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Camille Styles’ Easy Holiday Entertaining Tips for Your Best Thanksgiving Ever

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Thanksgiving is exactly one week away (!) — are you ready? To be honest, we’ve been procrastinating on prepping for one of our favorite holidays, which is why we reached out to the lovely and talented Camille Styles for help! Camille’s new book, Camille Styles Entertaining, is chock full of creative tips and tricks to get you through the holidays (and the new year, too).

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Take a look at her favorite Thanksgiving must-haves from Pottery Barn, below — and keep reading to get her easy holiday entertaining tips PLUS one incredibly delicious fall cocktail recipe.

Plus, don’t forget to subscribe and stay tuned to Inside & Out for the rest of the holiday season — we’ll be launching a special feature with Camille after Thanksgiving, and sharing more of her expert tricks all the way through Christmas!

Thanksgiving Top Picks from Camille Styles

1. Cast Leaf Metal Earthenware Gravy Boat and Cast Leaf Metal Serving Platters/2. Napoli Stoneware Dinnerware/3. Harvest Olive Wreath/4. Flameless Birch Pillar Candles/5. Vintage Wood Footed Bowls and Vintage Wood Baguette Tray/6. Antique Silver Pitcher and Antique Silver Three-Tiered Stand

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Pottery Barn: Uh oh — your in-laws are arriving for a last-minute Thanksgiving trip. What are your suggestions for adding more people to an already set menu + table setting?

Camille Styles: First, don’t panic. This is an all-too common predicament, and one that I’ve even run into as a result of my own mental miscalculations as I laid down table settings before a party. The best strategy is to leave yourself a little wiggle room from the start. If possible, create enough space at the table so that you can scoot guests closer together and make room for two more if needed — no one will mind being a little cozier! It’s always a good idea to have 2 extra place settings and blank place cards waiting in the wings for surprise arrivals (like when your cousin brings his new lady friend that he met the week before.)

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CS: As far as the food goes, guests are surprisingly adaptable to taking a little less if it looks like a platter might run low. If one menu item is dangerously meager for the new guest count, have a special signal for your significant other that means the two of you will be abstaining from it to leave more for everyone else. But since it’s Thanksgiving, the holiday of culinary abundance, the unexpected guests will most likely just mean fewer leftovers the next day!

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PB: What’s your no-fail table decorating trick for Thanksgiving?

CS: Think beyond the floral centerpiece. In the fall, I love to forage for beautiful leaves and interesting berries or acorns to incorporate into a centerpiece. Pomegranates, winter squash and pears also make unexpected additions to the table and are a modern spin on the iconic image of an abundant cornucopia.

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PB: What are your favorite, easy fall cocktails for Thanksgiving?

CS: My current favorite is the Orchard Punch from my book (see the recipe, below). I love the throwback vibe of a big punch bowl at a party, and this one’s brimming with the cozy flavors of cider and spices, using apples and their juice in three different ways. And the best thing about punch? Guests can help themselves to seconds without having to ask!

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I mix up a big batch of fruity, boozy punch at my company holiday party every year. This year, I quadrupled the recipe and still had to make a second batch to satisfy, ahem, thirsty guests!

SERVES 6
½ 750 ml bottle sweet Riesling
1 red apple, cored and sliced
1 green apple, cored and sliced
1 cup apple juice
Whole Star Anise
2 tablespoons lemon juice
750 ml hard apple cider

Pour the Riesling into a large pitcher and then add the apples, apple juice, and lemon juice. Let marinate in the fridge for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

Just before serving, add the cider and divide equally among ice-filled highball glasses. Garnish with star anise and serve.

Photo credits: Buff Strickland

Don’t forget to subscribe and tune in to the Pottery Barn blog for more of Camille’s amazing entertaining tips throughout the rest of this holiday season! 

Dream Thanksgiving Flower Arrangement Tips from Juli Vaughn

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Seasonality is the key to a successful flower arrangement — as Juli Vaughn of Juli Vaughn Designs knows.  But this is no easy task in the fall, particularly when you’re designing flowers for a dinner party and have size, shape and scent to keep in mind. Although it took a little extra planning (and plenty of foraging), Vaughn flowers make this Thanksgiving table setting look professional, chic and stylish.

