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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.

 

 

How to Host a Backyard Wine Party: Part 2

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Last week, we showed you one of our favorite ways to enjoy a warm summer night (with the help of the talented Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach and Glitter Guide) — a backyard wine party!

Photography: Krista A Jones

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Along with some of our favorite La Crema wines, Moran also presented her guests with a spread of her favorite summer bites — a must for warm weather wine tasting.

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We love how Moran kept her fresh cherries on ice — it makes for a fun presentation, and keeps each piece of fruit feeling crisp and fresh.

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A cold glass of La Crema Pinot Gris is the perfect way to stay cool, too.

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Keep a few easy snacks out for guests to munch on before a light dinner — cheese, olives, grapes and almonds suit wine perfectly.

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Don’t go overboard when making this meal — make it a light meal, since heat can stave off the appetite. We love this simple pasta dish Moran made with peas and shrimp.

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Keep your decoration simple for a backyard party like this — summer is all about easy living, after all. A fresh bouquet of white flowers is all you need to make your tabletop look pretty.

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Our patterned napkins add a little extra color, too.

See the rest of the party here.

How to Host a Backyard Summer Wine Party: Part 1

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Warm summer weather doesn’t last forever — we’re trying to soak up every bit of sunshine while we can! That means hosting outdoors whenever possible — like this lovely backyard La Crema wine party from Caitlin Moran of Style Within Reach and Glitter Guide.

Photography: Krista A Jones
Florals: Intrigue Design + Decor

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The key to a successful summer party (or any party, for that matter) is creating maximum impact with minimal effort. Warm weather foods suit this mantra well.

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A pretty display of crisp grapes, good cheese, olives and almonds can give guests something to munch on while they sip their wine.

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Fresh melon cubes wrapped with prosciutto provide that perfect salty/sweet combination.

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Don’t forget a drink dispenser of water to cleanse the palette!

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A lush and green summer backyard like Caitlin’s doesn’t need a lot of decorating. A simple vase of hydrangeas and napkins in a fun pattern make the set up feel both elegant and festive.

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Our Galvanized Metal Caravan Bar Cart helped keep some of our favorite warm weather wines cool in the hot weather.

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Plus, the cart encourages guests to grab and serve themselves throughout the evening.

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A casual garland of leaves and hydrangeas by Intrigue Design + Decor dressed it up with just a dash of summer style.

Stay tuned for part 2 — with Caitlin’s favorite warm weather recipes — soon! 

Our Favorite Party Tips to Kick Off the Summer

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Did you miss our Twitter Party yesterday? Our entertaining expert, Brett, took over our Twitter to answer all of your summer party questions — everything from invitations, to bar set up, to appetizer suggestions, to dealing with the last guests that can’t take a hint. Read on to take a look at his top tips, below!

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Invitations and guestlist:

Don’t want kids at your party? I just say adults only! There’s nothing wrong with that. But saying no children allowed can sound negative.

If you’re ready for the party to end, but your guests haven’t taken the hint, turn down the music, turn up the lights and make sure that every glass is put away.

If you’re worried about too few RSVPs, send your invitation through Evite so you can send them a reminder and updates. If no one shows, just invite your neighbors over. 

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Decorations:

Color themed parties are an easy, fun way to give your party flair. Just have everyone wear one color.

Don’t be afraid to use paper decorations outdoors! They’re very budget-friendly. But use them in multiples for drama.

I’ll throw a beach towel or an outdoor tablecloth for color on my cushions during a party, which will also protect them from spills and scuffs.

Candlelight instantly sets the mood for evening dinners. I use some of our lanterns and flameless candles and put them in the center of the table.

For parties hosted during hot days/nights, I love to go to Chinatown and find paper fans for everybody to use!

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Food and Drink:

Not sure how much food to serve? Go with the Golden Rule: Serve a handful of protein per person with plenty of salads and sides. Start off with a watermelon and feta salad and grilled meat and veggies with sauces for a healthy entree.

Get creative with your crudité! Use a scooped out avocado for the dip, or a scooped out watermelon for your bowl. You can make easy bites, like mozzarella and tomato or prosciutto and melon, ahead of time.

Set up a burger or hot dog bar with lots of different and unusual toppings. It could be mac and cheese on top of a burger, or coleslaw in different bowls. Have fun with it!

Use drink dispensers to display your favorite cocktail recipes. It makes it easy for guests to choose between vodka, tequila, or no alcohol. And you don’t have to serve them!

Keep cold food cold by filling a galvanized party bucket with ice and putting bowls with your food on top.

 

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How to Set Up a Bar for Spring with Samantha from Could I Have That?

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Warm weather dictates a different approach to cocktail hour. Instead of the dark, heavy liquors and wines we’re used to in the winter, it’s time to lighten up and take advantage of the flavors of the season.

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Above: Our Santino Glasses and Galvanized Metal Tray.

We love how Samantha from Could I Have That? set up her antique bar cart for impromptu guests during this time of year. Take a look at some of her favorite springtime bar necessities, below, featuring Pottery Barn barware.

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Samantha’s spring bar cart tips and recipes:

“Pick up drink dispensers for water or pre mixed concoctions. I love this clear one because it adds a little height while not taking up too much real estate on the cart.”

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Limoncello + Prosecco, perfect for brunch or with a summer salad.
Aperol + Prosecco, a favorite in Italy, so play some bocce ball while sipping.
Lemon Rum Drop, when something sweet is in need.
The Perfect Margarita, even better with chips and guacamole.
Watermelon + Blackberry Margaritas, one of my favorites with grilled chicken burgers.
Fresh Lemonade + Vodka, best when sipped in a hammock with a good book.

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Dreaming of Summer with Camp Makery

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There’s nothing quite like a New England summer! Ashley Pepitone, who was born and raised in Boston, had her New England summer memories in mind when she saw the Rope Cocktail Plates and Evan Stripe Table Runner from our summer collection. “They brought me right back to my summers in Maine’s beautiful Lakes Region,” Pepitone says. “It inspired me to share my traditional New England Lobster Roll recipe!”

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Pepitone styled this stunning shoot to show off her delicious lobster rolls. Read on to get the recipe, plus some styling tips for your first summer soiree!

Photography: Haley Sheffield Photography
Concept and Sytling: Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery
Florals: Juli Vaughn Designs

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New England Lobster Roll

Ingredients:
New England-style split-top hot dog buns
4 tbsp butter (to grill the buns)
8 oz fresh or frozen lobster meat
2-3 tbsp mayo
Juice of ½ lemon
2 green onions
Salt and pepper

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The bun is the most important part of a lobster roll — look for split-top buns, which allow for a perfectly grilled outside and a soft, fluffy inside. Heat each side of your buns in a frying pan with butter until they’re golden brown.

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Shred your lobster meat by hand and mix with the mayo, lemon juice, chopped green onions and salt and pepper to taste.

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Load each bun with the lobster salad and serve with Cape Cod kettle-cooked potato chips and a cold Sam Adams Summer Ale.

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Tip: Add a few extra slices of lemon to the plates for garnish. “My dad and I love to add extra juice to our rolls,” says Ashley.

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We love the stunning floral arrangements by Juli Vaughn. The giant peonies and fresh bay leaves completely embrace the dreamy feel of summer.

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Pepitone continued using the bay leaves as place makers, and wrote each guest’s name on a cluster with gold pen.

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A lantern in lieu of a traditional vase gives the table centerpiece a nautical twist. Vaughn laid out lush greenery and gigantic blooms in a simple arrangement so they spill out of the lantern. Sea-glass colored tapered candles give the display even more of a coastal vibe.

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