The Southern Table
Maxine Owens spent years working as a visual merchandiser and manager for some of fashion’s most renowned tastemakers, including Anthropologie and Barneys New York. Now she brings the style secrets she learned on the job to her creative studio, The Southern Table. Drawing inspiration from both her Dallas roots and the beauty of nature, Owens helps with floral, lettering, and event design—all with a splash of Southern style and hospitality.
A former music teacher and Teacher of the Year, Mister Mark, a.k.a. Mark Burrows now writes music and curriculum for numerous publishers. His Gettin’ Down with Mama Goose series tops many best-seller lists. Mark also serves as Director of Fine Arts at First UMC, Fort Worth where he oversees seven ensembles, a visual arts program, and a marionette theater, which makes entertaining a room full of grade school kids at a birthday party seem like a walk in the park.
Slappy’s Puppet Playhouse
Clowns Slappy (Tiffany Riley) and Monday (Dick Monday) are a married duo who toured with circuses around the world, taught at the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Clown College, and appeared on TV alongside the likes of Al Roker before planting their big feet in Dallas. They now produce European-style marionette shows and perform their variety act—pratfalls, red noses, gags, and all—in the Palaestra Gym. Weeklong camps are led by professional clowns, aerialists, magicians, and puppeteers. Campers learn circus performance techniques including juggling, magic tricks, aerial arts, and clowning around. Physical activities are performed in the safety of a gymnastics center. Weeklong camps conclude in a performance for family and friends. Ages 6 to 12. Weeklong camps are $225 and include snacks and circus goody bags. Birthday parties begin with priority seating for a show featuring master pupetry or one of Slappy and Monday’s hilarious variety acts. After the curtain falls, kids head over to a private room to
With more than 50 flavors, Romano’s confectioners put as much into the cake filling as they do the design. Choose from a range that includes French almond and tiramisu to banana cream and tequila chocolate chip. Romano’s can whip up cupcakes ($36 a dozen), cartoon character sheet cakes ($65 for 20 people), and 3-D creations shaped like teddy bears, fire trucks, and geckos ($75 to $195).