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TGIF: Weekend Brunch Cocktail Recipe

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TGIF! We’re so happy it’s Friday. It’s Mother’s Day Weekend, and that means Sunday brunch with delicious cocktails. This bubbly, girly drink is perfect for Mother’s Day — a sweet and refreshing blend of pomegranate, vodka and prosecco called the Lola. Serve it in our PB Classic Champagne Flutes for an extra festive feel!

Cîroc Lola 

Cîroc Lola 1

1 oz Cîroc® Vodka
1.5 oz pomegranate juice
1 teaspoon elderflower liqueur
1 splash Stellina di Notte® Prosecco
1 orchid blossom

Stir all ingredients over ice to chill and strain into a pre-chilled cocktail glass. Top with a splash of prosecco and garnish with a orchid or another food grade edible flower.

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How to Make the Perfect Mother’s Day Breakfast in Bed

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When you’re a mom, breakfast in bed is a luxury. After weeks of rushing around and making everyone else’s breakfasts, lunches and dinners, sleeping in with a tray of delicious food nearby sounds like heaven.


Photo shoot credits:
Styling, Florals, Concept: Juli Vaughn and on Camp Makery
Hair/Makeup: Andrea Carter Artistry and also on Camp Makery
Photography: Haley Sheffield
Mother’s Day Card: Yours is the Earth
Food: Homespun


Stylist and floral designer Juli Vaughn recalled one of her earliest Mother’s Day breakfast in bed attempts with her sister when styling this shoot. “We came up with the idea to serve my mom a breakfast consisting of old candy corn pieces smashed into dry toast,” says Vaughn. “In true mom fashion, she dutifully ate a few bites and declared she couldn’t eat another because she was so full!”



This beautiful shoot takes a simple, low key approach to brunch with some simply delicious recipes from Homespun. Want to try and make them yourself? Simply save the recipes to print out at home!



Regardless of whether it’s an extravagant brunch with these amazing recipes or somehow ends up becoming just candy covered toast, breakfast in bed is the perfect way to show your mother how much you care.

Shown: Pottery Barn’s Cafe Pitcher, Glass Milk Carafe, Alphabet Mugs, Beachcomber Rectangular Tray and Kendra Trellis Shams

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with These Festive Cocktails

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! Are you planning on celebrating today? We’re excited to whip up some of these delicious cocktails (shown in our signature glassware) and a big batch of guacamole to cap off the day.

PS: Check out even more fiesta inspiration on our Pinterest board! 

Agave Margarita

Agave Margarita 2

(Served in our Santino Recycled Margarita Glass, and mixed with our Mack Cocktail Shaker and Saddle Leather Bar Tools)

1.5 oz Tequila Don Julio® Blanco
0.5 oz agave syrup
0.5 oz fresh lime juice
1 lime wedge for garnish

Preparation: Combine Tequila Don Julio Blanco, agave syrup and fresh lime juice into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well, strain contents into a margarita glass and garnish with lime wedge.


El Chichimeco

El Chichimeco 2

(Served in our Schott Zwiesel Highball Glass, mixed with the help of our Saddle Leather Bar Tool Set and Mini Blonde Wood Pedestal)

0.75 oz Tequila Don Julio® Añejo
0.25 oz Grand Marnier
0.25 oz mezcal
0.5 oz fresh grapefruit juice
0.25 oz agave nectar
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Grapefruit peel for garnish

Preparation: Combine Tequila Don Julio® Añejo, Grand Marnier, mezcal, fresh grapefruit juice, agave nectar and bitters in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Double strain into a Collins glass with ice and garnish with grapefruit peel.




Dreaming of Summer with Camp Makery

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© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

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!”

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

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

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

New England Lobster Roll

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.

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

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

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

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.

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |


Giddy-Up — It’s Time for the Triple Crown!

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April’s almost over — can you believe it? To us, the beginning of May doesn’t just mean the end of (hopefully) April showers, it also means that the Triple Crown is right around the corner. Big hats, colorful dresses, delicious cocktails and beautiful horses — what’s not to love?

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

We’re in love with these derby party ideas from the gals at Camp Makery. These ladies know the ins and outs of hosting the perfect party, and the style, tips and tricks in this shoot are no exception. If you feel out of practice throwing a party, derby season is a great time to start — these parties already have a set theme, decor and cocktail menu. All you have to do is add your own personal twist!

Keep reading to see the gorgeous photos and party tips from Camp Makery, featuring some of our favorite barware!

Photography: Haley Sheffield Photography
Concept and Styling: Ashley Pepitone of Camp Makery
Florals: Juli Vaughn Designs
Hat Designs, Hair and Makeup: Andrea Carter

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

Party tip #1: Each jockey has their own signature silks — patterned in bright and bold colors. Print or make a chart so that guests can see what their horse’s silks are and make washi tape straw flags to help them cheer their horse on!

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

Party tip #2: Encourage guests to wear their race day best — sundresses and hats for the ladies, bowties and gingham for the gentlemen.

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

Party tip #3: Deep red florals and greenery add casual elegance to any gathering, but we love how Juli Vaughn used the combination to mimic winners’ floral blankets at the end of each race.

