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 16, 2013

Lunch To Go

Saturday, I traveled to the little town 20 miles east of us
home of

A girl's college founded in 1884
by Virginia Alice  Cottey

In 1927, Virginia Alice Cottey Stockard
gave her school to the
P.E.O. Sisterhood

The sisterhood has been responsible for the college 
ever since

And part of the college is

The President's House

Where friend Shirley Ann and I catered a luncheon for 10

The table in the dining room
simple, yet elegant

white tablecloth and napkins

The Cottey china
simple yet elegant
(and how perfect for both fall and Christmas!)
Cottey cutlery
A white napkin in a silver ring
(of which I heartily approve)
Place card
To the left, a favor of two lavender cutout cookies
embossed with "Cottey" for the guests afternoon tea

There is nothing like a fresh flower arrangement
All in fall hues of oranges and yellow with a touch of green

It's a beautiful house
Over 100 years old
And well maintained

My favorite room

The Butler's Pantry
between dining room and kitchen
I adore the wall of cabinets
glass on top and solid on the bottom
No drawers, just doors
An antique walnut table
perfect for two
for casual meals

Sigh -- if only there was a room exactly like this at Linderhof!

And everyone had their own menu:

It was a fun afternoon
A busy afternoon
For there were 10 for lunch
As a P.E.O. sister, it was fun to serve luncheon in The President's Hosue

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


GardenOfDaisies said...

What a wonderful old home. Wouldn't it be wonderful to have a butlers pantry, so that everything had plenty of storage space? They just don't build houses like that anymore. I know someone who attended college there about 15(?) years ago and loved it.

Entertaining Women said...

I only needed to read a bit further to answer my own question about the lovely china. Our dear Nana had a similar butler's pantry. They are so wonderful for entertaining. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Beth said...

The home is gorgeous! Love the china too. I'll bet you had a wonderful time, Martha.

Phyllis @Around the House said...

It has always been a dream of mine to have a Butlers Pantry where your things would be out for use in glass cabinets, what a wonderful space, thank you so much for showing us all the beautiful things.

Tea in Texas said...

Your gold banded china was great. It made your table top-rate.

Anonymous said...

So that centerpiece.

Savannah Granny said...

Beautiful cottage and what a lovely table you have set. You always set an elegant table. Thanks for inviting us along. xoGinger