The clink of ice swirling in glasses, card tables in the living room, cut crystal bowls of white mints with green centers, ashtrays... yes, there were lots of ashtrays. I have clear memories of peeking around the corner, watching the 'grown-ups' holding cards in their hands and cigarettes between their lips, laughing, talking, playing bridge. And orbiting through it all, my mother, handing out appetizers, picking up crumpled napkins, and wearing a crisp hostess apron and high heels. Our own little episode of Mad Men in our living room. Today's Cocktails At Eight apron tutorial features rich taffeta and frothy organza with a sprinkling of tiny, shiny bows.
The fifth and final tutorial in our series of retro hostess aprons is this Romantic Cottage Style beauty with its spun sugar ties, triple tier skirt and a detachable bib. We used fabulous floral fabric from the Garden Rose Collection by Rachel Ashwell for Treasures by Shabby Chic. Our organza neck ties are long enough to wrap scarf-like with a stylish side bow. Or, remove the bib and wear it as a half apron. Wrap the sheer waist ties around to the front and cover the buttonholes with a pretty bow.
You're a stylish one, Mr. Grinch. If I were a Who down in Whoville, this would be just what I'd wear to whip up my holiday feast. The fourth in our series of retro hostess apron tutorials is the all-out-fun of Be A Grinch! Created with three of Robert Kaufman's whimsical Suess® prints, the bib and skirt of this apron are actually two separate pieces that button together along the waistband.
We have a monstrous crush on The Ghastlies collection from Alexander Henry Fabrics. "In Ghastlie Manor on Ghastlie Street, there's a Ghastlie family you need to meet." The designs are reminiscent of the work of Charles Addams, who brought the quirky Addams Family to life in 1938 in The New Yorker magazine and spawned a decades-long fascination with Morticia, Gomez and their fabulously freaky family. In fact, we can totally envision svelte Morticia wearing today's It's A Graveyard Smash Halloween Hostess apron. This is the second in our new series of retro hostess apron tutorials. With a fluttering batwing organza overlay, velvet waistband and a poison rose accent, you too can be hauntingly haute couture, serving bubbling potions to your ghastly guests.