Serviettes and Menus at Het Loo

I promise you this is the last Christmas at Palace Het Loo in Apeldoorn post. But there was so much to see this time. Apart from Christmas trees, Christmas decoration and festive tables, in the right wing of the palace there were also serviettes and really nice: menu cards. If you had time you could try to fold your own serviettes, not that I tried as I was already far too tired and wanted to have a quick stroll through the shopping streets of Apeldoorn on my way back to the railway station.

Of course a festive (royal) table needs folded damask serviettes. That was already the case in the 16th century, and still is. Until the 18th century the royal courts loved animal figures, which still looks great to my opinion, but of course it is time consuming. Here is a website with a few rather modern examples, and here are more.

The menus are, depending on the occasion I guess, either in French, Dutch or English. The small exhibition in showcases showed some of the menus of the most important occasions of the past century, like christenings, marriages and inaugurations, and even some from the second part of the 19th century. But there were also menus from less important occasions. I can’t say that all of my photos turned out well, likely because the corridor was pretty dark and the cards tiny and behind glass. But here are a few nice examples anyway.

In case you are looking for some inspiration, here are some of the menus.

State banquet, Royal Palace, Amsterdam, 27 March 2017

Smoked salmon mousse and caviar

Crême fraîche sauce with cucumber


Oxtail consommé with Madeira

Truffle crêpes and fresh herbs


Roast Anjou pigeon

Beetroot sauce

Courgettes, green beans and kohlrabi

Potato gratin with thyme




Diner du 6 Septembre 1898 (inauguration Queen Wilhelmina)

Potage à la d’Orsay


Truite du lac Léman glacée, sauce Vénitienne


Jambon de York à la Salamanca


Pâté de chapons de Breda à l’Impératrice, sauce mireille

Chaufroix d’ortolans à la Châtelaine


Perdreaux rôtis, bread-sauce, cresson

Salade Mexicaine


Céleri à l’Espagnole


Macédoine de fruits Montebello

Bombe Souveraine

Gâteaux Delgius


Fromage de Dyon


Fruits – Dessert


Dîner du 30 avril 1980 (inauguration Queen Beatrix)

Paupiettes de sole farcie

Sauce verte

Pouilly Fuissé 1973


Selle d’agneau de lait


Château Gruaud Larose 1962


Glace aux fraises

Taittinger blanc de blancs 1973


Dinner 29 April 2013 (evening before King Willem-Alexander’s inauguration)

Lobster tail with a quenelle of baeri caviar

crème fraîche lime sauce


Oxtail clair


Roast fillet of venison with beech mushrooms

Sauce of rosemary and thyme


White asparagus tips and runner beans

Potato mousseline with fine herbs


Lambada strawberries and limoncello cream

Strawberry meringue

Strawberry coulins



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