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Women to have a night out at Holiday Tables

“Every Girls Night Out Is a Celebration” is the theme of one of the Holiday Tables on display next week at the Wichita Center for the Arts.
“Every Girls Night Out Is a Celebration” is the theme of one of the Holiday Tables on display next week at the Wichita Center for the Arts. The Wichita Eagle

One of the first holiday events of the season – Holiday Tables – takes place next week, featuring 36 festively decorated tables in the galleries of the Wichita Center for the Arts.

New this year is a women’s night out on Thursday night. It will feature a viewing of the decorated tables, food, drink and a fashion show emceed by Bonnie Bing. The show will preview a collection of vintage designer clothing and handbags donated by Liz Koch and Susan and Samantha Rudd that is coming to the center in early 2015.

Women’s night out also happens to be the theme of one of the tables that will be featured – a display by a group of friends who get together once a month. The theme for their table is “Every Girls’ Night Out Is a Celebration.”

The Center for the Arts’ volunteer group, Designing Women, puts on Holiday Tables every year as a fundraiser for the center. The tables are decorated not only for the holidays but also for other festive occasions.

The women’s night out will be 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.; tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door. There also will be the traditional preview party of Holiday Tables from 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, inspired by Spanish tapas. Tickets are $75; reservations are required.

Holiday Tables itself runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday through Nov. 8. Tickets are $10. In addition to the table displays decorated by individuals, nonprofit groups and businesses, the event will have a boutique of holiday items from Traditions Home and homemade baked items, and lunch will be served for $12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day.

The “Girls’ Night Out” table combines decorating and fashion. Evening gowns will be draped over the backs of the chairs, and a pair of high heels will be sitting on each chair so that it looks as if the women are just set to get ready for a night out. The women who are decorating the table will themselves will be at the event on Thursday dressed in gowns.

Lana Charles – a former Mrs. Kansas and retired nurse who loves color and decorating and whose living room “looks like Pier 1” – took the inspiration for the table from a set of dinnerware that she loves. The plates, appropriately enough, feature the faces of women.

Charles’ group of seven friends, some of whom have known each other for 35 years, get together once a month, usually eating out or taking turns hosting the group at home. They’ve done this for 25 years. They like to try new restaurants, but December’s dinner celebrating Christmas is always in a corner booth at Ya Ya’s.

They also routinely do a good turn for someone else during their get-togethers, and donating to the Center for the Arts through the Holiday Tables event is one of those times.

Reach Annie Calovich at 316-268-6596 or acalovich@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @anniecalovich.

If You Go

Holiday Tables

What: Exhibit of festively decorated tables sponsored by Designing Women to benefit the Wichita Center for the Arts

When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 6-8. Lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. each day for $12.

Where: Wichita Center for the Arts, 9112 E. Central

How much: $10

New this year: “Girls Night Out,” including food and drink, music and fashion show of a vintage dress collection emceed by Bonnie Bing, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 6, $25 in advance, $30 at the door; call 316-634-2787, Extension 211, for reservations. The traditional Preview Party will be 7 to 10 p.m. Wednesday; tickets are $75; reservations are required at the number above.

Information: www.wcfta.com, 316-634-2787