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.

Saturday, May 13, 2017

A Ladies Meeting

I remember as a child going with Mother sometimes to her ladies meetings.
Why I didn't stay at home with my brother and my father, I don't know
but I didn't . . . and I felt so grown up!

Dessert and coffee were served after the meeting
(and I must not have been bored for there was the promise of cake
and mother took me to more than one so I must have been good!)

Last night, ladies met at Linderhof . . . 

The table set up in the dining room
With teacups in Spode's blue room
(I have a lot of those)
as well as Spode Blue Italian
(the nice thing about liking blue and white china, it all works together!
so you can use it when you have a crowd!)

My common glass plates that I bought eons ago -- 50 of them for $1 each
And I have used them over and over again in place of paper goods.
I cannot tell you how much I've saved by using glass instead of paper
And it's just a bit nicer whenever you use "real" dishes!

The centerpiece is "borrowed" -- my new favorite petunia, Indian Summer, bought
for the mother's at church tomorrow but I snagged them and put them pot and all in
one of my blue and white bowls.     Their color is a good compliment to the blue and white!

Dessert was simple:

Gingerbread with a maple cream sauce to spoon over the top
(the sauce topped with some freshly grated nutmeg)
The ladies pronounced it "delicious"!

And in the middle of my meeting, I had an "aha" moment . . . 
Too many ladies, not enough tables and each lady would have a cup and saucer and a plate of cake and a fork to eat it with!
My original plan of clear glass plates for cake and a cup and sauce for tea

would not work!

In mother's day, everyone had those little "hostess sets"
The big glass plate and the little matching cup
which could hold either punch or coffee

For meetings (both social and church), for showers
Each woman had at least a dozen and if you expected more,
a friend would lend you theirs.

You can find them at flea markets and such, although not totally all there.
They're often cheap enough.
And they do make a lot of sense . . . a big plate, a cup that fits on it so that you can hold it in one hand and eat your cake with the other and then sip your beverage . . . 

Halfway through the meeting, I had an idea . . . 
I brought out my Spode Blue Room dinner plates,
took the glass plates back to the cupboard
and stacked the saucers in the kitchen . . . 

I made my own hostess set . . .

A Spode Blue Room or Blue Italian dinner plate
The cup filled with tea, dessert and a fork
Worked just as well as the hostess set
And actually there was one less dish to wash
(no saucer!)

If you're ever faced with a similar situation, look no further than your cupboard
A dinner plate and matching cup
makes a great "hostess" set when you have the ladies over for a meeting!


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Francie Newcomb said...

Aha! Great save, Martha! It's such a good idea too. I love making the regular things work instead of buying special dishes. And your blue and white is so pretty!

Veronica said...

Great idea!

Louca por porcelana said...

Marvelous blue and white pieces!So elegant!

Thickethouse.wordpress said...

Those glass sets are the exact same ones I have 50 of, but have now passed on to my oldest daughter. I'm not entertaining more than family nowadays....Your table looks lovely, as always.

Kaleigh said...

Thanks for the great article