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, September 15, 2010

Reprise -- A Fall Dinner Party in the Garden

With my second knee surgery, entertaining at Linderhof is once more on hold and instead of entertaining, we revisit some of our dinners or luncheons that we have had in the past. Alas, I will be glad when I'm totally up and around again and can live in the present (hosting dinner parties) or future (planning dinner parties) rather than live in the past!

We love to entertain in the garden, but this year, because of the horrid heat of July and August and the fact of my surgery, we didn't entertain in the garden at all this year!

Alas, this week, we've had way too many storms to even be able to think about entertaining outside -- even if we were able.

So I go back to September 2009, to a party that we gave in the garden. It's always fun to have friends join us whether inside or outside and we do relish the outdoor entertaining season which is far too short on the prairie.

It's Thursday which means that it's Tablescape Thursday so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for other Thursday tables.

While at Linderhof, we revisit a September dinner.

The best thing about fall on the prairie is that we once again can enjoy the outdoors -- summer is usually too hot but in the spring and fall . . . .

Saturday night we had 12 over for dinner before the show at the Liberty. A casual affair of brats, 3 salads, and that wonderful Oma's Apple Cake for dessert. Mostly beer but some wine was served as well.

The tablecloths were a day before garage sale find -- old Williams Sonoma ones -- and not three but six! Different sizes but it is nice to have a patio party and have ALL the tablecloths match!
If it's a party at Linderhof, it's blue and white! The plates look good on the sage green print tablecloths. White Hotel napkins (my everyday napkins actually) for each place. Outside, the silver napkin rings ARE NOT used!
Glass canning jars filled with garden basil and a yellow annual that I've forgotten the name of. And because it was fall -- pumpkins as well. Husband Jim felt the new tablecloths made the garden feel like fall -- much more so than the summer yellow and blue ones! I agree!
We're twelve at two tables for four -- but it's okay to squeeze in -- especially for a casual patio party!
The centerpieces kept small but fresh. The yellow flowers were bought three years ago and they reseed themselves -- they're a great annual but a mystery annual because I've forgotten their name!

We love to entertain both inside and outside and with the beautiful fall weather, garden parties are perfect.

Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see the other Tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday.


Cass @ That Old House said...

Hi Martha!
Now you know that I never get tired of tablescapes from Linderhof -- includinf re-runs.

I can't believe you got so many of those WS tablecloths at a garage sale. The garage sale goddesses were smiling on you that day!

Now remember the cardinal rule of getting better -- NO HOUSEWORK. And a little bit of expensive chocolate to speed things along.

I hope your recovery is uneventful and swift, my friend.

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely patio setting! ! !
Six tablecloths at a garage sale. . .what a deal . . .and they are absolutely lovely!
Thank you for reminding us of the Fall entertaining on the prairies, the crisp air is so pleasant this time of year!

Carol said...

Amazing garage sale find!!!! Your tables are delightful and I'm sure everyone had a great time.
Hope you're taking care of yourself and healing well.

Mary Bergfeld said...

"Love is lovelier the second time around." I never tire of your posts Martha. I hope the knee is healing well. Blessings...Mary

Unknown said...

Pretty centerpiece!!!

Unknown said...

Great tablesetting and don't you love a great garage sale bargain...just makes it all the more beautiful :)


D.B. said...

How lovely!

Terry said...

Very cool and inviting! Makes me want to hunt for my blue willow I have stored somewhere. Aren't yard sales great!

Bill said...

Everything was lovely, Martha. I had missed this one, so I'm glad you reprised it. Sorry you're dealing with the aftermath of another surgery. I hope your recovery is going well and that you'll be feeling well enough to begin hosting your wonderful dinner parties again very soon.

Warmest regards,

Erica (Irene) said...

Martha.....everything looks lovely. love your garden. Hope you are doing well. :-)

Barbara said...

I love outdoor parties. I am smiling at your comment about the tablecloths. I have always wanted them all to match but they never do. Yours are lovely - so lucky to find so many. I am so sorry to hear you are recovering again but hope you are soon back to normal.

Entertaining Women said...

Ouch...I feel your pain...literally. I've had five knee surgeries..2 on the left, and 3 on the right. I pray that you experience a smooth (note that I didn't necessarily say's hard work to build that knee back to strength) recovery. The garden party is lovely; I too like the blue with the sage green. I'm new to blogging, so it's all new to me! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Bernideen said...

I hope you are mending well and OUT OF KNEES if you please! Do take care and rest plenty!