Churchill in Fairway, designer, Sally Hilkene.

There is a group of women in Kansas City for whom the term "Cowtown" is a point of pride.  The American Royal is an association that promotes excellence in agricultural progress and develops future generations of agricultural leaders. The Royal is a livestock show, rodeo, barbecue contest and parade.  Basically, a two and a half month celebration of the heart and soul of Kansas City.

Designer, Jimmy Shugrue; Pottery by Irma Starr.

The Belles of the American Royal support, through their community service, this Kansas City tradition.  A few years ago they added an event, Tablescapes, to raise funds for youth education programs at the Royal.

Hall's, Designer, Don Rogers in the Bloch Building at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art.  Painting, "Turin" by Franz Kline.

One of my dear and generous friends has invited me to join her at her table.

Pear Tree Design and Antiques, designer Carol Dickey.

And what tables they are.  Dozens of designers work their magic to create wonderful tables you can enjoy - and shop!

Sharyn Blond, Inc., Sharyn Blond designer.

Some of my favorites will be on hand, including Bennett Schneider, La Plates, Hall's, Pear Tree and Sharyn Blond.

Charlecote, designers Kaye and Todd Miller.

Tickets are still available for this festive event.  The Preview Party is Wednesday, September 17th from 6 - 9.  Enjoy the martini bar and be inspired for a mere $50.  As of today, tables were still available for the luncheon on the 18th; viewing and visiting begin at 10 a.m.  More information is available at the American Royal website.

All images courtesy of Serving Kansas City, Tablescapes and Celebrations by Suzanne Donnelly and Marianne Kilroy, photographer.