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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. 

Father’s Day Grilling Recipes: Blistered Potatoes, Peppers and Chicken Skewers

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Alison from Two of a Kind
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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Father’s Day is just a few days away — do you know how you’re going to treat your guy this weekend? We love the idea of taking advantage of summer weather and hosting something at home for Father’s Day, so we worked with Alison of Two of Kind to host a Father’s Day BBQ at home, with some delicious Father’s Day Grilling Recipes. Take a look at Alison’s five tips for putting together an easy meal for dad — plus her amazing recipes, served on some of our favorite outdoor dinnerware.

  • Bring it in. You don’t need a fancy outdoor grill to make perfectly seared meat. A cast-iron grill pan set over a hot flame works just as well.
  • Think outside the steak. Sure, your pop may enjoy a juicy rib eye or New York strip, but why not surprise him with something a little different? Chicken kebabs smothered in a smoky “bacon paste” and homemade BBQ sauce is a delicious alternative. Just ask my dad!
  • Stick to simple but sensational sides. Crispy smashed potatoes and blistered Shishito peppers look fancy, yet require minimal ingredients, prep and cooking time. Fresh fruit is another effortless option.
  • Don’t forget the drinks. Beer is an obvious choice, but consider offering a non-alcoholic beverage, like sparkling mint lemonade. For something even simpler, serve carbonated water over fruit-studded ice.
  • Get nostalgic. Want a sure-fire way to put a smile on Dad’s face? Comb through old photo albums and pull out a favorite print of the two of you to use as table decor. Just be sure to set the photo aside if it’s an original once the food is served!

Note: These recipes can easily be doubled or tripled for a larger crowd.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Great White Rectangular Tray

Grilled Chicken Kebabs with Bacon and BBQ Sauce
Makes 3 servings


BBQ sauce:

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1 tablespoon light or dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha sauce (optional)


  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons sweet paprika
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 4 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 2 strips apple smoked bacon, cut into lardons

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin


Prepare the BBQ sauce:

  1. In a small sauce pan, combine all the sauce ingredients. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until slightly thickened, about 8 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

Prepare and cook the kebabs:

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the chicken and salt. Cover with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes and up to 1 hour.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the sweet paprika, smoked paprika, sugar and cayenne pepper, if using.
  3. In a food processor, purée the bacon until smooth. Add the spice mixture and pulse a few times until well combined.
  4. Pat the chicken dry with paper towels. Add the bacon paste to the chicken and use your hands to mix until well combined. Thread the chicken onto 6 skewers.
  5. Heat a grill pan over medium heat. Place skewers in the pan, cover and cook, turning occasionally, until grill marks are visible and chicken is no longer pink in the center, 8-10 minutes.
  6. Transfer about 1/2 cup BBQ sauce to a small bowl to serve with cooked chicken. Brush the top of the kebabs with some of the remaining BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes. Brush with more BBQ sauce, flip and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  7. Remove kebabs from pan and let rest for 5 minutes; serve with reserved BBQ sauce.

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Seen above: Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Fry Basket Serve Bowl, Great White Rectangular Tray

Crispy Smashed Potatoes
Makes 3 servings


  • 1 1/2 pounds baby Dutch yellow potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add potatoes, cover and cook over medium-high heat until just tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, about 10 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
  3. Place potatoes about 3 inches apart on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  4. Gently smash each potato with the heel of your hand to about 1/2-inch thickness.
  5. Brush potatoes with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and sprinkle with thyme.
  6. Bake potatoes, rotating sheet halfway through, until lightly browned and crispy, 30-35 minutes.

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Seen above: Fry Basket Serve Bowl

Blistered Shishito Peppers
Makes 3 servings


  • 1 teaspoon bacon fat or olive oil
  • 6 ounces Shishito peppers
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • granulated honey (optional)


  1. Heat bacon fat or olive oil in a fry pan over medium heat. Add peppers and cook, turning occasionally, until they begin to blister on all sides, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and season with salt, pepper and granulated honey, if using.

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Seen above: Star Melamine Salad Plate, Water Hyacinth Round Place Mat, Isa Ikat Yarn Dye Napkin, Fry Basket Serve Bowl

See more of our favorite recipes here, and check out more of Alison’s amazing dishes here.

Gifts for Dad: Our Favorite Father’s Day Gift Picks

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What do you get the guy who has everything? Dads tend to be the most difficult to shop for — and without fail, they love to say that they don’t need anything. We still want to show the men in our lives how much we appreciate them this Father’s Day, so we’ve compiled some of our favorite gift picks for Dads this year. Whether he loves cars, games, football or serving as the official home bartender, we’ve got a little something that’s sure to bring a smile to his face this year.

Take a look at our Father’s day gift guide below! Don’t see anything he’ll like? Get more gift giving ideas here.

1. Saddle Stitch Leather Catch All/2. Moscow Mule Mug/3. Square Decanter/4. Wood Cabinet Dartboard Set/5. NFL Glassware/6. Vintage Car Book/7. Brass Desktop Clock/8. Football Leather Beer Koozie/9. Saddle Canvas Toiletry Bag/10. Speakeasy Metal Cocktail Shaker

TGIF! Summer Cocktail Recipe: Summer Songster

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Summer’s just around the corner — it’s time to step up our cocktail game! This season, we’re mixing up our summer cocktails in some of our favorite drink dispensers. These yummy drinks are super easy to mix up (this one with Bulleit Rye is especially delicious) and serve to a crowd. Even better — you can easily make these into a zero-proof, family-friendly punch by just leaving out the liquor.

Get the recipe for this summer cocktail, below. drinks-1

drinks-3See more of our favorite cocktail recipes on our Cheers! Pinterest board. 


