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Lonny Magazine’s Summer Brunch Recipes

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Did you catch Lonny’s colorful summer brunch party yesterday? The average mimosa and bagel bar was taken to a whole new level with the magazine editorial team’s stylish party tips and twists.

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Ready to take their ideas and turn out your own stylish fête? We’ve got everything you’ll need to host your own colorful brunch in Lonny’s Shop at PotteryBarn.com — plus, an easy group brunch recipe and one bubbly cocktail 

Photos by Davide Luciano, food styling by Claudia Ficca 

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Claudia’s Baked Eggs
1 tablespoon olive oil (plus more for bread)
2 spicy Italian sausages, sliced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 white onion, diced
1 can diced tomatoes
6 eggs
½ cup ricotta cheese
Basil leaves
Salt and pepper to taste
Crusty bread, toasted in grill pan

Preheat oven to 400°F. Heat olive oil in an oven-safe medium-size skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium-high heat. Cook sliced sausage for approximately 3 minutes per side until nicely browned.

Lower heat to medium and add garlic and onions; season with salt and pepper and sauté for 3 minutes. Add diced tomatoes and bring to a boil; reduce heat and allow to simmer for 10 minutes. Taste for seasoning.

Using a spoon, make six wells into the tomato sauce and gently crack eggs into the skillet. Place the skillet into the oven and bake until egg whites are set, about 15 minutes. Remove from oven and add dollops of ricotta around the eggs. Sprinkle with basil leaves. Serve with toasted bread drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt.

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Bubbly Grapefruit Blossom
1 oz Tanqueray No. Ten Gin
1 oz Sweet Vermouth
1 oz Grapefruit Juice
1.5 oz Stellina Di Notte Prosecco

Glass: Champagne flute
Garnish: Grapefruit wedge
Prep: Pour each ingredient, with the exception of the Prosecco, in to a shaker.  Add ice, shake until chilled, strain into a flute and top with chilled Prosecco.

See the rest of the party here and here!

Lonny Magazine’s Colorful Summer Brunch

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Viva la brunch! Weekend brunch is our favorite meal anytime of year — especially during the summer. Produce is at its peak, the sun is shining, and bubbly cocktails feel at home on any menu. Plus, it’s the perfect entertaining opportunity — with a little overnight prep, you can whip together a casual brunch in no time.

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(Photos by Davide Luciano)

We’re kind of obsessed with how the talented team of Lonny Magazine put together this fresh take on a summer brunch with our new Mediterranean-style outdoor product. Lonny editor Kaylei McGaw hosted this shindig at a Brooklyn loft, using our colorful dishes and table linens as a base for a playful, lively and delicious group brunch.

Read on to get Kaylei and the Lonny team’s decorating ideas & entertaining tips so you can host your own festive summer brunch! Stay tuned for recipes & more later this week.

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DIY Decor:

To set the mood for this casual Sunday brunch, McGaw arranged cushion seats on the floor for her guests and served the meal on a low coffee table. Our rainbow-stripe tablecloth created a graphic backdrop to the saturated mix of ceramic serving platters, glass stemware, and patterned melamine.

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Blue-and-white dice, a nod to the party’s retro inspiration and a perfect match to the Ocean Blue margarita glasses, were repurposed to create cheeky coasters for the midcentury bar.

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TIPS:

Pick your battles in the kitchen. To cut down on meal prep, concentrate your cooking efforts on one or two standout dishes and supplement your spread with prepared foods you can shop for:
Dress up store-bought fruit salad with a drizzle of fresh honey and chopped basil.
 Amp up a basic bagel and cream cheese bar with fresh lox, herbs and chopped veggies from your local store.
Order any pastries, breads or muffins beforehand to save yourself time and stress.

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Consider your menu while choosing your dishes. A cleverly edited amount of bold color around the table — be it bright yellow dishes, a striped table runner, or red ceramic appetizer plates — will bring out the meal’s aesthetic appeal.

Play with varying heights. Add interest to your buffet table or sideboard by using tiered trays and footed bowls. If you don’t have any taller platters, stack a few books on your tabletop and cover everything with a tablecloth.

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Set everything out in advance the night before. Set the table, put out dishes and stock your bar and buffet the evening before your big brunch to cut down on morning chaos right before the guests arrive.

See Lonny’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com here, and read more about their fabulous brunch at Lonny.com here.

Summer Cocktail Recipe: A Turquoise Margarita

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Okay, so the snow might’ve just melted outside your front door — but that doesn’t mean you can’t sip on something summery and imagine it’s warm outside, right? Yesterday, we paired up with one of our favorite mixologists, Elayne Duff, to serve up one of our favorite summer cocktails this year.

