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, February 5, 2014

Italian Dinner Party -- The Table

Last Friday night, we had a dinner party
An Italian dinner party

I've shared the wine . . .

I've shared the food . . .

And now for the table!

Two leaves in -- 
angled slightly so it's easy to get to the diners on the window side
A Quaker lace cloth
bought for $25 at an estate sale
because it had wine stains
old wine stains
Which I got out!

A long table calls for more than just a bouquet of flowers
Two bouquets of yellow tulips
And a blue and white bowl of oranges and lemons
We are in "Italy" after all!

Blue and white transfer ware is a good replacement
for Italian dinnerware

Pictures of food we ate in Italy were the place cards
The name in the left corner was where we enjoyed the dish

the menu 
all in Italian

I love small glass ice buckets as flower holders for a dinner table
They make for a low enough bouquet that you can see and talk to the person across the table
And there should always be candles at night
Four small matching low silver candleholders
with white candles
Low because you don't want to talk around the candles either!

The guests are about to arrive.
We always turn the dining room chandelier off before they come
And for once, I was able to capture the "blue hour"

And even though I showed the wine,
I didn't show the liqueur
Walnut liqueur from Sorrento

Served in wee lemoncello glasses.
The liqueur we brought back from Italy.

We don't usually bring alcohol back,
but because we were having this party,
we made an exception.

The guests felt that it was the perfect ending to the meal
along with that cup of espresso

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


Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

It looks just beautiful.

Rebecca said...

♥ it all!
The place cards are wonderful.
How privileged the guests...

Suz said...

I always appreciate it when the host or hostess makes a beautiful table...and you have
lucky friends
yes you have captured the blue
I too love this light

Unknown said...

I need to go back and look for the previous posts! It all sounds so nice. Love your table! It is so wonderful to share food with friends! I know you all had fun.
Blessings My Friend,

Main Line Sportsman said...

Gorgeous table!

marilyn r said...

How beautiful!

I am curious about how you got the wine stains out of the tablecloth. That would be good to know.


marilyn r said...

How beautiful!

I am curious about how you got the wine stains out of the tablecloth. That would be good to know.


Anonymous said...

I just love it all! So pretty.

Anonymous said...

Gorgeous! Love the plates and the tulips.

Pat said...

Every minute detail makes this such a special evening for your guests! Those invited to your Italian Dinner Party. . .and those of us whom visit
Linderhof virtually!!!

Michelle said...

How it!