It’s so fun to get together with your girl friends, especially durning the holidays! What better way than to have a luncheon!
For the past few years I’ve held a Harvest luncheon or a Friendsgiving luncheon with friends and family. Instead of exchanging gifts we give the amount we would have spent on a gift to an animal rescue shelter in the area.I work with a few rescues and they all are in such need of food, toys, bedding and funds for vet bills. We all are so excited to contribute! Any amount helps!!!
A Friends Giving Table Setting
This year I want to make my luncheon a little special! I’m using china, chargers, and glasses with a gold etching around the rim. They blend well with the my china as the dishes are also trimmed in gold. The china set was a gift from my brother years ago. It’s very special to me, it’s befitting with the meaning of this luncheon.
The color of the plates are a little untraditional for fall but i’ll add a little mixture of fall colors to give my table a fall vibe.
This set has a hint of soft pink, touch’s of brown, and a hint of gold around the edges of the dishes.
I’ve added a brown table cloth as my backdrop, pink napkins to accent the plates and little gold touches throughout the table.
The center piece I’m creating for the table is all real except for the eucalyptus spray. All the flowers are from my yard. I cut some this morning! The weather has been so beautiful and my flowers are still growing! I layered the flowers onto the spray and arrange the flowers around the leaves.
Adding some dried eucalyptus and a few twigs from the yard. Isn’t it the best when you can add nature to your decor!
A place setting
Adding touches of gold brought out the little gold etching in the plates. My gold silverware doesn’t really get much use during the year, but during the holiday’s it does double duty! I also added a charger, it gave my settings a little something extra!
My napkin rings are a pretty brushed gold.
The glasses are simple with a gold rim.
I added a few tall thin gold candlesticks, they are thin enough not to obstruct our view. I’ve added a few clear votives with solar candles on the table as well, they give a nice ambience to the table!
The table is set for some very special guest! I hope they will feel relaxed and a little pampered at our luncheon!
I also made a sweet treat a Gluten Free pumpkin Spice Cake i’ll serve for dessert. I’ve included the recipe at the bottom of the post.
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GLUTEN FREE PUMPKIN SPICE CAKE
- BUNDT PAN
- KITCHEN AIDE MIXER/ HAND MIXER
- MEASURNING CUPS
- Measuring spoons
- MIXING BOWL
- 2 CUPS GLUTEN FREE KING ARTHUR 1:1 FLOUR
- 2 TSP GLUTEN FREE BAKING SODA
- 1/2 TSP GLUTEN FREE BAKING POWDER
- 1/2 TSP CINNAMON
- 1 TSP PUMPKIN PIE SPICE
- 1 TSP GINGER
- 1/2 TSP GROUND NUTMEG
- 2 1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR
- 3 LARGE EGGS
- 1/2 CUP SOUR CREAM
- 1 TBSP GLUTEN FREE PURE VANILLA
- 1/2 CUP CANOLA OIL
- 2/3 CUP WATER
- 1 15 0Z CAN OF PURE PUMPKIN
- PREHEAT OVEN TO 350 F
- GREASE THE BUNDT PAN WITH OIL AND DUST WITH COCOA POWER, POWDERED SUGAR, OR GLUTEN FREE FLOUR
- IN A BOWL COMBINE ALL THE DRY INGREDIENTS, FLOUR, BAKING SODA, BAKING POWDER, GROUND CINNAMON, GROUND GINGER, NUTMEG, PUMPKIN SPICE. SET ASIDE
- IN A MIXING BOWL COMBINED SUGAR AND EGGS, MIX AT MEDIUM SPEED UNTIL FLUFFY NEXT ADD SOUR CREAM, OIL, VANILLA AND PUMPKIN PUREE, MIX WELL
- ADD HALF THE FLOUR AND 1/3 OF THE WATER TO YOUR WET MIXTURE ADDING 1/3 OF EACH AGAIN AND THEN THE REST WHILE MIXING WELL
- POUR BATTER INTO THE PREPARED BUNDT PAN
- TAP PAN GENTLY ON THE COUNTER TO REMOVE ANY BUBBLES
- BAKE FOR 50-60 MINUTES ON THE CENTER RACK
- COOL FOR 15 MIN BEFORE REMOVING FROM THE PAN
- WHEN COOLED SPRINKLE POWER SUGAR ACROSS THE TOP OF THE CAKE