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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Sealife Comes to Dinner with Thomas Paul Plates

sealife plates

Sealife from Thomas Paul

Missing those summer dinners by the shore? Don’t fret. You can bring a bit of the beach home this fall with our favorite dinnerware plates from Thomas Paul.

These melamine plates are beautifully designed in the “Sealife” collection. Sold in sets of four, choose from 11″ dinner plates, 9″ side or salad plates, and 4.5″ coasters. Each set features a different group of sea creatures and it’s hard to choose a favorite! Okay, we at 365Beach are somewhat partial to the crab and octopus dinner plates…and we seriously cannot resist the adorable puffer fish side plate. Of course that means we’ve got to have them all!

All of the styles are available from various online stores but Utilities offers them for $15, $28 and $36 per set for coasters, side plates, and dinner plates. Plus, they offer a lovely 14″ sea turtle platter as part of the Sealife collection for only $18 – not bad!

sea turtle platter

Sea Turtle Platter from "Sealife" Collection

And, after a very busy summer, they assure us everything is fully in stock and ready to be delivered to your door – just in time for a clam bake or  intimate lobster dinner for your closest friends. 

We feel confident your friends will love being entertained on these custom-designed plates. By the way, if you’re not familiar with melamine, this is a classic (and sometimes controversial) material – a hardened plastic resin – that became popular for use with dinnerware because it’s not (easily) breakable and  is certainly outdoor-use friendly. However, these plates should be hand washed and not heated or microwaved. Still, it’s worth it.  Let us know what you think of these beautiful plates.