Holiday Table Decorating Tips: 4 Tips to Using Everyday Dinnerware This Season

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Let’s be honest — we’d all love for our holiday dinner tables to look like a winter wonderland, but sometimes it just isn’t realistic. Decorating your table with a limited amount of time and budget requires a clever mix of everyday essentials and select holiday flair.

We love these holiday table settings for their mix of pretty red + white basics that can be used year round, with a few chargers, napkin rings, appetizer plates and napkins mixed in for holiday cheer. Are you on the hunt for easy holiday table decorating tips? Read on to get our top four tips, below:

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1. Accent white dinnerware with festive chargers. You don’t need to buy a full set of dinnerware to make your holiday dinner party feel special. We love using glimpses of metallic — like these gold leaf chargers — to add just a little sparkle and shine. Bonus: These can be used year round!

2. Mix and match textiles you can use every holiday. Red or neutral table linens (especially when paired with a fun napkin ring) will add the perfect pop to your existing table setting.

3. Invest in a set of colorful dinner plates. We love using color year round! Whether you decide to go with red, blue, green or more — investing in a set of brightly colored plates means you only need a few accessories for the holidays.

4. Use appetizer plates as accents. Dress up your table with festive appetizer/salad plates for the season — they’re a little more affordable than a full dinner set, and easy to match with any of your dinnerware!

Curious about our top classic dinnerware picks? Be sure to check out Great WhiteCambriaGabriella and the new Napoli.

 

A Piece of Toast + Pottery Barn Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway

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Whether your hometown’s winter means snow, rain, sleet, hail or even sunshine — this time of year tends to provide just the excuse we need to stay in, cozy up and watch some of our favorite movies.

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That’s why we teamed up with the talented Molly and Sally Miller of A Piece of Toast to give away the ultimate night in this Christmas. The two sisters put together one perfect basket with their favorite Pottery Barn picks (including our Savannah Underbed Basket, Gabriella Serving Bowl and Snack Bowls, Tabletopics, Cheer Pillow, Sock Monkey Ornament), Christmas movies and guilty pleasure snacks.  

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Want your chance at winning the perfect night in?

Here’s how to enter:
Make sure you’re following @potterybarn and @apieceoftoast on Instagram.

Regram our Instagrams or post any of the photos in this post to your Instagram using the hashtag #PBxAPieceofToast.

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You can enter 1 time each day until December 11th. (See official rules here)

Good luck!

How to Make a Long Lasting Centerpiece and Planter with Tulipina

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Written exclusively for Inside & Out by Kiana Underwood of Tulipina
Photos by Nathan Underwood

When it comes to floral arrangements, many people are concerned that the money they
spend doesn’t go very far given fresh cut flowers don’t last more than 4-5 days. So, I
decided to create a planter for those who would prefer to have a long-lasting
centerpiece or planter, using Pottery Barn’s Antique Silver Serve Bowl.

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Even at your local market or grocery store, there is quite an array of different plants to
combine and create into an eye-catching and longer lasting arrangement. There are a
variety of beautiful mini-rose plants available at the market, so with a quick stop at
Trader Joe’s and my local nursery, I was able to find plans of different colors, shapes,
and textures to create this planter.

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I particularly like this silver bowl and the writing that is etched on the rim: “Together with
friends and family is always the happiest place to be” – it is the perfect motto for the
holiday season.

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I chose two shades of mini-rose plants, maidenhair vine, waffle plant (for the lovely
purplish foliage), a small hydrangea, rosemary, and finished with the lovely stephanotis
plant for a delicate and beautiful aroma.

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It has been two weeks and the planter is still intact and beautiful, and it only needs
water every 2-3 days.

Take a look at more of Kiana’s amazing centerpieces here.

#PBwithaTwist: Nicole Gibbons’ Cranberry Twist on a Classic Manhattan Recipe

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Nothing completes a holiday party like a signature cocktail — we might just adopt this classic Manhattan cocktail with a cranberry twist from Nicole Gibbons as our own this season.

Using our Harrison Bar Tools, Cut Glass Martini, and Harrison Shaker, Gibbons whipped up this tasty looking drink — a perfectly festive combination of a Cosmopolitan and a Manhattan recipe. Read on for the full recipe!

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Ingredients

2½ ounces bourbon whiskey
1 ounce sweet vermouth
1 ounce fresh cranberry puree (or cranberry juice if you prefer)
2-3 dashes aromatic bitters
2-3 ice cubes

Instructions

Fill a cocktail shaker or glass with ice. Add the bourbon, vermouth, cranberry puree and bitters and stir to chill. Strain into a chilled martini glass.

To make fresh cranberry puree, heat 1 cup cranberries, ⅔ cup sugar, ¾ cup water and a few pinches of fresh orange zest in a sauce pan. Bring to a boil then simmer at medium heat for about 10 minutes. Remove from heat and cool to room temperature, then puree mixture in a high-speed blender or food processor.

PS: Don’t forget to share your favorite holiday cocktail recipes with us on Instagram and Twitter this season — use the hashtag #PBwithaTwist!

