Linderhof


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, October 19, 2011

A Candlelight Dinner

 Friends Anne and Tim are favorite dinner guests at Linderhof.     And whenever Tim's brother, David, comes to town, we love the Emerson's for dinner.    "East Coast" as we have nicknamed David is a fun guest and his visits to the prairie have been frequent this year and he has been a frequent dinner guest at Linderhof.

Our first dinner of fall so . . .

The dining room table gets set up early when we have a dinner party.   I feel more in a party mood when the table is set and ready for company!

And since there were five instead of 4, dinner was in the dining room.  

I love the look of the dining room from the living room.

Jim and I at the head and our guests on either side.       A white damask tablecloth, and

The blue and white bowl is always on the dining table -- in fall it's filled with pumpkins and bittersweet, at Christmas it's filled with poinsettias, in the summer it's empty!

The big blue and white bowl filled with pumpkins and bittersweet.     Not arranged for the party but it was the perfect centerpiece for dinner and it's the dining room centerpiece from Mid September through November.

Blue and white is always right!

My new napkins from Plymouth, Mass., a menu, the blue and white china and my Hotel flatware.

The candles lit just before the guests come in to dinner!

I love a table bathed in candlelight . . . both on the table . . .


And on the sideboard.

And the menu?


Prime Rib Eye Steaks, cheesy grits, roasted Brussels sprouts with dried cranberries, walnuts and a sprinkle of Balsamic vinegar.

And dessert, of course, . . .


Pear and apple crisp with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.     The crisp was still warm and the melting ice cream was the perfect topping!

For some reason that night this took my breath away as I went from kitchen to dining room!

The dining room from the kitchen with the sconces on and the candles lit in the hurricanes on the sideboard.    I love the way it is reflected in the mirror on the Victorian armoire.

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

21 comments:

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Oh~h~h my dear friend, the look from your kitchen into the candlesit dining room has me swooning! So romantically exquisite, indeed! You served some of my favorites...prime rib steak, brussel sprouts, cranberries and a divine dessert combined with friendships and candlelight. A piece of heaven on the Prairie...so enchanting!
Fondly,
Pat

Mary said...

Perfect to the very last detail! It all sounds wonderful, Martha. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

Kerin said...

Enchanting!
Love the 'new' napkins, the bowl with pumpkins and bittersweet, the printed menu. Most of all.... I love the glowing candles. Simply charming!

Blondie's Journal said...

Everything looks so pretty, Martha, and your menu was perfect for fall! Beautiful ambiance...I am sure your guests had a lovely time!

XO,
Jane

megan said...

Your room looked lovely Martha, bathed in candlelight. I love your hurricane lamps.

Bookie said...

SO lovely! You are inspiring...I have not used candles since my mother's house burned (not from candles). I must try again. And the blue and white bowl...oh, that is my very, very favorite thing!

Marlis said...

That walk would have taken my breath away too. so beautiful. I love your bowl on the table. Your guests are such lucky people to be able to join you and to dine one such good food too. xo marlis

Babs said...

Perfection! Menu and setting. LOVE the blue and white bowl and your china. The prime rib, brussel sprouts and grits look absolutely delicious. Gosh, you're making me hungry. Thanks for sharing your candle light dinner.

Southerncook said...

Such a gorgeous table, dinner menu and ambiance, just amazing. Those hurricanes are just beautiful and that last photo, such a romantic setting. Your guests must have felt so very special.

Carolyn

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Each and every single picture with candles.Love your gorgeous fall settings...yes, every bit of it. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

So beautiful! What a warm happy feeling in that room, and I know the company will only make it better!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Wish I was going there for dinner, such gorgeous and elegant table and a menu TDF! Thanks for sharing, come to my birthday table, thanks. Hugs, FABBY

Pondside said...

Such a beautiful setting! I'm sure your house must be your eastern guest's favourite stop!

Chris said...

Martha,

Your table and meal both look wonderful. And, I have to agree that the reflection in the mirror is spectacular! I love the glow of candles on a fall evening.

Kristi in the Western Reserve said...

I was just thinking how interesting it is that the rich colors in your home can make it feel warm and cozy in the winter, but also cool in the summer......

Alycia Nichols said...

Isn't it wonderful when rooms or details in a room take your breath away all over again? That's the proof that you chose well when newfound enchantment occurs years after you are first drawn in. Beautiful!

Rush'd Lady said...

Hey, your pictures make me hungry and I just ate at Sonics! Just wanted you to know we made it down to FT. Scott, but my hubbin elected to go on to Paola to eat since it was getting late. I left our name and the history blog addy in the guestbook. Had a nice day.

Scribbler said...

I love the way you love your home. It comes through in every post. Lucky dinner guests!

Robin said...

So pretty bathed in candlelight! The food looked good too. Your house is so charming.

Robin
Robin Flies South

Monica said...

Your side board looks amazing. I love it.

Entertaining Women said...

Elegant! The candlelight against your the woods in your dining room renders a classic scene of beauty. That blue bowl is definitely a treasure. Thank you for inviting us in for a peak. Cherry Kay