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, April 13, 2011

A Lilac Lunch

love lilacs and lilac season and it's a good excuse to have company for lunch! We don't eat lilacs we just enjoy the heady fragrance while we enjoy a good lunch with Mozart or Bach playing softly in the background.

Not the Lunch Bunch but two other friends joined me for lunch. A simple table in quiet colors for the lilacs were the color on the table!

My grandmother's Noritake Marcasite plate, Jim's grandmother's cutlery, a goblet from the 20's, and great grandmother's placemats and napkins. (embroidered with her initials). I think they were her bridge linens for there are 12 and he always had 3 tables for bridge!

A crystal vase full of freshly cut lilacs -- the two French lamb molds on either side -- because it is the Lenten season.

The menu:

Salad of mixed greens with rosemary walnuts and goat cheese
Linderhof vinaigrette

Ina's Lemon Chicken
White and Wild Rice Salad
Orange Roasted Asparagus with Orange Curry Dressing

Individual Strawberry Tarts

I should remember to charge my camera a bit more often -- as I was taking pictures of the table -- it told me that I needed my battery recharged. It had been a busy week . . . . .hmmm!!!!

But the food was heavenly and there were many "oohs" and "aahs"!

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


From the Kitchen said...

I can smell the lilacs! Ours aren't far behind. The menu sounds delicious and the table setting is perfect.


Blondie's Journal said...

This is a beautiful table, Martha! The lilacs and lambs are a sure sign that spring is in the air! I am really loving your pretty dishes and the gorgeous place mats. Your menu sounds delicious! I would have loved to have seen pictures, but I have run out of batteries myself before and know how that feels!

Happy Wednesday!


acorn hollow said...

Our lilacs are not even budded yet. I love the smell of them though and can't wait. I have white ones also.

Honora said...

I'm oohing and aahing over the lilacs. Ours are only in bud, so it will be a while before I am picking any.
The table is beautiful, Martha. You are fortunate to have such a lovely inheritance for your table.

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I love grandmas linens, my weak spot! I live in Florida now, but I use to live in Minnesota and loved when the lilacs bloomed, I sure miss it, I can smell them now, they must not be a southern plant?


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

I can smell them now. How wonderful to have a special time surrounded by the memories of your Grandmother.

Bernideen said...

Ina should pay you for all the great press she gets with you! This is beautiful. My lilacs are just leafing out! Lovely meal as always!

afternoon tea said...

Lovely. Your table settings are always such a pleasure to see. Having heirlooms makes it just that much more special. I'm jealous that you already have lilacs! Our snow crocus are just blooming now.

Mary Bergfeld said...

You've set another gorgeous table and your menu sounds perfect for a spring meal, Martha. I'd love to be a guest. Have a great evening . Blessings...Mary

Babs said...

Lovely lilacs and lovely tablescape. The menu sounds wonderful and the linens so pretty with the monograms. When I was first married, many years ago, the wives would get together for lunch. I really miss that.
Your home and table are so pretty.

Savannah Granny said...

I always enjoy coming to your home for lunch. You set such a subtly elegant table. And then, the menu always leaves me hungry. Grandmother's table linens are so exquisite. Thanks for sharing, Ginget

Priscilla said...

Aren't you lucky to have lilacs already. The leaves haven't even started to show yet, here in the Northwest. We had a heavy frost night before last.
I can almost smell those lilacs. Your table looks lovely with your family pieces.

Carolee in Kansas said...

I loved your table! Our lilacs are just starting since we are just a little north of you. Your menu sounds fabulous too! Thanks for sharing.

Scribbler said...

I can't grow lilacs to save my life -- I've killed every single one I have ever planted. Can you tell me the best time to plant?

Your table is exquisite with the vintage pieces.

Ellen at

Tricia said...

What a pretty table, set with family heirlooms! I know your guests felt very special as they enjoyed the lilacs and your delicious meal!

Lottie said...

How very elegant! I can almost smell the lilacs from the pictures! Beautiful!


So simple and yet so gorgeous! I love those beautiful placemats and the stunning china! The menu sounds yummy and the lilacs are delightful Martha.

Entertaining Women said...

This is one of my favorites of all your tables....and I already adore all of your blue and white. The linens...the gorgeous china plate...the lamb molds...what a treasure those are! So beautiful, sophisticated and serene. Thank you for sharing your marvelous design. Cherry Kay

Unknown said...

So beautiful placemats, and gorgeous flowers! Very Pretty!


On Crooked Creek said...

How exquisite! I adore how you've used the heirlooms in this tablescape! I'm sure the lilacs were stimulating as was the conversation as your guests were honored at your luncheon. Thank you for sharing!