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Glitter Guide’s Holiday Must Haves

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We all have that friend who always seems to knows what’s hip before everyone else.  She has an innate sense of style and is the go to person among your friend circle you check with before buying a gift.  Taylor Sterling, Founder of Glitter Guide, is one those people and we love her for it!  She fills the Glitter Guide with must haves for home and fashion all filtered through her unique sense of effortless style.  So we love that she agreed to curate some of her favorite gifts from our Holiday Gift selection with us.  We tasked Taylor and her crew to come up with an unique approach to celebrate the holiday and she didn’t disappoint!

Some people love wrapping presents while others don’t but who doesn’t love a party?  So why not combine both and throw a gift wrapping get together?  Everyone brings a roll of wrapping paper, a snack and a bottle – so simple but a great way to squeeze in some extra time with friends during the holiday rush.  We then asked Taylor to share a little insight into the holidays from traditions to avoiding stress.

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What is a tradition you have with your family during the holidays?
My family always takes a photo with us all crammed at the very top of the staircase on Christmas morning. It’s sort of hilarious these days since there are so many of us. It’s always an ordeal to get everyone to smile and to get the camera to auto-snap our picture. Those funny moments are ones I’ll always cherish.

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Is there a family heirloom (old or new) that you love to display during the holidays?
My mom saved my old stocking from when I was a baby. It’s super sweet. Now I have it for my daughter. I love having special things to pass down to her.

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Do you have a tip for avoiding the holiday stress?
Just to go with the flow as much as possible. It’s hard to let go of your expectations for the holidays, but it’s important to remember that it’s really about spending time with loved ones and being grateful. That and having a glass of wine helps too!

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Need gift inspiration?  Check out our Top Ten Gift List as well as a host of other options to surprise and delight your loved ones this holiday season.

Photography: Em Scott

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake from Sugary & Buttery

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Hummingbird cake is a traditional Southern dessert that goes back to the late 1970s.  The origins of the recipe are murky but lore has it that the first recorded version of the recipe appeared in Southern Living magazine in 1978.  Since then, the cake  has taken a life of its own and become part of the Southern dessert repertoire.  So when Melina of Sugary & Buttery presented us with a pumpkin version of this beloved recipe, we couldn’t wait to share!  We love seeing how traditions can be updated and this Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake is the perfect example!

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake

Pumpkin Hummingbird Cake with Maple Buttercream


For the Cake:
Unsalted butter, for greasing
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup pecan pieces
1/2 can of pumpkin puree
1/2 cup crushed pineapple (about half a can), drained
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs, at room temperature
1 3/4 cups granulated sugar
1 cup canola oil

For the maple buttercream frosting:
6 sticks butter, room temperature
1 package cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1/2 cup maple syrup


Make the cake: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Butter two 6-inch round cake pans and dust with flour.  Spread the pecans on a baking sheet and bake until fragrant and toasted, about 8 minutes. Let cool slightly, then roughly chop. Add the pumpkin puree and the crushed pineapple and mix well.

– Whisk the flour, the cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking soda and salt in a bowl. Beat the eggs and granulated sugar in a separate bowl with a mixer on high speed until thick and light, 5 minutes. Gradually beat in the vegetable oil.  Sprinkle the flour mixture over the egg mixture, then gently fold to make a thick batter. Fold in the pecan-fruit mixture, then transfer the batter to the prepared pans.

– Bake until the cakes are firm and a toothpick inserted into the middle comes out clean, 50 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pans on a rack and then invert the cakes onto the rack to cool completely.

Make the buttercream: Beat the butter in your electric mixer on medium high speed for about 5 minutes. Add the maple syrup and keep whisking. Scrape down sides if necessary. Add the cream cheese and the powdered sugar and keep beating for at least 5 minutes, or until buttercream has desired consistency.

– Once the cakes are cooled down completely (preferably over night), cut the tops off and cut each cake in 2 layers. Assemble and frost the cake and decorate with chopped pecans, if desired.


And be sure to share your traditions during our #BeHomeTogether campaign!  Upload your photos to Instagram, tag with @PotteryBarn and use the hashtag #behometogether to be entered to win a $2500 shopping spree.  Please see our complete rules for eligibility.

Looking for something specific?  Flip through our recipe archives for additional inspiration for your Thanksgiving dinner!

Photography: Sugary & Buttery

Celebrating Friendsgiving with HonestlyYUM

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Thanksgiving is officially one week from today and it seems that everyone we know is immersed in last minute travel details or the frantic scramble to accommodate visiting family.  However, what about those who aren’t going to spending time with their family over the holiday?  For most, the Thanksgiving weekend is filled with the family they made; the friends and loved ones who will gather over the long weekend to support, celebrate and embrace the new traditions they have created together.  This annual gathering of friends to celebrate Thanksgiving even now has a name, Friendsgiving – which we love!  We loved it so much that we teamed up with HonestlyYUM to help plan out the perfect Friendsgiving.

