When the food looks like this, who needs a centerpiece? I'm posting a few photographs from a little reception we hosted at a local museum a couple weeks ago. We had a loaned exhibit from the Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum, so we needed to have a reception. I had the event catered, but designed a menu of foods that Lincoln loved ... and served in his White House! We don't burn candles in the museum, so I wanted a little glitz ... so we filled glass vases with ornaments ... but stuck to autumn colors ... then continued the ornaments in a floral ring around the punch bowl. The menu included smoked beef tenderloin on biscuits ... favorites of Abe's ... gingerbread, lemon cake ... and chicken liver pate. All these things are documented favorites of Abe Lincoln ... and all were served at White House receptions during his presidency.