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Guide to the Perfect Dinner Party: A Warm Winter Gathering

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After the holidays are over, it’s easy to quickly lose your entertaining gusto. Whether you’re burnt out or just can’t think of a good excuse to get everyone together, post-holiday winter entertaining is hard to envision — that is, until we saw this gorgeous winter dinner party.

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Everything from the warm, cozy setting to the abundance of winter produce makes this dinner party feel perfectly suited for the season. Who needs an excuse when the party is as fun and gorgeous as this?

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Keep reading to take a look at this party from the talented team of Wanderlust Catering, Edyta Szyszlo PhotographyAlexandra Phelps EventsStudio Mondine and Cheree Berry Paper — plus their expert tips to throwing a classy dinner party with ease and style.

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Invitations:

Are paper invitations outdated? Hardly! We’ve loved seeing them come back with a force — Cheree Berry’s beautiful invitations are lovely enough for everything from a simple affair to a formal event.

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“An email/phone RSVP works great for a casual affair, such as a backyard BBQ, kid’s birthday, even ancillary wedding events,” says Cheree. “Today, we recommend an email RSVP vs. a phone RSVP as not to interrupt work or family time.”

“Know your audience too.  A more senior crowd may not handle an electronic invite as well as a printed one,” says Cheree.

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Hostess Tips:

“The perfect dinner party should have at least these three things: good food, tasty drinks, and great conversation,” says Simi Hansen of Wanderlust Catering. “There’s nothing worse than a party where guests are too shy to get to know each other.

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  “Interesting food and drinks are the easiest way to get the conversation started,” says Simi. “Soft lighting and an appropriate soundtrack can also help set the mood.”

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  “So many tasks can be done the day before your party. Food prep, table setting, decorating, choosing music, flowers,” Simi says. “If you can get these things done early, all you’ll need to do day-of is put ice on the bar, open wine, heat and assemble food, and get yourself ready. Doesn’t that sound totally stress-free?”

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Decorating Tips:

“Be creative when choosing your bar location. It can be a buffet, a cart, a table, your countertop. Just be sure to choose a surface that’s large enough to hold beverages, ice, glassware, and any accouterments,” says Simi. “If you serve beer in bottles, you can eliminate pint glasses, which is one less thing to set up and clean up. If you’re serving a signature cocktail, make a pitcher for the bar so guests can help themselves.”

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“Building a solid collection of basic items like runners, vases, napkins and service platters is a smart investment,” says Allie of Alexandra Phelps Studios. “Plus, it’s fun to challenge yourself to find new ways to utilize them again and again.”

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  “Just like produce, flowers are seasonal too,” says Amanda of Studio Mondine. “Save money by buying in season. For this table, we mixed the wintry amaryllis with local camellia and some early-blooming quince.”

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Pottery Barn items used: Napoli Dinnerware, Tava Chargers, Harrison Wine Pull, Harrison Multiple Bottle Cooler, Harrison Bottle Coaster, Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestals, Metallic Snack Bowls.

See more of our entertaining tips and recipes to help you throw the perfect dinner party here.

 

#PBwithaTwist: Stephanie Sterjovski’s Parisian Christmas Party

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There’s something effortlessly beautiful about the way the French do just about everything — don’t you think? And that’s really what we’re all about at Pottery Barn — helping you make your home beautiful, effortlessly.

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That’s just one of many reasons why we love Stephanie Sterjovski‘s twist on our holiday decor — #PBwithaTwist! This talented gal took some of our favorite cocktail and bar decor staples and gave them an elegant, Parisian-style twist for one classy Christmas party.

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You can get the look for your own holiday cocktail party with our Antique Silver Wine Cooler, Cocktail Shaker and Faceted Jewel Christmas Tree.

PS: Want to see more? See the full post, plus her delicious cocktail recipe: “The French Blonde” here.

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? 

 

 

How to Throw a Wine and Cheese Party

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We love wine and cheese parties (Who doesn’t?) — and fall is the perfect time to host one. This season, host a wine and cheese party with style — one that involves more than putting out a plate of pre-sliced singles. We had a #pbtwitterparty yesterday with our entertaining expert, Tony, to get his tips on how to throw a wine and cheese party with some Pottery Barn style.

