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Summer Cocktail Time: Watermelon Mojito Recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

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In need of a drink (or two) to kick off the long weekend? Look no further than this refreshing summer cocktail recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers. (PS: If you haven’t seen our feature with them yet, check out their dreamy beach party here and here.)

Watermelon, mint and a splash of white rum served in a mason jar mug — We couldn’t imagine anything more perfect for summer, can you? Read on to get the full recipe. Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on PotteryBarn.com. 

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Watermelon Mojito
(Note: Can be also be served non-alcoholic)

Ingredients:
16 Mint Sprigs
2 Limes, juiced
2oz Simple Syrup
16oz Seedless Watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, plus 4 wedges to garnish
8oz of White Rum (optional — try Captain Morgan or Myers’ White rum)
2 Cups of Ice
1 Can of Club Soda (Replace club soda with one can of Sprite for non-alcoholic)

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Directions:
1. In a glass pitcher combine 12 sprigs of coarsely ripped mint leaves, juice from 2 limes, and simple sugar.
2. Blend watermelon cubes and add to the pitcher. Muddle until mint leaves are broken down.
3. Add rum, club soda, and ice cubes. Stir. (For non-alcholic version add Sprite and ice cubes only.)
4. Pour into mason jar mugs. Garnish with watermelon wedge and one sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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American Summer Style: The Ultimate Beach Party with Kiel James Patrick & Sarah Vickers

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There’s few people that embody the sense of American style more than Kiel James Patrick. This East Coast fashion designer and lifestyle photographer has a strong dedication to American-made manufacturing, quality and style. Patrick and his fiancé, Sarah Vickers, encompass everything we love about a classic, timeless all-American aesthetic — the pair has a deep passion for creating imagery that reflects the style of halycon days past.

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We couldn’t think of a more perfect duo to host an all-American beach party bash — could you? As soon as the first sunny day struck the East Coast this spring, this talented team hit the beach with our favorite coastal and Americana serveware and party goods in tow. The result? One seriously stunning party that we’d love to get on the guestlist for.

Read on to check out more photos & some of Sarah & Kiel’s top tips! Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on PotteryBarn.com. 

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1. Well-placed decorations: “Use your surroundings to inspire your decor. For our beach party, we fill Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Party Tubs with sand and then simply place large American flags inside to add a splash of red, white and blue to the scene. Were big monogram fans — personalize the tubs by using wet sand and drawing your initials or something nautical, such as an anchor. For a real statement set out a whole line of many buckets for a big impact!”

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2. Get patriotic: “Keep beach party food simple and packable. We like to pack a picnic and wrap it in a festive red, white or blue blanket, or a big beach towel or tablecloth. Just tie the fabric at its corners for a picnic tote and blanket in one, and you have an easy-to-carry, stylish nautical spread!”

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3. It’s in the details: “Add a pop or two of color to turn your tumbler into a celebration. Fill old-fashioned ice trays with sparkling waterplace a blueberry or raspberry into each well, then put the trays in the freezer. It’s an easy way to make even water seem more fun. We love to add these cubes to lemonade and garnish the tumblers with colorful straws.”

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4. Do knot forget the finishing touch: “We love the look that rope or twine accents add to a summer party. Create a simple napkin ring with twine decoratively knotted around a festive napkin — put your favorite Pottery Barn flatware inside.”

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Ready to party? We’ll be sharing recipes, decorating ideas and more of Kiel & Sarah’s top party picks, tips and tricks soon. But for now, we’ll leave you with their perfect Summer Party Playlist — a mix of classics and current hits that everyone will love:


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Cinco de Mayo Nacho Party with Camille Styles

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Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to eat nachos — but we’ll take it! This year, we’re planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a surprisingly elegant upgrade on the standard cheesy chip, thanks to this beautiful spread from Camille Styles.

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We love how Camille used our Striped Tassel Table Throw as a colorful backdrop for this eclectic spread. What makes this casual party stand out? Camille’s creative toppings take nachos to an entirely new level. Elevate this bar-style food with some seriously stylish ingredients. Try roasting your chicken with a subtle hint of cumin, make your own guacamole, add pomegranate seeds, buy fresh queso fresco from your local store, or use watermelon radishes to brighten things up.

A fiesta like this deserves a festive atmosphere, too. Camille got super colorful with mix & match serving dishes and plenty of pattern.

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“A fiesta is the perfect time to pull out an eclectic mix of dishes,” she says. “I stuck to a color palette in hot shades of orange, pink, and coral to tie it together, then went crazy with pattern. The striped Mexican throw with fringe-y tassels was the perfect impromptu tablecloth.”

See the rest of Camille’s Nacho Party here.

Need a margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo? This one’s our favorite.

#PBLovesMoms!

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Mother’s Day is right around the corner — are you ready? This year, we’re here to help you show the most important woman in your life how much you love her. We’re giving away 5 amazing Mother’s Day prize packages with the help of Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom!

