Wednesday, April 21, 2010

YOU MIGHT BE A SOUTHERN LADY IF...

"You Might be a Southern Lady" if...you have an apron for every occasion!

Since I am a servant-less cook, I like to make sure that I prepare and serve meals and beverages to my family and guests with grace and style. Why stand in front of the stove getting splattered with grease when you can wear a cute apron that compliments your kitchen decor or your outfit?

Aprons were a staple in the wardrobe of the 1950's housewife. However, today's aprons are not your mama's apron...they are very stylish and are definitely making a fashion comeback. My apron collection is hanging on the wall in my breakfast area...
This cute little apron is my 'Kitchen Apron', which I wear when I'm preparing real messy foods! It's my workhorse apron with a darling rooster motif, by Martha Stewart and available at Macys. {I found mine in-store}.

All of my other aprons are used as 'Hostess Aprons,' and are worn when serving family and guests, 'cuz they are so cute!

Up first...I'm modeling this precious and preppy Lilly-fied apron, hand made by Lynn Whelan and available on her Etsy site here. She has taken a cute Lilly fabric and embellished it with complimentary fabric and trim. I just LOVE this darling 'Hostess Apron.' Y'all don't forget to wear your pearls with your aprons! {Please excuse the tacky way I'm holding my monogrammed wine goblet--I still have tendonitus in my left wrist and I was afraid of dropping the goblet!}
How cute would this apron be to wear while serving lunch on my porch...with preppy themes?!!



Everyone needs one of these 'Hostess Aprons' in a solid color and monogrammed! I purchased this apron online at The Palm Gifts. Love this apron and actually wore it last night to prepare and serve an easy weeknight casserole of Chicken & Rice. How cute are the 'Gloveables' with the apron?!! The stylish gloves {available in-store at Sur La Table} are a must-have for those of us who entertain frequently. Again, don't forget to wear the pearls:)! {I'm serving the Chicken & Rice casserole from the cute burgundy stoneware casserole dish--from the Paula Deen collection.}

Now, I don't want to bore all y'all with photos of moi modeling the aprons, so here's the remainder of my apron parade displyed on a mannequin.

This sweet battenburg 'Hostess Apron' is one that I use for my 'Tea Presentations' and of course, I have one monogrammed in several colors. I purchased these years ago on Ebay and this one is monogrammed in pink...

Perfectly proper little tea apron for serving Afternoon Tea at 'The Roost'...

Now y'all know I have to have Paula Deen's 'Hey Y'all!!!' 'Hostess Apron,' it's simply a must for Miss Janice! {You can purchase Paula's apron at her website.}
The 'Hey Y'all!!!' apron with a red turtleneck sweater is perfect for serving family and guests during the Christmas season at 'The Roost'...

Or, I can wear the 'Hey Y'all!!!' apron while serving one of my 'Signature Beverages.'

Even more appropriate, I definitely have to wear the 'Hey Y'all!!!' apron when serving Southern iced tea, on the porch at 'The Roost'!

Love, love, love this 'Hostess Apron'--with the fleur de lis and harlequin pattern, it's just my style! {It's available online at The French Quarter Market.}
You can find me wearing this cute apron during Mardi Gras or just serving up football food during the Saints games. Who Dat Y'all?!
Of course, my kitchen at 'The Roost' is totally decked out from top to bottom with rooster loot and this adorable rooster-motif 'Hostess apron,' available at Williams-Sonoma is perfect...'cuz it matches my decor!
And...it's perfect to serve breakfast on the front porch at 'The Roost'.

Love this versatile yellow 'Hostess Apron,' also from Williams-Sonoma {in-store only, I believe}...

It's the perfect 'Hostess Apron' for serving my Masters guest...
Last but not least, here's a cute 'Witchey Hostess Apron' I purchased at HomeGoods and wore last Halloween when I entertained at my 'Witches Brew & Stew' party, on the porch, at 'The Roost'...



