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, May 5, 2010

My First Tablescape Thursday Post . . .

It's my second anniversary of Lines from Linderhof . . . .

Two years ago today, I made a decision to join the blogging world. It's a decision that I have never regretted for I have enjoyed each and every comment and have made friends far and wide.

I thought today that I would repost my first Tablescape Thursday post . . . posted on February 4, 2009 --

It was always fun to join Susan and the rest of the posters to see what was on tables on Thursday -- in fact, it made Thursday my favorite day of the week.

I've not posted every Thursday for sometimes I didn't have company but I've posted most Thursdays. And, as you all know by now, most of my tablescapes feature my beloved blue and white transferware.

Join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see what everyone else has on their tables this Thursday --

This is mine -- a Paperwhite Luncheon -- on February 4, 2009!

Every month a three friends come to Linderhof for lunch. We've finally settled on the first Tuesday of the month. We've been doing it for ten years and I thoroughly enjoy the luncheons. These ladies are "foodies" and food is the topic. I get to try new recipes and I've yet to send out for pizza.
I called this a paperwhite luncheon as paperwhites were the centerpiece and my four bird "vases" each held a spray of paperwhites.

The plates are some of my Spode blue room and I used my white overlay tablecloth and white napkins as well.

The cutlery is stainless -- English hotel is the pattern -- they don't match which suits me fine!

The glasses are actually parfait glasses that we got at a restaurant/bar show in Las Vegas. They truly have been workhorses.

At each place is a menu -- a souvenier as well as knowing what the next course will be!

The silver napkin rings are part of my extended collection of Victorian and Edwardian napkin rings. ALL have either names or initials and are used daily.Gathering four birds took four years -- the first came from Nell Hill's in Atchison. The second bought a couple of years later came from a garden shop. Both were what I considered pricey! The last two were bought on my birthday in a gift shop in a little town about an hour north. They were on sale for half price! Finally, I had my four!

It was a taste of spring in a rather cold Febreuary day. A simple tabletop but a welcoming one.

This is my first Tabletop Thursday and I was eager to share. It's sponsored by Susan at
Between Naps on a Porch

And since it is my second anniversary of Lines of Linderhof, it is the final time, you can sign up for the giveaway -- my first! It is a favorite book of mine, well loved and well read, that I want to share with you -- Betty Crocker's Kitchen Gardens, by Mary Mason Campbell, illustrated by Tasha Tudor.

If you've commented from Sunday on, you can comment again for another chance to win. If you're a follower, you have another chance to win.

I'll draw tomorrow morning -- may the luckiest win!


The Charm of Home said...

This is one of my favorite books!! Our library had it and out of print I ordered it from Amazon. I just love the sweet little drawings by Tasha Tudor. Don't enter me I already own it. But, it is a great giveaway!

susan said...

Martha-Happy blogaversary! I think I have seen and enjoyed almost everyone of your tables and am always amazed at the amount of entertaining you do. I'd love to be on the guest list sometime! Please enter me for the giveaway too :) and thanks!

susan said...

ps-longtime follower

Sherry said...

You set just gorgeous tables. And yes, please do enter me again. This Sherry doesn't have that book.

From the Kitchen said...

Martha, I didn't realize that you've only been blogging for two years. From your wonderful posts, I thought you were a veteran. But, I suppose the blogging world is rather new. It is the first time I've seen those wonderful bird vases. And, to celebrate a luncheon at Linderhof with those friends for so many years is a true tribute to friendship.

Hope you are still treating yourself well as is befitting a birthday girl!!!!!


Marigene said...

Martha, love those plates...they are my favorites.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Happy Blogiversary Martha!

I love blue transferware! I always love seeing your beautiful tablescapes.

~ Tracy

Ms. Bake-it said...

I am a follower and would love to be entered in your giveaway.

~ Tracy

Allie and Pattie said...

Oh, I would love to have a Linderhof book! And you know I follow!
xoxo Pattie

Joanne Kennedy said...

What a lovely tablescape. I'm happy you posted it again as I didn't get to see the first time around.

I love your giveaway and would be so excited to win. Thanks for the chance!


Joanne Kennedy said...

Oh, I'm a folower too!


podso said...

Congratulations on two years. I always enjoy your blog. Nice tablescape too...

Allison Shops said...

Happy anniversary! Lovely table - classic. You could post again in 10 years! Dropping by from BNOTP.


Beth said...

Very pretty table! And I too am surprised at how much entertaining you do. You mentioned not always having a tablescape, as sometimes you haven't entertained...I set mine up just for fun/photos/Tablescape Thursday, and then put the pretty dishes away...but when I do have company over, I try to have a nice table then too!

Southerncook said...

Martha, Your first Tablescape Thursday is just as beautiful as more recent ones. I absolutely LOVE those bird floral holders. What a fabulous "find". Happy two year blogging anniversary.


Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Martha, I could pick your tablescapes out in a tablescape lineup! They always have a serene and understated element to them that sings soflty to my heart. I just love your style! The blue china is fabulous and the paperwhite centerpiece is one I would love for my own.
You have a element to your tables that is so personal and well bred that all of your tables leave me with the desire to come and visit!

The giveaway sound wonderful. I have never read that book, but I'm sure I would love it. Thank you for entering me.


Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I'm glad to see another one of your wonderful tables! I only joined TT a few months ago, so I've missed a lot!
I love how you always have such a cute little (and delicious) menu at each place setting! It's so fancy and fun to have a personal menu, I think!

Sarah said...

Glad you reposted this because I hadn't see it. Love the story of your and your friends meeting for lunch each month. Congratulations on celebrating two years.

benchwarmer said...

i love tablescapeing. just something i've been playing with for only about 6months. it's nice seeing your very first one. i love paperwhites too. your dishes are always lovely and i'd love to be the 5th at your luncheon someday.

thanks for sharing.

Martha said...

Anytime, you visit the prairie, Linderhof's doors will be open -- for a luncheon, for a cup of tea. I'd love to visit with you!

parTea lady said...

That is such a pretty tablescape. I really like Spode Blue Room china and blue and white color schemes.

Congrats on two years of blogging.

vignette design said...

Wow! 2 years! Happy Anniversary. I'm a follower now. You have beautiful tablescapes and this one is perfect the the blue transferware. Did Oliver have to go outside? He is adorable!

Melissa C said...

I enjoyed your tablescape. I've recently purchased some blue transferware, and I love seeing inspiration to use it.

Tasha Tudor is my absolutely favorite illustrator. I am also a follower.

Thanks for the giveaway and sharing your tablescapes.


sharonavinger said...

OH, I've been wanting that book for the longest time! Tasha Tudor is my favorite! Thanks for the giveaway.

Kathleen said...

Happy Anniversary Martha!
Many more happy posts!

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....I love your gorgeous tablescapes and your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

Miss Merry said...

So pretty! I love the bird vases. Happy Anniversary! How wonderful to have a monthly lunch to catch up with your friends!

Miss Merry said...

So pretty! I love the bird vases. Happy Anniversary! How wonderful to have a monthly lunch to catch up with your friends!

Terry said...

Howdy Martha
Thank you !!!!!!!!!
I love this book and now I can read it any time I want or need to .
Thank you so much for sharing this lovely gift with me .
Happy Trails