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

Now for our favorite part: cocktail time! Each Triple Crown race (The Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes) has its own traditional, signature cocktail made with bourbon (we love using Bulleit Bourbon, stored in our glass Library Decanter). Keep reading to learn how to make each one!

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

Kentucky Derby’s Mint Julep:

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

3 to 5 fresh mint leaves
2-3 tbsp powdered sugar
.5 oz water
1.33 oz Bulleit Rye Bourbon

Muddle the mint leaves, powdered sugar, and water.  Fill the cup with crushed or shaved ice and pour the bourbon on top.  Garnish with fresh mint leaves.

Preakness Stakes’ Black Eyed Susan:

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

1 1/4 oz Bulleit Bourbon
3/4 oz vodka
3 oz sweet and sour mix
2 oz orange juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.  Shake vigorously and pour into a rocks glass (our Library Glass Double Old Fashioned Glass is pictured here).  Garnish with orange slice and cherry.

Belmont Stakes’s Belmont Breeze:

© 2013 | Haley Sheffield |

1 1/2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
1/2 oz cream sherry
1/2 oz fresh lemon juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
Splash of orange juice
Splash of cranberry juice
5 mint leaves

In the bottom of a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves and simple syrup.  Add ice and the remaining ingredients, and shake vigorously.  Strain into a chilled rocks glass filled with fresh ice and garnish with a sprig of mint and an orange peel or slice.

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Keep all of your barware neat and tidy in a classic tray, like our Saddle Leather Tray. For those that prefer beer, keep a bucket of ice cold brews at the bar, with our Horse Head Bottle Opener on hand.

Additional credits:
Bracelets: Alex and Ani, Kentucky Derby Collection
Linens and Silk “Race Day Scarf”: Equine Divine, Aiken SC
Dresses and Shoes: Francesca’s Collections

How to Set Up a DIY Lemonade Bar

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Everyone loves classic Easter food — but sometimes it’s worth it to try something a little different. Erica Chan Coffman, expert entertainer and HonestlyYUM blogger, put a more modern spin on our favorite Easter dishes of lamb, peas and eggs with her renditions of lamb bolognese, pea shoot salad and deconstructed deviled eggs. See the full recipes here!


We loved Coffman’s delicious dishes — particularly her playful DIY lemonade bar, featuring our Mason Jar Drink Dispenser and Sculpted Bunny Stand. “I’ve been really into having my guests get involved in the drink and/or dinner prep,” she says. “Whether it’s setting up a DIY cocktail station so they can make their own drinks or creating a DIY pizza station where they can customize their own gourmet pizza. It’s so much fun!”


Coffman poured a big batch of lemonade in the drink dispenser and mixed up herbed simple syrups in smaller containers. Guests mix the syrups and lemonade together, customize their drink to taste exactly how they like and pour their personal concoctions into our Eclectic Pressed Glass Goblets.


Each syrup has a corresponding herb spring tied to it with twine. Coffman used lavender, rosemary, thyme, basil and mint — but you can use whatever flavors you want! We suggest using this easy recipe from Williams-Sonoma.


See more of Erica Chan Coffman’s Pottery Barn picks.

Five Festive Cocktails to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

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Tired of getting the green tongue that usually comes with your food-colored St. Patrick’s Day drink? Hey, we love green beer too — but this year, we’re approaching our March 17th cocktails a little differently. Bring on the Guinness, whiskey and Bailey’s! 


All Irish Black & Tan

1. Fill pint glass with 6 oz. Smithwick’s Ale, just over half way.
2. Pour 6 oz. Guinness Draught beer over the back of a spoon into the glass.
3. Stop pouring just short of the rim.

Serving suggestion: Pour this heavy drink into our Schott Zwiesel Pilsner Glasses.


Bushmills® Irish Honey Half and Half

1. Shake 1.5 oz. Bushmills® Irish Honey with 3 oz. fresh lemonade and 3 oz. iced tea.
2. Pour into a glass with ice.
3. Garnish with lemon wedge and mint (optional).

Serving suggestion: Pour this refreshing cocktail into one of our summery Mack Pressed Glasses.

st bernard

Irish Coffee Drop

1. Mix 1 oz. Bailey’s Original Irish Cream Liqueur with .5 oz. coffee liqueur in a shaker with ice.
2. Strain liquid into a shot glass.
3. Garnish with coffee beans if desired.

Serving suggestion: These tasty shots will be even more fun in our playful St. Bernard Shot Glass.


Black Velvet

1. Fill a glass with 3.25 oz. of Guinness Draught in Can.
2. Top off with an equal amount (3.25 oz.) of sparkling wine or champagne.

Serving suggestion: Make an impact with this stunningly dark drink in one of our Schott Zwiesel Taste Flutes.

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Bushmills® Whiskey Smash

1. Muddle 2 pieces of lemon with 2-3 mint leaves, water and .75 oz. simple syrup in the bottom of a mixing glass.
2. Add Bushmills® Blended Irish Whiskey, shake and strain into a glass filled with crushed ice.
3. Garnish with a sprig of mint and serve.

Serving suggestion:  We love putting this delicious cocktail in our Personalized Mason Jar Mugs

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!