So, pretty-up yourselves in the kitchen and Bon Appetit Y'all! Thank you for stopping in to visit with me.

45 comments:

Lexilooo said...

cute, cute aprons! I love them too! I have a fleur de lis hook that I bought at my favorite local winery that I hang them on. also, I'm hosting an apron giveaway on my blog this week :)

Stacey said...

Miss Janice you are so cute and stylish! I just love how you put everything together.

QueenBeeSwain said...

just darling!

you better believe that I indeed had a moment for you at Paula Deen's with the world's most amazing hoecakes ever. I ate three! totally going back to SVA as soon as I loose all of the praline, sweet tea and butter weight :)

xoox

kHm

Melissa Miller said...

Oh how precious Miss Janice! You are a southern doll. *Smiles*

Suburban Princess said...

I have one of LWhelan's aprons too! She makes the cutest things!

I got an apron for Christmas that says 'Martini Mama'....it was from my mother-in-law!

Grits said...

Those aprons are adorable!

Precious and Pink said...

I love aprons, they are essentials. And aprons with pearls is genius!

Suzy's Natural Southern Goodies said...

Your aprons are adorable! I need to do this with mine. Thank you so much for sharing Miss Janice!

Lisa said...

Miss Janice,
You are definitely the hostess with the mostess...aprons! They are all as precious as you are wearing them.:)

The Countess said...

Miss Janice,
Thank-you for such a cute blog!
I love the "I Don't care How They Do It Up North"
napkin.

Teresa Jane said...

Miss Janice,
I love your aprons. I think this is the most darling post evah girlfriend!
bff

Gracie Beth said...

I have an apron my great-grandmother MADE!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

Miss Janice,

Your apron collection is adorable. I especially like the "We don't care how you do it up North" napkin!!" I so wish that we had wonderful traditions like the South.

thepreppyprincess said...

oh Miss Janice, what a fun and fabulous collection! We're with you, one can never have too many, the white one is uber-elegant! (And may we compliment the tables? Stunning, as always!) And the towel about us Yankees is *hysterical*, it is perfect!

Sending you a smile,
tp

From the Kitchen said...

My southern mother was the apron queen! Just before time for my father to arrive home for dinner, she'd rush upstairs and change into a pretty dress and a fresh apron. I can still see those aprons fluttering on the clothes line.

Thanks for the memories.

Best,
Bonnie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your pretty aprons! I've got a few and the ones I cherish most are the ones my mother made for me. When I'm doing some serious cooking with lots of potential splattering though - I wear a long sleeved man's shirt I got from GW a few years ago (dress of course!)LOL. Then the aprons come out for hostessing.

Tammy B said...

I love all of your aprons. I have a pink apron from Williams-Sonoma that I use. I almost took it to work to wear when I had to provide food for a meeting, but I was afraid that my boss would laugh at me. Now, I wish I had.

Lori said...

Oh my, you did like my aprons. I need to come up with an event for each one though. My fav... the fleur de lis one. Everyone must read this months Southern Living last page story.... Miss Janice go get our copy of your coffee table... There is a story about the by gone hostess apron era. Needs to come back along with corsages for Mother's Day. Stockings don't have to come back yet. Go now read it, it's great.

Preppy 101 said...

Love, love the aprons. When I come for lunch I want you to wear the Lilly apron of course!! :-) At one of my daughter's showers, I gave her 2 monogrammed aprons. So, so darling. I have one of my mother's half aprons - Cherish it. She wore it when she was being fancy schmancy ;-) xoxo

CeCe said...

I have the same Martha Stewart apron (also, I bought the oven mitts and matching dish towel...got a little carried away). I have become a bit of an apron-a-holic. There is an adorable cupcake apron in Anthropologie that I bought for a friend's bridal shower (and picked one up for myself as well). Anyway, Charlotte from Sex and the City is wearing it in one of the movie trailers. I think you'd love it!

