This was my week of luncheons
One on Monday for St. Patrick's Day
and my Irish friends
And one on Monday
for the Lunch Bunch plus one!
The flowers in the market were sad
But not a big pot of violas
And I knew that it would work splendidly as a centerpiece
On the lace cloth
And on Monday a leprechaun left some gold covered chocolate coins
I always do an "Irish Farmhouse" luncheon on St. Patrick's Day
(the corned beef and cabbage is always for dinner)
My Spode transfer ware, a menu with a drawing of an Irish farmhouse
Irish linen napkins in silver rings
It's not an "American" St. Patrick's table
But rather one that one might find in a farmhouse in Ireland
if the mistress of the farmhouse had company for lunch!
Blue and white dishes, white damask linen napkins and a riot of yellow violas for the centerpiece
My Irish friends enjoyed my simple lunch
of creamy Irish potato and rosemary soup, Irish soda bread, and a salad of Kale, cabbage and Brussels sprouts. Dessert was more American than Irish -- a creme de menthe cake which was green (from the creme de menthe) but had a chocolate and a whipped cream topping.
(It tasted like a Girl Scout thin mint cookie!)
And on Wednesday,
The Lunch Bunch plus one
The one being the daughter of one Lunch Buncher
She was in town and we switched days so she could come
The same tablecloth, napkins and centerpiece
But the Aynsley Pembroke china, a menu with yellow violas on it,
and some wee iron birds that were a Christmas gift from the Lunch Bunch one year
I adore birds, in dishes and on the table
And admired the Pembroke for a long long time
And having given my Wedgwood to Daughter Sarah when she married,
I could indulge in the Pembroke
It is amazing, isn't it
What a change of dish ware can do to change a table!
A whole new look!
And a whole new menu!
A tea room lunch -- we started with the silver basket full of miniature cheddar herb scones which had been dipped in butter, the entree was cream of white bean soup and a pasta salad -- sun dried tomatoes and arugula with bow tie pasta salad. And dessert was a Meyer lemon curd tartlet -- my own lemon curd in a tartlet shell and decorated with a candied lemon slice and more of the yellow violas.
It's Thursday and I'm joining Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday