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3 Simple and Delicious Fall Cocktail Recipes

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Throughout the month of October select Pottery Barn stores will be hosting mixology 101 sessions with sisters Jordan Catapano and Jocelyn Dunn Muhlbach from This Girl Walks Into A Bar. The duo recently published their new cocktail book, Cocktails for Cougars and Cowgirls!  Jordan and Jocelyn will be sharing their impressive mixology skills and easy to make recipes to serve at your upcoming seasonal parties!

To give you a “sip” of their creativity, we sat down with the two sisters and asked a few questions to get you ready for your next event.

November Dream MartiniClick here for the recipe to this November Dream Martini served in our PB Classic Barware.

Why did you select the title Cougars & Cowgirls for your newest cocktail recipe book?

There is no “type” of woman that wants to make great cocktails and entertain successfully at home. There are twenty-one years olds and sixty-one year olds, executives and stay-at-home moms, mixology novices and spirit experts who have helped us to shape our own identity as a brand.

What is your favorite fall ingredient that you like to include in your cocktails?

We’re a little crazy about cinnamon and orange zest, and love to incorporate these two ingredients whenever we can. Whether it’s bourbon, vodka, or tequila, these two small and flavorful additions always bring something new to the mix.

Mulled Wine Recipe

Click here for their Mulled Wine Recipe served in our Colorful Café Glassware.

What inspires you and influences your work?

We are craving cocktails with brown spirits such as bourbon, whiskey, anejo, scotch, mezcal, etc. Seasonal fruits and herbs also play a big part in our approach to a drink. Our goal is always to present recipes that someone can make at home without much hassle.

What is your signature cocktail that you have created? 

It’s hard to chose a favorite, but The First Lady is definitely in the top ten. The combination of a little gin, limoncello, blueberry simple syrup and lemon juice in a flute filled with Brut is so delicious. Because of all the bubbly, it looks like a delicate drink but it’s actually quite complex and according to some, on the strong side.

Afternoon Delight

Click here for their Afternoon Delight recipe made in our Pumpkin Drink Dispenser and served in our Pumpkin Glassware.

Do you have any advice for future mixologists?

Be adventurous! If you get a crazy idea for a drink, try it out. When it comes to mixology, it’s more about balance and less about what “should” go into a cocktail. And remember that your drink doesn’t need a lot of ingredients or even adjectives (forget the organically infused, barrel-aged tequila) to taste amazing. Sometimes less is more.

Click here to find out more about these amazing mixologists.

Click here to RSVP for our upcoming store events with Jordan and Jocelyn!

A Perfect Fall Dinner Party (and WIN a $500 Pottery Barn Gift Card!)

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Last month we were thrilled to introduce our collaboration with celebrity interior designer Ken Fulk. His lust for life and flair for the dramatic are infection. We also love that you can inject just a little bit of Ken’s style into your daily life. This dining room table, designed by Holly Becker of the famed blog Decor8 is a perfect example. She incorporated the Ken Fulk table runner to create a lovely airy mood.

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If you’re loving this look too, you’re going to love Holly Becker’s refined design tips for your first fall party of the season! Combining saturated color with chic muted tones, she has mastered the art of creating a warm, inviting table with our #KenFulkXPB collection. Click here to get Holly’s design tips and enter for a chance to win a $500 Pottery Barn gift card!

Happy National Dog Day!

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Happy National Dog Day! We’re so excited to announce the winner of our contest with Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen: Congrats to Maple & Magnolia‘s pup Riley! We can’t wait to see how much this cutie loves her prize. Make sure your furry friend knows you love them today, too. 

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PS: Don’t forget to submit photos of your PB Pet with the hashtag #pbpet on Instagram! You could be featured on the Pottery Barn Instagram.


It’s a #PBPet Giveaway for National Dog Day!

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Are you in puppy love? We are too! To celebrate National Dog Day on 8/26, we’re giving away over $500 in prizes from Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. Post a photo of your furry friend to Instagram with the hashtag #PBPet to enter before 8/21. Good luck! #woof

Here’s how to enter:

  1. Upload a photo of your dog to Instagram
  2. Use the hashtag #PBPet
  3. Check back on National Dog Day to see if you and your pup have won! We’re giving away over $500 in prizes for you and your pup to share!

