It's summer on the prairie and it's hot outside -- boiling hot! 100 plus degrees temperature wise and 110 or so heat index wise.
But a summer luncheon on a cool day indoors in the breakfast room that overlooks the garden is a wonderful respite.
It was very special company. Friends from Nevada and so the china and silver and lace tablecloth came out. Real garden flowers in a cut glass vase. It was a special luncheon!
A table for 4 -- just perfect for the breakfast room.
Jim's grandmother's silver, the Wedgwood Cuckoo plates and a pink napkin in the silver napkin rings.
A small vase with garden flowers and herbs. The blues and yellows of the bouquet picked up the blues and yellows in the china.
A real ladies lunch -- but inside where it was cool!
And for a hot day a cool lunch -- Chilled cucumber soup served in the Spode Famille Rose teacups and saucers.
Linderhof's Chicken Salad served with fingers of banana bread (my mother always served banana bread with her chicken salad to her bridge group) and Farmer's Market tomatoes marinated in the only salad dressing I'll buy -- from Andres in Kansas City.
There was dessert -- a cool dessert -- but that will be another post. It did, however, fit right in with the cool luncheon foods that the ladies ate.
They lingered over dessert and then bid adieu for the thing to do after lunch in my little town on the prairie is to "do" the historic downtown. Visiting all of the great shops. Word got back from the shopkeepers that they did, indeed, have a grand time shopping!
It's Thursday and so it's time to join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
It's great to feel well enough to be able to have company. And I'm sure that I took extra pains with this table and the food because it's been a long time since I entertained!