Leave it to Northwood Woman’s Club to have fun while fundraising. And they took full advantage of Halloween for their annual Dine By Design with tablesettings dressed to the nines while guests costumed up on Thursday, October 31, at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel. Here’s a report from the field:
Lions, tigers and bears, oh my, along with witches, elves, Uncle Sam, cowgirls and more – these were the guests who arrived in their Halloween attire to celebrate the Northwood Woman’s Club Bewitching Holidays Dine by Design fundraising luncheon on Thursday, October 31.
Guests were treated to a feast for the eyes with creatively adorned holiday-themed tables while strolling through the beautifully appointed room at the recently renovated Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel. Co-Chairs Ann Lemmons, Debbie Sedwick and Marty Williams selected the ‘any’ holiday theme for this festive event and were decked out as bewitching witches.
The tablescapes on parade provided fun and colorful eye candy created by NWC members and Dallas area designers. The holiday themes included delightfully gourd-geous Fall designs, scary Halloween and Day of the Dead creations featuring spooky skeletons. There were tables with giant-size bunnies, a life-sized turkey, a lovely green and white table celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. Christmas tables were adorned with an adorable schoolhouse theme, a Partridge in a Pear tree, an Irish Christmas featuring a fantastic collection of Irish characters and a snow village which made you want to sing ‘Let It Snow.’ Mother’s Day, New Year’s Eve and Chinese New Year were all displayed in their finest. Several tables were decked out in the stars and stripes to celebrate America. There was even a Cowboy’s Tailgate table. While not really a holiday, to Cowboy’s fans, game day is always a holiday.
All this fanfare was designed for some Halloween fun as well as to promote fundraising for the NWC non-profits chosen for the 2019-2020 year. While this was the first fundraiser of the year, NWC President Jan Folmar, adorned in her queenly garb, stated, “We’re excited about our partnerships with four amazing non-profits, Bonton Farms, Bryan’s House, Dallas Life and Emily’s Place. This spook-tacular event is a great way to kick off our annual fundraising to support these partners.”
Gay, orange and white polka-dotted Trick or Treat boxes were offered for $35 each and sold quickly. Prizes included gift cards to area restaurants, spa treatments, jewelry and more. A special treat, or trick, a tour of Big City Crushed Concrete, donated by NWC member Barbara Brown, was won by NWC Member Liz Martin who thought her 9 and 11-year-old grandchildren would love the tour.
Members and guests were treated to a fabulous lunch while seated at lovely tables dressed up with flowers provided by Fleurt Flowers. While enjoying lunch, entertainment was provided by Goga who sang a wide-variety of music from classic to pop and rock. His rousing rendition of “We Are Family” prompted spontaneous dancing and then a conga-line around the room. Needless to say, it was a boo-tiful event!
NWC is in its 51st year as an all-volunteer organization committed to supporting Dallas area non-profits through volunteer time and financial support with a membership of over 300.
* Photo provided by Northwood Woman's Club