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Tony’s Top Tips For Thanksgiving Entertaining

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Last week, we were thrilled to host a Facebook chat with Pottery Barn’s entertaining expert, Tony. (Psst, he also designed this gorgeous cocktail shaker.) Tony provided such an incredible wealth of Thanksgiving entertaining tips that we had to pass them along to blog readers who might not have been able to join the chat. Keep reading for Tony’s Top Tips!

  • Make Room to Decorate on Your Table: “One way is to have all of your main dishes set up on a buffet with smaller dishes on the table for passing around. The buffet can make a big statement in addition to your table decor. Setting up an folding table with a great linen behind your main dining table will free up the elbow room for your guests. It will also give you another opportunity for great decorating. Here you can use height & drama. Try Tuscan Vases & our Briarwood Lanterns.”
  • Centerpiece Guidelines: “Keep your arrangements simple and use elements such as florals, gourds and candles. (Try florals in our Bosphorus Vases.) You also want to keep your florals low so as to not obstruct scintillating conversation!”
  • Modernize a Lace Tablecloth: “Adding simple modern touches like clear glass and using a neutral color palette can balance the fussiness of lace. Combining these two together can make a beautiful modern/traditional mix.”
  • Setting the Kids’ Table: “You could cover a kid’s table in brown kraft paper and give them crayons or colored pencils to amuse themselves before they’re eating. You could even ask them to draw their own placemats, forks, spoons and knives to help them ‘set’ the table.”
  • Rules for Using Chargers: “There is no rule when it comes to chargers. If you want the drama, use both chargers and placemats. Go for it! As far as color goes, don’t concern yourself so much with the color of the room, but the color elements on the table. That’s the focal point.”
  • Choose Cloth Napkins: “Go with cloth. Wash them in the machine several times to soften them and give them a better feel. Keep it casual and skip the ironing unless you absolutely must.”
  • You Can Celebrate if You’re Stuck at Work: “The most important thing is to keep the holiday spirit. If you’re going to be by yourself, keep the phone handy and talk to your relatives. Bring framed photos of people you hold dear to you with work to uplift your holiday spirit. If you’re with others at work, throw a mini-potluck and try a recipe share. That way, if you have more time to celebrate next year you can try the recipes next year at home.”
  • Always Bring aHostess Gift: “My family’s mantra is, ‘Always bring something to the table.’ This year at Pottery Barn we have so many great hostess gifts. Check out our assortment and pick up something special for your host or hostess. I know I would be delighted to receive any of the gifts that we have to offer this year. Browse and choose something that represents your style.”
  • Entertain Around the Thanksgiving Football Game: “Entertaining on the coffee table is a great opportunity for snacks and small plates. Make sure to have a couple of bowls of simple snacks to nosh on while waiting for the main event (and I’m not talking about the turkey). Additionally, setting up the entire Thanksgiving meal as a buffet gives family members the option to flow between the dining room and living room, and doesn’t make the game seem so intrusive
  • Try a Thanksgiving Wine Tasting: “Pick a few different wines and do a blind tasting in three different decanters. It’s fun and you and your guests will learn something new about wines this year. You’ll be surprised by how many low-priced wines are actually really great (look on the lower shelves at your grocery store for more reasonably priced bottles).”
  • No Need to Use a Tablecloth: “Especially if you love your table, there’s no reason to use a tablecloth. If you’re not going to use a tablecloth, be sure to avoid wood on wood when you’re serving, as it looks a bit bland. Use ceramic and metal serving pieces instead. Added bonus: clean up’s going to be a cinch if you don’t have to worry about laundering a big tablecloth!”

Inspired Thanksgiving Decorating Vignettes

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Inspired to add some last-minute Thanksgiving decor to your home? Today we’re happy to share some beautiful decorating vignettes from Angela of Red Shoes Creative. We love the way that she’s mixed vintage finds, Pottery Barn pieces and natural elements to create a strong Thanksgiving theme.

What was your decorating scheme for Thanksgiving this year?

“I’d describe the scheme as an elegant abundance… made up of layers and layers of all sorts of things I love. The foundation to any of my decor plans always begins with my favorite Pottery Barn staples: candles, hurricanes, antique silver candlesticks and vases, acorn and fall leaves vase fillers, and of course my new favorite pieces from their mercury glass line. I’ve built on that PB foundation by adding vintage frames and books mingled with natural elements like raffia, twigs, pinecones and feathers to complete the look.”


Why is this Thanksgiving so special (I believe you mentioned it was the first one you’re celebrating as a married couple)?

“Yes… I was just recently married in June, so this is our very first Thanksgiving. We are hosting 14 people, including some family members who have never been to our home, and I wanted to make it a truly memorable occasion for everyone. We have so much to be thankful for this year, I wanted to set the scene in a fantastic way to really let people know how thankful we are for each and every one of them.”

What do you think is most important when decorating for Thanksgiving?

