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10 Tips for Setting Up a Halloween Candy Bar

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To us, a Halloween candy bar is the perfect solution for your next spooky soiree. It’s easy on the eyes, gives everyone a little bit of everything (Chocolate AND gummies? Yes please!) and most importantly — is incredibly easy to set up, serve and take down.

Take a look at our top 10 tips for a successful Halloween candy bar set up.

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1. Choose your containers carefully. Bigger jars mean you’ll have to buy more candy to make them look good. Choose containers that look tall for visual height, but don’t actually hold that much candy. Or prop a few up on pretty boxes.

2. Stick to your theme. Are you hosting a pumpkin carving contest with apple bobbing? Find traditional Halloween candies to fill your containers. If you’re aiming for a spookier vibe, we love these gummy body parts from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

3. Color is everything. Mix and match colors for visual interest — and don’t forget to match the theme of your party, too.

4. Calculate the amount of candy per guest. A good rule of thumb is estimating for ¼ to a ½ pound of candy per guest. Some guests will take much more, some will take less and some will take none at all — this amount allows everything to even out.

5. Make sure there’s something for everyone! Pick a variety of candy. Chocolates, sweets, hard candies, soft candies, sours, gummies and mints — you’ll want to have a little bit of everything for a truly successful candy bar.

6. Less is more. In this case, buy more less expensive candy to fill up large jars, and buy less more expensive candy to fill smaller jars. You’ll be surprised at how much money you can save.

7. Take goodie bags into account. If you plan on allowing guests to take candy home in goodie bags, you’ll need to provide extra candy so no one ends up disappointed.

8. Choose cute containers for guests to take candies home. Classic paper bags tied with twine, colorful plastic bags, cute little Chinese takeout boxes or little mini metal buckets. Consider adding cookies and other goodies in there, too.

9. Keep serveware on hand. Make sure you have tongs and scoops nearby to pick candy and goodies up with ease (and avoid sticky fingers).

10. Keep it cool. Check the weather before picking out your candies — if it’s too hot, your perfectly shaped chocolate pumpkins might melt.

Don’t Mess with Texas: Favorite Texas Spots from A Piece of Toast

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For those of us who have never visited Texas, it’s easy to imagine it as a dry, dusty place full of cowboy boots and hats. But of course, it’s so much more — and that’s why it’s one of the places we love in our City & State Shop this season. We decided to chat with two of our top Texas experts — Molly and Sally Miller from A Piece of Toast — to hear all about their favorite Texas spots and what made them fall in love with their state.

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What do you think makes your state different from any other?
What makes Texas noticeably different is the state pride and friendly people. Dallas is comprised of locals and transplants (which we are!) and it makes meeting new people fun and interesting.

Why did you decide to live where you live? What made you fall in love with your state?
The Tex-mex is what made us first fall in love with Texas but the amazing friends and family we have in the state is what has kept us here. Dallas is a great place to live – easy to get around, fantastic shopping, and an artistic community of creatives – but we would happily live in Houston or Austin someday!


Favorites:
Lunch spot: Velvet Taco
Place for a girl’s night out: Bistro 31
Local date night: Fireside Pies or Cane Rosso (both are pizza spots!)
Place to think and wander: The Katy Trail
Secret about your city: The fashion scene is pretty amazing. Chanel Paris-Dallas anyone?

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See more of these stylish sisters’ favorite things on their blog, A Piece of Toast.

 

It’s Starting to Feel Like Fall! Waiting on Martha Takes Over PB Instagram

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1. The oh-so-talented Mandy Kellogg of Waiting on Martha (our most recent Designer Spotlight!) took over our Instagram last weekend. We had such a fun time learning about how she celebrates her favorite season: Fall!

2. “Fall to me is COZY,” says Mandy. “Getting all sorts of cozy with my PB chunky knit throw, coffee mug and Just Brew It spoon on this rainy fall day.”

3. “Fall to me means DECORATING. Finding lots of decorating inspiration today at my Lenox Mall Pottery Barn.”

4. “Fall means to me CINNAMON, SPICE and EVERYTHING NICE, including my homemade hot mulled wine. Grab my recipe on the Pottery Barn blog!”

5. “Fall to me means PUMPKINS! Picking up all sorts of fall goodies at the farm today.”

6. “Fall to me means FOOTBALL and FOOD. Prepping the table for a little Sunday football and a lot of homemade chili.”

7. “Fall to me means freshly baked DOUGHNUTS. Fueling up on cinnamon doughnuts and apple fritters while gathering inspiration for a little fall decorating this Sunday.”

8. “Fall to me means PUMPKINS. Oh wait did I already say that? Well these are pink so it doesn’t count. I mean pink pumpkins?!?!”

9. “Fall to me means PLAID. Placing my PB basket, faux pumpkins and vintage plaid blanket on the porch to create a festive cozy welcome.”

