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!