Traditions, Tips and Tinsel: Camille Styles’ Holiday Favorites

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To us, the holidays aren’t the holidays without tradition — whether it’s making new ones, or repeating old ones. We love that Camille Styles embraces both in her book, Camille Styles Entertaining. It’s this reason among many others that we’ve chosen this talented gal as our Designer Spotlight for the month of December.

Make sure to take a look at Camille’s amazing ideas on PotteryBarn.com, and read the rest of her holiday traditions and favorites, below.

Plus, check out more of Camille’s great tips and tricks here and here.

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What new traditions (if any) are you looking forward to this year?
This Thanksgiving, I’m starting a new tradition that I’m calling “Gratitude Cards” to set aside a time when everyone can focus on their blessings and share with the family. During dessert, I’ll pass handmade cards around the table and ask everyone to write their name on one side, and on the other, jot down what they’re grateful for this year. Once everyone’s read their answers aloud, I’ll pack all the cards into a large envelope and write the date on the front. Doing this every Thanksgiving will be such a fun way to log our family’s growth and follow everyone’s personal journeys over the years.

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What’s your favorite way to get you and your home in the holiday spirit?
I use the long Thanksgiving weekend to get a jump-start on transforming my home for the holidays. I crank up the Christmas tunes, unpack the boxes of décor from the attic, and my husband, daughter and I head out to buy our Christmas tree. Starting early and giving myself enough time to get it done allows me to really enjoy the process before the craziness of December kicks in.

What’s your motto when it comes to holiday decorating?
Focus on the elements that will make an impact. Instead of putting pressure on yourself to deck out every corner of your home, choose the key areas (say, the fireplace, front door entryway, and dining room table) and turn those into statement-making spots that will make the entire house feel festive.

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Favorites?

Traditional holiday meal:
My English mother-in-law’s roast beef with horseradish sauce and Yorkshire pudding.

Most delicious holiday cocktail recipe:
Prosecco with Sugared Cranberry skewers (To make them, boil equal parts sugar and water until sugar dissolves, then submerge cranberries in the simple syrup. Use a slotted spoon to transfer to a cooling rack, and allow to dry for an hour. Roll cranberries in a shallow bowl filled with sugar to coat, then allow to dry completely.

Favorite holiday indulgence:
Christmas morning breakfast is always my mom’s famous almond kringle bread (made into a heart-shape!) – layers and layers of flaky pastry and rich almond paste.

Most cherished holiday decoration:
I have the Christmas tree ornament that my parents gave me on my first birthday – It’s a little bear on a sleigh that’s been glued back together countless times, and I always love unpacking it every year and hanging it on the tree.

Favorite holiday song:
Carol of the Bells.

Go-to holiday party outfit:
I buy a new cocktail dress every holiday season and wear it to at least a couple different occasions. It’s really the only time of year that I wear something with sparkles or jewels on it, but ‘tis the season! I’ll typically pair it with black tights, girly black satin pumps, and a fun colorful clutch.

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See the rest of Camille’s profile on PotteryBarn.com here. 

 

A Pottery Barn Holiday Gift Basket Giveaway with Julia of Lemon Stripes!

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We love the way Julia from Lemon Stripes does Christmas! That’s why we teamed up with her for a special holiday gift basket giveaway with some of her favorite Pottery Barn picks. 

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Here’s how to enter:
Make sure you’re following @potterybarn and @lemonstripes on Instagram.

Regram our Instagrams or post any of the photos in this post to your Instagram using the hashtag #PBxLemonStripes.

You can enter 1 time each day until December 4th. (See official rules here.) Good luck!

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What do you win?
Everything you see pictured in the basket (including the basket itself)!

Some of Julia’s favorite Pottery Barn items: Our Faux Fur Throw, Faux Fur Pillow CasePlaid MugPlaid Napkins and Chanel Books.

PLUS A one-month supply of Nourish SnacksJulia’s favorite holiday scented candle & hand soap, polka dot socks, a striped jewelry dish, set of marble coasters and a sparkly mini emergency kit!

PS: Don’t forget to check out Julia’s blog, here.

Transitional Table Decor: Take Your Table from Fall to Winter

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December’s officially here! We couldn’t be more excited to start the countdown to Christmas — but our home decor has some catching up to do. Thanksgiving was just a few days ago, so it doesn’t feel quite right to pack every bit and piece of our fall decor away yet.

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This stunning tabletop does a perfect job of bridging the gap between the end of fall and the beginning of winter. Glints of gold contrast with rustic linens and classic white dinnerware in a casual, luxe setting.

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Mixed and matched glassware and staggered candlesticks bring an additional element of interest. The bear salt and pepper shakers add just the right touch of whimsy, too.

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fall flowers

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How will you transition your home decor from fall to winter?

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fall bouquet

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Designer: Wedding Mode
Flowers: Sprout
Catering:  Otto’s
Photography: Amber Vickery

Pottery Barn items: Gold Leaf Charger, Napoli Dinnerware, Napoli Oval Serving Platter, Bear Salt & Pepper Shakers, Fox Napkin Rings, Cast Leaf Lidded Serve Bowl