As a Mackenzie, I’ve always felt a certain loyalty to MacKenzie-Childs (even if their “K” is capitalized!) Their fun patterns and quirky designs are so much fun. I remember my mom and I window shopping at their store in Dallas. We’d oooo and aaaah and the hand-painted designs for hours!
When I moved into my new place in Boston, I’ve tried to channel the MacKenzie-Childs’ aesthetic in my decor. Lots of bright colors, patterns, and the perfectly imperfect mixing of the two. When MacKenzie-Childs reached out to me for a collaboration with To The 9s, I jumped at the chance!
In true summertime spirit, I planned a little ice cream party for one at Forge Baking Company’s adorable ice cream parlor in Sommerville. I grabbed my go-to dream photographer, Miss Madeline Rose Heising, and we set out to make some ice cream dreams come true. Also Colin, my very tolerant very adoring boyfriend, was in tow. (That’s why I’m looking off to the left and laughing so much! He was sitting over there ;).)
The Courtly Check
My favorite pattern of MacKenzie-Childs line has always been the Courtly Check. The Courtly Check is their whimsical take on a classic farmhouse print, and the perfect base pattern to create a gorgeous tablescape for any party. The checks mix gorgeously with color or print, but it’s also gorgeous on its own. It is MacKenzie-Childs’ most iconic print and a timeless addition to any collection.
My Kind of Party
For my MacKenzie-Childs’ pieces, I wanted a few things that would build a nice table setting when combined, but also work as stand alone pieces, too. Naturally, I gravitated toward building an ice cream set! You can count on it being the perfect party treat or ultimate independent indulgence. Also, with it being summertime, I’m always looking for an excuse to have a cool, sweet treat.
I first picked the Courtly Check Enamel Round Tray. I can see using this tray for a million different parties, or even just a topper on a side table for casual decoration. I’ll also mention that I carted all of these items all up and around Cambridge and Sommerville for this shoot, and they are each extremely durable. Although I am very careful with my entertainment-ware, it’s good to know they can stand a party, too!
Next, I scooped up the Courtly Check Enamel Ice Cream Dishes. These little cuties are beyond adorable. The little pedestal, gold detailing, and perfectly round bowl make the ice cream almost too cute to eat (almost)!
Finally, I chose the Cookie Jar with Courtly Check Enamel Lid. In a pretty predictable move, however, I filled it up with Swedish Fish–my absolute favorite candy. I’m looking forward to filling these jars with peppermints at Christmastime, lemons at a cocktail party… or, if all else fails, more Swedish Fish ;).
Special thanks to MacKenzie-Childs for reaching out and sending me these gorgeous pieces. I cannot wait to use them again and again! They will truly be treasured for years to come.
Also a special thank you to Forge Baking Co. for being such generous and kind hosts. This was actually the first time I tried their ice cream (I’ve gone to the bakery!) and oh. my. y’all. These guys KNOW ice cream. It’s so good.
Last, but certainly not least, thank you to the always fabulous Madeline Heising for the photos! She is a dream come true and was willing to stand on bar stools and put up with me constantly nudging bowls to get these dreamy pictures.