Thursday, April 26, 2012

Lunch for Two Lovely Ladies

In 2007 I had the privilege of getting to know  a lovely young woman  who is from England, but lives in Michigan because of her husband's career.  Her mum still lives in England but is here  visiting, so I invited them to lunch today.  The welcome flag was hung to greet them.

The table was set.  I had never heard of layering table linens until  2008 when I attended "An Occasion for Tea" sponsored by Tea Time Magazine, and designer April Cornell did a presentation on layering.   She began with a floor length under cloth, covered with a tablecloth, and a mini-cloth in the center [or a table runner], and place mats.   Ever since seeing her presentation, I often layer my table linens.

I used my pink Depression glass dishes.  I only had two berry bowls, so my girlfriend suggested I "re-purpose" my juice glasses [cherry blossom pattern] and use them for fruit. I liked her idea and it worked perfectly.  Pattern of the dinner plates and teacups and saucers is Sharon.

I used my Fenton Epergne for the centerpiece.  It's low and doesn't obstruct vision.

We began with tomato dill bisque.  [Bowls are Manhattan pattern]  I normally don't like to take photos once my guests arrive, but they read my blog and were very gracious about taking photos so I wouldn't have to recreate the lunch afterwards.

Green fruits in jasmine tea syrup [honeydew melon balls, seedless green grapes and kiwi] followed the soup.

I shaped corn tortillas into salad bowls for our southwest chicken salad.

We concluded with a simple dessert of raspberry sherbet.  Our tea throughout the meal was  Lemon Jade Green Tea from Simpson & Vail.

I so enjoyed my guests and our time spent together around the table.


  1. Tea-lightful lunch and table, Phyllis.

  2. Beautiful table, delicious menu!

  3. I'll bet your guests went home raving about their luncheon! I love everything, from the banner that greeted them to the pretty pink wares and the delicious menu!

  4. How pretty your pink glassware is over the layered table linens! Your luncheon was a treat for the eyes.

  5. Beautful! I like the gold flatwear. I have a set of gold, too - and it's very special.


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