Summer Cocktail Time: Watermelon Mojito Recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers

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In need of a drink (or two) to kick off the long weekend? Look no further than this refreshing summer cocktail recipe from Kiel James Patrick and Sarah Vickers. (PS: If you haven’t seen our feature with them yet, check out their dreamy beach party here and here.)

Watermelon, mint and a splash of white rum served in a mason jar mug — We couldn’t imagine anything more perfect for summer, can you? Read on to get the full recipe. Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on 

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Watermelon Mojito
(Note: Can be also be served non-alcoholic)

16 Mint Sprigs
2 Limes, juiced
2oz Simple Syrup
16oz Seedless Watermelon, cut into 1/2 inch cubes, plus 4 wedges to garnish
8oz of White Rum (optional — try Captain Morgan or Myers’ White rum)
2 Cups of Ice
1 Can of Club Soda (Replace club soda with one can of Sprite for non-alcoholic)



1. In a glass pitcher combine 12 sprigs of coarsely ripped mint leaves, juice from 2 limes, and simple sugar.
2. Blend watermelon cubes and add to the pitcher. Muddle until mint leaves are broken down.
3. Add rum, club soda, and ice cubes. Stir. (For non-alcholic version add Sprite and ice cubes only.)
4. Pour into mason jar mugs. Garnish with watermelon wedge and one sprig of mint. Enjoy!

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American Summer Style: The Ultimate Beach Party with Kiel James Patrick & Sarah Vickers

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There’s few people that embody the sense of American style more than Kiel James Patrick. This East Coast fashion designer and lifestyle photographer has a strong dedication to American-made manufacturing, quality and style. Patrick and his fiancé, Sarah Vickers, encompass everything we love about a classic, timeless all-American aesthetic — the pair has a deep passion for creating imagery that reflects the style of halycon days past.


We couldn’t think of a more perfect duo to host an all-American beach party bash — could you? As soon as the first sunny day struck the East Coast this spring, this talented team hit the beach with our favorite coastal and Americana serveware and party goods in tow. The result? One seriously stunning party that we’d love to get on the guestlist for.

Read on to check out more photos & some of Sarah & Kiel’s top tips! Plus, don’t forget to check out their feature on 


1. Well-placed decorations: “Use your surroundings to inspire your decor. For our beach party, we fill Pottery Barn Galvanized Metal Party Tubs with sand and then simply place large American flags inside to add a splash of red, white and blue to the scene. Were big monogram fans — personalize the tubs by using wet sand and drawing your initials or something nautical, such as an anchor. For a real statement set out a whole line of many buckets for a big impact!”



2. Get patriotic: “Keep beach party food simple and packable. We like to pack a picnic and wrap it in a festive red, white or blue blanket, or a big beach towel or tablecloth. Just tie the fabric at its corners for a picnic tote and blanket in one, and you have an easy-to-carry, stylish nautical spread!”



3. It’s in the details: “Add a pop or two of color to turn your tumbler into a celebration. Fill oldfashioned ice trays with sparkling waterplace a blueberry or raspberry into each well, then put the trays in the freezer. It’s an easy way to make even water seem more fun. We love to add these cubes to lemonade and garnish the tumblers with colorful straws.”



4. Do knot forget the finishing touch: “We love the look that rope or twine accents add to a summer party. Create a simple napkin ring with twine decoratively knotted around a festive napkin — put your favorite Pottery Barn flatware inside.”



Ready to party? We’ll be sharing recipes, decorating ideas and more of Kiel & Sarah’s top party picks, tips and tricks soon. But for now, we’ll leave you with their perfect Summer Party Playlist — a mix of classics and current hits that everyone will love:


Cinco de Mayo Nacho Party with Camille Styles

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Okay, so we don’t really need an excuse to eat nachos — but we’ll take it! This year, we’re planning on celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a surprisingly elegant upgrade on the standard cheesy chip, thanks to this beautiful spread from Camille Styles.

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We love how Camille used our Striped Tassel Table Throw as a colorful backdrop for this eclectic spread. What makes this casual party stand out? Camille’s creative toppings take nachos to an entirely new level. Elevate this bar-style food with some seriously stylish ingredients. Try roasting your chicken with a subtle hint of cumin, make your own guacamole, add pomegranate seeds, buy fresh queso fresco from your local store, or use watermelon radishes to brighten things up.

A fiesta like this deserves a festive atmosphere, too. Camille got super colorful with mix & match serving dishes and plenty of pattern.

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“A fiesta is the perfect time to pull out an eclectic mix of dishes,” she says. “I stuck to a color palette in hot shades of orange, pink, and coral to tie it together, then went crazy with pattern. The striped Mexican throw with fringe-y tassels was the perfect impromptu tablecloth.”

See the rest of Camille’s Nacho Party here.

Need a margarita recipe for Cinco de Mayo? This one’s our favorite.


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Mother’s Day is right around the corner — are you ready? This year, we’re here to help you show the most important woman in your life how much you love her. We’re giving away 5 amazing Mother’s Day prize packages with the help of Gabrielle Blair of Design Mom!

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Here’s what you have to do:
1. Follow @potterybarn on Instagram.
2. Post a photo of you and the most important woman in your life (#tbt photos welcome!) with #PBlovesMoms and #contest on Instagram.
3. Enter your email here.

Plus, you could meet Gabrielle in person! Celebrate the launch of her new book, Design Mom, How to Live with Kids: A Room-by-Room Guide at one of these four stores:

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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.


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 — plus, an easy group brunch recipe and one bubbly cocktail 

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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.


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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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.


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.


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.



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.


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.


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 here, and read more about their fabulous brunch at here.