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.

Monday, December 20, 2010

T'was the day before the party . . .

Entertaining is a part of Linderhof . . . . and especially at Christmas! We have three parties this week -- back to back beginning with a luncheon tomorrow for The Lunch Bunch, followed by dinner for dear friend Shirley Ann and her husband Jack and then on Wednesday, eight friends are coming for another luncheon.

And when one entertains . . . . the silver must be shining for coffee or tea is not poured from the glass carafe at Linderhof -- no, it is decanted into the silver pot (the short one for tea -- the taller one for coffee -- and the one in the middle to keep water hot) and for company the silver must be shining!

The tea set on the dining room table. Tomorrow luncheon, I'll pour tea from the tea pot for we'll be having tea. Tomorrow dinner, the coffee pot gets pressed into service for we'll have coffee and dessert after dinner and the Dolly Hollyday Trolley Ride which we'll do. (It's an evening tour to look at the residential lights in our little town.) Wednesday lunch, the service will be placed on the tilt top table. It's a buffet luncheon and so everyone will help themselves to coffee and dessert from the tilt top while the sideboard will be set up as the luncheon buffet.

It's Tuesday and so I'm sharing my tabletop and tea set with . . .

Tabletop Tuessday with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen


Lady Katherine said...

Your one busy lady! Sounds like so much fun! Your Silver Service is lovely! I wanted to see a close up for the one you are keeping water warm in. Thank you for joining me for Tea Time! Merry Christmas!

xinex said...

What a stunning silver set. It's glistening!...Christine

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I love the parties at Christmas time. Your silver service set is stunning. Have a blessed Christmas. Martha

Terri said...

It sounds like you are going to have a very festive and fun week.
Your tea set is stunning. What a lovely way to serve tea!
Happy holidays to you,

Susan Freeman said...

What a beautiful silver service. Merry Christmas!

Susan and Bentley

Pondside said...

Have a wonderful time, Martha, and take lots of pictures!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Martha...

Ohhh my...sounds like ya'll are very, very busy with all the seasonal activities! My friend, I have admired your beautiful silver tea service for a long time now! It's just gorgeous!

I just took a peek at your last post, Martha! I love the changes that you made to your guest's a lovely room with lots of nice sunshine! Well my friend, I am so happy to hear that you daughter is coming home for Christmas! Wishing you and all of your sweet family a very Merry Christmas!

Warmest Christmas wishes,
Chari @Happy To Design

PS...thank you for dropping by yesterday! I enjoyed your visit and sweet note, my friend!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh I love this time of year when everyone gets together for some Christmas cheer. Love your silver service, it is stunning. Thanks for joining TTT and I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Your tea service is spectacular!! I always like seeing your Oliver in the side bar...our Corgi, Josey brings us such joy!

Merry CHRISTmas!

On Crooked Creek said...

Enjoy the festivities at Linderhof! Bundle up for your Dolly Trolly ride! Merry Christmas!

Marie said...

Enjoy your holidays and love your silver set!

Merry Christmas to you!

HollyC said...

Oh, I love your silver set! Hope to have a set like that one day!! I love Christmas parties too. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

lindaraxa said...

I spent a whole day last week polishing all the silver...a nasty task but well worth it! Beautiful service!

Merry Christmas!

Anonymous said...

What a spectacular Silver Service!

Cass @ That Old House said...

Oh Martha -- now that is one gorgeous silver service! I enlarged the picture twice, to get every detail of it, and then I fell in love with that candlestick. Fabulous! Love that braided look to it, almost horse-country in style!

Wow, you have one busy week! we had our big party on Saturday -- all other holiday entertaining will be small scale this year.

Now I have to go check out your post from yesterday about the guest room, and then it's off to bed for me!

Merry Merry Christmas!

bj said...

Oh, Martha..what a lovely tea set. I agree with shiny silver. I just don't care for tarnish. :))

Have fun at all the events and have a merry Christmas.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Oh Martha -- you alway charm us with your Linderhot lovliness! What a beautiful silver service awaits your guests.


Visiting from the tea party. Everything looks lovely! Merry Christmas!
~ Julie