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, August 25, 2010

A Birthday Dinner

It's great to feel healthy again and feel like entertaining. What better way than to host a birthday dinner party for a dear friend who turns 72 today.

The party was the Sunday before -- the only day our schedules allowed us all to be together to celebrate this very special birthday.

The table for six in the dining room -- with a quaker lace cloth.

The Spode Blue Room, casual wine glasses, and for the first course, mother of pearl handled forks (which are really dessert forks but I thought they would be great for the Shrimp Louis).
And a menu, of course, announcing that this, indeed, was a Birthday dinner!
Tapers in silver candlesticks and a vase of the very last flowers blooming in the garden -- the false sunflowers and a couple of sprigs of anise hyssop.
The first course, Shrimp Louis -- served over a chiffonade of lettuce in martini glasses and garnished with lemon wedges and parsley.
It's easy to make and came from my latest read, Plum Pudding Murder, by Joanne Fluke. It was for a "dip" but I just cut the onions bigger and used whole rock shrimp. It was a perfect first course for a celebratory dinner!

(Adapted from Plum Pudding Murder by Joanne Fluke)

8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chili sauce
1 T. horseradish
1/8 teaspoon pepper
6 green onions
2 cups cooked salad (or rock shrimp)
salt to taste

Mix the cream cheese and mayonnaise. Add the chili sauce, horseradish and pepper. Mix it up into a smooth sauce. Slice the green onions. Stir them in well. Fold in the shrimp. Add salt if needed.

Chill the shrimp louis in a covered bowl in the refrigerator at least 4 hours.

NOTE: If you mince the shrimp and green onions, it makes a great cocktail spread.

Today is Thursday which means that it's Tablescape Thursday. Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other great tables this Thursday!


Patricia @ ButterYum said...

What a lovely gesture. I've never heard of shrimp louis, but it sounds very good. Thanks for sharing the recipe.


From the Kitchen said...

What a treat for your dear friend. The table looks lovely and the Shrimp Louis is a favorite of ours. It looks very elegant served in the martini glass.


Lemon Verbena Lady said...

Gorgeous as always, Martha!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your table is stunning as always. I love your beautiful linens and china. The shrimp looks wonderful. I will have to try it. Hugs, Marty

Sherry said...

Glad you are feeling like entertaining!

I would like Shrimp Louis!!

Fatima said...

I liked the idea ,the shrimp looks. Your table is beautiful.Hugs.

Lynn said...

Beautiful table, the Shrimp Louis looks great - but most importantly, so glad you're feeling better:@)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So pretty! Nice that you actually have guests to view your tablescapes! So many of us just have pretend guests!

The shrimp looks delicious!


Entertaining Women said...

Lovely party prepared by a generous friend. I'm looking forward to trying the Shrimp Louie recipe. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha!
I'm off to Southold after a late morning doc's appointment; Howard's out getting a haircut so his first day on the new job, he doesn't look newly shorn like a Kindergartner beginning school.

Yes, Dion loves to come to the beach house. he gets to bark at his arch enemy, the Cairn terrier who lives next door and barks down at HIM from their second floor deck. Dion is right when he claims that the other guy always starts it.

I don't think I'm going to cook at all this weekend! Well, maybe just a little. . .

Love the table in this post; it's just right. I really envy you the Spode! Howard's sister has lots of Spode too -- but I have nary a plate!

I'm bringing my yard sale and thrift shop hunting sense with me this weekend. It's good hunting out there!

Mmmm... Shrimp Louis!

Dan said...

Martha, what a beautiful birthday dinner! The table setting looks wonderful. A special day indeed! I hope you all enjoyed it very much!!

The Charm of Home said...

That sound wonderful!! Would love to make this! Table is so pretty too.

Mary Bergfeld said...

What a lovely table. It was perfect for such a momentous birthday. I have to try your first course. It sounds delicious and looks gorgeous. Take care. Blessings...Mary

Allison Shops said...

How pretty, and how nice of you!

Some news: We're staring a Giveaway Friday! link-up party this Fri. 8/27 plus we are giving away custom backsplash! Hope you'll join us.


The Blackwood Cottage said...

Just a beautiful post as always!! Hugs from St. Louis!

Bernideen said...

What a wonderful dinner! I am sure she was delighted!

Tricia said...

Beautiful table, and that Shrimp Louis looks (and the recipe sounds) fabulous! What a festive presentation, perfect for a birthday celebration!