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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.

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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 PotteryBarn.com. 

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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!”

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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!”

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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.”

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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.”

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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:


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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!

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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.

Lucky 7: Our Top 7 Decorating Pins for St. Patrick’s Day

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At its roots, St. Patrick’s Day is really anything but the over-the-top neon green decor that we associate with the holiday today. To us, St. Patrick’s Day is a little more about honoring the holiday’s heritage with a little help from Mother Nature — lush green garlands, pops of real clover, and bursts of green and white hydrangeas. We love how these pins from our Luck of the Irish Pinterest board feel fresh, bright and perfect for Spring.

Take a look at our 7 (lucky number 7!) favorite pins for St. Patrick’s Day decor, below, and get more green & white inspiration with our Luck of the Irish Pinterest board.

Our Favorite St. Patricks Pins

1. via Inspired by This/ 2. via Ruffled/ 3. via yours truly/ 4. via Better Homes and Gardens/ 5. via Elizabeth Anne Designs/ 6. via Cecilee Starin/ 7. via Marie Elisabeth

You might also like these 2 easy DIYs for St. Patrick’s Day from Studio DIY. 

Easter Entertaining Made Easy

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Pottery Barn Easter Flowers
Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers with Camp Makery
Photography: Rach Lea Photo

Whether it’s with 2 or 12, the best parties (at least in my experience) are the simple ones you actually enjoy. Thankfully, Tristen Needham from Design Studio South joined me with Colonial House of Flowers, Camp Makery and Rach Lea Photography to lay down the must have elements for a seriously stunning Easter affair. All of these tips make the most impact for the least amount of effort. Skip the stress! You can entertain for Easter and throw a party that’s inexpensive, chic, elegant, and polished in a flash.

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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. Shop at your neighborhood flower shop, snip a few petals from your garden. Add greens for a natural, organic look.

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TIP: Add candles for elegance. I usually stick with neutrals like white. When it comes to lighting up a festive party and setting the mood on the fly, it’s hard to beat the immediate impact of delicate votives.

Pottery Barn Sangria

TIP: Allow guests to serve themselves at the bar. A drink dispenser full of a signature cocktail is fun and practical. Or, simply leave open wine bottles about the table and let guests fill their glasses while you mingle. It will go a long way towards saving you trips to the kitchen during the party. Sliced vegetables submersed in the water adds sophistication.

TIP: Always have the makings of a signature cocktail on hand. This one via From the Kitchen of Azure is a great take on a grown up punch that everyone will love:

1 bottle red wine (I like Cameron Hughes)
1 bottle margarita mix
2 quarts ginger ale
1 lime

Directions: Mix equal parts of the first three ingredients together. Chill. Squeeze have the lime over the punch just before serving. The remaining lime can be sliced to float in the dispenser or as a glass garnish.

Pottery Barn Easter Table Setting

TIP: Stick with white dinnerware. Drab? Not on your life. White dishes are the basis of great tables. You can layer on napkins, place cards, a menu, a flower or even a cutting from your backyard.

Pottery Barn Easter Snacks

TIP: Keep the desserts simple. I have Brownie Brittle and pralines by the bag at all times. Add warm caramel sauce, fresh berries or whipped cream to the top, and these simple treats are instantly elevated to fit any event’s ambiance.

Pottery Barn Neutral Easter Eggs

Spring is the perfect season to get together with friends and family. Hopefully these tips will make it fun, intimate, warm, chaos-free and enjoyable — without breaking the bank, too!

Vendors:
Calligraphy:  Low Country Paper Co
Photographer: Rach Lea Photography
Styling: Design Studio South,

Flower Selection: Mark Jackson, Cutflower Atlanta
Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales
Floral Design: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Styling: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Small Bites: Brownie Brittle
Catering: Southern Soul BBQ
Pralines: From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree
Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum

Easy, Last Minute Valentine’s Day Dinner Recipe from The Vegan 8

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Did you forget Valentine’s Day is tomorrow? It’s okay, we’ve been there! Don’t worry, we have a last minute Valentine’s Day Dinner recipe that will make your significant other think you’ve been planning for weeks — or, that you can enjoy on your own.

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This Poblano Pepper Cream Sauce and Pasta from The Vegan 8 looks particularly delicious in our Cambria Footed Bowl don’t you think? We love how Brandi from The Vegan 8 creates delicious, simple recipes that only use 8 (!) ingredients. Best of all, this comforting, decadent recipe comes together easily for a last minute Valentine’s Day dinner — the only serious prep requires soaking the cashews in boiling water for a couple hours.

Cashews? That’s right — this creamy decadent sauce is entirely dairy free. Trust us, you wouldn’t know it from the taste — but your body will thank you for it.

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Sweeten the deal with another ridiculously simple recipe — 1 bowl peanut butter chocolate chip cake (easily split between two people, but could happily be eaten by one).

Check out the full recipes + printable recipe card for both here.