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How to Throw a Mad Scientist Halloween Party

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Make no bones about it! Our Mad Scientist Halloween Party has everything to help you get experimental this Halloween. Take a look at our creepy collection and our favorite Mad Scientist Party tips, below!

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Need an easy solution for sweet treats? Buy gummies and candies in creepy, crawly shapes (We love these!) to display on trays and in bowls. Deviled eggs get some serious ick factor when topped with cross-cut green olives with pimentos — don’t they look like eyeballs?

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Bar time! Use food coloring to make your cocktails bright slime green, or mix wine cocktails in a deep blood red for a spooky chemistry set bar display.

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We love this quirky alternative to your average olive and cheese plate. Use toothpicks to attach cherry tomatoes, mozzarella balls, olives and basil in a molecular-model like display. (You’ll want to serve them on our Periodic Cocktail Platter, of course)

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Add something sweet to your drink station, too! Snap off strips from a bar of white chocolate and use icing to attach a dried cranberry to the top — voila! A creepy, bloody finger that’s perfect for garnishing cocktails.

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Popcorn is a great casual snack for parties — make your batch seem a little fancier with a side of different spices and cheeses for toppings, and serve with our Alligator Serve Bowl and Condiment Set.

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Make sure every spot in your house look extra spooky — we love to fill up bookshelves with candles, glowing skulls and every sort of Halloween knick knack you can imagine!

See all of our Halloween parties here.

Root Vegetable Pot Pie and Pumpkin Spice Lattes: Waiting on Martha’s Favorite Things About Fall

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Waiting on Martha’s founder, Mandy Kellogg Rye, lives by the mantra that “Life should be lived beautifully every single day.” We couldn’t agree more.  It’s this reason, among many others, that we’re featuring her In the Spotlight this month.

Read on for a sneak peek of her exclusive online feature at PotteryBarn.com, and stay tuned for the full feature LIVE tomorrow!

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What are three simple ways you like to change your home decor for fall? 

Switch up your pillows and blankets. Incorporate a cozy throw and a few different seasonal pillows and you’ll change the whole mood of your bed and couch.

Invest in a place setting change. I love shifting my place settings for autumn with seasonal dessert plates, napkins and placemats.

Restock the bar. When the leaves begin to change so do my cocktails. Instead of tequila and mint julep cups you’ll find bourbon in my decanter and my bar cart set for colder weather with leather, animal print, and tortoise shell accents.

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What’s your top entertaining tip for the season?

Rather than scrapping what you have and starting anew for the season, make small changes to your existing accents to ensure that the entertaining transition is enjoyable and affordable. Look outside for inspiration and most importantly, embrace the comfort of the season. Think warmth and heartiness.

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This month I can’t wait to: Throw on a pair of boots, a cozy sweater, and drink a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Design icon: Kelly Wearstler.

Favorite new color combination: It’s by no means new, but blue and white will forever be my favorite color combination.

Signature fall cocktail: Mulled Wine. (See the recipe here.)

Favorite fall dish: Root Vegetable Pot Pie.

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Stay tuned for more of Mandy’s favorite fall things and top Pottery Barn picks tomorrow!

4th of July Party Picks and Tips from the Pottery Barn Design Team

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Need inspiration for this weekend? We asked our design team to tell us what they’d need to throw the perfect 4th of July Party. Read on to hear about four of their dream parties and their top entertaining picks!

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“Fourth of July is one of my favorite holidays, because it’s all about casual entertaining. One of my favorite things to do is to load the pickup and head to the Oakland Hills for a view of the sunset and all of the fireworks from all different parts of the Bay Area.

“We’ll start by taking Palmetto Stacking Chairs off the back porch, and then load our folding Moroccan Tray Table (this will hold drinks and plates when we’re sitting down). We’ll head to Market Hall for our meal and drink supplies to store in what I’m calling the “entertaining station” — our Outdoor Party Bucket and Table (1). I’ll use our Rope Melamine with a Star Melamine Serving Set (2) for some stars and stripes.

“If it’s a big group, we can ask others to bring their own folding chairs and throw an American Flag Tablecloth (3) over a big folding table. I’ll also grab Hyannis Lanterns (4) from my backyard to light up the table when the sun goes down.

“If everyone pitches in, this can be set up and broken down very quickly. It takes little effort to take in the sights and celebrate the holiday in style!”

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“I’ll host a rooftop party in the city. There are no fireworks allowed, but we’ll bring sparklers and write our names in the summer night sky. I’ll break out my Round Market Umbrella and load it with Cafe String Lights (1) and all of my leftover Christmas lights — and hang them up casually.

“I’ll keep my Galvanized Party Bucket (4) outdoors, filled with Tecates and Jarritos. A side table stocked with Clamato, sea salt, Tapatio and sliced limes and lemons will help turn those basic canned beers into delightful micheladas — served in Pottery Barn Rope Outdoor Highball glasses (2).

