I donate a gift certificate to non-profits for the opportunity to join me for lunch.
Friend Malinda joined me today and invited Whitney and Michelle to join her.
The table in the dining room set for four
No tablecloth but placemats and matching napkins -- from April Cornell
The Spode blue room and because there are birds on the placemats and napkins . . .
there are also birds on the table
(a Christmas gift from The Lunch Bunch)
Garden flowers in a blue and white Spode bowl
This time of year, I often use my unplanted bedding plants for centerpieces.
After the party is over, I plant them in the garden.
These are petunias and a new variety (or at least to me) --
A wonderful petunia that's yellow and coral and peach
(depending on how much sun they get)
I adore them!
There's always a menu.
Since there are birds on the placemats and birds on the table,
there needs to be birds on the menu
It's been hot on the prairie so I opted for a cool lunch --
Anna Pump's chicken with basil cream (a chicken salad full of summer flavors)
a chilled zucchini soup
(I adore cold vegetable soups in the summer and they are so easy)
And corn madeleines
Dessert was seasonal as well --
A cherry tart
Served with coffee
We had a grand time visiting. And I was sorry to see them go!
Often with one of my donated luncheons, I get to meet new friends
And this lunch was no exception