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And remember that we want to hear how you are celebrating the holidays!  Be sure to upload your favorite holiday moments to Instagram, tag @potterybarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for your chance to win a $2500 shopping spree!  Click here for complete rules and eligibility.

Photo Credit: Ivan Solis

Share Your Traditions With Us To Win $2500

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Whether you call it your pad, nest or abode, your home is a special place; even more so during the holidays.  It’s where laughter is had, food shared and memories made.  Home is the heart of tradition and we love that we contribute in our small way in helping you and your family craft those meaningful moments.  With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we are asking you to share your traditions with us.


Entering the contest could not be more simple.  Post a picture highlighting your Pottery Barn style on Instagram, tag @PotteryBarn and include the hashtag #behometogether for a chance to win a $2,500 Pottery Barn shopping spree.  Enter as many times as you want now through November 29, 2015.  Be creative.  Have fun.  Remember we are celebrating YOUR unique sense of style and tradition!

The contest winner will be randomly selected on 11/30/2015.  Please see our complete rules for eligibility.

How To Make Adult Butterbeer

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If you have no idea what butterbeer is, don’t worry because we had to ask Mandy Kellogg Rye of Waiting on Martha for explanation too.  When she proposed the recipe, all of us in the office envisioned a drink only Homer Simpson could love, but we were quickly informed that the drink is actually based on another fictional man-child favorite, Harry Potter.  While traditionally nonalcoholic, Mandy created an “adult” version for us that will soon have you toasting your fellow muggles.  Click here to get this Hogswarts worthy brew recipe.

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Halloween isn’t just for Kids!

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One of our favorite parts about Halloween, aside from the tasty treats, is sipping on a festive cocktail as we prepare our costumes for the night.  This year you’ll find us indulging in these Spiked Mexican Hot Chocolates made with Don Julio Tequila and the spices of the season.

We love how Mandy Kellogg Rye from Waiting on Martha has added some black magic to the cocktail with Ancho Chili Powder and Cayenne Pepper to give it a spicy kick and a bold devilish taste! Click here see what else makes this spooka-licious drink extraordinary.

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Q&A with Katie Armour of Matchbook Magazine

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Lifestyle guru Katie Armour is an arbiter of understated style. Along with founding the digital ‘zine sensation Matchbook Magazine, she also curates a collection of up and coming artists, runs her own blog The Neotraditionalist and lights up our Instagram and Pinterest feeds on the regular. We also share her obsession with pugs!

A recent relocation to Chicago and an engagement(!), means Katie is going to be hosting her first Thanksgiving in a brand new home and for some very special people in her life. She turned to Pottery Barn to set a chic timeless table, but we couldn’t let her go without getting her tips & tricks for effortless holiday entertaining.

What are some of your top tips to hosting Thanksgiving in a small home?

Stay organized and prepare in advance! We prep the majority of the meal before our guests arrive so my fiancé and I aren’t fighting for kitchen space. The cocktail ingredients are on our bar cart and the side dishes ready to serve. Embrace the coziness of your small space. Light candles and keep the meal simple, but scrumptious.

What’s your favorite Thanksgiving cocktail to serve? 

This time of year I love to serve a Maple Bourbon Smash. They’re easy to make for your guests and taste delicious. We use 2 oz. Bulliet Bourbon, 1 oz. Vermont maple syrup, and 1 oz. fresh lemon juice. Combine everything in a ice-filled cocktail shaker and stir for 15 seconds. Strain the drink into an old-fashioned glass with ice (I prefer one big cube) and you’re done! I usually add a lemon twist for garnish.

What are your favorite Thanksgiving side dishes?

How to choose?! This year we’ll be serving balsamic-roasted brussels sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, and corn bread. We may also add some sweet potato casserole to the mix–not ideal for the waist-line, but mouth-watering good.

Any tips for hosting a Thanksgiving with pets?

We keep our pug Alfred entertained (and out from underfoot!) with a new bone and his bed in a far corner. I like to think his monogrammed, plaid dog bed adds to the autumnal ambiance.

What are your favorite, easy, affordable tips to spicing up your home for the holidays?

1. Add greenery! I love fresh blooms in autumnal hues and a few well-placed pumpkins. White pumpkins or gold-painted pumpkins are my favorite.

2. Set the mood with tunes. We have a fun playlist for Thanksgiving and later Christmas that will be on regular rotation throughout the holiday season.

3. Swap out your everyday accessories for cozy, festive pieces. I love cable knit, plaid, or cashmere throws, velvet pillows in rich, fall colors, and colorful table linens that speak to the occasion.

You can shop some of Katie’s holiday must-haves RIGHT HERE!

