|Table set for Lunch|
Tomorrow would have been my mother's 86th birthday. She joined my Dad in heaven a year ago this coming July. My dear friend Barbara is in town from Italy and I always love having a lunch for her when she gets here. She is one of those friends that you just love to be around - she is kind, warm and you always leave her presence feeling better. So I am combining the two occasions and having a ladies lunch!
My mother could have written a book on entertaining. She was an amazing hostess and she was Martha before Martha. Not in the crafty do it yourself way but in the way that her generation appreciated. My parents had a very busy life, they traveled all over the world and my Dad had his hand in politics on both sides of the aisle. He was an indiscriminate critic. As such they entertained a great deal. My mother threw two major dinner parties each year - for 100 people sit down dinner in our apt - as well as smaller dinners throughout the year. She planned each and every one with immaculate attention to detail. She planned the tables months in advance and the tables were always set two days before the dinner. Her philosophy was that you should always be a guest at your own party.
My parents lifestyle was the result of the American dream. Both children of immigrants and the depression they literally pulled themselves up by their bootstraps. When they got married they used orange crates for furniture - they were poor and proud and wanted to better themselves. As a result of their hard work they were able to achieve their goal of a better life. During their lives they accumulated a lot of "things" - which while not necessary for happiness now represent to my brother and me and our children the life that they lived.
As I set the table yesterday my parents were both there. The bird plates are plates that they bought at an auction, the tablecloth and napkins were from our dinner table, the pink glasses and glass plates were my grandmothers. I am lucky to have these memories!
|Placesetting with family treasures|
|Pink and White tulips|
I am off to the kitchen to make desserts (I always serve three) and to start prepping the luncheon menu. Stayed tuned for more recipes and entertaining tips!