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, February 16, 2011

A Valentine Luncheon

very year I invite five special friends to a Valentine's Luncheon at Linderhof. Every year fivedifferent friends. For as I've been told, it's a treat to have a Valentine's Luncheon at Linderhof.

I love the house when the table is all set, the food is all done, and I'm alone just waiting for the guests. I love the expectancy of the dining room before a party!

With six, we're in the dining room and each year the table is different than the year before or the year before that. This year, it's a Vintage Valentine for Luncheon!

Vintage Valentine pictures are on the menu, each menu topped with the guest's name and their favor -- my "conversation heart" cookies. Grandmother's gold and cream china, the Romantique silver by Alvin, and of course, the napkin is in a silver ring!

The centerpiece -- scads of vintage valentines, silver compotes filled with conversation hearts and a silver basket filled with white tulips.

I love the vintage Valentines and the conversation hearts -- they remind me of Valentine's Day when I was a child!

And for luncheon --

Savannah's Tomato Pie from Silver Service by Susan Mason. It's easy to prepare, should be served at room temperature (which makes it a great company dish) and is really yummy!

And to start . . . roasted red pepper and tomato soup -- with a dollop of sour cream!

A slice of tomato pie, a salad of mixed baby greens and a slice of hard crust bread.

And on the sideboard . . . the dessert service is waiting until we finish the meal -- coffee (with my new cups and saucers) and of course . . .

Strawberry cake baked in the heart shaped pans and frosted with strawberry cream cheese frosting!

We had a grand time, then with the dishes in the sink (what would my mother have said), husband Jim and I headed for the city -- to enjoy a special Valentine's dinner of our own, a show at Jardine's and then a night at a bed and breakfast in St. Joseph.

I truly was a special Valentine's Day!!!!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!


Deanna said...

Martha, This was a treat for me to stop by your place and celebrate Valentine's Luncheon.

Beautiful Beautiful table!

Close friendships are a big blessing!
d from homehaven

Blondie's Journal said...

It sounds like it was a wonderful day, Martha. I really enjoyed seeing your pretty table and the delicious menu! How I'd love to be one of those five next year!


Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Oh, what a lovely gathering! It would be a treat to be invited to dine at Linderhof. Love how you incorporated the vintage valentines into the table setting.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

What a beautiful luncheon setting! I adore the vintage Valentines and the food looks scrumptious!!!!!

Pondside said...

What a wonderful Valentine's celebration, Martha! Lucky guests, to lunch at Linderhof.

The Charm of Home said...

That looks delicious! Always enjoy seeing what you have for company!

paperbutterfly said...

You had a wonderful Valentine's Day. Sugar cookies are a given...right and yours look so yummy. And your luncheon must have been so fun with vintage cards.
I love do ahead recipes too. I haven't heard of the tomato pie. I must try it.
Thank you for sharing with us and look forward to seeing you soon.
Blessings, pam

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

How special!! love the silver with the tulips...the food looks great. My husband bday is on the 13 th so his mom gave me her heart shape pans she use to make his bday cake it.
love the valentines too

acorn hollow said...

What a wonderful luncheon. I am sure everyone had a lovely time.

Marlis said...

You always serve the best food. The tomato pie looks amazing. as does the dessert. Your china is gorgeous. Love the silver napkin rings. What a lovely, lovely table.

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...lucky guests to dine on that menu!

From the Kitchen said...

I would love to be honored with an invitation for lunch at Linderhof--delicious food and beautiful surroundings! I love the vintage Valentine's.


Beverly said...

Martha, it is all beautiful, and I know your guests feel very special.

I'm glad you and your sweetheart had a wonderful Valentine's Day.♥

Entertaining Women said...

This morning I've been dealing with the rest of the dishes from the "Hen Party" yesterday. I was tired after the luncheon, and that's when I tend to break delicate treasures while I'm washing them. The vases were $4.00 for the pair. I am so taken with your dining room. Beautiful...stately...a spot that honors those at your table. Lovely china, and a wonderful selection of vintage valentines. Thank you for sharing your charming design and for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

Donnie said...

Everything is so lovely and spring looking.

Savannah Granny said...

Martha, This is such a beautiful tradition. The table and dining room is awesome. I only wish my dining was as spacious as yours. I just love it.
I also make a strawberry cake. It is one of the grandson's favorite and he gets it for his birthday.
I am going look up the tomato pie recipe. Sounds great. You are such a fabulous hostess. Hugs, Ginger

Scribbler said...

What a lovely tradition and lucky are your guests. I would like to try your tomato pie. I have made some that turned out well, and some that didn't. Yours looks more substantial.

On Crooked Creek said...

Moma won't know. . .glad you went ahead to the city for a night out with Jim! Grab the gusto while we still can, I say! Your table was gorgeous and yes! memories of childhood with those darling vintage valentines! What a treat to serve your guests strawberry heart shaped cake. You are a gracious, yet divine, hostess!
Have a great weekend. . .I've been opening windows here on my side of the prairie!

Bernideen said...

This is a lovely meal here!

Phyllis said...

I almost feel as if you had treated me to be a guest at your luncheon this year. Viewing the photos, I felt the warmth of the "party to be" and loved each detail. Your grandmother's china is beyond lovely, and I adored how you created the menus. The tomato pie looks delicious and I must try it. I am fondly admiring your silver bride's basket vase......they are one of my favorite Victorian items!