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, February 17, 2010

Valentine's Day Luncheon


Every year I have a Valentine's Luncheon for five friends. Usually on Valentine's Day unless, like this year, it falls on a weekend -- then I have it on the Friday before or the Monday after.

Perhaps I was tired of Christmas red (although I do have a new linen WS red tablecloth ) so decided to do a silver, gold, white and chocolate table.
It's an antique lace cloth that's seen many dinners and luncheons. Lace seems so feminine and so Valentine's!
My grandmother's Noritake china, cream with a gold band, the real silver, one of my good damask napkins in a silver napkin ring. And, of course, a menu for each and every one.
The centerpiece is my silver epergne and silver candlesticks with white candles. The flowers -- white tulips because . . . . I associate tulips rather than roses with Valentine's. Perhaps because my first Valentine flower from Husband Jim was a pot of red tulips. Plus they were on sale for half price! A lucky happenstance, me thinks.
And in the silver epergne, homemade chocolate truffles. To be savored while waiting for the dessert (the Chocolate Cloud). Or, if the Chocolate Cloud was not dessert enough, one -- just one to go with the second cup of coffee.

It's Thursday which means that it's Tablescape Thursday. So please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see all of the fabulous tablescapes this Thursday!

32 comments:

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, I absolutely love the epergne-gorgeous! Such a lovely table. And you're so right-lace is perfect for Valentine's day
xoxo Pattie

Carrie said...

Your table is simply elegant...all the elements you've put together -- the lace cloth, silver appointments and gentle color scheme -- all make for a delightful Valentine luncheon setting.

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Seriously elegant and the glassware and linens are just gorgeous!
♥, Susan

william said...

Martha, I loved seeing your subtle Valentine's table. It is beautiful! The antique lace cloth makes me so homesick for my Mother! Just gorgeous. It's all very understated but rich-looking, and lovely.

Francie

Barbara said...

I love tulips!

Pondside said...

Gorgeous table - white, silver and lace say 'romance' to me too.

xinex said...

Your epergne is so beautiful, Martha and what a feast! Mmmm, would love a truffle right now...Christine

podso said...

Beautiful! I love the elegant china and your menus! And how nice to "see" my parent's dining room set (that is, one like it)...

Chandy said...

Love it! Elegant and pretty!

Cherry said...

I love your blog and have been reading it for about nine months. I love your blue & white dishes (mine are Romantic England by Wedgewood and the antique Romantic England by Meakin also)! My husband is from Kansas and while living there for 9 months I never met anyone at all like you. I wish I had. I feel as though we could be great friends. All the things I love, tea, coffee, time around the table celebrating life, these are the things I delight in as I read your blog. Bless you!

Mimi said...

Martha, how elegant...love the gold edged plates, just beautiful.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I love this! So elegant and such a soft, pretty color scheme!

D.B. said...

Beautiful Martha! I love brown, white and green together. It the color scheme of my living room with splashes of blue and white of course! Your table looks lovely and so inviting!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

What a fabulous Valentine's table, my friend! I love the colors you chose...very elegant! The china is gorgeous and I love the damask napkin with it! My friend, your silver epergne is sooo beautiful! It makes for the perfect centerpiece...especially with the pretty white tulips and yummy truffles!!! I just know that you and your lady friends had a fabulous time! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table with us!!!

Warmest wishes,
Chari

Brandi said...

I am so impressed! Just gorgeous. I need to take some table setting lessons from you!

GardenofDaisies said...

Your tables are alwasy so beautiful. Over the last couple of months reading your blog I have learned that you love to entertain. Anymore when the thought of a perfect hostess comes into my head I think ..Linderhof. :-)

Kathy said...

Elegance at it's best, I love your epergne too.

Martha said...

Garden of Daisies -- I'm blushing -- thanks for the kind words!

The Norwegian said...

I love your table! There is something calming about white in winter. (actually white any time)
The damask napkins are a nice touch. Continue to love the look of your bared windows and door - very fresh looking.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is a beautiful table -- the lace and lovely napkins -- perfect for a Valentine's gathering. Those tulips are so stately on your table. Lovely (as usual from you)

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Breathtaking way of gathering friends. Beautiful home and a beautiful host.

PERFECT...

Sherry said...

I love your grandmother's china how beautiful. And the tulips with the lace how romantic for Valentines!

Mary said...

It looks wonderful, Martha. I especially loved the tulips. It's best we not speak of the truffles :-). I'd eat them as an appetizer.
Have a wonderful day. mary

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Hi , I love the white decor , I love white lace and pinks at Valentines Day. Very pretty and elegant.
xoxo
thanks for stopping over at my blog!1

Life Laugh Latte said...

Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

Lara Harris said...

Very nice & love the Corgi on your sidebar :)

Petite Little Bee said...

How very lovely! Thanks for sharing. -Lia-

Marilyn said...

A very gorgeous tablescape. I really like the color theme.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

This tablescape is just so pretty!
Debbie-Dabble

Charm and Grace said...

Very beautiful! What a joy it must have been for your five friends to come to such a welcoming and lovely table. Thank you for sharing these images with us.

Blessings,
Christi

Oz Girl said...

Ok, whoops. You came by my blog to comment on my snickerdoodle cookies, not the giveaway. My bad!

And like I already mentioned, I adore your house. It's beautiful.

Quilt Works said...

Aaaaahhhh

Makes feel good just looking at your spread!

Quiltworks