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, April 23, 2012

Lavender and Lace

The lavender . . .
Wisteria from the garden.

The lace . . .

An antique linen runner edged in handmade lace. (I have four matching placemats as well)

The occasion . . .

A "Welcome Home Tea" for friend Sally who's been away visiting her son.

More lavender in handpainted cups and tea plates.    Violets -- perfect for a spring tea!

And since it's special, the Victorian wee epergne holds the wisteria and I chose to use my silver tea pot to pour the tea from.

My pastry looks as though it was made for my plate.

Sally's is chocolate for she favors chocolate!

The pastries, alas, were not made by me but bought at a favorite shop, Andres (and one of their locations is just an hour away!)    

But special pastries for a special lady . . . alas, since she left Easter weekend, there have been no fun adventures for most of April!    

It is good to have her home!

It's Tuesday and I'm sharing my tea with Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage for Tuesday Tea and with Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.


Antiques And Teacups said...

What a lovely welcome home! I love the wisterias! We had one growing up. They are so strong! It lifted the roof off our patio, although the roof couldn't go anywhere as it was supported by the huge old wisteria. It was like purple snow when they lost their petals. Haven't thought of that in years! The petit four does look like it was made for your pretty plate!

The Pink Rose Cottage said...

Simply lovely! Everything is so inviting and says "welcome home" so elegantly, yet is still cozy!

Your friend is lucky to have you.


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Beth said...

Hi Martha, You are the consummate hostess! Honestly, you always put on a beautiful "event" that makes every guest feel special. Your petit four is exquisite, and I love the antique lace on your table cover. I covet your wisteria! (Ok, it's not nice to covet, let's change that to I wish I had wisteria blooming in my garden!) lol
Hugs, Beth

Pam~ Virginia Retro said...

Your handpainted china is just gorgeous, and I love violets. Everything is so pretty. Visiting from TTT.

Deb said...

Very pretty runner & adorable tea-cups. Deb

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Martha, I see what you mean in our teacups and plates looking similar!! How pretty your set is and how sweet of you to treat your friend to such a lovely time!!


How beautiful, as always in Linderhof! Love the blue and white teacup and lovely silver teaset. The yummy sweet is making me drool too!

Victoria Mische said...

You have a very lovely runner! Your plates are gorgeous and your serving pieces are amazing! I love how you put all things together!

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Diann said...

What a sweet friend you are welcome your friend home with this beautiful tea! purple is my favorite color so, I find your tea today just gorgeous. I hope you and your friend had a wonderful time catching up.

Rowan said...

How nice to be welcomed home by such a lovely tea. I love the pretty handpainted tea cup.

podso said...

You take care of your friends so beautifully!

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

What a nice way to welcome a friend back, and I'm sure she enjoyed the lavender and lace as much as we did.

LadyV said...

Everything looks so beautiful and elegant. I've enjoyed my visit here today...New follower.

Thanks for visiting me at Thistle Creek Cottage.



Snap said...

How nice to have a welcome home tea for your friend. Beautiful wisteria. Everything is lovely! Happy Tea Day!

Rose H (UK) said...

Your friend must have felt very special to be treated to a welcome home like that :o)
Best wishes
Rose H

Johanna Gehrlein said...

Hi martha,
I love Wisterias. Your house is full of amazing treasures. This table runner is a fantastic embroidery work. Not to speak from the handpainted china and the silver. That looks alltogether so elegant. And the treats are equal to that. Thank you for having me for tea.
Best greetings, Johanna

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Hi Martha,
What a lovely friend Sally has in you to welcome her home with a tea just for her! Your posies are lovely and the confections, almost too pretty to eat. Love the china and lace runner! Thank you for sharing your pretty tea with us and have a wonderful week.


CEO Lisa Anne - L.A said...

What a beautiful way to welcome your friend home. Everything looks so lovely and the pastries are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful week.