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.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

Five for One - One for Five

I find that often it is easier to entertain
"in groups"
For you can reuse or 
"cook once/serve twice"

Last week we had a birthday dinner for a dear friend

The beautiful bouquet of yellow carnations in a silver bowl was the centerpiece.
Not florists bought but grocery store flowers that I arranged myself

It looked lovely on the dining room table
with the silver candlesticks
on the table covered with a lace tablecloth
Spode Blue Room plates
White damask napkins in silver rings
And Jim's grandmother's cutlery

That was on Tuesday night . . . 

On Wednesday 

The same tablecloth, the same flowers and candles
But instead of dinner for 8 it was luncheon for four
Damask napkins in the silver rings and Jim's grandmother's cutlery
The Aynsley Pembroke and antique wine glasses
(for it was a celebratory lunch and called for wine!)

on Friday

The flowers once again graced the table
sans silver candlesticks
And since the table was back to it's "normal" size a difference lace tablecloth
Again silver rings held the damask napkins
And Spode Blue Room once again is dinnerware of choice!

This Tuesday
(a week from the birthday dinner party)

We had another dinner party
The candlesticks are back
More damask napkins in silver rings
Jim's grandmother's cutlery and Spode Blue Room

And today . . . Wednesday

Luncheon again for four
Damask napkins in silver rings
Jim's grandmother's cutlery
Spode Blue Room

The flowers still look as they did over a week ago
When we first arranged them for the birthday dinner
$10 is all I spent on the flowers
And I certainly got my money's worth out of them!

The menus were all different
From pork roast to pork chops and salmon and chicken and fried green tomatoes 
in between.

We enjoy having company over
Sharing our table with dear friends

And although I don't have nearly as many different dishes
as some do, the blue Spode to me is timeless
And always sets a pretty table.
And since I (and sometimes Jim) were the only "repeats" at the table,
it didn't matter if that same centerpiece served for five separate meals!

It's Friday and I'm sharing my parties with Michael at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday.


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Wow Martha, you have been a busy entertainer, how fun! Your home always seems so welcoming, I'm sure your guests are always happy for the invite. :)
Your tablecloth is so pretty and I recognize your Aynsley Pembroke because we had some pieces at a sale last week and I had to look them up.
Have a wonderful weekend,

Anonymous said...

You were busy. You set a beautiful table!!

Sandra said...

You certainly know how to set an inviting table. The flowers were perfect for each and every meal. And you are right about the dishes. No need to have different sets for every occasion. I love your tablecloth, candlesticks, everything!!!

Francie Newcomb said...

Martha, each of your tables is beautiful! I don't know how you do it-- how can you even keep track of all those parties and how can you even get everyone invited? You're amazing!

Pat said...

Your centerpiece is definitely "florists quality", dear friend!!!
I adore the arrangement!!! Something I still strive for is floral arranging!!!
I adore your Timeless Classic Blue and White dinnerware!!!
The Aynsley Pembroke, too, is Classic and makes my heart swoon!!!
Has to be the feathered bird's tail!!! (wink!)
Thank you for the gentle reminder that it's alright to purchase 'real' flowers!!!
I always reach for faux. . .but perhaps, I'll give "the real deal" a chance, soon!!!
Thank you for sharing and inspiring!!!

Rue said...

It certainly looked like a centerpiece done by a florist! You did a beautiful job and definitely got your money's worth. All the table setting were very beautiful :)