When it comes to dressing and decorating for Barn Sale shopping success, you can’t beat a combination of black, white, and florals. And, of course, anything in checks certainly checks all our boxes.

Guests at a recent pre-Barn Sale party hosted by our first MC Maestros, Drs. Thomas McCue and Sean Bresnahan, also known on Instagram as @thecourtlycheckbears, took that advice to heart. Many made a fashion statement from head to toe in all three, including Jake and Ike, the Percheron draft horses that transported guests to the gathering. They had Courtly Checks decoupaged on their hooves and had Courtly Check roses and ribbon woven into their manes and tails.

Party guests were dressed to impress as well. Colleen Hathaway, of Seneca Falls, New York, wore a swingy black and white checked dress, plus a hat embellished with Courtly Check flowers and one of our legacy miniature ceramic teapots. Colleen, who has collected our ceramics for years, also wore earrings that she made from the lids of our miniature teapots. On her feet were our Tall Flower Market Rain Boots.

Kristina Choinski, of Marlton, New Jersey, also had MacKenzie-Childs on her feet (our Short Courtly Check Rain Boots) and wore a beautiful black dress and vintage hat. Also donning a hat was Jennifer Townes of Auburn, New York, who wore a fascinator that she purchased online and her aunt embellished with black netting and some of our Courtly Check ribbon.

Laura Lowery, of Scottsdale, Arizona, showed her MC love with sneakers she hand-painted with checks and a checked shirt that she embellished with our logo from one of our dish towels. Her black and white mani-pedi featured tiny checks on each hand and foot.

We know that you’re just as creative and will rock your Barn Sale party outfit, too. You’ll find inspiration to get you started with this blog on Barn Sale Style.

Here are tips for creating four different looks:

  • Courtly Checks: Accent your checked attire, which could also be Parchment Check or Royal Check, with rosettes that are made from our Courtly Check Ribbon.
  • MC Your T: Tish Gibson, our lead ceramics decorator, who’s known around the studio for her funky fashions, shows how to add embellishments, including beads and fringe, to a T-shirt.
  • Flower Power: Be inspired by our Flower Market pattern and make a fabulous floral wreath for your head from faux flowers.
  • MC Time Travelers: Pick a costume that represents a moment in time—the 1960s, the Middle Ages or a galaxy in the future—and give it the MC treatment with our patterns.

As for decorating the site of your party, get out the black and white balloons and the party streamers.  You can assemble a balloon garland, using the tips from this blog.

Finally, this blog shows you how to make our double-sided Courtly Check Wallpaper Pennant Border with a step-by-step video.

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