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Posted on Feb 20, 2015 in Andy blogs, Bow Ties, Bowties, contest | 17 comments

Free Boys’ Bow Ties?! A Cordial Giveaway


Kids are Cute. But are they photographable?

This past autumn, we had our talented friend and neighbor Ashlee Wells of A. René Photography take some family photos for us.

There’s something about the way Ashlee engages with children that just plain works. What on paper might seem to be an impossible assignment–getting kids to cooperate and look cute for photographs–miraculously happens with Ashlee’s magic touch.

You can provide the genes. You can provide the jeans. You can deck them in button down shirts and Cordial Churchman boys’ bow ties.

But you have to have a photographer like Ashlee, or else.

Everything about our experience was much less difficult than we imagined, even when our kids sometimes seemed intent on derailing things. And the final product made us wonder if perhaps we had the cutest family on earth. Bias factored in and all.


How about some free bow ties?

It feels a little like winning the lottery, I suppose–getting great photos of your handsome boys. So we figured we’d do what people do when they win the lottery: give people a cut.

In this case, we’re going to give away one of each of these three snappy boys’ bow ties. Repeat: not the boys themselves, but their bow ties. (Morally-speaking, it’s probably only a small step from exploiting your kids’ cuteness to giving your kids away in a contest on your blog. But anyway…)

While we’re passing our children’s hearts, souls, and cute smiles around in morally tenuous ways on the Internet, here’s how we’ll do our contest …

Contest Rules and Fine Print

  1. Interrogate your kiddos. You round up your kids and interrogate them thus: “If you win a bow tie, tell us about one super special thing you’ll do while wearing it.” You can coach them a little, but the answer needs to be uniquely theirs.
  2. Share their awesome answers. Post their responses, along with their first name, age, and where you’re from. Share them in one or more places: in the comments on this blog post, on this Instagram, on this Facebook post, or to our Twitter.
  3. We’ll judge your kids’ responses. That’s right. All of us. The Cordial Church Belles, our cute kids—all of us. We may factor in criteria including, but not limited to, cuteness, elaborateness, ridiculousness, romantic-ness, funny pronunciations typed phonetically by proud parents, and the like. Contestants’ responses will be judged and announced Friday, February 27.

Finally, your Bow Ties and their Models

Now, here are your options, on our cute kids:


Above, it’s Blue chambray. This goes with everything, year-round. Pre-tied with velcro fastener. Owen here demonstrates the cordial nonchalance that pairs well with the blue chambray.


Professor Deacon is sporting a navy corduroy bow tie. If you’re a cerebral youngster, you’re probably going to want to opt for this one. Deacon is contemplating a science experiment he’d conduct in this bow tie.


Last, we’ve got Cliffe in his gingham navy bow tie. This is a timeless pattern, and will work especially well for spring, Easter, or…


…for melting your mother’s heart with cuteness. (Blonde curls not included.)

And moms, if you’re getting caught up in the cuteness here, keep in mind that we can make dads (and/or moms!) matching grown-up bow ties. Perfect for Easter or heart-melting.

Alright, friends. There you have it. Kids, let it rip. We’re looking forward to your entries!



  1. “If I won a free bow tie I would wear it to play soccer with a T Rex dinosaur then play basketball.” Wyatt, 3, Rock Hill
    The blue chambray would be the perfect addition to Wyatt’s growing TCC collection.

    • Beautiful! Great answer, Wyatt!

  2. If I won a bow tie, I’d go back in time with my friend Braylon and we would go bowling with Abraham Lincoln in the White House. – Lincoln age 8, Spring Lake NC

    He would like the navy corduroy one bc he’s “never seen a bumpy bow tie”

    • This is epic, Lincoln. If we had a top hat, we’d give it to you. Thanks for entering!

  3. Will (age 5, McAdenville NC). “If I won a bow tie, I would only wear it on Sundays.” Sorry – no matter how much I tried to interrogate him he held firm! He’s not much for dressing up!

    • Hi, Will. I don’t blame you. I used to dislike dressing up, too. But on days when you need to dress up, a bow tie is a great choice. And way to hold firm, young man. If you’d like to write a guest blog post on holding firm in one’s sartorial convictions, I’m game.

  4. Ralphie says if he had that handsome gingham bow tie his buddy Cliffe is wearing he would “Hab fun, ee go wid Daddy! Ee go da cherch” (Have fun, and go with Daddy! And go to church.)

    Simon says, “Buh-by-ye”

    • Would he teach his Daddy how to tie a bow tie, too?

  5. “What would you do if you were going to wear a bow tie?”
    “I’d put on a shirt.”
    “But then what would you do while you had the bow tie on?”
    “I’d show it off to all my friends.”
    -Patrick, almost 5 (dob 4/29/10), California

  6. (on all fours when asked the question) “I can’t answer because I’m a dog and dogs don’t talk.” – Carsyn, 4, Southeast Georgia

    • Hi Carsyn: well-said, mute dog.

  7. What would you do if you won a bow tie?

    I would play video games. Oh what, and speed time with my mom.

    Morgan, 8, Oregon

  8. Christopher

    What would you do if you won a bow tie?

    I would wear it….. to church.

    Christopher 7, Oregon

  9. What would you do if you won a bow tie?

    I would wear it to school dances and church

    Jeremiah 17, Oregon

  10. Well, I was hoping for something better, but here is what I got from Sammy, age 3, owner of the blue chambray. “If I got a bow tie, I would tie it.” (“What if it’s already tied?”) “um, then I would make it really tight until I starting choking. *insert choking noises and giggles.*” #boys Not sure he *should* have another tie after that response, but he looks so awesome in them. We would love the gingham one! 🙂

  11. “I would walk around the beach while wearing it after church.”
    Eli Pollock (6 years old) St. Augustine, FL
    He likes the navy corduroy one with the gingham navy in a close second.

    • I would walk around the beach in bow ties with you after church in St Augustine, Eli. Maybe some ice cream too? And a trolly tour of your historic city? – Andy