A Frighteningly Good Cocktail Recipe for Halloween

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The countdown to Halloween is officially on! Do you know what you’re going to be yet? To get you in the mood for the spooky season, we asked Eden from the ever-lovely blog Sugar and Charm to share some of her favorite Halloween cocktail recipes. Her creations are sure to be a hit at any haunted fete you throw this season. Especially when served from a Halloween bar that looks so frighteningly good!!

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Coffin cheese – Halloween genius!!

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RECIPE: Blueberry Lavender Martini

For the blueberry lavender simple syrup:

1 C water
1 C suger
2 T fresh lavender
1 C blueberries

Put all ingredients over medium high heat until the blueberries start to burst and the mixture thickens. Remove from heat to cool. Makes 11 oz of simple syrup

For the martini:

2 oz vodka
2 oz simple syrup
Lavender bitters
Crushed Ice

Mix 2 oz vodka and 2 oz simple syrup in a shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a martini glass. Add lavender bitters and spring of fresh lavender to finish.

IMG_2811RECIPE: Skull Shot

1 1/2 oz of coffee vodka
1 oz bailey’s
1/2 oz espresso

Pour the coffee vodka into a shot glass. Slowly pour the bailey’s on top so it separates from the vodka. Drip in the espresso on top to create the marbled look.

Makes 1 shot.

Want to replicate this killer party?? Click HERE to get style tips and party ideas from Sugar and Charm! Happy Haunting!!

Getting Ready for a Lovely Holiday with Mara Ferreria

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We love people who follow their passion.  Blogger Mara Ferreria of M Loves M chose design over law school and are better for it.  Her fresh and effortless approach to entertaining, fashion and design has made her blog a go-to for inspiration.  Plus we can’t get enough of seeing her His & Hers style posts with her hunky husband, Matthew.

With the holiday crush upon us, we turned to Mara to give us her unique spin on some festive decorations.  However, we couldn’t let her go without picking her brain on how she makes the holidays special.
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What are some of your top tips to when hosting friends & family during the holidays?

Make it personal! I’ll write letters to my guests a few weeks before the party and ask about any dietary restrictions or if they have any nostalgic holiday memories. It’s fun to include personal elements, like their favorite cookie or card game.

What’s your favorite holiday cocktail to serve?

My husband is known for his incredible mulled wine. It is the best thing ever. But we always need another cocktail option, and I usually make something with applejack. It has an incredible flavor and feels so seasonal!

What do you like to do to make your holiday table feel extra special?

I love adding bits of nature to our table to make it a little more rustic and charming.The morning before our party, I’ll walk my dog Ginger and pick up leaves and pretty branches in the neighborhood to dress up our table. Then I’ll add a bunch of tea light candles for a romantic and intimate setting.

What three songs must be on your holiday party soundtrack?

Nat King Cole “The Christmas Song,” The Carpenters “There’s No Place Like Home For the Holidays,” and Feist “My Moon My Man” not seasonal but it’s a good dinner party song!

What’s on your wish list this holiday season?

cozy robe and a good book!

Adorable right?  Check back next week to see the holiday tabletop Mara designed exclusively for us!

Spotlight on Our Favorite Fall Foodie: Q&A with Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul

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For us, fall is all about food. As soon as the weather turns crisp, it’s hard not to crave all of the decadent dishes and comforting recipes that weren’t quite right for summer. That’s why we’re shining our spotlight on Paul Lowe of Sweet Paul this month. Over the past 6 years, the once little blog highlighting the Norweigan-born food and stylist’s favorite recipes and crafts exploded into a online magazine followed by millions and a print quarterly sold nationwide in specialty stores. Praised by the New York Times as a “trove of seasonal delights,” Sweet Paul is a visual feast of easy, elegant food and style that we can’t get enough of.

Xmas_GloggKeep reading to see Paul’s favorite fall entertaining tips, tricks and recipes!

Q: What are the first 5 ingredients you think of when someone says “fall”?
A: “Anything earthy and comforting: Mushrooms, polenta, nuts, root vegetables and apples.”

Q: What’s your favorite fall recipe of all time?
A: “I think it has to be beef bourguignon — it’s so simple to make, and it’s the perfect dish for a chilly fall evening.”

Q:  What do you consider a fall cocktail necessity?
A: “I love to make flavored simple syrups. It’s really easy, and gives any kind of cocktail a great flavor. Use cinnamon, cardamom, ginger and other seasonal spices to add a fall flavor to your favorite mixed drink.”


Q: What type of parties do you like to host (or attend!) in the fall?
A: “For me, fall is about simple get togethers with friends, good cocktails, plenty of wine, and delicious food. A great dinner party is all about the company.”

Q: What are your favorite entertaining secrets?
A: “Make people feel at ease, invite a good mix of people, and make food that you can cook beforehand — that way, you don’t have to slave away in the kitchen while your guests are there.”

SweetPaulStay tuned for more of Paul’s favorite fall recipes later this month — and don’t forget to check out Sweet Paul for even more fall foodie inspiration.