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 18, 2012

Easter Week Luncheon

I always enjoy having company for Lunch and for Easter week (once the 500 plus cookies were made, packaged and distributed) I had three guests for lunch.    When I have four or less guests, the perfect place is always the breakfast room.    I like the intimacy of the smaller table and also the fact that you overlook the garden.

One of my Quaker Lace tablecloths make the perfect base . . .

The Lenten lambs bookend the silver basket of pansies.   I like the rustic and elegant mix!

Garden pansies are perfect for an Easter Week luncheon and the silver basket is a perfect Easter Week centerpiece!

I adore blue and white and I adore Wedgwood.    My two loves come together in this china, a recent purchase -- it's Queensware or Creamware and dates to the mid to late 1800's.   A steal of a deal at a flea market in the little town south of us.    One of those "junky" type places that you often find the best deals in!    Jim's grandmother's silver for it is an Easter luncheon!

At each place a silver place card holder/vase filled with more pansies and it's both a place card and a menu as the guests name is written on top followed by the menu of the day.

Silver napkin rings are always used at meals at Linderhof.    Newly purchased Estate Sale napkins (8 for $2) in a soft yellow are a good spring accent and go well with the blue and white Wedgwood as well as the yellow in the pansies!

The table all set and ready for company!

Glasses of icy tea at each place!    1920's iced tea glasses replace my usual luncheon beverage glasses.

Cream of sorrel soup from my garden sorrel.    Sorrel is such a spring thing and we enjoy it as often as we can during Spring.    Garnished with a lemon slice for sorrel has a hint of lemony flavor.

A favorite pasta dish makes for a wonderful main course.   Pasta, chicken, asparagus, red pepper and green onion tossed in a raspberry tarragon vinaigrette.   Long ago, friend Becky invited me to a luncheon and served the dish -- I simply adored it and have served it often since.   It is really my favorite luncheon pasta dish!

A slice of sticky toffee pudding topped with whipped cream and a pansy which echoes the violets on the hand painted cake plate -- part of a tea set for four that I found at an Estate Sale several years ago.

I always like to see the "line up" of desserts awaiting serving.    Mrs. Boland's dessert forks are the perfect fork choice for the pudding.

From the dining room into the breakfast room.    All dressed up, tea poured, awaiting company!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and I'm joining Kathleen at Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish!

I seem to have done a rash of entertaining this April.   But I love to entertain and spring seems such a nice time to have company!    I'm having more company next week as well!    Ladies for lunch!    I'm working on the menu now!


Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi Martha,
thank you for your sweet comment. Your tables are always beautiful. Especially the desert plates are real treasures. Thank you for having me.
Best greetings, Johanna

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

I love the Queensware dishes...they are beautiful! As usual, you have set a lovely, inviting table!

Entertaining Women said...

I always love the tables that you design for the Breakfast intimate. The new Wedgwood is stunning. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your friends all must be so delighted when you extend an invitation for a meal. Your home and tables are always so warm and welcoming.....not to mention the wonderful food you prepare!

Aledia said...

Oh my....where to start?? I love your beautiful china and those dessert plates well....they are "plum perfect"!

Your menu looks divine! Well done!

Thank You so much for leaving a sweet comment on my tablescape!

Have a wonderful evening!

Scribbler said...

I love everything on your table! As always you let us see some real treasures and teach us something, too. I think my favorites today are the tea glasses and the plates for the dessert (which looks absolutely sinful).

Thanks for stopping by.

Rowan said...

What a lovely luncheon table, I really like the pansies in the silver vase. You certainly seem to find some lovely things at Estate sales:)

PAT said...

I remember iced tea glasses similar to those, from my childhood. Tea always seemed to taste better in those glasses.

As always you set a beautiful table and the meal looks wonderful.

Sarah said...

Beautiful table and the food looks delicious. I may have to go down to the kitchen and eat! ;-)

Meredith said...

Beautiful table! Your new dishes are lovely!

ellen b. said...

Lovely table for 4 and that is a great room for the setting. I am always so impressed with the food you serve to. YUM!

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! I love your lambs. I agree, the contrast between rustic and elegant is wonderful. The food looks delicious!

On Crooked Creek said...

That dessert looks absolutely divine on your lovely dishes!!! Thank you for sharing your lovely tablescapes during this Spring!!!

SwedishCorner ~ DownUnder...Pernilla said...

So lovely!
Visiting from Tablescape Thursday

Greetings from Australia♥

Kathleen said...

I love Quaker lace, I have a few of my mom's. The luncheon looks lovely.
Thanks for linking this to Let's Dish.
Have a lovely weekend, Martha!

Michelle said...

I really like your 1920's glasses...and I just planted Sorrel without knowing what I would do with it...your soup looks great!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful post, love your china and those dessert plates are gorgeous. Lovely view out the window too, would love to eat and look out the window.