“I’m all about details & mixing and matching. For the table, I love the juxtaposition of mixing the brand new PB pieces we received as wedding gifts with pieces from my great grandmother’s china set that I inherited years ago. And I’ve used this same concept with the mantel decor… mixing wonderful new finds from PB with my other true love: vintage items — especially those that have a family history. In fact, the framed “Gather” print that hangs from a ribbon above our mantel is actually made of a vintage frame that was a gift to my own mother and father on their wedding day. I think it’s those sort of details that mean the most when family is gathered on a day like Thanksgiving.”

What are your tips for decorating effortlessly (or as near as that can get) for Thanksgiving?

“Decorate with things you love and have meaning to you and yours. If you put things together in a way that suits your own personal style, even it breaks all the typical decor rules. Don’t play it safe or try to mimic something that’s not ‘you’ … follow your own inspiration, that’s when it just ‘flows’.”

Why do you use Pottery Barn for Thanksgiving décor?

“What I love most about PB is the casual, cozy feeling their pieces bring to my home. It’s just welcoming… not stuffy, not too ornate or overblown, they just get it right,  every single time. And their items mix seamlessly with my favorite vintage pieces. This, to me, is what makes a house a home and welcomes everyone who joins us here.”

Source: Photos courtesy Angela Becker

Decorate Your Desserts and Other Thanksgiving Entertaining Tips

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Add something special to your pies this year with this charming banner. — Oh Happy Day

Speaking of pie, learn how to make the perfect pie. — The Blender

Your house will look seasonally festive thanks to these Thanksgiving decorating ideas. — Country Living

Holiday centerpiece inspiration thanks to art from the 17th to the 21st century. — Garden Design

How to use dried foliage for decor. — Remodelista

Wishbone accents for a festive holiday. — CasaSugar

Source: Photo courtesy Oh Happy Day

Planning the Thanksgiving Menu: A Strong Finish

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While the turkey is of course the main event at the Thanksgiving meal, you can’t underestimate the importance of a delicious dessert. This year, we’re keen on the idea of serving something that’s individually sized, like these Southern Spiced Apple Pies with Crème Fraîche.(Find the recipe here — they’re actually quite easy to make.)


Individually sized desserts mean that you can eliminate squabbles over who gets the bigger piece of pie, and you can make just as many mini pies as you need for your celebration (or for the day after).

We think that this pie recipe perfectly complements our Rustic Thanksgiving party planner in both taste and aesthetic. Want to add extra style to your dessert table? Here are some suggestions to round out the look.
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How-To: Create a Custom Chalkboard Thanksgiving Menu

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If you’ve put a lot of thought into your Thanksgiving menu, it makes sense to celebrate it. Our favorite way to spread the word is by creating a large-scale menu using our Framed Chalkboard. For our menu this year, we enlisted the help of designer and calligraphy artist Diva Pyari of Linea-Carta, who created a beautiful Thanksgiving menu for us. Even if you don’t have a calligraphy artist in your circle of friends, you can get the look of Diva’s gorgeous handwriting thanks to her Calligraphy Starter Kit. Keep reading to learn the steps and get started on your own Thanksgiving menu.

 

To try this at home, Diva recommends the following:

  1. Use a t-square ruler to create straight guide lines for the menu.
  2. Then, mark the lines lightly with a pencil. You can also very lightly write in the menu items on each line.
  3. Instead of using chalk, use a chalk pen or chalk marker. Pens or markers give you more control over your writing.

 

Since the menu is the main star on this chalkboard, use florals or styling that accent but do not obscure the writing on the chalkboard. We chose a mixture of wheat and amaranth that was laid flat on two console tables. We also wrapped a pomegranate and orange winterberry swag in brown ribbon to hang from the edge of the menu.

Have you tried making your own blackboard menu before? Would you try it this year?

Special thanks to Diva Pyari for her incredible work on the menu! Make sure to check out her site and shop for more inspirational ideas.
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Alphabet Mug Giveaway

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ALPHABET MUG GIVEAWAY – Official Rules

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Elevating the Humble Pinecone

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While Thanksgiving is first and foremost on our minds, gift-giving season isn’t far behind. That’s why we were so thrilled to see the new winter issue of Sweet Paul hit the digital newsstands today. We’re not ashamed to admit that we’re particularly smitten with the article Dream Forest, which details a number of ways in which holiday decorators can expand upon the humble pinecone in both form and actual nature object. Paul generously offered to share two of the projects with Inside & Out readers.

Gift Wrap

You will need:

Kraft paper
 gray paint
 brush
 ribbons
 white painted pinecones

1. Paint Your paper — it’s easy. Just go to work on it with paint and a brush.
2. Let it dry.
3. Wrap your gifts and embellish with ribbons and pinecones.

 

Hanging Pinecones

You Will Need:

ribbons (Paul’s are grosgrain ribbons he washed to obtain a vintage look)
 hot glue gun
 large pinecones

1. Cut the ribbons into different lengths and hot glue pinecones onto one end.

2. Tie the ribbon ends together and hang on wall, door or back of chair.

For more projects and an incredible array of holiday and winter decorating, entertaining, and cooking inspiration, go read the new issue of Sweet Paul! (Make sure to check out the new Sweet Paul website, too!)

