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Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake from Sugary & Buttery

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Hummingbird cake is a traditional Southern dessert that goes back to the late 1970s.  The origins of the recipe are murky but lore has it that the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in Southern Living magazine in 1978.  Since then, the cake  has taken a life of its own and become part of the Southern dessert repertoire.  So when Melina of Sugary & Buttery presented us with a pumpkin version of this beloved recipe, we couldn’t wait to share!  We love seeing how traditions can be updated and this Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake is the perfect example!

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake with Maple Buttercream


For the Cake:
Unsalted butter, for greasing
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (about half a can), drained
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil

For the maple buttercream frosting:
6 sticks butter, room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and dust with flour.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop. Add the pumpkin puree and the crushed pineapple and mix well.

– Whisk the flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on high speed until thick and light, 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the vegetable oil.  Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, then gently fold to make a thick batter. Fold in the pecan-fruit mixture, then transfer the batter to the prepared pans.

– Bake until the cakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pans on a rack and then invert the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the buttercream: Beat the butter in your electric mixer on medium high speed for about 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup and keep whisking. Scrape down sides if necessary. Add the cream cheese and the powdered sugar and keep beating for at least 5 minutes, or until buttercream has desired consistency.

– Once the cakes are cooled down completely (preferably over night), cut the tops off and cut each cake in 2 layers. Assemble and frost the cake and decorate with chopped pecans, if desired.


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Looking for something specific?  Flip through our recipe archives for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Photography: Sugary & Buttery

Celebrating Friendsgiving with HonestlyYUM

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Thanksgiving is officially one week from today and it seems that everyone we know is immersed in last minute travel details or the frantic scramble to accommodate visiting family.  However, what about those who aren’t going to spending time with their family over the holiday?  For most, the Thanksgiving weekend is filled with the family they made; the friends and loved ones who will gather over the long weekend to support, celebrate and embrace the new traditions they have created together.  This annual gathering of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving even now has a name, Friendsgiving – which we love!  We loved it so much that we teamed up with HonestlyYUM to help plan out the perfect Friendsgiving.

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And remember that we want to hear how you are celebrating the holidays!  Be sure to upload your favorite holiday moments to Instagram, tag @potterybarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for your chance to win a $2500 shopping spree!  Click here for complete rules and eligibility.

Photo Credit: Ivan Solis

Host A Moscow Mule Party

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We love Christy from Colonial House of Flowers! After the amazing and inspiring curb appeal story she created for us last month, we knew we had to invite her back to share more of her pin-worthy ideas. Christy didn’t disappoint creating a beautiful Moscow Mule Bar, perfect for Fall dinner parties with the help of her partners in design, Lavin Label and The Vine Garden Market. Here are some simple tips for recreating this lush look.


Tip 1: Use the same color fresh flowers on tables.

It’s easy to get arrangements that are all the same color right. Cut and put seasonal earth tone millets, Queen Anne’s lace and local greens in a creative container like this Carolina Vase or Mood Moss in a found dough bowl for a look that’s effortless and stunning.  Add them loosely for a natural look.


Tip 2: Add candles and found greenery for elegance.

Rather than traditional Fall foliage try fresh trimmed succulents and air plants. It doesn’t get more beautiful (or easy) than that. Plus when it comes to setting the mood, you can’t beat the immediate impact of flickering lantern light like the Wyeth Recycled Glass Lanterns. Put fresh clipped kernels and tons of candles everywhere!


Tip 3: Tray of drinks.

Easiest way to impromptu conversation? You know, we like to mingle. The Fretwork Rim Mirror Tray full of a signature cocktail that guests make themselves invites just that! Scratch the paper and used hand lettered signs in seasonal fruit like apples or limes to add savoir faire.


Monica’s Moscow Mule

Step 1: Combine 2 oz of Ketel One Vodka and 1 oz of Fresh Lime Juice and pour into Moscow Mule Copper Mug over Ice


Step 2: Top with Ginger Beer and garnish with Mint


Step 3: Enjoy!

