What an honor it was to be the speaker at the Jubilee chapter of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs, “Tablescape — Simply Southern with a Touch of Class.”
The Jubilee chapter of the club has hosted this fundraiser for the past three years and this year was a total sell-out! Members decorated tables with the most creative, beautiful themes you can imagine. This Alice in Wonderland table had me totally captivated, with adorable details at every place.
The event was held in the church hall of Spanish Fort Presbyterian Church, and the ladies who attended looked as pretty and colorful as the tables. GFWC was founded in 1896 and has chapters around the world, but I doubt any of the other clubs have events as lovely as this.
There was a silent auction with so many fabulous items. I bid on a beach weekend get-away, because you know I can’t get enough of the beach, but alas . . . I didn’t win. Maybe I can tag along with whoever did!
This farm themed table was adorable and had a large windmill centerpiece you can see in one of the following photos. I loved the rustic touches with the fine china in a floral pattern. The proceeds from this event will go to help fund the club’s efforts to curb human trafficking and domestic violence.
I didn’t get a photo of the food served, because I dove into it the minute it was placed in front of me, and let me tell you, it tasted as good as it looked. A salad smorgasbord with pasta, fruit, pimento cheese, slaw and the best chicken salad ever was only topped by the chocolate mousse dessert. All the cooking was done by talented club member Lyn Stuart, who just happens to be a member of the Alabama Supreme Court. I’m telling you, this is one talented and well-rounded group of women!
I was seated at the Kentucky Derby table, and had I known, you know I would have worn a big hat!
I spoke about how volunteering can often lead to finding a new gift or passion in your life and how my volunteer experience of writing dreaded emails to volunteers who are usually less-than-happy to get more emails, turned into writing this blog, and ultimately my job with the newspaper.
See? You never know what fun new skill you’ll find if you only take the step to branch out and volunteer in your community! Thanks so much to the Jubilee GFWC for inviting me to their amazing luncheon. It was a wonderful memory to treasure.