Source: Photos courtesy Colin Cooke for Sweet Paul

Give a Little Back This Year When You’re Gifting

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This year, while you’re searching out those perfect gifts for those loved ones on your list, consider gifts that give something back. This year, Pottery Barn is happy to present our special collection of gifts that benefit charities across the country. Learn more about the gifts and see who we think would be the best recipient for each.

Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set For every Etched Mercury Glass Candle Pot and Votive Set sold, Pottery Barn will donate 50 percent of the purchase price directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases. We think that either the candle pot or diffuser set would be a great gift for a girlfriend with a generous spirit.

 

Grand Chenille Throw Give new meaning to the term “cozy” when you gift someone this luxurious throw. Why is the Grand Chenille Throw extra cozy? Pottery Barn has partnered with shelters across the country for the Give a Little Hope Campaign, and proceeds raised through the Give a Little Hope products (like this throw) benefit organizations that work to provide temporary and long-term housing for youth and families. We recommend it for those loved ones in your life who are dedicated readers. Imagine wrapping up in it as they dive into their favorite novel or memoir.

 

Etched Mercury Glass Homescent Gift Basket Set  Another product that benefits St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we’re in love with the gift basket’s white floral bouquet, which is composed of delicate notes of snow roses, Egyptian jasmine, cotton blossom and crisp bergamot. We can’t think of a nicer gift for a beloved mother-in-law or grandmother.

 

Want to shop the entire collection? Check out all of the products in the slideshow below to find that perfect gift that gives back.
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Mercury Pumpkins and Natural Touches Star in This Reader’s Thanksgiving Decor

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One of our readers, Pam, just sent in some lovely inspirational images from her home, featuring autumn and Thanksgiving-related decor. We hope it inspires your own table and decor this year, too!
What do you love about Thanksgiving?

“I love Thanksgiving because it brings our family together! At present, our family is spread out among three different states, and on this occasion, we are united after months of being apart! We spend the day preparing and enjoying dinner, playing board games, talking, laughing and catching up on our busy lives!”

What are your thoughts for the decor this year for your table?

“The decor this year for our dining table is bringing the outdoors in, rustic mixed with a bit of elegance! Lots of faux leaves, antlers and acorns in combination with Pottery Barn’s mercury pumpkins and natural decorative turkeys! Also, I incorporated Pottery Barn’s plaid table runner in blue, chocolate, cream and rust!”

What do you think are the most important elements for a Thanksgiving table?

“The most important elements for a Thanksgiving table or any table decorations are layering and varying heights, textures and fabrics to add interest. This gives you an opportunity to play with your table and create a ‘scene.'”

Are you hosting this year? What tips or tricks do you have for decorating and entertaining on Thanksgiving?

“I am hosting this year and have always hosted for Thanksgiving. I begin weeks ahead with decorating, which is the fun part for me! The tables are set (breakfast and dining), mantels are decorated, seasonal pillows are on the sofas and the even the front porch is decorated and ready to welcome guests. Entertaining is a family operation:  I will do all the shopping; however, the family as a whole prepares the meal, providing us another opportunity to visit and work together in the kitchen! It’s a bonding experience!”

Why do you shop at Pottery Barn for this holiday?

“I shop at Pottery Barn all the time! You can walk into our home and think you are in Pottery Barn, excluding a few pieces here and there! I always joke that we should have a sign above our front door that reads, ‘Welcome to Pottery Barn’!  I’m a huge fan due to quality and the ability to mix and match fabrics and furniture, and I am always excited to see what new products are coming out next!”

Anna Karenina’s Luxe, Lavish Style

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Opening November 16th, Tolstoy’s novel Anna Karenina is lavishly brought to the screen by director Joe Wright and writer Tom Stoppard. With leading performances by Keira Knightley and Jude Law, Anna Karenina‘s incredible sets and luxurious costume designs help to bring this masterpiece to life

Director Joe Wright struck upon the unique notion that “the action would be taking place within a beautiful decaying theatre, which in itself would be omnipresent, a metaphor for Russian society of the time as it rotted from the inside.” Production designer Sarah Greenwood and set decorator Katie Spencer visited locations, including the condemned Alexandra Palace theatre in London, before deciding to build the entire set from scratch.

Other film locations include the Karenin home, the Oblonsky house, an ice rink, a ball, an opera, a society soirée, and a horse race, as well as snowy landscapes and the train station.

Echoing the film’s elaborate sets are the costumes, which were based on late 19th century imperial Russian designs as well as 1950s European haute couture.

For the Moscow train station scenes, filming was conducted at Didcot Railway Centre in Oxfordshire. To re-create the look of the ice, fog and snow the special effects department relied on materials including paint, paper and paraffin wax.

The look of the film  reflects and heightens the artifice that defined 1870s Russian society. From the costumes to the conversations to the inspired set designs, Anna Karenina promises to be an absolutely memorable visual feast of a film.

 

Inspired by the look of the film? Here are our suggestions for capturing a bit of the theatrical magic of Anna Karenina  at your home.

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Source: Photos courtesy Focus Features