Party Perfect: Justina Blakeney’s DIY Summer Party Decor

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Justina Blakeney knows that the perfect party doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. Getting your DIY on will help keep money in your wallet — and it can give your party some personal flair with minimal effort. These DIY summer party decor ideas from Justina couldn’t be easier — and we love the life they lend to her stunning tablescape. Take a look and get inspired for your own summer party decor, below! 

Tropical Place Setting Summer Party

Philodendron Leaf Chargers:
“Instead of (or in addition to!) traditional chargers use tropical Split-Leaf Philodendron leaves to under your dishes to create a pretty pop of green and an added layer of visual interest to your tabletop.”

Summer Cocktail Recipe Justina Blakeney

Leafy Name Tags:
“Using twine, a leaf, a hole punch and a gold Sharpie, punch a hole in a leaf, write your guest’s name it with a Sharpie and thread the twine through the leaf and add it to the glass. It looks refreshing, can be used as a place-marker and throughout the evening guests will be able to keep track of their glasses, which means less washing!”

Spicy Margarita Recipe

Leaf Wrapped Glasses:
“To avoid wet hands when cups get sweaty, use twine and a large tropical leaf (like a banana leaf) to wrap the cup in a leaf! It saves the hand from getting wet and looks very festive, too.”

Summer Party Centerpiece

Living Centerpieces:
“Succulents make great centerpieces, and furthermore, they make lovely take-aways for guest once the party is over. You can use any kind of vessel (even coconut shells!) and fill the bottom half with pebbles (succulents have shallow roots). Fill the rest with cactus soil and after planting your succulent, cover the top in white sand to help it look polished.”

Don’t forget to check out Justina’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com!
See the rest of Justina’s summer party & tips here.
Get her recipes for this party here.

Party Perfect: Three Flavorful and Festive Recipes for a Summer Party

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Spicy Margarita Don Julio Justina Blakeney

When the weather’s hot (Summer’s coming, we promise!) it’s hard not to crave something simple, refreshing and thirst quenching. We love how Justina Blakeney‘s menu for her fabulous Summer party for Pottery Barn does just that. Smoky and spicy margaritas, cool and crisp watermelon agua frescas and easy crab guacamole and chips are all it takes to quiet an appetite on a hot summer day.

Take a look at Justina’s delicious recipes below, and see her full Pottery Barn feature (plus all the dinner/glassware in the photos) here.

Turquoise Summer Party

Photography by Danae Horst

Smoky Serrano Infused Margarita
Serves 6

For the Serrano-Infused Tequila:
1 medium sized serrano pepper
10 oz tequila (we used Don Julio Anejo)

Slice pepper in half lengthwise, leaving veins and seeds intact. Place pepper and tequila in a jar or bottle with a lid and let sit 24 hours (or longer, depending upon how spicy you like it).

For the Margarita:
1.5 cups fresh lime juice
1 orange, juiced
1/2 c simple syrup
1 c serrano infused tequila
1/2 c orange liqueur (Grand Marnier, triple sec, etc)
1 c soda water
Smoked sea salt
Lime wedges
Ice

In a pitcher, combine lime juice, orange juice and simple syrup- stir. Add tequila, triple sec, and soda water.

DIY Margarita Recipe

To prepare glasses, make a small slit in the lime wedges and place salt on a small plate or bowl. Run lime wedge around the rim of each glass, then dip glass into salt, turning until rim is coated.

Add ice to each glass and fill.

Summer Cocktail Recipe Justina Blakeney

Watermelon Lime Agua Fresca
Serves 6

4 cups watermelon, cubed, seeds removed
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
4 T sugar
Lime slices for garnish

Summer Spritzer Justina Blakeney

Add watermelon, lime juice, and sugar to blender pitcher. Puree until smooth. Serve over ice and garnish with lime slices.

Crab Guacamole Recipe on Pottery Barn Tray

Guacamole con Cangrejo: Crab Guacamole
Serves 6

2 perfectly ripe large avocados (or 3-4 small ones)
1/2 large white onion
1-2 roma tomatoes (depending on size)
1 bunch cilantro, washed and trimmed
1 lime
6 oz crab meat
Salt

Dice the tomato and onion and rough chop the cilantro- mix together in a small bowl. Set aside.

To prep the avocados, slice them in half lengthwise and remove the pits. Now make 4 lengthwise cuts to each half, without cutting through the skin, essentially scoring each half. This makes it easy to remove the flesh with a spoon. Once you’ve scored all your avocado, scoop the flesh out with a spoon into a large bowl. With a pastry blender or potato masher, mash the avocado slightly- there should still be chunks of avocado visible.

Crab Guacamole Recipe

Now, gently fold the tomato-onion mixture and the crab meat into the avocado, careful not to over mix or break up the crab meat too much. Add the juice of one lime, and salt, to taste. Serve with tortillas chips.

