Hosting a Dinner Party with MacKenzie-Child’s Courtly Check Pieces

MacKenzie-Child's Dinner Party | Reluctant Entertainer

Oh, the joys of an outdoor dinner party! And what makes it even more unique and classy, whimsical and fun, is using MacKenzie-Child’s beautiful accent pieces.

If you’ve seen my Instagram and Pinterest photos the last few months, you’ve probably guessed that I’ve partnered with MacKenzie-Childs. And if you saw Ree’s Food Network show on television this past week, you may have noticed her green floral cake carrier! The piece was so popular that she’s giving away 3 of them, here! Hurry! The giveaway ends soon. I’m thinking that The Pioneer Woman and I should team up together now with our collector’s pieces and host a gigantic dinner party for all of YOU!

MacKenzie-Chids Carrier

Mackenzie-Childs is a classic in the world of entertaining. People flock to to their stores to see their studios because they are breathtaking, regardless of your taste in accessories, entertaining pieces, pottery, and even furniture. It’s an adventure! (Hi, Haggis McStitch!)

MacKenzie-Childs Dinner Party

Different friends have walked in to my home and have commented on my Courtly Check pattern pieces, knowing all about their favorite MacKenzie-Childs stores when visiting New York. And by the way, their three showcase stores are in Aurora and Manhattan, and Palm Beach, Florida. It’s true, most people can’t buy everything on their “wish list” at first, so you get one of their timeless pieces at a time, and then they become collector’s items. That works for me, because I’m so in LOVE with my Courtly Check pieces.

MacKenzie-Childs Dinner Party

Another cool fact. Each piece is handcrafted by a team of artisans, made with such detail, I can almost feel the stroke of the paint brush, as no two pieces are exactly alike!


And very important for me with all the entertaining that we do: These pieces are dishwasher safe!

Perfect for a quick clean up and spending more time with your guests!

MacKenzie-Childs Pedestal | Reluctant Entertainer

Courtly Check Collection blends black, white, gold, and a touch of aqua and bright yellow, making it the perfect collection for any time of the year. (Remember seeing Courtly Check in this post, Planning a Surprise 50th Birthday Party ?)

MacKenzie-Childs Dinner Party | Reluctant Entertainer

Their pieces can be used in the dining room (above) or as I’m showing you today, outdoors.

Why not host a MacKenzie-Childs dinner party in the great outdoors?

Here’s how I did it …


Guests were coming. I decided to host outside. So to make it quick, I used my new PARTY TRAY to transfer my stemware to the table.

MacKenzie-Childs Party Tray | Reluctant Entertainer

I placed the CHARGERS, silverware, black cloth napkins, and yellow accent salad plates around our outdoor IKEA table.

MacKenzie-Childs Charger |

Remember how I said there’s a stroke of yellow and blue in the COURTLY CHECK pattern? SWOON!

The table was set, with my yard sale glass dishes and Dollar Tree goblets, with a beautiful water pitcher off to the side. Perfect size, easy to pour with. And why not mix and match your signature pieces with bargain finds? That is my kind of style!

MacKenzie-Childs Dinner Party | Reluctant Entertainer

I put our campaign table off to the side for appetizers and wine.

MacKenzie-Childs Dinner Party

Here I stacked two sizes of enamel PEDESTAL PLATTERS for the appetizers.

MacKenzie-Childs Pedestals |

Wine in the WINE COOLER. I also use this inside as a utensil holder because of the wide mouth – it works perfectly!

MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check

When it was time to transform the appetizer table to make space for the drinks, I moved the appetizers over to this area.

MacKenzie-Childs Pedestals |

The tray may look heavy, but it’s not. I love the classy rattan!

MacKenzie-Childs Party Tray

I then transformed the appetizer table into the beverage table by bringing out citrus and mint water in the BEVERAGE HOSTESS, which I would say is my signature piece!

I’ll be able to use the base as a pedestal and even the jar for a large bouquet of flowers! Just look at that touch of gold!

MacKenzie-Childs Beverage Hostess | Reluctant Entertainer

I just love the springy look – it’s so fresh and FUN and inviting! Don’t you think?

MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check

But wait, there’s a few more pieces inside … see if you notice them here?

MacKenzie-Childs | Reluctant Entertainer

My favorite is the oval platter (to the left), which I use almost daily!