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Photography: Kelli Boyd Photography


Cheers to the Perfect Fall Cocktail

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Apple season is here and we couldn’t be more thrilled! We are welcoming autumn with a series of deliciously good  cocktail recipes, crafted by Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha. First up is this crisp Rummy Spiced Cider made with Captain Morgan Original Spiced Rum. It’s filled with our favorite flavors of fall and can be served both hot or cold. Click here for the ingredients and instructions for crafting this festive drink. (And don’t forget, this is the first of many seasonal recipes to come!)

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(Photography by Rustic White)

Shop our new barware here!

Liven Up your Halloween Bash with this Blackberry Smash

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TGIH – Thank Goodness It’s Happy Hour friends! This week we’re continuing our Friday Cocktail Series with a full-of-flavor Blackberry Smash crafted by Eden Passante from Sugar and Charm. Served in our Library Glassware, this refreshing sip is just too good to wait until Halloween to serve. We’re planning on whipping up a few this weekend – no skull accessories required, but they sure are fun!


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RECIPE: Blackberry Smash

For the blackberry simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C sugar
1 C blackberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blackberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

1 1/4 ounce gin
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce blackberry simple syrup
crushed ice

Pack a rocks glass with crushed ice. In a shaker, mix the Gin, lemon juice and blackberry simple syrup together. Shake, pour over the crushed ice and finish with a drizzle of blackberry simple syrup on top.

For the rest of the cocktails featured in this scary good bar scene, click HERE! For Eden’s tips & tricks for throwing the ultimate Halloween party click HERE.

And to shop our entire Halloween Barware Collection click right HERE!

(Photography by Madcitizen)

A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. Especially when served from a Halloween bar that looks so frighteningly good!!

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Coffin cheese – Halloween genius!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

IMG_2811RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this killer party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm! Happy Haunting!!

3 Simple and Delicious Fall Cocktail Recipes

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Throughout the month of October select Pottery Barn stores will be hosting mixology 101 sessions with sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach from This Girl Walks Into A Bar. The duo recently published their new cocktail book, Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls!  Jordan and Jocelyn will be sharing their impressive mixology skills and easy to make recipes to serve at your upcoming seasonal parties!

To give you a “sip” of their creativity, we sat down with the two sisters and asked a few questions to get you ready for your next event.

November Dream MartiniClick here for the recipe to this November Dream Martini served in our PB Classic Barware.

Why did you select the title Cougars & Cowgirls for your newest cocktail recipe book?

There is no “type” of woman that wants to make great cocktails and entertain successfully at home. There are twenty-one years olds and sixty-one year olds, executives and stay-at-home moms, mixology novices and spirit experts who have helped us to shape our own identity as a brand.

What is your favorite fall ingredient that you like to include in your cocktails?

We’re a little crazy about cinnamon and orange zest, and love to incorporate these two ingredients whenever we can. Whether it’s bourbon, vodka, or tequila, these two small and flavorful additions always bring something new to the mix.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Click here for their Mulled Wine Recipe served in our Colorful Café Glassware.

What inspires you and influences your work?

We are craving cocktails with brown spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, anejo, scotch, mezcal, etc. Seasonal fruits and herbs also play a big part in our approach to a drink. Our goal is always to present recipes that someone can make at home without much hassle.

What is your signature cocktail that you have created? 

It’s hard to chose a favorite, but The First Lady is definitely in the top ten. The combination of a little gin, limoncello, blueberry simple syrup and lemon juice in a flute filled with Brut is so delicious. Because of all the bubbly, it looks like a delicate drink but it’s actually quite complex and according to some, on the strong side.

Afternoon Delight

Click here for their Afternoon Delight recipe made in our Pumpkin Drink Dispenser and served in our Pumpkin Glassware.

Do you have any advice for future mixologists?

Be adventurous! If you get a crazy idea for a drink, try it out. When it comes to mixology, it’s more about balance and less about what “should” go into a cocktail. And remember that your drink doesn’t need a lot of ingredients or even adjectives (forget the organically infused, barrel-aged tequila) to taste amazing. Sometimes less is more.

Click here to find out more about these amazing mixologists.

Click here to RSVP for our upcoming store events with Jordan and Jocelyn!

