Becoming The Hip Hostess this Summer

Serving up Avocado a la mode!

Speaking of entertaining… We know many of you have had a busy week of celebrating. And with summer just around the corner, we’re sure you are already gearing up for a season full of soriees!  Given you’re in the mood for entertaining, why not go all the way and make sure you look absolutely dashing while serving up that delicious seafood by the shore this summer?

We found this very beach-chic sheath apron in “avocado al la mode” ($39). It’s casual style lends itself to that informal gathering with friends and family. Yet, it’s adorable enough to make you want to keep it on all through the meal! The scallop trim at the bottom has a flirty flounce to it, and the halter-style neck ties definitely exude a summer vibe.

The mother-daughter team from The Hip Hostess is responsible for this playful new take on the traditional apron. Their mission says it all – “combine simple, contemporary style with fabulous fabrics to create a “couture in the kitchen” look that today`s modern woman will want and actually wear.” We agree. Want to wear it!

Of course, there are lots of colors and styles to suit every personality – and

The Hip Hostess in Melon Splash!

every occasion.  For those days when you’re prepping lunches for a house full of kids – or summer guests, we like the vibrant fun of the  “melon splash” demi-style apron ($32).  This shorter, even more casual look is ideal for those times when you’re preparing a quick meal or cleaning around the house. Yes, someone still has to clean, even in the summer – so you might as well look cute doing it!

UPDATE #2: Although we found a great offer earlier via Twitter (@TheHipHostess), our wonderful friends at The Hip Hostess have created an offer especially for us! Just stop by, pick out your favorite aprons and receive a very generous 20 percent off! Just use the product code BEACH at checkout and you will be an official “hip hostess” and a savvy shopper! Hurry, though. This special offer is only available to us through the end of the month (5/31).

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Nautical Novelties for Summer

Set a Coastal Table with Pottery Barn

As summer approaches, it’s fun to see the seasonal pieces popping up in main-stream retailers. We are certainly pleased to note that beach-inspired products are consistently making a showing, as in years past.

This weekend, we visited Pottery Barn and fell for their “Coastal Curiosity” dishes and accessories (from $19 to $34). The new nautical print finds its way on everything from salad plates to table linens.  Of course, there is also a new line of white “Seashore” dishes with raised starfish and shells along the rim ($56/set of four), glass “oyster” serving pieces, and very tasteful “scallop” shaped salad plates ($40/set of four).

New Direction for Wine Stoppers

If you are ready to set the table for a coastal inspired dinner, you’ll find no shortage of options this year!

However, we particularly enjoyed another find – the nautical wine bottle stoppers. Both the compass (which is functional!) and magnifying glass bottle stoppers are part of the “Coastal Curiosity” theme.  Made of brass, and just five inches high, these whimsical yet stately wine accessories are also a real bargain at $12 each. What a commanding topper for your favorite summer wine!  We’ll take two!