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, June 29, 2011

The First Luncheon of the Summer

We often donate a luncheon for four to charities for fundraisers. It's a way we can help raise funds for good causes and I love to have company. Four only because it works so well in the breakfast room overlooking the back garden.

And last fall, I donated a luncheon to a P.E.O. chapter and Tuesday, the guests came for lunch -- the first lunch of summer.

The table set for four -- my original plan for table linen was changed on Monday when a package arrived from a dear friend with these delightful napkins and table runner. I knew I had to use them Tuesday for they would work perfectly with my beloved blue and white! And they did!!!!

One of my Spode pitchers utilized as a vase -- I love pitchers for this very reason -- they can be used for their intended purpose or put into use as a vase -- and they make a darling centerpiece.

Filled not with daisies (for they were still in bud) but the false sunflowers that I love so much -- they're yellow and the fact that they bloom most of the summer!

The linens play well against the blue and white. Napkins, of course, are in silver napkin rings (these were brought home from England) and I also used Jim's grandmother's cutlery.

The bread and butter plate -- part of some Spode Blue Italian that I received on Monday. The English butter knife -- not a souvenir of my trip but one that I've had "forever" -- it's bone handled and the blade is etched. It's probably Edwardian and I loved how the English used their butter knives. So, once home, I dug out these treasures and now use them frequently.

My favorite soup bowls -- Spode Camilla -- I love the soft blue and they pair well with any of my blue and white transferware.

And, of course, a menu for each guest --

And for luncheon they had

Corn and basil soup -- served chilled. It's one of my favorite summer soups. It's from one of my favorite cooks -- Anna Pump in her newest cookbook, Summer on a Plate.

Ina Garten's lemon chicken which couldn't be easier along with a salad of white and wild rice, pecans, red pepper, green onions and water chestnuts dressed simply with vinaigrette.

And the roles are not mine, but Sister Shuberts. Buttered and then a sprig of thyme placed on top before they are baked.

And for dessert -- a new favorite -- sticky toffee pudding. The same pudding that I served to the Lunch Bunch last week -- picture and recipe are HERE.

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday -- always a fun event!


From the Kitchen said...

Bravo! A beautiful table and delicious menu.


Bookie said...

I do so love seeing your presentations of blue and white. I use lots of Blue Willow and in fact, my mother in law just gave me some of her pieces. You make me want to have company to serve!!! Thanks for sharing your blues.

Did you see the 5 o'clock spoons in the latest Victoria? I thought that looked like something you might have. I had never heard of them before, but wonder if there might be one or two stuck in a shop there at Ft. Scott. Someday maybe I can get over there to look!

Stay cool. Our Midwest heats up!

Sara at Come Away With Me said...

You are a very gracious hostess who knows how to set a beautiful table....seeing all your pretty blue and white dishes makes me want to run out on a buying splurge! The sunflowers, red and white linens and blue and white china are such a charming combination. Your photos look like a magazine shoot. A very pleasing sight to the eyes.

Entertaining Women said...

Love the mix of blues...especially the Spode pieces...some of my favorites! We often donate special lunches or dinners for auctions, too. People seem to really enjoy them. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Bernideen said...

Every dish a delight here! Just a wonderful meal I am sure they loved!

On Crooked Creek said...

I never tire of your beautiful blue and white dishes!!! The table runner and napkins were just made for the upcoming celebration. The pop of yellow makes it all so stunning together! Thank you for a lovely post!

Pondside said...

What a treat for the ones lucky enough to win the lunch! I'm a big fan of red with blue dishes - coloured linens are fun for summer!

Rettabug said...

Hi Martha!
I think I like your blues & yellows even more than my blues & pinks! Beautiful together!

"Corn and basil soup"...??? I've never heard nor tasted it but I am going to go look up the recipe. Thank you for telling us about it.
I've made Ina's lemon chicken before...YUMMO!

Love presentation from beginning to end.

Happy 4th!


I love your Spode china! Beautiful mix of blues, it looks so soft and elegant. You're such an elegant hostess and the menu sounds delicious! Maybe I'll just drop by your place...well, I'm announcing you!, lol. Thank you for sharing such beauty...I just came from TT at, BNOTP. Happy 4th. of July and God bless. FABBY

laxsupermom said...

What a beautiful tablescape! Love your Spode pitcher! The blue & white of your dishes looks terrific set against the red & white of the linens. Such a great patriotic look for the upcoming 4th. Thanks for sharing.

Marlis said...

The table runner is wonderful. I love the red with your signature blue dishes.. And the meal looks wonderful - again! You are a wonderfully accommodating and accomplished hostess. Happy Fourth, many blessings, marlis

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

A very fresh and happy looking table!

Bernideen said...

Just a note to let you know I posted today with your scone recipe! Have a link to your post!

Marigene said...

I always know that when I come here I will see some of your beautiful blue and white...your Spode soup plates are one of my favorites.
Have a great weekend, Martha!

Ann from On Sutton Place said...

What a great post! I love the blue and white, the menu cards (brilliant in my opinion) and the soup looks delicious! I would have loved to sit down to this lunch...well done. Have a great July 4th weekend!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

What a wonderful way to entertain for a cause! Beautiful table and the corn and basil soup sounds delicious as well as everything else.

Poppy @ With a Dash of Color said...

I have a weakness for blue and white china and yours look so lovely. Love those bone handled butter knife and your Spode centerpiece ties everything so beautifully...the food looks sooo scrumptious! Enjoyed visiting, thanks so much for stopping by. Happy 4th to you!~Poppy