Fresh entertaining

If you need some fresh ideas for entertaining this spring, the Tupelo Garden Club has just the event for you.

“Tablescapes: Something Savory, Something Southern, Something Spectacular” will be presented in two sessions on Saturday, March 28, at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Tupelo. Session 1 is from 10 a.m. to noon and Session 2 is 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are $20.

The event is sponsored by the Tupelo Garden Club and Jody’s. Proceeds benefit garden club projects, including the preservation of the historic home at the Private John Allen Fish Hatchery.

“We used to do make-and-takes and then we switched to home and garden tours,” said Yvette Slocum, chairman of the event. “And we may do that again in our future. But this year, we wanted to do something new.”

During the first hour of each session, participants will have a chance to view nine tables decorated by various businesses in town. Each table will be set as if you are attending a dinner party, a buffet, a brunch etc., Slocum said.

The tables also have individual themes: Tropic Nights, Antiques for the Table, Asian Evening, Botanical Birthday, Sunday Brunch, Room Service, Easter Egg-stravaganza, Babies in Bloom and Garden Critters.

“With the economy the way it is, people will be entertaining more at home,” Slocum said. “They’ll come away with tips on how to set tables for different occasions, such as a dinner party or a buffet.”

The second hour of each session will be devoted to guest speaker Martha Hall Foose, executive chef at the Viking Cooking School in Greenwood and author of “Screen Doors and Sweet Tea” cookbook.

“We’re going to be talking about spring ingredients, planning ahead, strawberries and how to care for them, herbs and techniques for using and storing them,” Foose said. “We’ll have a little cooking demo to showcase spring ingredients.”

Light refreshments will be served during the first hour of each session and the recipes being used, which garden club members will prepare, are from Foose’s cookbook. The menu includes sweet tea, strawberry cupcakes, pimiento cheese, chicken salad, tomato soup, roasted pecans, fudge squares and ginger molasses cookies.

“I think it’s going to be a lot of fun,” Foose said. “I’m looking forward to it.”

There are a limited number of tickets for each seating and they are available at Flowerdale, Jody’s, Keep It Casual, Mid-South Nursery, Philip’s Garden Center, Reed’s or from any garden club member. For more info, call (662) 842-0075 or (662) 844-5196.

Ginna Parsons/Daily Journal

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