Dear Friend Anne had a birthday today
And we celebrated at lunch
But we also celebrated at Linderhof
In the dining room
The blue and white always sets a pretty table
And Husband Jim takes great pains on the wines we will serve
Linderhof's table for company
A lace cloth, damask napkins in silver rings, Jim's grandmother's cutlery, and blue and white transfer ware
And I love these shots
When the guests are gone
When the candles have burned low
When there are empty plates, wine glasses and wine bottles
It's a picture of a fun time!
And we served . . .
Bruchetta in the parlor with pre dinner drinks
A simple tomato, basil, garlic and olive oil on grilled bread
After the salads . . .
Ina Garten's eggplant gratin
(the guest of honor is a eggplant parmesan fan
This is a close second
And I recipe that I make a lot of in the summer
It is so good!
And all Italian meals should have a pasta course
Gina Stipos bolognese sauce over penne pasta
(for dinner parties I prefer "formable" pasta
No "slurps" at Linderhof!
And the honoree' favorite dessert -- anything lemon!
A Provencal lemon cake filled with lemon curd, another dollop of curd on top, whipped cream and a lemon slice
It's a very fine cake!
And of course, for birthdays there needs to be gifts . . .
A tin of Opera Fudge
A conectionary treat from her childhood home in Lebanon, Pennsylvania
She was surprised not only at the tin of fudge
But that I had made it!
It's Thursday and I'm sharing my table with Susan at Between Naps On the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.