Infant Welfare Tablescapes brings chalet chic to Midwest

Bringing luxury outdoors is the theme of one of the showcased tables at the Infant Welfare's annual Tablescapes charity event - inspired by one Hinsdale businesswoman's love of entertaining outdoors, in elevated style.

When Irene Wood, founder of The Fields, South Haven's award-winning glamping destination, decided to sponsor the "Fireside" tablescape, she immediately knew she wanted to evoke a feeling of chalet-chic. By incorporating furs, vintage china and live-edge wood cutting boards to her table's décor, alongside one of her signature canvas glamping tents, Wood could bring a little bit of the mountainside to the Midwest.

"The inspiration behind this tablescape is taking my favorite meal with friends at my favorite Aspen restaurant and making it feel luxurious and authentic here," Wood said. "This is my nod to bringing Aspen to the Midwest."

Wood added that while hosting is her profession, it's even more meaningful to host for a greater cause.

The Infant Welfare Society of Chicago's Hinsdale Auxiliary will once again hold its annual Tablescapes "Gather" luncheon from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 13, at the Hilton Oak Brook Hills Resort to raise funds for the Angel Harvey Family Heath Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago.

"Living in and around Hinsdale, we are so fortunate that friendship is celebrated and we have opportunities to take an afternoon to gather with friends," Hinsdale Auxiliary President Danielle Tuck said. "The fact that this particular gathering raises funds for a wonderful cause makes it even better. Our member-designed tables are themed to different gatherings ... and (guests) can drop their raffle tickets in to win all of the beautiful items on the tables."

More than 400 event-goers are expected to attend for an afternoon of boutique shopping, lunch and of course viewing the themed tables on display. Alongside "Fireside," guests will have the opportunity to win other themed tables including "Ladies Brunch" and "Lakeside Cottage."

The event's goal is to raise more than $75,000 for the Angel Harvey Family Health Center. The center has continued serving the health needs of the community during the pandemic, welcoming new babies through their Angel Baby birth groups and providing dentistry, counseling and occupational and speech therapy to medically underserved and vulnerable families in the Chicagoland area.

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HHS luncheon

Discussing topics ranging from traditional home décor trends to sourcing fine art, four panelists will speak on the timeless art of interior design at the Hinsdale Historical Society's annual luncheon, Bringing Back Color ... In a New Way on Thursday, March 10.

Panelists Christina Dandar of The Potted Boxwood, senior designer Jenny Holladay of Summer Thornton Designs, art dealer and curator Hope Lloyd Brown and Sarah Vaile of Sarah Vaile Interiors will share their insights on why interior design is important to them and how it's ever evolving.

For Dallas' Christina Dandar, traditional home décor and a passion for architecture led her to start the Potted Boxwood, then a side gig while in graduate school at Southern Methodist University. Nearly a decade later and with more than 150,000 followers, she showcases Dallas' timeless homes and luxurious design inspirations.

"While in college, many friends referred to my style as 'grandma,' " said Dandar, who is a guest of luncheon co-chair and event sponsor Anna Fiascone. "I was never quite offended, because I knew I had a very stylish grandmother who bought things to last a lifetime and never followed trends."

In addition to interior design, Dandar has recently discovered a passion for historic preservation while seeing several historically significant Dallas homes meet their fate by wrecking ball.

"It was heartbreaking to watch homes with history vanish block after block. I have been active spreading awareness about preservation on my social media," she said.

At the luncheon, which will be held at 11 a.m. at the Hinsdale Golf Club in Clarendon Hills, the historical society will unveil its inaugural commemorative tea towel and a new award to recognize an outstanding steward of Hinsdale's history.

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- Alexis Braden of Hinsdale is the paper's society columnist.