MackenZie-Childs Summer Kick-Off Party with the Thistle & Bee Collection

I am so excited to partner with MacKenzie-Childs and the launch of their new Thistle and Bee Collection right in time for Summer entertaining. Clearly the perfect match for an outdoor party, I whipped up some of my favorite summer dishes to compliment there various hand-crafted pieces from the collection. I am excited to share what I created today!!

For my tablescape, I chose the Thistle & Bee Charger under a Thistle & Bee Dinner Plate, and the classic Check Flatware. I created my favorite summer salad {arugula topped with 2 grapefruit slices, diced mango, pomegranate seeds, topped with a drizzle of balsamic vinaigrette} and served on the Thistle & Bee Salad Plate in the ‘Forget me Not’ Pattern. For little pops of color on the table, I filled Courtly Check Enamel Colanders in size small with lemons and limes. Then a table this bright and happy needed a fabulous centerpiece, so I chose lush peach English Garden Roses!

Behind my dining table I displayed our lunch on the buffet, which I packed with various MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check pieces {the classic and most well-known of the prints!}. I made Baked Lemon Butter Tilapia {recipe here} and served it on the Courtly Check Serving Platter {a great large platter for entertaining. Then I made an easy Summer Pasta, a Penne Pasta {made with asparagus and topped with cherry tomatoes, basil, and olive oil; great to serve warm or at room temperature}. I took my pasta straight from the stovetop to the table in the Courtly Check Enamel 3 Qt. Salute Pan {yes, it’s so pretty but it’s functional!}. Then for dessert, I filled {my favorite piece!!}, the Courtly Check Enamel Two Tier Sweet Stand, with tons of yummy sweets like cupcakes, cookies, and brownies.

Lunch is usually so casual, so once everyone sits, I just bright the feast right over to the table so we can enjoy it family style. All together it really couldn’t be a more gorgeous and colorful spread!!

The MacKenzie-Childs drink dispenser, called the Courtly Check Beverage Hostess, is probably the most popular piece for any party! I love to welcome guests with a glass full of ice cold lemonade, topped with edible flowers {a party trick I am loving right now; I buy mine at Whole Foods!!}.

Thank you to MacKenzie-Childs for partnering on this post!! Cheers to Summer!

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Photos by Yesi of Simply lively Photography

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  1. Taylor

    Such a fun an unique table setting! I love the fun patters and colors.

    Taylor | http://www.livingtaylored.com

    June 5, 2017 • 8:45 am •
  2. sarah

    You did a fabulous job styling this table. I’m in love with the new Thistle and Bee patterns. This is the perfect look for welcoming and celebrating summer. Thanks for sharing.

    June 28, 2017 • 12:55 pm •
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