Here is what you could score:

We can’t wait to see what you guys share with us on Instagram!

Click here for official rules.

Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

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Looking to add a special touch to a shower or bachelorette party? We’re loving this adorable do-it-yourself project from the girls at Inspired By This. Follow their 3 easy steps and you’ll have the perfect decorative accent in no time.Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

Written by Inspired By This and republished for Have and Hold. 

These drink coasters are the perfect fit and easy enough for an afternoon DIY! Pick your pattern and your paint and you’re all set! It really is as easy as it sounds! We love this gold and white combination on the cork background, making the coasters fit easily into any space or entertaining decor. This is a fun, cute way to get exactly what you want with just an inexpensive trip to the craft store! And when all your friends ask about them, you can proudly claim them as your own! After you’ve made them for yourself, spend just 5 minutes more to give as the perfect hostess gift!

Paint brushes
Sponge circle brush
Painters tape
White paint
Gold spray paint
Cork squares

Easy & Adorable Coaster DIY

Step 1 

Place the painters tape on the cork squares in the desired pattern.  This might require you to cut the tape in half to get thinner lines.  Feel free to try anything and everything…this is where you get to be creative!  Press the tape hard into the cork so no paint can seep through (this is especially important when trying to get crisp stripes).

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Step 2

Paint the exposed cork with either a white paint or the gold spray paint.  Make sure to coat the entire surface evenly.  You will probably want to give the paint a couple of layers to make the color really stand out against the cork!

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Step 3

Once the paint is dry to the touch, gently peel the painters tape off of the cork squares.  Make sure to go slowly, you don’t want to pull pieces of the cork up!  With lines we recommend waiting a little longer than necessary to ensure the paint doesn’t bleed.  That’s it!  Now you have some fun drink coasters that are sure to impress all of your guests!

Photography: Leila Brewster

Sweets Simply at Our Local Market

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Once a month, we host a Local Market at Pottery Barn to support some of our favorite sustainable San Francisco food vendors. (It’s one of our favorite days at PBHQ!)


This year, each Local Market is also hosting a bake sale by one of our very own employees — all of the proceeds from the sale benefit the charity of their choice. This month, Nicole from Pottery Barn hosted the bake sale with her San Francisco based company: Sweets Simply.


This small, batch-at-a-time bakery bakes breakfast pastries and desserts in a kitchen in San Francisco’s Mission neighborhood. Many of the goodies are made without gluten, dairy or refined sugars, instead relying on coconut oil, raw agave nectar and unsweetened fruit purees.

Nicole heard about her charity of choice, Worldreader, while listening to the radio one morning. Worldreader’s mission — to eradicate illiteracy worldwide — struck a chord with her. Nicole’s mom is a reading specialist, so she grew up understanding the importance of literacy.


Worldreader delivers a library of amazing books to people who have none via e-readers. Their focus is primarily in sub-Saharan Africa and Asia. Since the delivery of printed books is non existent or expensive in many of these locations, an e-reader full of hundreds of books dramatically increases access to books with relative ease. In many of these areas, Worldreader has seen the average amount of books owned by children increase from 3 to over 100. Supplying books to elementary schools allows children’s reading and comprehension skills to improve by almost 50%.


“The funds from Nicole’s bakesale will help us put even more e-books on devices for children and families in low-income countries,” says Nadja Borovac of Worldreader. “Books such as local textbooks, reading stories, reference material, health information and so much more. These books will help people learn, grow and have a better future.”

Learn more about Sweets Simply.
Learn more about Worldreader.

Giveaway: Win a Pocketwatch Clock for Daylight Savings!

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Let’s face it, Daylight Savings is kind of a drag. Is it spring forward or spring back? Do we lose an hour or gain an hour? We can never remember. For those of you in the same boat, we’re giving away some of our iconic small Pocketwatch Clocks to make the transition just a little bit easier.


Enter via the form below for a chance to win one of our Pocketwatch Clocks. Good luck!

See contest rules here.

The contest is now closed! Thanks for entering.