Kid at Heart
It’s little folks’ week at CCD. We know how hard it is to determine how your wee attendants should be attired for your big day. There aren’t a ton of beautiful children’s clothing retailers out there, nor is there much guidance. It reminds of me of correspondence etiquette- a dying thing! Here’s hoping our thoughts below will steer you on what’s Southern, lovely, timeless, and sure to please the Moms dressing them.
Think white, think lace, think heirloom quality and handmade. They don’t need to match anyone or anything- they are little ladies in waiting and should be in soft batiste or cotton lawn with sweet details. Each of the dresses above would get a lace-trimmed slip underneath- almost a plain white sleeveless sheath that acts as a liner. A tiny bit of color in a ribbon or sash is fine, though whites and champagnes are preferable.
Length should be somewhere between the mid-shin and ankle. White stockings underneath are great for chillier months. Special touches include covered buttons, gorgeous collars, and fine French embroidery.
Great places to shop and order are:
White leather Mary Janes are the way to go. No patent, no bells and whistles, leather sole. If you can find the button-over kind (as opposed to buckle), even better!
Above is the Nina Kids Bonnet from Zappos. Other shoe sources are:
You should plan to give something tiny and charming to each girl- be it a handmade sweetgrass basket from which they can toss petals, or an heirloom handkerchief pillow they can keep on their beds. My favorite gifts are below for inspiration.
L to R:
James Avery Baptismal Shell with Initials (perfect for Charleston!)
More to come . . .