A Magical Party Guide: Ken Fulk’s Expert Entertaining Tips

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(Photo via Douglas Friedman)

Although beautiful design is his bread and butter, Ken Fulk is just as well-known for throwing one fabulous fête. From Moroccan-themed penthouse soirées, to Sunday suppers with mashed potatoes and roast chicken, Ken knows how to put together the perfect get-together from start to finish.

(There’s more than one reason we decided to launch our exclusive collaboration with him. See the Ken Fulk and Pottery Barn collection here. )

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“Whenever I plan a party, I imagine it unfolding like a beautiful movie inside my mind. There are establishing shots of the space, scenes of guests arriving, close-ups of late-night silliness; there is always the perfect song playing in the background,” says Ken.

Read on to get in the party-planning mood with Ken’s favorite tips, tricks and incredibly inspirational ideas — plus, some of our favorite photos from our #KenFulkxPB events.

Ken’s Top Magical Party Tips:

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  • The invitation is more important than you think! It sets the stage for your party from the get-go. Going formal? Consider a handwritten invitation with a flower. If your party is more casual, go digital — but skip the pre-made template. “I prefer to make my own email invitations by layering some fun copy over an evocative snapshot,” says Ken.
  • Throw a few wild cards into your guest list. “When crafting your guest list, remember: The magic happens when you mix it up. Don’t be afraid to invite your favorite grande dame and your punk rock neighbor to the same dinner,” says Ken.
  • “Don’t give party favors no one wants. A goodie bag filled with freebies isn’t really a gift,” says Ken. Want to do something practical that everyone will love? Box up desserts or leftovers in cute boxes or mason jars with ribbon, or give out a copy of your playlist to guests as they leave.
  • Fresh cut flowers are a must for any party — whether you’re entertaining in a grand ballroom or a tiny apartment, there’s no better way to bring life to a space. Go big, but keep it simple — even with a limited budget, you can go cheap and cheerful with sunflowers and daffodils.

Ingredients to the perfect party:

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  1. A magical atmosphere.
  • Dim the lights: everything and everyone will look better.
  1. Some seriously delicious bites.
  • “Don’t be shy about serving take-out presented in beautiful serving dishes,” says Ken. “It takes the stress out of entertaining, which will make you a happier host.”
  • Keep it simple. “First and foremost, the meal should be delicious. For the Sunday suppers I host at my home, I’ll serve roast chicken and mashed potatoes. No one leaves disappointed.”
  • Want something a little fancier? Have one of your favorite restaurants provide a few small bites. Ken’s particularly fond of these three:
    Jon & Vinny’s (Los Angeles)
    Marlowe (San Francisco)
    Carbone (NYC)


  1. Plenty of cocktails & mocktails.
  • Have a tray of drinks ready when guests arrive — both you and your guests will be grateful!
  • Don’t forget mocktails and spritzers for those guests that prefer their drinks non-alcoholic.

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  1. A groovy playlist.
  • “Make three different playlists: one to set the mood for arrival, a second more ambient mix to allow for conversation, and a third that gets everyone up and dancing,” says Ken.
  • Keep the stereo remote within arm’s reach. “Party volume tends to ebb and flow, and you don’t want to be frantically looking for the controller,” says Ken.
  • “A DJ for a dance party is a must — even if the DJ is you,” says Ken. Who’s Ken’s favorite DJ? The gorgeous and talented DJ Kiss is a must-have at his more festive get-togethers. Keep reading to get her playlist that’s ready to go for your next party!

Want to learn more about Ken Fulk? Click here to see his full collection, get the behind the scenes scoop and watch some of our favorite videos.

Simple & Rustic Dinner Party with Sunday Suppers

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A great dinner party doesn’t require many ingredients. Good food, delicious drinks, a perfect playlist and a comfortable atmosphere are all you really need to ensure a successful night. Karen Mordechai, founder of Sunday Suppers, is an expert on simple living and entertaining. That’s why we worked with her to host a rustic and food-focused dinner party with some of our favorite dinnerware and serveware.
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karen headshotKaren’s love for fresh ingredients is reflected throughout her work, including her book, Sunday Suppers: Recipes + Gatherings. We love how she serves bold, seasonal ingredients on our favorite white dinnerware so the color of each grape, papaya and piece of prosciutto truly pops.
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Rustic White Fall DinnerBlack Radish Salad 2Ready to host your own simple and rustic dinner party? We have everything you need to get started. Read on for Karen’s favorite decor, music, and more:

1. Karen’s Dinner Decor Must-Haves: Keep it simple. White dinnerware never goes out of style!

TIP: Choose something colorful for your main dish — white dishes will make brightly colored recipes extra Instagram-worthy.

