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, January 20, 2010

Three Parties



I love fresh flowers and they are usually on my tables all during the summer. In the winter, bowls of fruit make for a great centerpiece and when I can afford it, fresh flowers brighten dreary days.

But if I am having a party, fresh flowers are a must for the dining room table.


Two matching glass vases and a $1.99 bouquet of market flowers from the mark down bin and two ceramic birds that usually live in the breakfast room, fashioned a January bouquet.

For I had company coming and I wanted the dining room table to look special.

Party Number One on Thursday
A ladies luncheon


A dark green cloth, the blue and white Spode plates, and white napkins. An elegant table for the luncheon ladies.

Party Number Two on Saturday
An 80th birthday party for my mother-in-law
The dark green cloth again, but the candles are gone and food rather than place settings fill the table.

Party Number Three on Sunday
A Dinner for Seven



To lighten the mood, I chose a gold tablecloth and matching gold napkins. The Spode blue and white plates again for they set such a pretty table. The candles are back for they will be lit just before we sit down at the table.

For $1.99, we certainly have gotten a lot of parties out of this bouquet.

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see everyone's tables this Thursday. It's one of my favorite days of the week!

43 comments:

Carrie said...

Beautiful tables. Love the simple flower arrangement.

Deanna said...

ALL three are LOVELY!!!
You are one talented Lady!
So good to get to see what you have created to share with others there in Ft. Scott and also world wide through the internet.
Sure to warm the soul in this cold, cold Kansas Winter.

Hope you'll come by for Tea.
God Bless,
d

Southerncook said...

WOW, you did get some milage out of that $1.99 bouquet. Where is that little guy rolling over laughing when I need him. And the tables look gorgeous as usual.

Carolyn (Wink)

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

All three of your tables are fabulous. I love them all. You really did get your money's worth from those beautiful flowers. Using the green cloth with the blue and white dishes is not something I would have thought of and yet it is just stunning. Love it all. Hugs, Marty

lindaraxa said...

Well done, my friend, 3 lovely tables, indeed!

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh, I love it. And your schedule looks like ours, Martha!

xinex said...

Your flowers sure went a long way. That's the way to go. All your settings are so lovely....Christine

La Table De Nana said...

Honestly..I applaud your Joie De Vivre:) When I have company these days? It's my family:)Or my childhood friend or my neighbour..Good for you! Love baby's breath in bouquets:)

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What a great post. I love it when my work multi-tasks. Your blue plates are stunners. and I love the trumpet shaped glasses.

Pondside said...

You're a hostess after my own heart. Years ago I read that it was a good idea to schedule parties back-to-back in order to get the most out of flowers and expensive ingredients. In my years as an Air Force wife on all those foreign postings I put that advice to good use. Did you read the same article?

Martha said...

Marty -- I think blue and white goes with ANY color! I do especially like it with that dark green.

Martha said...

Pondie -- when I planned the parties I had forgotten about that article -- but I had read it years ago and with your mention of it, I do remember.

Dining Delight said...

Fresh flowers are such a simple centerpiece yet they make a big impact. I like the way you varied each tablescape for the different parties. You are busy! My fav is the gold tablecloth.

DD

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Very pretty! I like the way you used different table cloths with the china!

Katherine

Sherry said...

Yes, I love fresh flowers, too! The Spode looks fantastic with either tablecloth, but favorite one is the yellow. Very Classy!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Martha, You have been a very busy girl!!! Arn't you exhaused. All three tables are beautiful. Using traditional and elegant elements your tables are welcoming! I am always drawn to blues and yellows, your dinner table is so lovely!
Yvonne

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Martha!

Lovely tables! And I love the $1.99 flowers! I am always checking out the markdown area of flowers at the grocery store. And they looked fabulous on all your tablescapes!

Have a wonderful evening!

Christi @A Southern Life said...

Beautiful flowers and lovely table from a lovely and gracious hostess!

Christi @ a southern life

Debbie said...

I love yellow and blue combo! You did it so lovely!!~ Thanks for the inspiration. Debbie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Beautiful tales and flowers too. My goodness, you are just party central at your house!

Mimi said...

Beatiful tables...just love your Spode. Oh, that food looks delicious, too.

Maryrose said...

Hi Martha,
All three tables are just lovely. Your lucky guests will feel so special. I love fresh flowers too. They make all the difference.
Enjoy your day.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This post was so impressive! The parties were all different but equally elegant and lovely.
Susan

The Tablescaper said...

Love how you change it up.

- the Tablescaper

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love it when you can change it up and use some of the things like the flowers for more then one occasion and more then one tablescape, ;you've done it beautifully...Phyllis

A Hint of Home said...

You have been busy partying. Your scapes are all very pretty. Looks like fun times.

ivoryspring said...

Oh, beautiful. I love your Spode Blue Room plates. I have them too, but I have only used them for display. Now I am inspired by you to actually use them!

GardenofDaisies said...

All the tables are gorgeous! Yes, the flowers lasted through all the festivities! But you must be exhausted after hosting 3 events in one week! You deserve a foot massage, or some sort of pampering, after all that!

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Beautiful tables and lovely buffet with all that divine food.

Rettabug said...

What festive occasions you've hosted! Beautifully done!

I covet that silver tray that you have the sliced turkey display upon....that is scrumptious beyond words. :D

susan said...

You have been a busy hostess--and all three lovely as I would expect! Don't you love the mark down flower bin? I hover over it at Kroger :) Happy birthday to your MIL. It looks as if you had a beautiful party and great food. I miss my MIL everyday. Thanks for sharing all three with us!

Kathy said...

Just beautiful tables,i love the flower arrangement....Kathy

Celly B said...

Wow! You certainly know how to entertain! Everything is lovely!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love fresh flowers, too. I like a simple arrangement so that the flowers can speak for themselves. Your tablesettings are beautiful.

Carol

Jenny @ Words on Wendhurst said...

Love fresh flowers. You certainly got your use out of those beauties!

Low Tide High Style said...

All three tables are lovely and Happy 80th Birthday to your mother in law!

Kat :)

Lana said...

Wow!@ That's an amazing amount of parties in such a short time and each table setting looked fab. And yes, the fresh flowers are wonderful!
Great job! You deserve a vacation now!
Hugs, Lana

william said...

Martha, the tables are all lovely. Your MIL's birthday party looks scrumptious!

Francie

Chari said...

Hi Martha...

Goodness gracious, my friend...you've been busy!!! Parties...parties...parties! Hehe! Loved seeing your beautifully decorated tables! You know, I don't know if I would have thought to pair the blue Spode with that dark olive tablecloth but it turned out absolutely gorgeous! In fact, it was my favorite of the two tables! Of course, I thought the gold was very pretty as well! Loved your fresh floral bouquets...you sure did get your money's worth out of those pretty posies! Well my friend, thank you for sharing your beautiful tables with us! I hope that you're getting a little rest now...hehe!

Warmest winter wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

Jan ~ BellaCasa said...

Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving a comment.

After all that table setting, eating, and celebrating I bet you were worn out. All of the tablescapes were beautiful. Great idea on the florals.

Jan
BellaCasa

One Pretty House Interiors said...

Lovely!
Thanks for sharing.

Holly said...

Fresh flowers make a table, no matter how much or how little they cost. I love having fresh flowers in my house. How fun...3 parties. Your tablescarpe looks elegant and beautiful. Thanks for stopping by my place. I will be your newest follower.

Holly

Gayle from Southern Thresholds said...

How pretty...those fresh flowers really have me looking forward to Spring!