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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!!

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.

Behind the Scenes: A Pottery Barn Thanksgiving

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In the middle of the summer — when most of us are at the beach or the pool trying to stay cool — our catalog team has holiday on their mind. This July, when the California sun was at its peak, the team was working tirelessly in a beautiful barn in Bodega, California, putting one of our main Thanksgiving catalog spreads together.

Take a look at some of our favorite iPhone snaps from behind the scenes, below — and don’t forget to check out our latest catalog to see the incredible final results!


Rustic and lovely — this candle display would be so easy to accomplish at home.

IMG_4290The amazing set team set out a full Thanksgiving spread upstairs and rigged chandeliers from the beams of this 19th century barn in Northern California.
IMG_4289Inspiration for Thanksgiving side dishes, galore!
IMG_4288The wine wasn’t real, but all of the models cheered like it was! IMG_4284Another shot of the amazing beams and ceiling in the barn’s upstairs area. IMG_4283We loved this little bar set up! Olive branches are such a perfect, easy way to add greenery to a Fall display. IMG_4280Almost dinnertime! We all had to be patient while the team put finishing touches on everything.

IMG_4294The food looked delicious — but anyone on set was forbidden to steal a bite! :)


The photographer quickly runs through photos after the shoot, to make sure goatsYup, it was a real barn — goats and all! (Not seen above: a donkey, chickens and a very cute barn cat.)
DSC_0163A view from the exterior — such a gorgeous space!

Don’t forget to check out our latest catalog and our newest collection at Pottery Barn to see the final results from this stunning shoot.

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!

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. 

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

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:


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.