• Caterer’s 12-Piece Dinnerware Set
• Rhodes Ceramic Drink Dispenser Stand
• Rhodes Ceramic Crock
• PB Classic Belgian Flax Linen Tablecloth
• Salerno Stemless Wine Glass
• Great White Oval Platter
• Great White Coupe Serving Bowls
• Marble Cheese Board
• Tivoli Flatware
• Great White Cake Stand
• Colorful Cafe Glassware
• Blonde Wood Paddle Pedestal
• PB Classic Drink Dispenser

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TIP: Searching for cheese platter perfection? Choose a variety of flavor profiles and textures so there’s something for everyone — sweet, soft, salty, savory.
Branzino Dinner for FallMood-Setting Party Playlist: Your playlist will do wonders to help set the tone for the evening!

TIP: Choose music that’s upbeat, but is best suited for background noise rather than an all-out dance party (at least until you’ve cleared the dishes).

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Want the recipes? Stay tuned! We’ll share Karen’s cocktail and dinner recipes from this beautiful dinner later this week.

DIY Herb Bundle: Rather than go with traditional flowers, Karen composed a simple bundle of seasonal greens and herbs for a fresh, fragrant addition to the table setting. As the meal prepared was Mediterranean in theme, she chose to include the following: Eucalyptus branches, olive branches, and rosemary sprigs

TIP: Don’t be afraid to forage in a nearby field or forest should either be accessible to you. The beauty of this bundle is its malleability to the seasons and environment.

To assemble, simple arrange the leaves and branches as you would like, so that there is a balance amidst the assortment, and cinch the base of the branches together in your hand. Then, using fishing wire or strong twine, tie this base together tightly so that the base is secure but the leaves still have room to breathe at the top. Then, using a thick white rope, tie a tight double noose knot around the base of the bundle, leaving plenty of lax rope available for hanging. Finally, using a ladder, find an appropriate hook or fixture from which to hang the bundle, the height of which can be adjusted to your preferences.

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Simple and Beautiful Fall Dinner Setting

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Ready for more? We’ll share Karen’s Mediterranean-themed entree and fresh citrus cocktail recipes later this week. For now, see more of Karen’s work at Sunday Suppers.

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Lonny Magazine
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5 Easy 4th of July Party Ideas

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Are you ready for the 4th of July? This year, we’re hitting the beach with an all-American celebration. Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers helped us put together one seriously amazing beach bash to celebrate Independence Day. It’s hard to pick out a favorite part in this beautiful shoot, but if we had to, we’d gush over all of the easy trips, tricks and ideas that can be put into use at any 4th of July party! Read on to get some of our favorites.

Plus, see the full party here. 


1. Keep your food light, fresh and easy. When you’re in the midst of July heat, there’s no need to overdo it on food. Stick to something simple — fresh fruit, grilled veggies and sausages are a great place to start.


2. Come up with a playful cocktail. Summer fruit provides all the cocktail inspiration you need. We love this Watermelon Mojito recipe — use this to add flavor, color and fun to your spread.


3. Don’t go overboard with decor. There’s no need to do the full red-white-and-blue treatment on everything in sight. Blue and white (or red and white) flowers in a beautiful basket will bring a fresh breath of summer air to your set up.


4. Make sure your bar’s fully stocked. Have something for everyone! We love how KJP and Sarah made sure that every guest had an alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink of choice at their party.


5. Keep it casual. The best part of summer entertaining is that it’s no fuss, no muss. That’s what makes a 4th of July picnic so perfect — finger foods, an easy-to-wash table linen and bottled drinks (no cups to wash!) make for less clean up and more time to enjoy the sunshine.

Ready for your own 4th of July party? Enter for a chance to win some of our summer party favorites, here.

Don’t forget to check out the full 4th of July party from KJP and Sarah here.