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, February 8, 2012

Valentine's Luncheons

Ever since I began life as full time mistress of Linderhof, one of my traditions has been a Valentine's Luncheon for friends.    Every year on February 14, I invite 5 friends to share luncheon with me.    A special Valentine's luncheon.

It takes at least a month to plan the food I'm going to serve and then I like to fuss around with the table -- to make it special for my friends . . . and often there are treats to take home as well.

As I plan for my Valentine's Luncheon 2012, I decided to look back at the luncheons I hosted the last three years.

It's a red Valentine's at Linderhof.
Not my first luncheon, but the first I posted on Lines from Linderhof.    It was definitely a red luncheon as the table cloth, napkins and centerpiece were red.   Several of my silver julep cups were filled with red tulips and my cherub candlesticks (with red candles) were on either side!

My grandmothers gold bordered cream colored china -- Noritake Marcasite.     Red napkins in my silver napkin rings and my silver place card holders.    They hold a red tulip for each guest and I took the invitation and used it as the place card and wrote the menu on the back.

The truffles in the centerpiece were the after dessert dessert!
Red was absent from the 2010 luncheon!

It's not a red Valentine but a lacy chocolate one.    My silver epergne is filled with homemade truffles and white tulips grounded with a lace tablecloth.

My grandmother's china, a damask napkin in the silver napkin ring and a printed menu at each place.

The only red in 2011 was from the vintage Valentines!

Remembrances from childhood Valentine's.    Conversation hearts in silver compotes are part of the centerpiece and vintage Valentines are scattered around the table.     The lacy tablecloth is reminiscent of the paper lacy doilies that we used to make Valentines.    A silver basket is filled with white tulips.

Grandmother's china, damask napkins in silver rings and to take home, two sugar cookies frosted so they look like "Conversation Hearts"!     A vintage Valentine adorns the menu.

It was fun to look back at Valentine's past and I must admit that going "back in time" had me rethinking my 2012 Valentine's table!   

To see each year's post on my Valentine's Luncheon  just click on the year.    

My menu for this year?    You'll have to wait to find out.    My table?   You'll see that next Thursday!

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


Pondside said...

Beautiful tables, all. I'll be back to see what you come up with for this year!

On Crooked Creek said...

I remember visiting last year's tablescape. I was smitten with your use of vintage Valentines! Of the two, I prefer the white with chocolate, of course! I'll be watching for your Valentine's Day Luncheon post for 2012! Sounds intriquing!

acorn hollow said...

It is beautiful and sounds like a lovley time.

Barbara said...

Such a cute idea, Martha. I love your tablescapes. The vintage valentines are adorable and I loved the over-sized conversation hearts. I've never seen those before.
Looking forward to your table next week!

Anonymous said...

You always set the most delightful tables, Martha. All of these are gorgeous!

Babs said...

All your tables are fabulous! Lucky friends to be invited to your special luncheon for them. I'll be back to see what you do for this year.

Tricia said...

I know your friends love seeing what you've come up with each year. Each table is so different, yet all are elegantly festive!

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

So pretty and displayed so well!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Your friends are so lucky you treat them to such a wonderful luncheon each year!

Unknown said...

Love your table! lucky friends! Joann

Entertaining Women said...

I love the tradition of sharing Valentines with friends. Enjoyed the retrospective, and look forward to this Year's delight. Cherry Kay

Rushd Lady said...

I'm posting some websites on my tea in the garden poetry website for local tearooms and garden spots. Thot you might like to know! Your Valentine table looks wonderful and those ladies who get invited must be very special! I'm envious! Have a great time! :)

Tea in Texas said...

It's so much fun to see your beautiful tables from the past. Your friends are so fortunate to enjoy a beautiful table and each others company. Happy Tea Party! Pam

Scribbler said...

It was fun to see all these again -- and your lucky friends enjoyed the occasions I am sure.

Thanks for the recipe for the lemon curd -- it turned out perfectly, and we have been enjoying it on blueberry muffins.