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, January 1, 2014

A "Tweener" Luncheon

I love the "Tween" time --
Between Christmas and New Year's
And it's the best time to have company for lunch.
And I often do!

Gone is the stress of pre-Christmas
Gone, too, are the more obligations than you have days
Cards are done, presents are both wrapped and opened
And every cookie or candy has been baked or made and often eaten!

Our tree is still up
Our greens are still on the mantle
The centerpiece is still greens and pomegranates
in a blue and white bowl
And the old brass candlesticks are still on the table

A centerpiece of greens gets a good bit of use around Christmas!

Lace tablecloth
And the blue and white transfer ware
(Alas, the Christmas china is washed and put away Christmas Day)
And five guests for I prefer a table of no more than six!

Old Damask napkins in silver rings
(I love it's softness)
A menu echoing the centerpiece greens
And a gift package of fudge for each guest
Made especially for this party!

And the luncheon?

A deconstructed Caesar Salad
I love this salad and have made it frequently.
It's a great presentation and the flavor is superb!
You might also call it a Caesar "Wedge"!

A creamy pasta dish with sausage and spinach and cheese and tomatoes
Served with a Parmesan roll

Dessert has to be Christmasy!

A chocolate fruit cake
"frosted" with ganache and garnished with maraschino ferries and orange leaves
Not a real fruit cake but a chocolate cake with fruit and nuts in it!
It's good and people who don't like fruitcake adore this cake!

This is always a favorite party of the year --
this last party of the year!

The dishes are washed and put away,
the napkins laundered and ironed
The greens are still in the blue bowl on the dining room table
And there they'll stay until we "undecorated" the house come Saturday!

It's Thursday and my first post of 2014 is about 2013!    I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish and Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday


GardenOfDaisies said...

I like small groups around a table, too. And I love the simple green look in a formal dining room.

Canadian Chickadee said...

Your food looks fabulous as always, especially that chocolate cake. Yum! Enjoy the rest of the holidays, and a very Happy New Year to you and yours, xoxox

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Beautiful food served on a beautiful tablescape.
Happy New Year,

Anonymous said...

Lovely table! Love those blue dishes...

Marlis said...

Great table.. The tablecloth is wonderful. What a treasure. I used my greens from the beginning of December, throughout the entire season and through the New Year! I have a question: I know you collect silver napkin rings. Are they all round, are some oval, are they the same width? I want to start a collection and am trying to make some decisions. I always admire yours. Happy New Year. xo marlis


Gorgeous table and the lace tablecloth is beautiful! I have a love for table toppers, lol! The food looks amazing, YUMmmm!!!!!
Happy New Year!

Candy S said...

Wonderful Tablescape. Your blue transferware is perfect. I love to use my blue and white transfer for all of January. The food looks fabulous. I am sure everyone enjoyed everything on the menu.... Candy

Entertaining Women said...

You make it all seem so effortless...the mark of an accomplished hostess. Another elegant table...thanks for inviting us for a peek. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

Pat said...

Gorgeous tablescape!!!
Love the presentation of the salad!!!
All Christmas decor is neatly packed away here on our side of the Prairie, also!!!
Looking forward to more stunning tablescapes @ Linderhof in 2014!!!

Lady of the Manor said...

Lovely table, Martha! Your meal looked delicious, especially the dessert! Happy and Blessed 2014!

Lulu said...

I think everyone appreciates being entertained during the tween times when things are quieter and more relaxed.

Kristen Rettig said...

I love that quiet tween time too! What a lovely dinner.