What is it? A blue (yes, blue!) margarita. This version abandons its classic shade of green for our favorite summer hue. How’s it work? Elayne uses a dash of Curacao to accomplish this extra-tropical shade.

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Take a look at this summer cocktail recipe, below!
You can print the recipe here, too. 

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 See more of our favorite summer cocktail recipes here. 

 

Our Favorite Easter Decorating & Entertaining Ideas

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Tomorrow’s Easter — are you ready? We’ve compiled our favorite DIY projects, decorating tips and entertaining ideas to help you pull off one seriously awesome Easter in a flash. Read on for more!

Easter Entertaining Tips

1. A Coconut Cake Recipe Inspired by Our Latest Catalog
TIP: Serve something sweet. When the weather starts to get warmer, the heavy desserts we once craved during the winter don’t seem quite right anymore. That’s why we love this light, airy and fluffy coconut cake recipe from Melina of Sugary & Buttery — it’s perfect for a sweet treat after Easter brunch.

2. Easter Entertaining Made Easy
TIP: Use the same colored fresh flowers. Arrangements with flowers that are all the same color are impossible to get wrong. The blooms can quickly be grouped by themselves in baskets and containers. Clip and pop white tulips into a creative container like this Beachcomber Wood Handled Basket for a look that is hassle free and stunning.

3. A Turquoise, Gold & White Table Setting for Easter Lunch
TIP: Mix in casual dinnerware. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling off a simple, elegant and practical Easter brunch or lunch — especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair with young kids.

4. Simple & Elegant DIY Easter Egg Decor
TIP: Add an element of DIY. These chic, chalky Easter eggs are ridiculously easy (it’ll take all of 5 minutes) and inexpensive — they added just the right touch of DIY to any table, and can help give your crazy, artificial looking plastic eggs a makeover.

5. Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting
TIP: Stick to something simple. Start with basics for your Easter brunch table, like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday since it provides a neutral start to that works with most decor. Then, you can go crazy colorful with accents and accessories!

 

 

A Turquoise, Gold and White Table Setting for Easter Lunch

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Turquoise Easter Lunch Table

Written for Pottery Barn by Amanda of Fashionable Hostess
Photography by Alexandra Wolf

I love the idea of assembling a simple Spring table this Easter, accentuated by turquoise and pastels that give off a welcoming, yet casual, feel. Mixing in casual dinnerware is the key to pulling this off, especially if you plan to take the party outside or make your Easter lunch a family affair (with young kids). Then, to add the perfect Easter accent, I love these adorable Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes packed with pastel M&M’s.

Pottery Barn Easter Dishes

Read on to see how this Easter lunch table came together.

Easter Lunch Table

I created this Easter lunch look starting with white dinner plates layered under turquoise Pottery Barn salad plates — this provided the base for this turquoise and white color palette. I also created simple white arrangement consisting of white hydrangeas, tulips, and football mums.

Easter Donut Buffet Bar

For dessert I was inspired by my Pinterest board to do a donut buffet. I placed a tower of pink, white and sprinkled donuts (from Dunkin Donuts — don’t tell anyone!) on a cake stand alongside more Pottery Barn bunny candy dishes. I filled the bottom level of my cart with cocktail and champagne options should anyone choose to enjoy some spirits over lunch.

Easter Lunch Table Setting

Hopefully this Easter will be warm and sunny allowing everyone to take this party outside, although given this example, being indoors wouldn’t be the worst option either!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Easter!

Easter Donut Buffet Bar

See more Pottery Barn Easter lunch must-haves here.
See Amanda’s full post on Fashionable Hostess here.

Hop to It! A DIY Colorful Easter Dinner Party Setting

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Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Juli Vaughn

Whether it’s your first time hosting Easter Brunch or your 30th time, everyone can use some fresh inspiration. I find that as a color lover, I long for holiday decor that involves bright hues and surprising elements. I want to repurpose things in my home and give my guests something to talk about when the conversation about who got which candy in their Easter basket wanes.

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The first thing to keep in mind when you’re putting together your ideal tabletop is to ask yourself, “What is going to fill it up?” Is family-style food your thing? Is a killer flower arrangement? Are cute signs and place cards? You can have it all if you follow these tips.

Styling & concept: Juli Vaughn
Photography: Tulle and Grace
Hand Painted Easter Eggs: Ashley Pepitone

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1. Start with basics like the Linen Hemstitch Table Runner. It’s a piece you can use for any holiday but it provides a neutral start to any decor. I also used the Sketch Bunny Napkins which are playful, a neutral tone, and totally worth a splurge.

