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, December 8, 2010

A Christmas Party

Our first Christmas party of 2010 -- a small group of twelve for appetizers and drinks. Not a come and go but rather come at 6:30 for cocktails and "refreshments"!

The dining room poinsettia in the blue and white bowl was the perfect centerpiece for the party. Flanked by candles in silver candlesticks.
Food, plates and napkins laid out on the dining room table. The breakfast room table was "the bar" where wine and beer and a very small bar was set up.
The sweet side of the table. Grandmother's Sherry Nut Cake and a tray of homemade cookies and candies.
The homemade sweets -- raspberry thumbprint cookies, Aunt Pearl's divinity and bourbon balls.

It's Thursday and so it's time for Tablescape Thursday so please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see other tables this December.


D.B. said...

Wish I could have been there. My mom and I used to make divinity and chocolate fudge at Christmas. I have ALWAYS loved red pointsettias in blue and white vessels. I can't understand why I haven't found the need to do that this year. Perhaps I have entered my "avante garde" period????? Take heart, the season has just begun, it could and probably will happen in the Blue Den. Again, looks like a lovely party!

bj said...

You give the most beautiful parties. Your table looks just stunning.
My mom and I used to make Divinity (her favorite) and Rum Balls (my favorite) :))

Pondside said...

I'm sure we all wish to have been invited to the party. Your table is lovely - the glow from the candles and silver just say 'festive'!

La Table De Nana said...

A small group of 12? :) That's a huge party for me if it's not my family:)

Good for you!

On Crooked Creek said...

Lovely tablescape for your initimate party. Your place cards are wonderful. Labeling each dish takes away the confusion, allowing more time for you to interact with your guests. Festivities await the Season. Let the fun begin!

Barbara said...

Everything is so pretty. I am sure everyone had a lovely time, especially in such lovely surroundings.

Mrs. Mac said...

I love appetizer parties. I think most everything can be made ahead and the hostess/host can enjoy the guest all the more. All of your food and table setting look so inviting.

Sweetladyelaine said...

My kind of party! Your table looks stunning! The food looks yummie...Merry Christmas!

Tricia said...

Martha, what a pretty Christmas table for your friends to enjoy! I must say, your sweets look tempting. I may have to make some divinity this year! I always make fudge, but since I'm the main consumer of the divinity, I've held off!

Dan said...

Looks wonderful Martha. I love your bird place cards!

Southerncook said...

Martha, Your table looks beautiful. I think I need that recipe for bourbon balls and my Auntie also gave me a recipe for what she called Never Fail Divinity. It is soooooooo good which is why I don't make it often. I would eat the whole recipe. Your party surely looked like a lot of fun.


From the Kitchen said...

Sounds like all the components for a delicious and beautiful Christmas gathering. I love divinity but have never attempted to make it.


Anonymous said...

Beautiful party! Everything looks delicious.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your refreshments look delicious. I'm sure all your guests enjoyed the party! I haven't made divinity in years. I'll have to put that on my list for this year!

Hill House Ramblings said...

Oh, everything looks so festive. I love how you displayed your poinsettias. What a great idea...I've always wanted to try divinity. It looks yummy!

You have a wonderful blog. I have been enjoying reading.:)


megan said...

Lovely table as usual Martha. Do you have the recipe for the Sherry Nut cake? I have used a lot of your recipes and they are always good. :)

Karena said...

Martha, Everything is beautifully displayed for your holiday guests!

Art by Karena

Entertaining Women said...

A beautifully appointed party! I hope to someday find the recipe for the Sherry Nut Cake in your post...I can always hope, right? Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay