Last weekend I had a nice ladies luncheon, just some time with friends to chat and have fun, away from the meetings where we usually see each other. It is always fun to do this sort of thing, time to relax and enjoy the friendships. I wanted to have this on the veranda, but the weather didn’t cooperate, raining for a few days including that Saturday. So, lunch was moved to the dining table. I was inspired by violets this time. I have a lovely collection of small china pieces with violets, that I wanted to use on the table.
So, that called for purple on the table. I didn’t have anything I wanted to use, so I whipped up a quick table topper with violet fabric. I’ll show you that in detail HERE. I put it on top of a Battenburg runner.
Adding the Mason Jar candles, I changed out the flowers inside to purple and yellow.
I wanted the table to be feminine, so I used my mother’s embroidered placemats. These are so pretty that it is almost a shame to cover them up with dishes, LOL!
But I did, with my bright gold chargers.
I added my white stoneware plates, and topped those with the pretty yellow salad plates. I added some white napkins with delicate embroidered flowers, tied them with lavendar ribbon.
So, starting to look pretty good.
We might want coffee with the dessert, so the china coffee cups I rarely get to use went on next. Ever heard the saying “in for a penny in for a pound”? I figured, if I am using the china cups, let’s go all out and use the china plates too. So I swapped the stoneware plates out for my white on white china plates. After all, my friends are worth the extra elegance.
I added the salt and pepper shakers to each setting.
At each end of the table, I put one of my sets of lead crystal cream and sugar sets. I have several, and cannot bear to give any of them away.
In the center, on the table topper, I placed a lavendar color basket. I wish my violets would bloom, but in lieu of those, I used two small pots of begonias in white.
Some cut glass water glasses went on the table too, but I only have four of these. So, the end settings got cut glass stems.
The finished table was light and springtime fresh.
I made some place cards too, continuing the violet theme. These were simple purple cards folded in half, with the violet stamped on white stock and punched out. Each lady had her name on one. I’ll show you those in more detail in another post.
For the menu, I started with an appetizer course, then the main course followed by dessert and coffee.
Main Course – Mushroom and Onion Quiche (except that I used a prepared crust this time), Goat Cheese Crescent Pinwheels, more crudites and more wine
We had a great time, and I look forward to doing another luncheon soon. We were having so much fun and great conversation, that they all stayed most of the afternoon. We ate at a leisurely pace, and had lots of time between courses for chatting.
Do you get together for luncheons with friends?