MacKenzie-Childs Oval Platter | Reluctant Entertainer

A new clock is on it’s way, too, to tie in the black/white theme that goes so well with my colors and my black/white picture wall! (**Update: The clock just arrived and is hanging in our kitchen. Love it!)

MacKenzie-Childs kitchen clock | Reluctant Entertainer

So here’s the GOOD NEWS today: Come back tomorrow to enter  to WIN a MacKenzie-Childs gift certificate!

Two people will each win a $250 gift card! Yes, that’s right! What an awesome opportunity to choose your own signature pieces!

For sure they make entertaining WAY MORE FUN!

Do you have a MacKenzie-Childs story, any of their pieces, or have you heard of their stores or online shopping?

This post is sponsored by MacKenzie-Childs. They provided the items reviewed in this post and will sponsor the giveaway on RE tomorrow; however, as always, all opinions are my own.


  1. I love the beverage hostess and the pedestal platters! so pretty!

  2. Your tables look amazing, Sandy! I love all of these black and white pieces – especially the pedestal platters! Just gorgeous!!! xoxo

  3. I love Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check pattern! I’ve always wanted some but have been intimidated by the price. Your idea of collecting a piece or two at a time is a good one. Oh mercy. I’ll be back tomorrow for sure!

    BTW, your kitchen looks fabulous with the pieces mixed in. I never really noticed them before. It is perfect for you to have all of that with all of the entertaining you do.

  4. I don’t think I’ve ever heard of MacKenzie-Child’s, but I instantly fell in love with Ree’s cake carrier on the show last weekend! And with all of the outdoor entertaining we plan on doing this year I can only imagine that we will need a few more platters and carriers :)

    OH! My miniature garden is starting to grow and I’m so excited. I like to close my eyes and pretend it’s actually your garden :)

  5. Last year I discovered Mackenzie Childs. I love it. I don’t have any pieces YET but I’d love to start collecting it. I’ll definitely be back for the giveaway tomorrow.

  6. Beautiful! I love the yellow with the black and white. Great stuff!

  7. I’ve been waiting for the giveaway. Can’t wait until tomorrow!!!

  8. Gorgeous! This collection has always been a favorite of mine — such a classic look for anytime of year! Thank you for inspiring us :)

  9. Awesome giveaway…can’t wait. :) I’ve never heard of them until I saw Rees giveaway, so I went to their website…loved their stuff.

  10. I love Mackenzie Childs. I have a few pieces. There was a store in Portland on 23rd that sold a lot of Mackenzie Childs back in ’90’s. Sadly, they are no longer there.

  11. Beautiful party…as always! I’ve never heard of Mackenzie Childs, but it looks great!

  12. I haven’t heard of this brand either, but I have spotted the black white pattern on some of your pieces before and thought how pretty they were.

  13. Such a beautiful setting Sandy!

  14. I had not heard of them before, but I did go look, and their stuff is gorgeous!

  15. I remember that cake carrier on her show! This looks so fabulous, Sandy! I want to attend a dinner party at your house! :)

  16. I loved the cake stand and the clock-and would love to win a MacKenzie Childs gift certificate!

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  18. The tables are so pretty and springy and FUN! I decided that in this season, I am bringing people into the home more often. We’re having a music and dessert night soon- can’t wait! {Your dishes remind me of a piano.}

  19. I don’t know if I have an actual favorite, but I would have to have that cake carrier and maybe a cake pedestal. Just ordered a tray as a gift for my sister!

  20. Oh my goodness, Sandy, these are such FUN pieces!! I am sorry to say I am not familiar with Mackenzie-Childs, so thank you for the intro!

  21. Such pretty and unique pieces!

  22. LOVE the Cortly Check! I bought my Mom a cake plate several years ago. She totally loved it! Beautiful quality pieces!

  23. Beautiful!! And I love it displayed by the sink in your kitchen! :)

  24. Love all the black & white checks!

  25. Oh I love this! I’ve been a fan of Mackenzie-Childs for many years and have 3 pieces, one of them is a courtly check cannister that I bought on my first trip to NYC – visiting the M-C store was on my must-do list while there, and I still love that piece and my other pieces. How fun to see this post and party setting, thank you. Sharon

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