Grace said...

I love this post! I always gravitate towards aprons, and especially holiday themed aprons ... you have inspired me to continue my collection!! Thank you for your kind words regarding my wedding - we truly had a special day and loved every minute of our preparation! Have a wonderful week.

Cynthia @An Accomplished Woman said...

Miss Janice,

Love the aprons... Thanks for sharing them with us... I am making some fun aprons for Mother's Day gifts. But yours are fabulous.

Cynthia

Short Southern Momma said...

All of these are so cute!! I have a pattern and I have been wanting to try to make one, but not got a chance yet. Hope your having a wonderful week! xoxo

Sherrie said...

You have the cutest aprons! I have a really cute pink apron and have yet to wear it. I will have to bust it out this weekend and do some cooking/baking. Love all the tablescapes you show. :)

DisneyCosmo said...

What darling aprons! I have several of my grandmother's aprons displayed in my kitchen as well.

Angela

linda said...

You look adorable in your aprons! Love the tea towel too! I wish I was a Southerner instead of a Yankee! Your traditions are most sweet and welcoming.

Maggie said...

Hi Miss Janice,

Love your blog and your aprons too. I love aprons so much that I stared selling them online at www.ethoughtfulthings.com. Keep up the great work!
Maggie

Princess Freckles said...

Don't you just love aprons? I have several, but I really think I need to add in a Christmas one.

lynn said...

Miss Janice, you look adorable in your LWhelan apron (and all of the others too, of course!). Thank you for mentioning my shop! Would you mind if I shared your pic on my Facebook fan page?
www.facebook.com/LWhelanDesigns

Kim Reese said...

I absolutely adore Lynn's aprons! My minnies and I own several!!!

Neko said...

You've inspired me to get an apron.

A Hint of Home said...

Wow, you have such a great collection of pretty aprons.
I have one gingham one and remove before company arrives.

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Your aprons are adorable. All of them are cute but the one with the little tea cup is just too cute!
Valerie

Belle (from Life of a...) said...

Miss Janice, we can always count on you to put your signature style into everything that you do. I'd be embarrassed for you to see how I looked this evening as I prepared supper. I looked just plain sloppy. That's what happens when I get too busy to read my favorite blogs on a daily basis. I'm going to do better!!

KDC Events said...

The Miss Janice is my fav, followed by the french Qtr. one. LOVE them. Ihave 1 apron, it says "Party Trained" and my moms says "Party Trainer" they are very cute!

Mrs. G said...

I am green with envy over your precious apron collection! You do everything with amazing style...
xoxo,
Sue

The 5 Bickies said...

Miss Janice...only you could make a post on aprons so cute and so much fun!

What's the rule on wearing the apron when you entertain...is it to be taken off before you sit down at the table?

Lily Lemontree said...

What a lovely selection of aprons and I am sure you look just darling in all of them!!
I have a few of my own that I just love but I am always on the lookout for new ones!
Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!!

Irene said...

Gorgeous. You look so stylish with your pearls and embelished ballerinas. Just beautiful and so pleasant.

Jo said...

Your apron collection is impressive. I love aprons and wear them daily. My husband laughs at me because they must match my outfit!

Jo

Henley on the Horn said...

How darling!!! Are those Lilly salad plates? I must know where to get the pink & green table items!

Tricia said...

Miss Janice, I just love your aprons but I also appreciate how you have your aprons hung. Wherever did you find such a darling rack? It is absolutely perfect for aprons? You do everything with such style!

Tricia said...

You do everyting with such style and grace. I adore your apron collection and love the rack that they are hanging on. Wherever did you find that rack? It is perfect and so you!

Miss Janice said...

Tricia,
That hanger that is holding my aprons is from Hobby Lobby. They have tons of cute wall hangers! The dress form is from HomeGoods.

*~ami~* said...

Miss Janice-Where did you find the magnolia tea tumblers? I've looked high and low...Got to have some!