Mansfield Opinion

Women’s Division hosts tablescapes luncheon

For those who enjoy entertaining, particularly with the holidays approaching, the key to being the consummate hostess is creating a table setting with flair and panache. To get your creative juices flowing on the latest designs in tablescapes, make plans to attend the Tablescapes Luncheon on Oct. 16 at Walnut Creek Country Club.

Each table at the luncheon hosted by the Women’s Division of the Chamber of Commerce will be elaborately decorated with a different theme that you may want to replicate on your table to wow your guests with their first impression as they enter your home for a memorable dining experience. The decorating themes are as varied as there are special occasions to celebrate including holidays, showers or any special day.

“Mansfield Women’s Division third annual Tablescapes Luncheon is a fun yet spirited competition of our members and guests using their imaginations and creativity to raise money to support the Mansfield area through scholarships and other benevolent programs,” said Kim McClure, a Women’s Division officer.

You need to see some of the tables to believe how spectacular they are many are worthy of being featured on television food shows. A tough job awaits the judges who will choose winners of the best overall tablescape, most creative and best use of theme.

Chairing the event and competing for the third year in a row is Theresa Cohagen, tourism manager for Mansfield Convention & Visitors Bureau, fearlessly facing another year of stiff competition. Cohagen would not release details about her design but reluctantly revealed that her Hawaiian tropical-themed table, named the TIKI TRI, will officially launch Mansfield’s upcoming 125th anniversary celebration.

“This luncheon has grown to be the must-attend event in three short years. I am excited to see the creative table designs that our competitive business ladies put on display,” said Cohagen. Although most tables remain a secret until the day of the event, news leaked that one table will have a Weird Science theme and another design will incorporate elements of the Kentucky Derby.

Those interested in sponsoring a table and the opportunity to create a tablescape have until Oct. 9 to sign up. New this year will be additional advertising exposure for companies and businesses hosting/designing a table at the event.

“Mansfield is fortunate to have such a dedicated and creative group of businesswomen from the chamber that are part of the Tablescapes Luncheon,” writes Mayor David Cook. “Many of the creations you see highlight something unique and special about the community.”

Proceeds from the event will fund scholarships for young women in Mansfield ISD and other Women’s Division programs. Tickets are $50 each and table sponsorships are $500 (includes eight tickets). Contact Cohagen at 817-804-5785 or or call the chamber at 817-473-0507.