu sounds deliciously wonderful! A very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and yours. Thanks for sharing, Martha.

Betsy said...

Love the menu and the beautifully wrapped gifts. I wish I could have been a guest for your luncheon.
I so much like reading your blog.
Betsy

Cynthia said...

Love the touch with the menu and present at each place setting. Have a great day!

Lori (All That Splatters) said...

Lovely, Martha! I love the menu at each setting. What a great idea!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

ummmm - your menu sounds wonderful and your table is quite beautiful!