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, March 23, 2011

A Spring Dinner Party!

We love to have company for dinner -- a dinner party if you will and our ideal number is six. Since our table is rectangular, six makes for perfect conversation with everyone. With 8, you often have "two tables of four" for conversation. We like everyone to be involved!!!

The best part of a dinner party is right before the company comes. The table is set, the house is spotless and we're in our best bib and tucker awaiting our guests. Often with a martini in hand! Which we feel we've "earned"!

I love the look of the dining room just before the guests arrive!

The table, set for guests with wine in place -- six guests -- three bottles. Seems like the perfect number to us!

And the table -- a spring table, set with gold chargers, Spode Blue Room plates, Spode Camellia soup bowls, blue Irish linen napkins in my silver napkin rings with the menu atop and my hotel flatware.

And the centerpiece -- it is Spring after all, the first of the garden flowers, hyacinths in shades of blue and white and two birds -- one facing each way so that no one only has the "backside"!

And the menu for a Spring dinner party at Linderhof . . .

Creamy Fresh Pea Soup garnished with garden chives

Roasted Leg of Lamb
Rosemary Roasted Potatoes

Lemon Cream Napoleons with Blackberry Sauce

(I'll demonstrate how to make these wonderful Napoleons at my class on phyllo dough at Life+Style tomorrow night).

It's Thursday and there is nothing better than a Spring Dinner Party for Tablescape Thursday. Please join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch to see other great tables this Thursday!


From the Kitchen said...

Beautiful, Martha! I'd love to take that class. I'd love to be a dinner guest at Linderhof's table as well!


On Crooked Creek said...

Linderhof's dining table is a vision of loveliness! The Spring light flooding through the room illuminates all of it's best features. Your menu looks delicious, also. Those Lemon Cream Napoleons look divine. Beautiful Spring tablescape and post!

Becky said...

Martha, it all looks gorgeous. I envy your friends. Those Napoleans sound so good. Will you be able to share the recipe with us?


Diann said...

The table is gorgeous and the food looks so yummy!

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your dinner looks delicious and the table is just perfect! I really like your little bird centerpieces.

Babs said...

Martha, I love looking at your dining room as it's very traditional which, of course, I love. Your table reflects your care for your guests and the menu looks wonderful. Oh, my the napoleans with blackberry sauce. Yum!

Tess said...

Lovely table...very inviting and your dinner menu looks wonderful. I'm sure it is a fabulous dinner party!

Marlis said...

I wish i was there to take that class. The napoleons look scrumptious. Your table is perfectly inviting. love the colors and the hyacinths are just wonderful!

Entertaining Women said...

Your dining room is absolutely elegant. I love the mix of the two tones of blue Spode plates. You always set a beautiful table; I think that this is one of my favorites so far. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. cherry Kay

Jocelyn said...

What a lovely setting. Beautiful table, and a delicious meal. Lovely tablescape.


Marigene said...

I drool every time I see those beautiful blue Spode soup bowls...there is something about that shade of blue that really makes my heart skip a beat. I can almost smell the hyacinths...mine have finally blossomed.
Your menu sounds wonderful.

Mary Bergfeld said...

How perfect it all is - the table, the menu and the food itself. Guests could not help but have a good time. I'd love to take your class. Any chance at all you could record it for us? Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

jo said...
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jo said...

Sorry i just had to delete my comment as it had far to many typing errors in it! (I didn't want you to think I'm an idiot) Anyway, Your table is stunning. I agree with you, the best time is just before the guests arrive. The room looks great and the food all set to be finished. You are feeling quite dapper in your posh clothes and a good evening beckons.

your dinning room is so attractive.

Jo x

Carol at Serendipity said...


I love the house just before the company comes too. Your table and menu are perfect. I wish I could take your class. Would be fun.


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

my stomach is growling after looking at that!

Miss Char said...

Oh how I love Spode and this table is just beautiful using the Spode soup bowls and plates. Two people per bottle seems appropriate to me. Thanks for sharing Martha.

Ben said...

Martha, I'm looking with great admiration (that's code for "I'm insanely jealous) at how you use herb garnishes to make a dish absolutely beautiful. If you can do that with just a few simple herbs, I can only imagine how wonderfully you accessorize when you dress for dinner.



Just totally lovely table at Linderhof, you never dissapoint me... ever! You surprise me everytime! Your dishes are beautiful. The menu sounds like a real treat to the palate. Once again you did a perfect tablescape Martha.

Decor To Adore said...

Oh I adore your spring tablescape~ swoon!

I am currently hosting an auction of vintage and antique linen treasures on my blog. Stop by and take a peek.

Have a wonderful weekend.


Thank you Martha for stopping by and leaving me such nice comments.