*Safety note: Because of the crab meat, be sure to keep this guacamole on ice during your party. 

See the rest of Justina’s summer party & tips here.

Party Perfect: Justina Blakeney’s Eclectic and Colorful Summer Party

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Color, creativity and just a hint of craziness — Justina Blakeney’s eclectic style encompasses everything we believe about decorating your home: It should feel fun, free and fulfilling.

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(Photos by Danae Horst)

Even if you’re still seeing snow outside, summer will be here before you know it (it’s true!) — which is why we just couldn’t wait to show you Justina’s backyard summer shindig using our Under the Sea Party supplies.

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Click here to see & print Justina’s shopping list for this party.

PLUS, listen to Justina’s party perfect playlist below:

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Inspired by tropical ecosystems, Justina put her own special twist on some of our classic & new outdoor party serveware. Sculptural floral details like Bird of Paradise and cacti almost look like pieces of coral littered around the tabletop. A simple menu of spicy margaritas (with a smoked salt rim that looks just like sand) and fresh crab guacamole, this party feels warm, lively, unexpected and fun.

What do we love about Justina’s party? (Besides the fact that it’s seriously beautiful of course.) It’s incredibly easy to pull this off in any space, with any budget. Take a look at more of Justina’s party tips below, and stay tuned for her party DIYs and recipes later this week!

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TIP: “Centerpieces should be tall enough to talk under or short enough to talk over.”

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TIP: “Think of an overarching color palette for your party. If you’re stumped on what colors to choose try using analogous colors: different colors of the same shade. Or try complementary colors — meaning colors opposite each other on the color-wheel.”

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TIP: “Create a functional and balanced tabletop by making sure your place-settings are symmetrical. Layer in patterned and textured elements, and arrange table elements around a focal point.”

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TIP: “Look in your linen closet for even more inspiration — quilts, hand-towels, and even scarves can be used as tablecloths and table runners. Have fun and mix things up!”

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TIP: “Add plenty of metallic items to your table to elevate the tablescape and make it feel extra special.”

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TIP: “Flowers and plants breath life into any space, to be sure to include botanical elements to keep your table looking fresh and lively.”

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TIP: “Mark guests’ glasses with personalized nametags so that even when schmoozing with guests they don’t lose their vessels.”

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TIP: “Create at least two signature cocktails — one with alcohol and one without, so all guests can join in on the fun.”

Don’t forget to check out Justina’s full feature on PotteryBarn.com! 

Get her recipes for this party here.

Simple & Elegant DIY Easter Egg Decor

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DIY Chalk Easter Eggs

Traditional Easter White Tulips
Written exclusively for Pottery Barn by Christy Hulsey of Colonial House of Flowers.

When Design Studio South and I set up our Pottery Barn Easter tablescape, we wanted to challenge the tired, expected spring pastel palette that we see too often. These chic, chalky Easter eggs are ridiculously easy (it’ll take all of 5 minutes) and inexpensive — they added just the right element to our table, and can help give your crazy, artificial looking plastic eggs a simple makeover.

Stone Easter Eggs

PS: Don’t forget to check out the full tabletop & our tips here!

SUPPLIES:
• Plastic Easter Eggs
• Stone Spray Paint

Easy Easter DIY

INSTRUCTIONS:

Easter Egg DIY

Lay out your plastic eggs. Open each egg and place the halves in a line.

Choose your paint colors. Tip: Select a paint with a texture, like stone (which is what we used here). The paint’s speckling gives each plastic eggshell a very au-naturale look.

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Spray with your paint and let dry — that’s it!

Pottery Barn Neutral Easter Eggs

Now celebrate with a glass of wine — you deserve it! In a matter of minutes you’ve crafted some seriously stylish DIY Easter eggs that are easy on your wallet and gorgeous on your table.

Vendors:
Photographer: Rach Lea Photography
Styling: Design Studio South
Floral Design: Christy Hulsey, Colonial House of Flowers
Styling: Amanda Currier, Colonial House of Flowers
Small Bites: Brownie Brittle
Pralines: From the Kitchen of Azure Rountree,
Calligraphy:  Low Country Paper Co
Flower Selection: Mark Jackson, Cutflower Atlanta
Floral Supplies: Syndicate Sales
Venue: Georgia State Railroad Museum

 

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. 

Color Mix! Our Favorite Spring Color Palettes for Bedrooms

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As one of the most private rooms in the home, the bedroom is really where we can let our personal taste shine. It’s an oasis, a retreat and a sanctuary. We believe it’s the perfect place to stay true to your own style — and choosing just the right color palette is a huge part of that. Take a look at some of our favorite color palettes for Spring, below.

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Which colors are you going to add to your bedroom this season? Find just what you need here.

 

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.

Pottery Barn Tulips

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