“I’ll bring a few of Glass Hurricanes (3) upstairs and layer them with red, white and blue corn tortilla chips, flanked by a serving bowl of my slow cooked pulled pork and freshly made (ahem, purchased) salsa for nachos.”

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“I heard through the grapevine that a barge will be anchored off of Ocean Beach this year … with nothing but a few matches and POUNDS of fireworks. I’ll be there — who’s coming with me?

“I’d start my party at noon with some Kai Infinity Pool Floats (1) and mimosas. The trick will be balancing cups in the high tide! Afterwards, we’ll have more sparkling cocktails on shore with our Galvanized Metal Wagon Party Bucket (4) (it’s a struggle to get to this picnic — but well worth it in the end!)

“Everyone will be soaking up the sun on our Color Block Beach Towels (3), with snacks that we carried over on our Beachcomber collections and served on Beaded Melamine (2). At dusk, we’ll light our spot on the beach with Flameless Outdoor Candles.”

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“I’d take over a picnic table in the park, and throw a couple of red striped Bonnie Indoor/Outdoor rugs (4) over them. They’re great, because you can hose them down after everyone spills their sauces.

“I’d use Vintage Wood Paddle Serving Sets to serve my salads and the Blonde Wood Pedestals (3) to display my favorite fried chicken and Mexican corn — slathered in sour cream, butter, queso fresco, lime and salt.

“A small Tuscan Planter filled with ice can hold beer and other refreshments, while Red LED Firework Branches (1) stuck in sand in our Grill Caddy (2) add festive light.”

Hurray for the Red, White and Blue! Start Prepping for Your Fourth of July Party

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Are you throwing a 4th of July party next week? This year, set up your table in style and aim for something a little more elegant. We love this tablescape designed by Star White from Camp Makery. Although the entire design uses a very patriotic scheme of red, white and blue, it has unexpected bursts of gold and geometric pattern.

Photography: Jessica Noelle Photography

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Star used our Rope Outdoor Dinnerware and Meredith Brass Lanterns to add functional glamour to the setting.

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One of our favorite parts of this beautiful set up is the stunning DIY ribbon chandelier — which is surprisingly easy to make. Take a look at Star’s DIY instructions below, so you can make one of your own!

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Supplies:
2 wreath frame hoops, 1 large, 1 small (found at Joann’s Fabric)
Ribbon without wire (2 spools of the 25 yard and 3 spools of the smaller gold ribbon)
Fishing wire
Scissors
Hot glue
Measuring tape
Hook

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Step 1: Begin by creating the framework of the chandelier. This can be done by cutting 3 equal lengths of fishing wire and securing them evenly around the outer-most ring of your small wreath frame. Attach the fishing wire to your hook. Repeat this process to attach the larger wreath frame below, this time securing the fishing wire around the small wreath frame. You are shooting for the 2 frames to be balanced and not falling to one side when you hold up the hook.

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Step 2: Measure and cut your ribbon. The size of chandelier you want will determine the length of your ribbon. Cut a test ribbon to see if you like the length; then, proceed to cut enough ribbon to fill the circumference of the frame. I chose a sturdy (but wireless) ribbon in blue and white, as well as a thin gold ribbon to add a little flair! I cut each ribbon to 50 inches, and this created quite a large chandelier. Using your hot glue gun, begin attaching the ribbon along the outer-most wire of your large wreath frame.

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Step 3: Once the large frame is complete, begin pulling each ribbon up through the center of the wreath to then attach to the smaller frame. You will have to overlap the ribbon on the smaller frame. Be sure to stagger the order of the ribbon you are gluing to the small frame, instead of gluing one, then the one next to it, and so on. This will help keep the ribbon balanced and not get twisted or off-center. Check to see if each ribbon is securely glued in place, and add glue as needed. If your chandelier is going outside like mine, you will be grateful for the extra little effort (Kansas is WINDY, ya’ll!). Where you have it! A bold statement centerpiece that really adds a fun, visual focal point.

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Hooray for the red, white and blue! Tell us: How do you plan on celebrating the Fourth of July this year?

 

Happy Father’s Day!

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Happy Father’s Day! Whether you’re a dad, or just want to show your dad how much you care, we hope you’re taking the time to do something extra special with the people that you love today. We did a lot to celebrate Father’s Day at Pottery Barn this week. Take a look at some of our favorite gifts, DIYs and recipes for dads below!

Photo via Oh Happy Day

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10 Father’s Day Gift Ideas from the Pottery Barn Design Team

DIY Father’s Day BBQ Lover’s Gift

Win the Ultimate Father’s Day Gift: Our Turner Leather Armchair (Ends tonight!)

Easy Father’s Day Brunch Recipe: Spinach, Steak and Gorgonzola Quiche

10 (More) Father’s Day Gift Ideas from the Pottery Barn Design Team

Our Favorite DIY Father’s Day Cards

Dad Friendly Cocktails: Make a Bloody Mary for Father’s Day Brunch