Last week I wanted to have some friends over for lunch and chat time. It has been a while since I had some gal time, so I planned a nice day for the veranda. The pots were all planted, flowers blooming all over, and I thought it would be nice to have a meal on the outdoor table. So I invited some friends, planned a menu, decided on a color scheme for a tablescape and got excited about two new recipes I was developing. And then, it decided to rain on the day of the luncheon. So, instead of setting up outside, I set the table in the library in front of the sliding doors so we could have a view. Better to have the meal inside than not at all! So, I spread a tablecloth over the table, brought the pots with the pink flowers inside, and cut some pink hydrangeas for vases to complete a centerpiece.
I wanted pink and green to be the main colors. The green napkins I have were either too dark or too yellow, so I decided to go with white. Pulling out the white ones, I found I only had four. But, I can sew, and I have white fabric. I went down to the basement and whipped up six white napkins on my serger. Do you need to do this sometime? I have a tutorial on Serging Perfect Napkins for you (and also tells how to do it with a sewing machine). These only took me a half hour to run up.
I tied pink ribbons to the acrylic napkin rings to add a bit more pink to the table.
The colors were pulled from these wonderful salad/soup plates that I got at the thrift store. They are deep enough for a light serving of soup or salad, yet shallow enough for use as a lunch plate. I love the design and the scalloped edge.
Green chargers were set on the table, topped with my white stoneware and the pink salad plates. Individual salt and pepper shakers go at each setting, along with everyday flatware and pretty wine glasses.
Can you tell that it is raining outside? At least it was light enough to get some pictures of the table.
Place cards had a small bird, and a sentiment “Your friendship is like a song of spring”, from a Stampin’ Up set.
The wine glasses were a thrift store score, Gorham lead crystal for 25 cents each, and they came with the little wine charms too.
Our luncheon began with a new recipe I developed for a chilled corn crab soup. Recipe shared HERE.
Spinach salad was one of the main course salads, with fresh grated Parmesan cheese, tomatoes and blueberries.
Blueberry vinaigrette for the salad is another new recipe, but that one will have to wait as I am going to enter it in the State Fair competition. I’ll share it after the competition is over. Ranch was also provided so guests had their choice. I use this cut crystal sugar and creamer set more often for dressings and condiments than I do for their intended purpose. I set the blueberry vinaigrette in a depression glass dish to keep the drips off my white tablecloth.
Asian chow mein noodles were passed in a separate dish so my gluten free friends could skip the crunchies, but the others could add them to their salads if they liked.
The other main course salad was a pasta salad with bacon, cheese and tomatoes (not gluten free). This lovely glass bowl was my mother’s, one of her favorite dishes for serving. It holds memories as well as food.
Dessert was a frozen strawberry treat made with fresh strawberries, strawberry yogurt, and bourbon. I found the recipe on the internet, and it was nice to do once, but I doubt I’ll do it again. I added fresh whipped cream and a chocolate dipped strawberry on top to make it a bit more special.
The hydrangeas stayed fresh for several days past the luncheon. We’ve enjoyed them on the pub table since the luncheon.
Have you had a fun day with friends recently?