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(Photo by Hayley Sheffield Photography)

Here’s what you have to do:
1. Follow @potterybarn on Instagram.
2. Post a photo of you and the most important woman in your life (#tbt photos welcome!) with #PBlovesMoms and #contest on Instagram.
3. Enter your email here.

Plus, you could meet Gabrielle in person! Celebrate the launch of her new book, Design Mom, How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide at one of these four stores:

Seattle
Chicago
Atlanta
San Francisco Bay Area

Lonny Magazine’s Summer Brunch Recipes

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Did you catch Lonny’s colorful summer brunch party yesterday? The average mimosa and bagel bar was taken to a whole new level with the magazine editorial team’s stylish party tips and twists.

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Ready to take their ideas and turn out your own stylish fête? We’ve got everything you’ll need to host your own colorful brunch in Lonny’s Shop at PotteryBarn.com — plus, an easy group brunch recipe and one bubbly cocktail 

Photos by Davide Luciano, food styling by Claudia Ficca 

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Claudia’s Baked Eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for bread)
2 spicy Italian sausages, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
6 eggs
½ cup ricotta cheese
Basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty bread, toasted in grill pan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe medium-size skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Cook sliced sausage for approximately 3 minutes per side until nicely browned.

Lower heat to medium and add garlic and onions; season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Using a spoon, make six wells into the tomato sauce and gently crack eggs into the skillet. Place the skillet into the oven and bake until egg whites are set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add dollops of ricotta around the eggs. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve with toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

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Bubbly Grapefruit Blossom
1 oz Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Stellina Di Notte Prosecco

Glass: Champagne flute
Garnish: Grapefruit wedge
Prep: Pour each ingredient, with the exception of the Prosecco, in to a shaker.  Add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a flute and top with chilled Prosecco.

See the rest of the party here and here!

Lonny Magazine’s Colorful Summer Brunch

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Viva la brunch! Weekend brunch is our favorite meal anytime of year — especially during the summer. Produce is at its peak, the sun is shining, and bubbly cocktails feel at home on any menu. Plus, it’s the perfect entertaining opportunity — with a little overnight prep, you can whip together a casual brunch in no time.

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(Photos by Davide Luciano)

We’re kind of obsessed with how the talented team of Lonny Magazine put together this fresh take on a summer brunch with our new Mediterranean-style outdoor product. Lonny editor Kaylei McGaw hosted this shindig at a Brooklyn loft, using our colorful dishes and table linens as a base for a playful, lively and delicious group brunch.

Read on to get Kaylei and the Lonny team’s decorating ideas & entertaining tips so you can host your own festive summer brunch! Stay tuned for recipes & more later this week.

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DIY Decor:

To set the mood for this casual Sunday brunch, McGaw arranged cushion seats on the floor for her guests and served the meal on a low coffee table. Our rainbow-stripe tablecloth created a graphic backdrop to the saturated mix of ceramic serving platters, glass stemware, and patterned melamine.

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Blue-and-white dice, a nod to the party’s retro inspiration and a perfect match to the Ocean Blue margarita glasses, were repurposed to create cheeky coasters for the midcentury bar.

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TIPS:

Pick your battles in the kitchen. To cut down on meal prep, concentrate your cooking efforts on one or two standout dishes and supplement your spread with prepared foods you can shop for:
Dress up store-bought fruit salad with a drizzle of fresh honey and chopped basil.
 Amp up a basic bagel and cream cheese bar with fresh lox, herbs and chopped veggies from your local store.
Order any pastries, breads or muffins beforehand to save yourself time and stress.

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Consider your menu while choosing your dishes. A cleverly edited amount of bold color around the table — be it bright yellow dishes, a striped table runner, or red ceramic appetizer plates — will bring out the meal’s aesthetic appeal.

Play with varying heights. Add interest to your buffet table or sideboard by using tiered trays and footed bowls. If you don’t have any taller platters, stack a few books on your tabletop and cover everything with a tablecloth.

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Set everything out in advance the night before. Set the table, put out dishes and stock your bar and buffet the evening before your big brunch to cut down on morning chaos right before the guests arrive.

See Lonny’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com here, and read more about their fabulous brunch at Lonny.com here.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: A Turquoise Margarita

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Okay, so the snow might’ve just melted outside your front door — but that doesn’t mean you can’t sip on something summery and imagine it’s warm outside, right? Yesterday, we paired up with one of our favorite mixologists, Elayne Duff, to serve up one of our favorite summer cocktails this year.

What is it? A blue (yes, blue!) margarita. This version abandons its classic shade of green for our favorite summer hue. How’s it work? Elayne uses a dash of Curacao to accomplish this extra-tropical shade.

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Take a look at this summer cocktail recipe, below!
You can print the recipe here, too. 

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 See more of our favorite summer cocktail recipes here. 

 

Our Favorite Easter Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

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Tomorrow’s Easter — are you ready? We’ve compiled our favorite DIY projects, decorating tips and entertaining ideas to help you pull off one seriously awesome Easter in a flash. Read on for more!