Read on to learn just how she did it!

PS: Don’t forget to check out our Thanksgiving table decorating tips and 2 delicious Thanksgiving stuffing and chutney recipes from the same stunning shoot.

Flowers: Juli Vaughn
Styling + Concept: Ashley Pepitone + Camp Makery
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Recipes + Food: Simply Catering

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Q: What are your tips for choosing fall flowers for a Thanksgiving table?
A: I bought a few flowers from the market just because everyone loves flowers, but I actually prefer herbs and foraged foliage for a Thanksgiving arrangement. To me, it’s more authentic to that first Thanksgiving to use the beauty you find in your yard more than just purchasing grocery store flowers. I combed my yard (and maybe the neighbor’s — shh!) for vines, berries, maple and oak branches, pinecones and even flowers that had lost their petals but still had a fun shape.

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Q: Any suggestions for flower arrangements on a small table?
A: Instead of one large arrangement, make a series of mini arrangements — maybe 3 to 5. You can have them placed in the center of the table when everyone arrives and then tuck them in between the dishes when the food is placed. That way, you don’t have to move them to a side table — best of both worlds: food AND flowers.

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Q: How should scent come into play when creating an arrangement for a dinner table?
A: Don’t use heavily scented flowers like roses or lilies. The floral scent will mess with your delicious stuffing and turkey aromas. Instead stick with herbs like rosemary and sage while you mix in unscented blooms. These will contribute to the overall smell of Thanksgiving rather than fighting it.

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Q: Love the flowers on the chandelier! How did you attach them?
A: Thanks! I started by making a simple garland with a roll of wire. Then I attached it to the chandelier with wire by twisting it just like a twist tie at the top, middle and bottom. After it’s attached, you can tuck flowers into it without worrying about them getting messed up while you’re attaching it.

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Q: What are your top centerpiece tips?
A: Whenever I make a centerpiece for a large dining table, I focus on 3 things. First, make it low. The last thing you want is for someone to not be able to see the person across from them and stare at flowers instead of faces. Second, keep it skinny. It’s ok if the flowers are organic-looking and not all squished together, but no one wants to accidentally stick their fork in a leaf because it was infringing on their plate. Third, make it beautiful. A beautiful arrangement can become a break from or a topic of conversation. Either one is welcome and contributes rather than hinders an evening of family and loved ones.

Chic Style for Adult and Kids’ Thanksgiving Table Decor

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Voila — it’s finished! Your Thanksgiving table is a visual masterpiece of garlands, candles and perfectly pressed table linens. When you’ve put this much work into your Thanksgiving table decor, you don’t want to let the kids’ table become an afterthought of plastic tablecloths and utensils. After reading your questions from our last Pottery Barn Live event, it’s clear that this is a common issue: How do you mesh adult and kids’ Thanksgiving tables?

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We love how Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut incorporated a single design style (with some of our favorite fall pieces) into her adult and kids’ Thanksgiving table decor for this year. It’s simple, chic and best of all — practical.

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Take a look at her tips + more photos from Becky Kimball on the Pottery Barn Kids’ blog!

5 Dream Thanksgiving Table Decorating Tips from Camp Makery

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The holidays are here! Thanksgiving is just around the corner, so we’re starting to design, dream and draw up our plans to decorate the perfect Thanksgiving table.

Luckily, our friends at Camp Makery have come up with a stunning solution: an elegant fall table using some of our favorite Thanksgiving decor.

Flowers: Juli Vaughn
Styling + Concept: Ashley Pepitone + Camp Makery
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Recipes + Food: Simply Catering

Pottery Barn featured favorites: Feather Stoneware Plates, Wishbone Napkin Rings, Harvest Hunter Plaid Table Runner, Lady Amhurst Feathers, Emma Serve Bowl

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Get inspired by their amazing Thanksgiving table PLUS get stylist Ashley Pepitone’s top 5 Thanksgiving table decorating tips:

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Candles, candles and more candles. “Even if you don’t have a formal dining room and are hosting at your kitchen table, candles always make a meal feel special,” Ashley says.

