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Giveaway! A Cozy New Year’s Eve In from Caitlin of Style Within Reach

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New Year’s Eve — it’s the perfect time to whip out a sparkly dress, high heels and glittery champagne bottles. Or, it’s the perfect night to avoid the crowds, get cozy at home and sip on bubbly on the couch.

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This year, we’re planning to do the latter, which is why we teamed up with Caitlin at Style Within Reach to give away a gift basket for your perfect New Year’s Eve in with a collection of our coziest entertaining items: Faux Fur Blanket, Snowflake Napkins, Moroccan Wedding Pillow, and Metallic Snack Bowls. Plus, two of Caitlin’s favorite treats: a Chandon Holiday Bottle and Mouth Party Caramels.

Calligraphy: Splotch & Line 

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Want your chance at winning the coziest New Year’s Eve ever?

Here’s how to enter:
Follow @potterybarn and @stylewithinreach on Instagram.

Regram our Instagrams or post any of the photos in this post to your Instagram using the hashtag #PBxStyleWithinReach.

You can enter 1 time each day until December 19th. (See official rules here)

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Good luck!

 

The Cutest Christmas Cookie Party EVER from Camp Makery

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When else can you indulge, if not during the holidays? A Christmas Cookie Party is one of our favorite ways to treat our sweet tooth before New Year’s Resolutions kick in.

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This Hot Chocolate and Christmas Cookie Party from Camp Makery might be one of the cutest ones we’ve ever seen! We love how this talented team made use of our favorite red and white dinnerware to match the adorable printed goods from Liddabits. Plus, how can you resist such a darling model? 

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Credits:
Photographer: Whitney Huynh, Tulle and Grace
Cookies: Eileen Carter Creations
Paper Epherma: Liz Jahn, Liddabits Design Shop
Styling: Ashley Pepitone, Camp Makery
Decor: Pottery Barn (Cardinal Cookie Jar, Emma Dinnerware, Snowy Tree Cloche Placecard Holder, Cambria Mini Cakestand, Polka Dot Printed Mug, Plaid Printed Mug, Cambria Stone Cakestand)

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Homemade marshmallows? We didn’t even think it was possible — but it’s easier than it sounds, and tastes way better than your average bag from the grocery store.

Homemade Marshmallow Recipe:
3 packets unflavored gelatin
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup light corn syrup
1/4 cup confectioners’ sugar
Optional: 1 tbsp. flavored extract of your choice (Peppermint, almond, vanilla and maple are all really nice!)
Note: You will need a candy thermometer

Combine the gelatin and 1/2 cup of cold water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment and allow to sit while you make the syrup.

Combine the sugar, corn syrup and 1/2 cup water in a small saucepan and cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves. Raise the heat to high and cook until the syrup reaches 240 degrees on the candy thermometer (this is the “soft-ball” stage for candy making). Remove from the heat.

With the mixer on its lowest speed setting, slowly pour hot the syrup into the dissolved gelatin. Move the setting on high speed and whip until the mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes. If using an extract, add in the last minute of mixing.

Spray with cooking spray and then dust an 8 by 12-inch glass or ceramic baking dish with confectioners’ sugar. Pour the mixture into the pan. Spread and smooth the top using a rubber spatula coated with cooking spray. Dust with more confectioners’ sugar. Allow to stand at least 4 hours or overnight.

Turn the marshmallows onto a board and cut them in squares. Dust them with more confectioners’ sugar to prevent sticking. Store in airtight container.

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Tell us: Are you hosting a cookie party this year? Have you already attended a cookie party? What cookie won?

#PBwithaTwist: Stephanie Sterjovski’s Parisian Christmas Party

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There’s something effortlessly beautiful about the way the French do just about everything — don’t you think? And that’s really what we’re all about at Pottery Barn — helping you make your home beautiful, effortlessly.

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That’s just one of many reasons why we love Stephanie Sterjovski‘s twist on our holiday decor — #PBwithaTwist! This talented gal took some of our favorite cocktail and bar decor staples and gave them an elegant, Parisian-style twist for one classy Christmas party.

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You can get the look for your own holiday cocktail party with our Antique Silver Wine Cooler, Cocktail Shaker and Faceted Jewel Christmas Tree.

PS: Want to see more? See the full post, plus her delicious cocktail recipe: “The French Blonde” here.

Traditions, Tips and Tinsel: Camille Styles’ Holiday Favorites

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To us, the holidays aren’t the holidays without tradition — whether it’s making new ones, or repeating old ones. We love that Camille Styles embraces both in her book, Camille Styles Entertaining. It’s this reason among many others that we’ve chosen this talented gal as our Designer Spotlight for the month of December.

Make sure to take a look at Camille’s amazing ideas on PotteryBarn.com, and read the rest of her holiday traditions and favorites, below.

Plus, check out more of Camille’s great tips and tricks here and here.

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What new traditions (if any) are you looking forward to this year?
This Thanksgiving, I’m starting a new tradition that I’m calling “Gratitude Cards” to set aside a time when everyone can focus on their blessings and share with the family. During dessert, I’ll pass handmade cards around the table and ask everyone to write their name on one side, and on the other, jot down what they’re grateful for this year. Once everyone’s read their answers aloud, I’ll pack all the cards into a large envelope and write the date on the front. Doing this every Thanksgiving will be such a fun way to log our family’s growth and follow everyone’s personal journeys over the years.