Witches’ Brew: A Halloween Bar from Sweets & Celebrations

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Double, double, toil and trouble! This festive and fun Halloween bar from Hannah Matthew of Sweets and Celebrations will give you the perfect excuse to whip up a tasty Witches’ Brew for your party. Take a look at this party planner’s how-to instructions and playful Halloween party tips so you can recreate this Halloween bar at home.

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Halloween Bar How-To:

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Wicked Wine: Sponge Mod Podge onto wine bottles and sprinkle with silver glitter. Wrap a black and white striped ribbon around the middle, tape on a label, and top each bottle with Pottery Barn’s Halloween Wine Bottle Topper.

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Spooky Spider Shots: Garnish with a black and white paper straw that has been cut in half.

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Pumpkin Punch: Rim each glass with orange sanding sugar and fill with mimosas. Finish with black and white paper straws.

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Hocus Pocus Hot Chocolate: Rim each glass with black sanding sugar. Garnish with ghost marshmallow Peeps stuck onto black and white paper straws.

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Hannah’s Halloween Party Tips:

A Halloween party is a great time to have fun with a theme and use whimsical names to label food and beverages.

 Little details like coordinating custom paper goods (like the ones I used here from the talented Paper and Cake) and garnishing barware make all the difference.

 If you’re serving food, offer a medley of fall flavors to set the tone like pumpkin, cinnamon and apple.

 Play up a classic color scheme like orange, black, white and silver.

Tell us: How are you celebrating Halloween this year? 

 

 

Interview with a Stylist: Get the Scoop on Our Spooky Medieval Halloween Party

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Roaring fires, haunting skulls, rusted swords, shimmering chalices and the hint of ghostly spirits — there’s something definitively scary and oh-so-perfect for Halloween about a medieval scene. We can’t help but get the shivers every time we look at this spooky set up from our Get Medieval Halloween Party this year.

To get the scoop on how to bring this same feel home for Halloween, we talked to one of our amazing catalog stylists. Read on for his expert tips!

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Q: What was the inspiration behind this shoot? What makes this style particularly spooky to you?

A: There’s a streak of inspiration derived from medieval themes and storytelling in the culture right now, manifested in everything from fictional television shows to popular novels, so why not extend the trend to a Halloween party?  It’s an opportunity to safely explore the darker side of a particular period of history.

Q: What are your top 3 necessities for a creepy Medieval-inspired Halloween set up?

A: I think the top necessity is a certain flickering quality of light, delivered by novelty candles, candlesticks, and of course a roaring fire.  Next would be fantastical serving pieces — I love the dragon silhouettes from Pottery Barn this year. Third is period-appropriate food; all these elements will work together to transport your guests to another place and time… for one spooky evening.

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Q:  Tell us about that awesome cake and amazing food spread!

A: Rather than setting out meaty legs of mutton for your guests to carry around and gnaw on, I decided on one shank of prosciutto, along with other pre-sliced meats and cheeses.  Slightly more chic and manageable.  And since we’re in dark Medieval times, I felt the cake had to bleed… this cake bleeds raspberry coulis.

Q: What tips would you want to share with customers who want to arrange a similar set up at their party? 

A: My biggest tip would be to take stock of what you already have around the house, with an eye for medieval spin.  Then fill in what you’re missing with key purchases that will flesh out the concept.  In the end, a little can go a long way.

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Q:  The bar set up is fantastic, too. What would you suggest putting in that amazing dragon drink dispenser?

A: Beverages like mulled wine, honeyed mead, or non-alcoholic concoctions based on those medieval libations would work well.

See our full Get Medieval! Halloween Party here.

Win Our Favorite Williams-Sonoma Items to Celebrate Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday

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Chuck’s 99th birthday celebration continues! Did you ever wonder where the Williams-Sonoma pineapple came from? A Sonoma artist came up with the store’s logo, which Chuck had seen atop the gateposts of grand houses as a symbol of welcoming and hospitality.

Enter for a chance to win your own little slice of Williams-Sonoma hospitality with a pineapple hostess gift package, including their quintessential apron and kitchen towels.

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1. Williams-Sonoma Solid Petit Adult Apron in Red/ 2. Williams-Sonoma Brass Pineapple Wine Pull/ 3. Williams-Sonoma Brass Pineapple Wine Bottle Stopper/ 4. Williams-Sonoma Logo Kitchen Towels in Red/ 5. Pineapple Wreath Hanger 

See official rules here.

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!

 

Win a Mauviel Copper Fry Pan to Celebrate Chuck Williams’ 99th Birthday

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Did you know? On his first buying trip to France in 1959, Chuck Williams sought out Mauviel, a small, family-owned operation that uses traditional production techniques for its copper pots and pans. Today, Williams-Sonoma customers can still buy Mauviel’s French copper cookware.

Enter for a chance to win one an 8-inch Mauviel Copper Fry Pan from Williams-Sonoma, today!

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See official rules here.

This contest is now closed. Thanks for entering!