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.

Friday, December 28, 2012

Christmas Company

We love to have company -- especially in December

For lunches and teas and dinners

Planned guests
impromptu guests . . . who just drop by

There's always tea in the larder and cookies in the tin
in December

And this December, our company included:

Lunch for the Lunch Bunch
In the dining room
Gifts were part of the table decor
A silver bowl filled with pine and pinecones and a pretty bow
and the two glass sleighs filed with antique ornaments.
Our Tartan plates, of course and since this was a special lunch, Jim's grandmother's cutlery

Friend Pam was in town and dropped by for a cup of tea
And a platter of Christmas goodies

A corgi nose checking to see if any of the goodies are for her!

The silver tea pot (always in December), my newest Christmas plate bought on an outing in early December and the Tartan cups, of course!

Some friends stopped by late afternoon.
It was really too late for tea
So we brought out the Waterford decanter of sherry (Harvey's Bristol Cream, of course!)
and some of friend Francie's Grandmother's Brazil Nut Cake, sliced thinly and put on a silver cake plate

We sipped sherry, nibbled on slices of cake and talked of Christmas plans

Friend Sally dropped by with presents for all.

It was a cool day and the wing chairs close by the fire seemed the appropriate place to take
tea and visit.

A real "French" tea for the tea was the Mariage Freres Noel Tea, the "nosh" was French gingerbread (pain d'epices) which is close to my beloved Starbucks gingerbread -- without a cream cheese and candied orange top.

And on Christmas Eve, a plate of fruitcake, Francie's Grandmother's Brazil Nut Cake and some fruitcake that Husband Jim had bought as well as Christmas cookies and punch cups of egg nog.
A family tradition -- Daughter Sarah and her Andy joined us.

We so enjoy filling the house with company in December.


lindaraxa said...

Oh gee Martha I wish we lived closer. That, to me, sounds like the perfect holiday. People dropping by and having Christmas cake and sherry and just visiting with each other. That's the spirit of Christmas.

I had baked all these goodies for just that type of thing and then you know what happened. Thank heavens they invented the freezer.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

You are such an inspiring hostess Martha and your friends and family can always look forward to genuine hospitality at your home.

william said...

Martha, your pictures are beautiful. Coco's Brazil nut cake never looked so good! She would be honored-- thank you!


Bernideen said...

Wonderful photos Martha - lovely season at LINDERHOF..the smells in the air and all the festivites!

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

All the treats look good. A corgi nose is an accessory not everyone has! Too cute.

On Crooked Creek said...

Each and every guest and your treats are amazing! What a December to remember!!!
P.S. Was that a glimpse of Dolly, in the photo???