Tuesday the Lunch Bunch came to lunch. For our monthly luncheon. We were gone in September and so we were lunch less.
I love fall and embrace October and was anxious to see "The Girls" again. Lunch, however, was not (and during the winter will not) be in the breakfast room. The plants grew too much this summer and alas, there is room only for three!
The dining room table, however, was the scene of so many of our lunches. It's only been the last few years that we moved to the breakfast room. So it was like "coming home" again -- to lunch in the dining room!
|Table all set and ready for company.|
It's one of the first things I do the day of the party.
When I have company, I always enjoy the expectant look of the table (and house) before company arrives.
|A crewel runner, bowl of pumpkins and blue and white china|
Because the dining room table is longer than wider, when I have four I like to do two by two.
|Pumpkins come in all sizes -- big for the outside and small ones for inside|
It's fall and so pumpkins from the Farmer's Market and leaves from Gunn Park are the centerpiece -- not only for the luncheon but for the rest of October and most of November.
|A last year after Christmas bargain|
The runner was bought on a deep sale last year. Full of fall colors, it's crewel work. Which I adore.
|Blue and white is always a classic|
Each place setting is simple -- a green linen placemat, a white damask napkin in a silver napkin ring and my Hotel silver. A Spode Blue Room plate, the "company" glasses (as I call them) and a menu.
|The big bowl which is filled with the pumpkins|
The blue bowl lives on the table most of the year -- in fall it's filled with leaves and pumpkins, in December it's filled with poinsettias but most of the year it's empty.
And for luncheon -- we had . . .
|Corn has almost the same affinity to basil as does tomatoes|
Creamy corn soup with a dollop of basil.
|A Cape Cod Lunch -- crab!|
Crab (with a C not a K -- real crab meat) quiche with a salad of mixed baby greens.
And since it was fall . . .
|Blue and white for dessert as well along with Mrs. Boland's dessert forks|
Apple butter spice cake with a cream cheese caramel frosting . . . and cups of good coffee.
It's Thursday and I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.