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Say Cheese
Wine and cheese can get expensive. A good cheese costs a lot! To mix things up and stay on budget, we like to use more affordable cheeses in clever appetizers — like crostini or fondue.

Want to pair wine and cheese for tastings? This usually works best with contrasting (sweet + savory) or complementary (sweet + sweet) flavors. Mix up the types of cheeses you serve, too. Firm, soft, semi-firm and flavorful cheeses like gorgonzola.

Give your guests a little break from cheese with other snacks, too. We love to use our Round Vintage Pizza Paddle Board to serve charcuterie. Throw a handful of almonds, olives, dried berries, grapes and other fruit into little bowls. Tip: We’d avoid apples, since they can get brown, unless you squeeze some lemon on them!

Don’t forget that cheese can be a dessert, too! Choose a dessert wine and complement with honey and chocolate for a wine and cheese tasting after a dinner party. 

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Wine Me Up
Just because you’re hosting doesn’t mean you can’t ask for help. Turn your wine and cheese party into a potluck of sorts to make your life a little easier. Have every guest bring a bottle of their very favorite wine to share — assign red and whites to mix it up.

Turn it into a blind wine tasting to make it extra fun. We love this wine tasting party from Julie Blanner.

Worried not everyone will want wine? Serve a few champagne cocktails to keep things festive. Click here for inspiration and recipes.

Don’t forget non-alcoholic options! Martinelli’s Apple Cider is great to have on hand — serve it in flutes! Spritzers are a great choice too — try mixing simple bitters and soda water.

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Hostess with the Mostess
Make hostessing easy and have guests serve sangria, cocktails or spritzers themselves with this fabulous wine barrel drink dispenser.

Bring a stopper or corkscrew as a hostess gift, or wrap your wine in a new dishtowel with a pretty ribbon.

Use wine tags to label glasses so your guests don’t get mixed up. Use paper hangtags and tie them to glasses with raffia or rope. Or, make it super simple and ask a friend with good handwriting to write everyone’s names on the glasses with Sharpie — it comes right off in the dishwasher, trust us!

End of Summer Beach Bonfire with Camp Makery

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Summer’s almost over — can you believe it? Every year it seems to fly by even faster than the year before.

This summer, our friends at Camp Makery were inspired to celebrate the end of the season with a beach bonfire. Set on one of San Francisco’s foggy beaches, this gorgeous shoot encompasses everything we love about the Bay Area. Take a look at some of the shots, below, to get inspired for your own beach bonfire!

PS: Stay tuned for all of the food + drink recipes featured in these photos next week!

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Photographer: Christina Richards
Recipes: Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery
Styling & Art Direction: Lauren Weems of Camp Makery
Drink recipes: Don Julio, Ketel One, Bulleit Bourbon
Props:  Cecita Tile Print Layer PlateBelgian Flax Linen NapkinsWashed Velvet Pillow CoverCambria Mugs

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For the bonfire, Tiffany Sauter of Camp Makery adopted the classic Cajun shrimp po’ boy into a California-style sandwich that suits this West Coast setting.  Baking the shrimp instead of deep-frying and filling the shrimp po’ boy with fresh veggies makes it more of a healthy meal that still tastes delicious.

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California Style Shrimp Po’Boys

Ingredients:
1 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined, tails removed
4 hot dog buns
1 cup green cabbage, shredded
1 cup purple cabbage, shredded
2 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 red bell pepper, core and seeds removed
1/3 cup raw cashews
1 garlic clove
1/2 cup fine or medium cornmeal
1 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
1 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon cayenne powder (more if you like spicy!)
1/3 cup red onion, thinly sliced
3 Tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 425°.  In a small bowl, toss red wine vinegar and red onion.  Set aside.

