Leadership Pasadena

Additional designers announced for Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation

Local businesses to participate in tablescape competition and benefit

Pasadena, CA June 20, 2018 [Updates and replaces all prior versions] – Leadership Pasadena is thrilled to add to the line-up of talented designers slated for Setting the Table: The Art of Conversation. The tablescape design competition and summer soiree takes place on July 21 at the historic Hotel Constance Pasadena.

“We have more than a dozen of our community’s top designers and business owners competing for the best tablescape design,” said Cheri Washington, Leadership Pasadena event committee member and designer liaison. The diverse roster of entrants participating in the competition includes two of Pasadena’s most celebrated party planners, various community and collegiate organizations, interior designers from the 2018 Pasadena Showcase House of Design, and several leading home and kitchen goods retailers.


The tablescape designers will be competing to win a full-page ad valued at $6,000 in Dreams Magazine, the premier luxury lifestyles magazine in Los Angeles, with event attendees voting on their favorite tablescape of the evening. “This is going to be a fabulous night for all our guests,” enthused Washington, adding “It’s such a fun way to raise funds for scholarships for Leadership Pasadena’s community leadership programs, including the new course for military veterans that launched just weeks ago.”


The updated roster of designers includes: Amy Peltier, Peltier Interiors; Carolyn Watson, Arroyo Outdoor; Carrie Davich, Maude Woods Artful Living; Dana Banta and Catie Roheim, The Monogrammed Home, Debbie Talianko, Talianko Design Group LLC; Ervin Galvan, We Olive & Wine Bar; Hank Maarse, Jacob Maarse Floral Design; Kirsten Acevedo, borderLESS design; Lisa Tromba, West Elm; Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess; Mikala Rahn, artWORKS; Peggy Kelley, Timeless Celebrations; Rachimah “Rae” Magnuson; Robin Seifert, ETC Gourmet Kitchen; San Lim, Juliet Beach, Williams Sonoma Pasadena; Taneka Dianne, Alpha Kappa Alpha


Tickets and additional event information may be found at




Contact: Cindy Bengtson

818-606-5809 (mobile)

Photo montage captions: 

Row 1: Taneka Dianne, Alpha Kappa Alpha; Mikala Rahn, artWORKS; Robin Seifert, ETC Gourmet Kitchen

Row 2: Amy Peltier, Peltier Interiors; Marley Majcher, The Party Goddess; Peggy Kelley, Timeless Celebrations;

Row 3:  Debbie Talianko, Talianko Design Studio LLC; Dana Banta, Catie Roheim, The Monogrammed Home; Rachimah “Rae” Magnuson, Women’s City Club of Pasadena; Carrie Davich, Maude Woods Artful Living

Row 4: Kirsten Acevedo, borderLESS Design; Ervin Galvan, We Olive & Wine Bar; Juliet Beach, San Lim, Williams Sonoma Pasadena

Not pictured: Carolyn Watson, Arroyo Outdoor; Hank Maarse, Jacob Maarse Floral Design; Lisa Tromba, West Elm

About Leadership Pasadena

Established in 1999, Leadership Pasadena is a powerful, hands-on, community leadership program that immerses participants in Pasadena’s rich history, government, economics, and world-renowned institutions and also provides executive-level leadership training. This is an energized, dynamic program for those who want to play an active, collaborative role in Pasadena’s future. It challenges and engages emerging and existing leaders—who come from a diverse array of professions, communities, ages and passions—to gather around the table to openly discuss critical issues facing our community, with dignity and respect for all opinions.