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Make it personal. “Place cards are not only pretty and functional, but they add a personal touch for your guests. Think outside the box — here we used gold leafed mini pumpkins and tied satin ribbon to their stems after adding names to the ribbon with a gold paint pen.”

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Prepare for last minute guests. “For extra seating, consider using an upholstered bench if you have one, rather than folding chairs or mismatched chairs from another room. It will look more intentional and you can fit more people on a bench.”

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Give guests everything they’ll need. “I like to have each place setting done with everything they will need for the meal, from salad plates and soup bowls to dinner plates, wine glasses and water goblets.”

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Make a statement. “ I decorated this table with one big statement arrangement in the center of the table. It will take up space, but I think it is worth having a beautiful floral arrangement on the table for guests’ arrival.”

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PS: Need to save on space, but still want flowers? We love how floral designer Juli Vaughn decorated the space above the table, too. “If you have a chandelier, add some greenery and berries to it with floral wire and you will have beautiful décor even when there is no room on the table,” Ashley says.

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Our Most Spooktacular Tips, Tricks & Treats for Halloween!

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Happy Halloween! We’re starting off our day with our most SPOOKTACULAR tips, tricks and treats for one of our favorite holidays. Get the scoop on how to make your Halloween full of ghostly spirit! Whether it’s an amazing DIY Evil Lab bar from Honestly Yum, or a delicious “bloody” tomato soup from Two of a Kind — you can find it all here. 

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1. Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas
2. Honestly Yum: Evil Drink Lab
3. The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipe
4. 10 Tips for Setting Up a Candy Bar
4. Witches’ Brew: A Halloween Bar from Sweets & Celebrations
5. Interview with a Stylist: Get the Scoop on our Medieval Halloween Party
6. A Different Kind of Trick or Treat: Bloody Tomato Soup and Focaccia Fingers
7. How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party
8. Spooky & Chic Halloween Perfection

Halloween Gone Mad: Black, Silver and Green Halloween Decorating Ideas

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This month, the uber-talented Karson Butler Events and Laura Hooper Calligraphy teamed up to host a Halloween-inspired calligraphy workshop at Karson Butler’s beautiful studio in Washington DC. We love their unique Halloween decorating ideas!

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The playful decorations (including our Mercury Pumpkins and Periodic Cocktail Platter) go beyond the standard orange and black palette. “Our color palette included blacks, silvers and green,” says Emily Butler. “We wanted to steer clear of traditional orange and do something a bit different.”

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The best part about the mercury pumpkins they used? They work well all season long — Thanksgiving, almost up until Christmas! “We’re already planning an autumnal look of mixed metallics for our Thanksgiving table,” Emily says.

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Stunning flowers and greenery from Victoria Clausen Florals, mixed with some strategically placed dry ice and beakers add the perfect finishing touch.

Take a look at all of the photos + get more tips + learn how to sign up for a calligraphy class yourself on Glitter Guide!

Vendor Credits
Event Planning & Design- Karson Butler Events
Calligraphy- Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Photography- Sweet Tea Photography
Floral – Victoria Clausen Floral
Wine – ONEHOPE Wine
Decor – Pottery Barn
Small Beakers, Purple Apothecary Bottles- Karson Butler Events
Rentals - Party Rental, LTD
Linens- DC Rental
Periodic TableTotebagsCoasters – Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Pies – Pie Sisters

The Dragon Flagon: Our Favorite Halloween Cocktail Recipes

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Skip the tricks on Halloween — this year, we plan on treating ourselves with one of our favorite Halloween cocktails made with George Dickel Tennessee Whisky. The Dragon Flagon is perfect for Halloween entertaining — thanks to its convenient drink dispenser proportions for our Dragon Drink Dispenser Stand.

Get the full recipe for one of our favorite Halloween cocktail (you can print it by saving to your desktop, too!) below:

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