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 17, 2012

October Lunch Bunch

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.



Beautiful table and yes, blue and white is the best! Your dining room furniture is lovely, I always admire it in your posts and I like your chairs specially. The food looks wonderful as is the desert. I like the pretty bowl filled with cute little pumkins. I have an English blue and white bowl that lives in the formal dinner table most of the time too. Happy Let's Dish.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Hi Martha, Your crab quiche and the salad look so pretty on the blue dish! That is also a beautiful bowl for the center of your table. I always set my table like that when we have only four, even for formal settings. It's so much friendly and much more conducive to conversation. It looks like you set a wonderful table for your friends. Linda

Marlis said...

I too am a fan of anything crewel.. Your runner is amazing. Food sounds and looks amazing. I bet it tasted soo good, to bring out the delightful flavors of the friends around your table.. So pretty. xo marlis

Scribbler said...

I ate lunch hours ago -- this is making me hungry. The table and the food look scrumptious.

Rowan said...

I love the pumpkin centrepiece and the menu sounds good especially the apple butter spice cake - definitely my kind of dessert:)y

Southerncook said...

Beautiful table and luncheon menu. I would love to be a guest at your Lunch Bunch Luncheons, I bet there is a lot of fun conversations.


Deb said...

It all looks so inviting. Such pretty china and love the fork.

Ann@A Sentimental Life said...

Beautiful, but now I am so hungry!

Sandra said...

So pretty and all of the food looks so yummy! I love the blue with the touches of Fall color. Everything is lovely!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Beautifully placed and very elegant!
What a talent!
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Another lovely luncheon as beautiful to view as I'm sure it was to eat!

Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Martha, How I'd love to dine in this room. Just love the feel of your home. I was drooling over the crewel runner. I was in PB yesterday and fell hard for a crewel runner they had on their Thanksgiving table display but it was $159. Yikes. Hope it goes on sale big time...or maybe I'll have to see if it shows up in their outlet one day. Fat chance of that! :) Beautiful table! Wish I could wiggle my nose like Samantha and attend one of your beautiful lunches!

Kathleen said...

Looks lovely!
What is krab with K? I don't think we have that here on Long Island, just crab we catch down the block.