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 22, 2014

Orange Tulips, Two Luncheons

It started with a vase of orange tulips

For I was having company for luncheon

You may seen them first 

In the breakfast room where they graced my Sunday tea table

But they weren't meant for the breakfast room nor for tea
They were for the dining room
And lunch!

On Tuesday . . .

It was the Lunch Bunch
Four of us
The tulips in the middle
A small "tea" cloth on the table

And my beloved blue and white

The tea cloth was bought in the Azores when we sailed across the Atlantic
a few years ago
It's workmanship is superb!

A tea cloth because this year I'm treating
The Lunch Bunch
To Tea Room Lunches

Of course, everyone who dines at Linderhof
gets a remembrance menu to take home

And on Wednesday,
I had five for lunch

Ladies as well
But a bit more "elegant"
Dining room, the way my mother would entertain elegant

And my grandmother's Noritake
Such an elegant china pattern, Marcasite

A Quaker Lace Cloth covering the whole table

And a menu, of course

With orange tulips to echo the centerpiece tulips

When the house is clean, back to back parties are a cinch.
I even had time to attend Bible Study Wednesday morning!

It's cold on the prairie this week
(after an almost balmy Monday)

The dogs are usually banned from the house 
when we have ladies for lunch

And Dolly was
But Doogie doesn't have all that much hair
And so he stayed inside.

I must admit he was mostly a gentleman

Until he decided that he needed food, too
First he was on my right side . . . 

And then on my left!

And not getting anything "good", he decided to take his dish in the living room
to remind anyone that it was empty!

It was two fun luncheons and I did use some of the same food for both (the salad, the cake) but that's just being smart!

The best thing is, however, that there was enough left that dinner was a replay of lunch!    And since Husband Jim didn't have it the first go-round, he didn't mind it the second!

It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday and Cuisine Kathleen for Lets Dish.


Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

Your lunch sounds delicious and the table looks so beautiful too. What a treat for your friends! Thanks so much for your visit to my blog and for your flattering comment!

Bernideen said...

Your food selections are wonderful but not as wonderful as that cute doggie!

Penny said...

Lucky ladies to be at your table. I hope you will share some of the recipes with us. Happy New Year Martha.

Pondside said...

That's a very smart strategy, Martha! I can well imagine that your husband is always delighted when you entertain at lunch and he gets the leftovers.

Deborah Montgomery said...

flowers bring so much joy during their short lives! that tea cloth is exquisite!

Michelle said...

Your menus are always so pretty. May I ask how you create them?