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.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Hostessing the Garden Club

Once a year, I host the Garden Club. It's always fun to have other gardeners come to Linderhof and I always enjoy company whether it's for lunch or dinner or a party or hosting a meeting.

This meeting, not only was I hostess (providing the location) but the co-hostess (providing the refreshments) and program (The Gardens of England) as well!!!

Refreshments were a recreation of an English Cream Tea since the program was on English gardens.

Because we needed the dining room table for the program, the refreshments were set up in the breakfast room.

With, of course, my beloved blue and white.

Before the guests arrived I had the table all set up. A lace cloth, a Blue Spode pitcher filled with hydrangeas and the tea things . . .

Two teapots for one would not be enough -- both Spode -- one Blue Italian and one Blue Room.

The cups and saucers with "tea" spoons nestled on the saucer. Spode Blue Room.

And an assortment of blue and white plates each topped with a napkin --

And after the program and the meeting, the cream tea was ready . . . .

With my smaller silver curate full of scones, bread and butter or mother of pearl tea knives for the cream and jam. Strawberry jam, of course (with a new preserve spoon that I had brought home from English trip), a mother of pearl handled cake fork for the scones and the best "mock" Devonshire cream.

The Garden Club loved the program, devoured the scones, emptied two bowls of cream and jam and drank four pots of tea -- real English tea (P.G. Tips) -- brewed the proper English way!

It's Tuesday and so I'm sharing my Garden Club Cream Tea with the following tea parties:

Tea Time Tuesday with Terri at Artful Affirmations

Tea Cup Tuesday with Martha at Martha's Favorites

Tea Pot and Tea Things Tuesday with Pam at Breath of Fresh Air

Tea Time Tuesday with Katherine at Lady Katherine's Tea Parlor

Tuesday Tea for Two with Wanda Lee at The Plumed Pen

Tea Time Tuesday with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage


Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

a lovely day for all. I am sure that the program was very interesting!


I'm sure evrything came out beautiful and the program as make everything right. Your table looks wonderful with yor lovely blue and white...wish I was a member of your Garden Club!
Many years ago, when I was married a few short years, I belonged to the GC and my mil was the president in those days! Thnaks for sharing. Hugs, FABBY

Pondside said...

I'm sure that everyone reading this post will long to have been at that table. You have such a lovely way of presenting things - and I can just imagine how good it all tasted!

Betty said...

Your table looks so beautiful. I just adore the blue china.

lvroftiques said...

How lovely! All looks beautiful and delicious! Those were some very lucky ladies. Vanna

Heirlooms by Ashton House said...

Sounds like your tea was a hit. The table and china look lovely.

Rose H (UK) said...

I have to agree with 'Pondside', I'd certainly loved to have attended. I'm sure your fellow gardeners were enthralled with the subject of the beautiful English gardens you had visited, and the gorgeous photos you had taken. As for that cream tea...yum, yum -fabulous!

On Crooked Creek said...

What a lovely Garden Club Tea, dear! Your blue and white is so stunning!!! Would you consider sharing your "mock" Devonshire Cream recipe with us On The Menu Monday @ StoneGable???

Snap said...

I bet everyone in the garden club had a wonderful time. I love your blue and white. What a special day! Happy Tea Day!

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Martha, your tea is just lovely and I'm sure everyone had a fabulous time. The blue and white china is gorgeous and hydrangeas always look amazing in a blue pitcher; yours is lovely! A cream tea is delightful and so enjoyable! Thank you for sharing your tea with Tea Time and have a beautiful day.


Terri said...

Oh your china looks so pretty set out on the table! The ladies must have felt like Queens with your lovely china and delicious food!
Thank you so much for sharing with us.

Pamela Gordon said...

A beautiful tea with your blue and white china. The scones and jam sound delicious! I'm sure the garden club had a lovely time. Pamela

Martha's Favorites said...

Hi: I bet your ladies felt like Queens. Your table is so beautiful and I just love the blue china. Stunning. Hugs, Martha

Suz said...

Your tea party looks just beautiful. What a huge treat for your friends. There is nothing like a tea! I love your beautiful set, too.

This is my first day at these events and I am in awe at the beauty and learning that goes on. I have no idea. A whole new area to explore!

Please stop by and see my first little purchase!