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 18, 2010

A Summer Lunch

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!


Olga Poltava said...

What a beautiful tablescape. It must be nice to escape the heat and have chilled cucumber soup (it looks so delicious).

Nancy's Notes said...

Well, Martha, you could be like the other Martha! Everything is just beautiful and your menu to die for! I love your beautiful plates and how sweet are your Rose teacups! Perfect lunch fit for the finest of friends ever!


Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is beautiful, Martha. I love the pretty floral dishes and the flowers. Your friends were most likely delighted!


Pat said...


Allie and Pattie said...

I, too, am glad you're feeling well enough! A lovely table as always- the china is stunning
xoxo Pattie

niartist said...

Not only is it beautiful Martha, but everything looks absolutely delicious! :) Yummy and Beautiful - who could ask for more??

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

How inviting this table setting is... and it's light and airy JUST right for "The Good Ol' Summertime"..

The Charm of Home said...

Love your dishes! The food looks wonderful!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This looks like the perfect table and menu for a hot day. Beautiful plates and your floral arrangement goes perfectly. I know that your company always feels royal when they dine at your lovely home.

Little Messy Missy said...

That Wow that looks beautiful!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Beautiful table and I love, love, love, your gorgeous dishes!

Marlis said...

beautiful and delicious.. wow It's great. I love that spray of flowers in the center. Your dishes are so beautiful.

nannykim said...

Glad you are feeling better. i have never had cucumber soup....I suppose it has something I can't have like cream?

Love the vase, dishes, tablecloth--everything looks so pretty!

xinex said...

What a beautiful tablescape and wonderful food. Your guests must have felt so special...Christine

Entertaining Women said...

Beautiful Spode and Wedgewood are as effective for the soul as prescription medications. I know that your guest felt completely cherished as they lingered at your lovely table. Thank you for sharing your charming design. I loved it. Cherry Kay

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your wedgewood and spode is just so beautiful. Love the flowers and the linens are gorgeous. You really do set such a lovely table. Your meal looks fabulous. Hugs, Marty

Anita Diaz said...

What a lovely, elegant lunch!! Beautiful table, as always, and I just saw your sideboard below! I love your silver--just beautiful!!

Pondside said...

I'm sure that everyone would love to be invited to lunch at Linderhof!
I love those plates, Martha. They really make the table special.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I'm always delighted when you set the table in your breakfast room. YOur guests must have felt treated like royality. I have never seen the china cukoo pattern, it is so pretty and colorful.
What a perfect keep cool menu. Serving the soup in rose teacups puts this luncheon over-the-top! Beautiful and cool!

From the Kitchen said...

What a lovely setting! The flowers perfectly complement the dishes and the menu is just right for a hot summer's day. I plan to copy your delightful idea of a menu for every guest to remember the special meal with.


Tricia said...

A beautiful table and fabulous meal! I know your friends were honored to join you for such a delightful lunch!

Marigene said...

Lovely china!

Bernideen said...

Everything looks and smells (imagined) delicious!

Tallulah's Antique Closet said...

What a bueatiful table setting and the food look soooo Delicious! Thanks for sharing all of it with us. Have a good week....Julian

Wanda Lee said...

Hello there one again dear lady!

This is just beyond delightful!

~ Every single exquisite detail, from the tablecloth to the napkins and dishware; every delightful accesssory is perfection!

Escaping that heat sounds like a fabulous idea , especially with that yummy food!

I simply must try them; it's making me hungry just looking at those pictures! ~ I'll be 'over in few minutes' to join you 'my friend!.., Hehe

Please pop by for a wee visit sometime and let's share some 'cyber tea and treats'; my tea party tablescape vignette is set in my dressing room closet this week!

Thanks for sharing!

Hugs from Wanda Lee @ and

Tea in Texas said...

Love your Wedgwood and the pretty tablecloth. You must be a fabulous cook. The luncheon looks so delicious but I just need to reach through the computer screen and grab a plate of all the tasty food.

Unknown said...

Love the flowers and those fantastic plates! Delicious!!

subgirl said...

What a lovely luncheon! The table and the food were so beautiful. Wonderful job.

Requi Tablescaping Escapades said...

Such a beautiful tablescape. Your tablecloth is fabulous. Your cucumber soup in the teacup, love that. Your china is gorgeous and perfect for a ladies' luncheon.

All the Best,