In a medium bowl, toss shredded cabbage and apple cider vinegar.  Set aside.  In a small bowl, mix cornmeal, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and oregano.  Toss with shrimp until they are coated.  Spray a baking dish with cooking spray and place shrimp in pan in a single layer without shrimp touching each other.  Bake for 15 minutes.  In a food processor or high-powered blender, puree cashews, garlic and red bell pepper.  Toast hot dog buns in oven for 3 minutes, if desired.  To assemble, spread red bell pepper sauce on bottom bun and top with shrimp.  Fill the bun with flash-pickled red onion and shredded cabbage.

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Do you love our Cecita plates as much as Camp Makery does? Enter for a chance to win a set of your own! Fill out the form below for a chance to win one set of Cecita Tile Print Bread Plates and a set of Cecita Tile Print Layer Plates.

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Top Party Tips for Summer from Evite Party Planner Jessica Bailey

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Did you catch our Twitter Party yesterday? We were so excited to host Jessica Bailey, Evite Party Planner and blogger at Linen, Lace, & Love, who shared her top party planning tips (and Pottery Barn picks!) with our fans and followers. We loved her expert tricks to help make summer entertaining easy and fun for everyone. Take a look at some of our favorite tidbits from the Twitter Party, below — and don’t forget to follow Pottery Barn on Twitter for more entertaining and decorating tips!

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Adios, mosquitos!
Beat bugs by covering appetizers with pretty Pottery Barn glass domes.
 Hole punch cupcake liners, place upside down on your glass and put a straw through it to keep bugs out of your drink!
 Circle your party area with citronella candles to light when the sun sets.

Bring the indoors, out.
 Repurpose indoor furniture and move it out to the patio to create an alfresco dining experience.
 An inexpensive way to get an outdoor space party-ready is to use white candles to line a pool and/or walkway.

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Stick to something simple.
 
Keep food simple for outdoor entertaining: salads, fresh fruit and cold drinks are all you need.
 Save time and money by delegating dishes to friends (i.e. potluck style).

Try a themed party!
 
I love a late night “Drive in Cinema” party, with this invitation.
 Throw a #1 Fan party! Make it all about their favorite team and/or sport.
 Host a movie night + picnic. Put up a screen in your backyard, set up blankets and pillows, and offer snacks.
 I love a retro flamingo pool party for tweens — think black, white and pink.
 If you start with basic decor — black and white striped table cloth, white dishes — you can have a pirate party!

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Stock the bar.
 Cool beverages with a metal drink wagon outdoors.
 Served pre-mixed drinks so guests can help themselves — like our Hard Iced Tea bar featuring Pottery Barn’s Mason Jar Drink Dispenser
 I like to attach my bottle opener to a beverage tub with ribbon — they always go missing, otherwise!

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Summer’s Better Together Sweepstakes with Evite, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. You could win $5,000 to shop at the Pottery Barn brands to help you plan your next summer celebration!

Sweet Summer Nights: A Santa Barbara Barbecue with Some Pottery Barn Love

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Simplicity is the key to a successful summer party. Good friends, fresh ingredients, warm weather and wine — not much else is necessary to make a great night. That’s what’s so wonderful about this summer Santa Barbara barbecue, originally posted on Camille Styles.

Photography by Jen Huang

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Hosted by Poppies & Posies (who put together all of the florals) the barbecue took place in a beautiful Santa Barbara backyard on a perfect summer night. Barbecue expert Michael Steifman of Stuart & Co. whipped up an elegant but casual grilled menu.

Fresh farmer’s market vegetables made up the majority of the menu — served on Pottery Barn cutting boards and wood pedestals. Roasted red and yellow cherry tomato bruschetta on grilled bread with burrata made for a fresh but indulgent appetizer. Steifman also whipped up a batch of grilled shrimp with cilantro, peanuts, lime zest and chili paste. For the main course, Steifman served a brisket with smoked tomato salsa. Guests had their pick of spice-rubbed chicken, ribs and potato salad, too.

An elegant menu, with calligraphy by Jen Huang art, was displayed on our Cuisine Board Shelf with a flower arrangement by Poppies & Posies. Simple table settings with dark plates, teal napkins and marble slate name tags by Jen Huang stuck to the dinner’s summery but moody vibe.

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See the full story on Camille Styles.