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What’s your favorite way to get you and your home in the holiday spirit?
I use the long Thanksgiving weekend to get a jump-start on transforming my home for the holidays. I crank up the Christmas tunes, unpack the boxes of décor from the attic, and my husband, daughter and I head out to buy our Christmas tree. Starting early and giving myself enough time to get it done allows me to really enjoy the process before the craziness of December kicks in.

What’s your motto when it comes to holiday decorating?
Focus on the elements that will make an impact. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to deck out every corner of your home, choose the key areas (say, the fireplace, front door entryway, and dining room table) and turn those into statement-making spots that will make the entire house feel festive.

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Favorites?

Traditional holiday meal:
My English mother-in-law’s roast beef with horseradish sauce and Yorkshire pudding.

Most delicious holiday cocktail recipe:
Prosecco with Sugared Cranberry skewers (To make them, boil equal parts sugar and water until sugar dissolves, then submerge cranberries in the simple syrup. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a cooling rack, and allow to dry for an hour. Roll cranberries in a shallow bowl filled with sugar to coat, then allow to dry completely.

Favorite holiday indulgence:
Christmas morning breakfast is always my mom’s famous almond kringle bread (made into a heart-shape!) – layers and layers of flaky pastry and rich almond paste.

Most cherished holiday decoration:
I have the Christmas tree ornament that my parents gave me on my first birthday – It’s a little bear on a sleigh that’s been glued back together countless times, and I always love unpacking it every year and hanging it on the tree.

Favorite holiday song:
Carol of the Bells.

Go-to holiday party outfit:
I buy a new cocktail dress every holiday season and wear it to at least a couple different occasions. It’s really the only time of year that I wear something with sparkles or jewels on it, but ‘tis the season! I’ll typically pair it with black tights, girly black satin pumps, and a fun colorful clutch.

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See the rest of Camille’s profile on PotteryBarn.com here. 

 

A Pottery Barn Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway with Julia of Lemon Stripes!

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We love the way Julia from Lemon Stripes does Christmas! That’s why we teamed up with her for a special holiday gift basket giveaway with some of her favorite Pottery Barn picks. 

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Here’s how to enter:
Make sure you’re following @potterybarn and @lemonstripes on Instagram.

Regram our Instagrams or post any of the photos in this post to your Instagram using the hashtag #PBxLemonStripes.

You can enter 1 time each day until December 4th. (See official rules here.) Good luck!

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What do you win?
Everything you see pictured in the basket (including the basket itself)!

Some of Julia’s favorite Pottery Barn items: Our Faux Fur Throw, Faux Fur Pillow CasePlaid MugPlaid Napkins and Chanel Books.

PLUS A one-month supply of Nourish SnacksJulia’s favorite holiday scented candle & hand soap, polka dot socks, a striped jewelry dish, set of marble coasters and a sparkly mini emergency kit!

PS: Don’t forget to check out Julia’s blog, here.

From Our Homes to Yours: Thanksgiving Tips from Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBTeen

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Happy Thanksgiving from our homes to yours! We’re starting off our day of thanks by looking back — take a peek at some of our favorite photos, tips, tricks and ideas for Thanksgiving this year!

Thanksgiving Roundup from Pottery Barn

1. Last Minute Thanksgiving Seating Tips/ 2. Dream Thanksgiving Table Decorating Tips/ 3. Thanksgiving Pumpkin Brulée Tart with Gingerbread Crust/ 4. A Friendsgiving Celebration for Kids / 5. Thanksgiving Soup Recipe / 6. Thanksgiving DIY Placecards and Placemats/ 7. DIY: Cutest Thanksgiving Garland/ 8. Motivation Monday: Thanksgiving Edition/ 9. Stamped Feather Place Cards

3 Easy, Small Space Thanksgiving Dinner Seating Tips from Camille Styles

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Thanksgiving is all about celebrating with family and friends — but what’s the best way to squeeze all the people you love into a small space? Don’t stress — entertaining maven and style expert Camille Styles is here to save the day with her small space Thanksgiving dinner seating tips. 

Don’t forget to check out Camille’s new book, Camille Styles Entertaining, for even more of her clever tips and tricks. PLUS, stay tuned for our new exclusive feature with Camille launching next week!

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I love a super cozy vibe at Thanksgiving — everyone sitting shoulder-to-shoulder around a table overflowing with food. Here are 3 ideas for embracing the coziness at your Thanksgiving dinner without feeling cramped:

1. Rethink your furniture arrangement. So your 4-person kitchen table won’t fit all the friends and family you’d like to seat for the feast? Consider moving the dining table into the living room, and extending it with folding tables that you can line up end-to-end and cover with a pretty autumnal tablecloth. It’ll make the dining table the unexpected focal point of the room, plus open up all kinds of space you didn’t know you had. 

2. Ditch the table altogether. Just because it’s Thanksgiving doesn’t mean you have to embrace traditional seating arrangements. If your guest count exceeds the number that can be seated at a table in your space, consider setting up a buffet with all the food on the counter, a self-serve bar in the living room, and let people fill their plates and lounge on the couch, floor cushions, kitchen island – wherever they’d like to perch! This kind of party creates a really relaxed vibe where guests are truly invited to kick off their shoes and stay awhile.

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3. Don’t strive for perfection. Hosting Thanksgiving does not require Martha-like perfectionism. This is a holiday that’s about counting our blessings, so ditch the pressure, stress, and unrealistic expectations, and instead embrace an attitude that puts the focus back on having fun and creating great memories with the people you care about. Remember, your guests don’t want to be impressed – they want to be welcomed into a warm and inviting atmosphere to eat delicious food and savor great conversation!

See more of Camille’s amazing Thanksgiving tips and tricks, here. 

Photos by Buff Strickland