Get the party started!
July 22, 2021
Have you heard? The countdown is officially on for our annual Barn Sale, which starts online only in just five days. And, yes, that’s worth celebrating, so let’s do it in MacKenzie-Childs style.
To set the stage for a Barn Sale blast, we turned to our first MC Maestros, Drs. Thomas McCue and Sean Bresnahan, also known on Instagram as @thecourtlycheckbears. They recently hosted an epic pre-Barn Sale party at their Upstate New York home for several MacKenzie-Childs super fans (and we were there, too).
As expected, the party was decked in Courtly Checks. Guests were transported to the party site in a horse-drawn carriage pulled by Jake and Ike, a team of Percheron draft horses that had Courtly Checks decoupaged on their hooves. Upon arrival, partygoers were given the red-carpet treatment and had their pictures taken in front of Courtly Check backdrop. Inside the McCue house, the buffet table was piled high with a variety of sweet and savory foods served on Courtly Check sweet stands and ceramic serving dishes. The finishing touch was a magnificent centerpiece, created by Tommy, that had a rainbow of flowers cascading from a Courtly Check Tea Kettle that seemed magically suspended in mid-air.
The guests, who were previous Skip the Line winners, came from near and far, and a few more who couldn’t make the trip joined via Zoom. For most, it was the first time in nearly two years that they had seen each other in person, so there were lots of hugs, laughter, and smiles. Laura Lowery, of Scottsdale, Arizona, traveled the farthest and says she wouldn’t have missed it.
Tommy and Sean were thrilled to host because, they say, MacKenzie-Childs is “family” to them. Raising a glass of champagne, Tommy toasted his guests and how the love of “a very simple pattern of black and white” had brought them together, concluding his heartfelt speech with a simple request: “Alexa, play my party playlist.”
So, with that, let’s get your party started with this guide to throwing your own Barn Sale party. Over the next five days, we’ll share more of the excitement of Tommy and Sean’s event, plus lots of tips on how to get your MC party groove going. So, gather your friends—whether they’re across town or across the country (Hello, Zoom chat)—to shop online, and make this an event to remember.
Here’s what you can expect:
- Saturday, July 24: Food, fabulous food. Sean shares the party menu and two signature drinks. The recipes are quick and easy, so you can spend more time shopping and less time cooking.
- Sunday, July 25: Dress for shopping success, in checks, of course. Plus, how to decorate your party setting.
- Monday, July 26: Let’s look at those wish lists. Find out what our MC super fans are hoping to snag. To get a start on yours, print our official wish list. You’ll find two versions: Barnwood and Piggie.
- Tuesday, July 27: You’re invited to our Instagram Live event with CEO John Ling; Chief Brand Officer and Creative Director Rebecca Proctor, and Customer Service Manager Carol Ryerson. Find out what’s on their wish lists, see how they’re donning their checks, and get their tips for Barn Sale shopping.