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2. Stick with one type of flower in medium sized modern glass vases. I used Parrot Tulips because they’re in season and very easy to find at a farmer’s market. An alternative to flowers is to fill a vase with organic carrots. The greenery at the top can serve as your floral element and you can eat them after Easter! If you use something like Aegean Clear Glass Vases you’ll have plenty of room to place food items around on the table as well.

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3. Repurpose home items and fresh produce for signage. I used the Serafina Vanity Mirror for an unexpected “Happy Easter” sign. I also used spray-painted carrots for place cards. Simply tape off the top of the carrot with painter’s tape, cover with 2 coats of metallic spray paint, and attach a piece of card stock paper for the place card. Voila! Instant conversation piece!

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4. Add pops of color by using Pressed Milk Glass Votives, Robin Eggs, or hand painted wooden eggs like these from my friend Ashley Pepitone.

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5. Embrace change. We all long for a picturesque table scape with perfectly placed napkins, shiny silverware, and calligraphy place cards. But, let’s be honest, we ALL place our cell phone right next to all that lovely as soon as we sit down. I say embrace the change and incorporate it into your decor by providing a cell pocket. I put this one together with color-coordinated scrapbook paper, scissors, and hot glue. The phone immediately has a home to sit in for easy access for all that Instagram-ing you might need to do, and yet it fits in with the table decor perfectly.

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Tell us: How are you going to decorate for Easter this year?

See more of our favorite Easter decorating ideas & items here.

Party Perfect: Three Flavorful and Festive Recipes for a Summer Party

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Spicy Margarita Don Julio Justina Blakeney

When the weather’s hot (Summer’s coming, we promise!) it’s hard not to crave something simple, refreshing and thirst quenching. We love how Justina Blakeney‘s menu for her fabulous Summer party for Pottery Barn does just that. Smoky and spicy margaritas, cool and crisp watermelon agua frescas and easy crab guacamole and chips are all it takes to quiet an appetite on a hot summer day.

Take a look at Justina’s delicious recipes below, and see her full Pottery Barn feature (plus all the dinner/glassware in the photos) here.

Turquoise Summer Party

Photography by Danae Horst

Smoky Serrano Infused Margarita
Serves 6

For the Serrano-Infused Tequila:
1 medium sized serrano pepper
10 oz tequila (we used Don Julio Anejo)

Slice pepper in half lengthwise, leaving veins and seeds intact. Place pepper and tequila in a jar or bottle with a lid and let sit 24 hours (or longer, depending upon how spicy you like it).

For the Margarita:
1.5 cups fresh lime juice
1 orange, juiced
1/2 c simple syrup
1 c serrano infused tequila
1/2 c orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, triple sec, etc)
1 c soda water
Smoked sea salt
Lime wedges
Ice

In a pitcher, combine lime juice, orange juice and simple syrup- stir. Add tequila, triple sec, and soda water.

DIY Margarita Recipe

To prepare glasses, make a small slit in the lime wedges and place salt on a small plate or bowl. Run lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip glass into salt, turning until rim is coated.

Add ice to each glass and fill.

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Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
Serves 6

4 cups watermelon, cubed, seeds removed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 T sugar
Lime slices for garnish

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Add watermelon, lime juice, and sugar to blender pitcher. Puree until smooth. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.

Crab Guacamole Recipe on Pottery Barn Tray

Guacamole con Cangrejo: Crab Guacamole
Serves 6

2 perfectly ripe large avocados (or 3-4 small ones)
1/2 large white onion
1-2 roma tomatoes (depending on size)
1 bunch cilantro, washed and trimmed
1 lime
6 oz crab meat
Salt

Dice the tomato and onion and rough chop the cilantro- mix together in a small bowl. Set aside.

To prep the avocados, slice them in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Now make 4 lengthwise cuts to each half, without cutting through the skin, essentially scoring each half. This makes it easy to remove the flesh with a spoon. Once you’ve scored all your avocado, scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a large bowl. With a pastry blender or potato masher, mash the avocado slightly- there should still be chunks of avocado visible.

Crab Guacamole Recipe

Now, gently fold the tomato-onion mixture and the crab meat into the avocado, careful not to over mix or break up the crab meat too much. Add the juice of one lime, and salt, to taste. Serve with tortillas chips.

*Safety note: Because of the crab meat, be sure to keep this guacamole on ice during your party. 

See the rest of Justina’s summer party & tips here.