Easter Entertaining Tips

1. A Coconut Cake Recipe Inspired by Our Latest Catalog
TIP: Serve something sweet. When the weather starts to get warmer, the heavy desserts we once craved during the winter don’t seem quite right anymore. That’s why we love this light, airy and fluffy coconut cake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — it’s perfect for a sweet treat after Easter brunch.

2. Easter Entertaining Made Easy
TIP: Use the same colored fresh flowers. Arrangements with flowers that are all the same color are impossible to get wrong. The blooms can quickly be grouped by themselves in baskets and containers. Clip and pop white tulips into a creative container like this Beachcomber Wood Handled Basket for a look that is hassle free and stunning.

3. A Turquoise, Gold & White Table Setting for Easter Lunch
TIP: Mix in casual dinnerware. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling off a simple, elegant and practical Easter brunch or lunch — especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair with young kids.

4. Simple & Elegant DIY Easter Egg Decor
TIP: Add an element of DIY. These chic, chalky Easter eggs are ridiculously easy (it’ll take all of 5 minutes) and inexpensive — they added just the right touch of DIY to any table, and can help give your crazy, artificial looking plastic eggs a makeover.

5. Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting
TIP: Stick to something simple. Start with basics for your Easter brunch table, like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday since it provides a neutral start to that works with most decor. Then, you can go crazy colorful with accents and accessories!

 

 

A Turquoise, Gold and White Table Setting for Easter Lunch

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Turquoise Easter Lunch Table

Written for Pottery Barn by Amanda of Fashionable Hostess
Photography by Alexandra Wolf

I love the idea of assembling a simple Spring table this Easter, accentuated by turquoise and pastels that give off a welcoming, yet casual, feel. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling this off, especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair (with young kids). Then, to add the perfect Easter accent, I love these adorable Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes packed with pastel M&M’s.

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Read on to see how this Easter lunch table came together.

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I created this Easter lunch look starting with white dinner plates layered under turquoise Pottery Barn salad plates — this provided the base for this turquoise and white color palette. I also created simple white arrangement consisting of white hydrangeas, tulips, and football mums.

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For dessert I was inspired by my Pinterest board to do a donut buffet. I placed a tower of pink, white and sprinkled donuts (from Dunkin Donuts — don’t tell anyone!) on a cake stand alongside more Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes. I filled the bottom level of my cart with cocktail and champagne options should anyone choose to enjoy some spirits over lunch.

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Hopefully this Easter will be warm and sunny allowing everyone to take this party outside, although given this example, being indoors wouldn’t be the worst option either!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

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See more Pottery Barn Easter lunch must-haves here.
See Amanda’s full post on Fashionable Hostess here.

Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Juli Vaughn

Whether it’s your first time hosting Easter Brunch or your 30th time, everyone can use some fresh inspiration. I find that as a color lover, I long for holiday decor that involves bright hues and surprising elements. I want to repurpose things in my home and give my guests something to talk about when the conversation about who got which candy in their Easter basket wanes.

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The first thing to keep in mind when you’re putting together your ideal tabletop is to ask yourself, “What is going to fill it up?” Is family-style food your thing? Is a killer flower arrangement? Are cute signs and place cards? You can have it all if you follow these tips.

Styling & concept: Juli Vaughn
Photography: Tulle and Grace
Hand Painted Easter Eggs: Ashley Pepitone

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1. Start with basics like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday but it provides a neutral start to any decor. I also used the Sketch Bunny Napkins which are playful, a neutral tone, and totally worth a splurge.

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2. Stick with one type of flower in medium sized modern glass vases. I used Parrot Tulips because they’re in season and very easy to find at a farmer’s market. An alternative to flowers is to fill a vase with organic carrots. The greenery at the top can serve as your floral element and you can eat them after Easter! If you use something like Aegean Clear Glass Vases you’ll have plenty of room to place food items around on the table as well.

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3. Repurpose home items and fresh produce for signage. I used the Serafina Vanity Mirror for an unexpected “Happy Easter” sign. I also used spray-painted carrots for place cards. Simply tape off the top of the carrot with painter’s tape, cover with 2 coats of metallic spray paint, and attach a piece of card stock paper for the place card. Voila! Instant conversation piece!

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4. Add pops of color by using Pressed Milk Glass Votives, Robin Eggs, or hand painted wooden eggs like these from my friend Ashley Pepitone.

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5. Embrace change. We all long for a picturesque table scape with perfectly placed napkins, shiny silverware, and calligraphy place cards. But, let’s be honest, we ALL place our cell phone right next to all that lovely as soon as we sit down. I say embrace the change and incorporate it into your decor by providing a cell pocket. I put this one together with color-coordinated scrapbook paper, scissors, and hot glue. The phone immediately has a home to sit in for easy access for all that Instagram-ing you might need to do, and yet it fits in with the table decor perfectly.

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Tell us: How are you going to decorate for Easter this year?

See more of our favorite Easter decorating ideas & items here.