Our Top Tips for Choosing White Dinnerware (Plus, a Giveaway!)

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Our New, Expanded Collection of Great White Dinnerware
There are a lot of good reasons why we love our Great White Dinnerware collection: it’s beautiful, classic and quality dinnerware that will stand the test of time.

This season, we’ve expanded the collection to include anything and everything your tabletop might be missing. Designed and developed by our in-house design team, the new Great White additions acknowledge that different people eat different ways — and that means we all want something different out of our dinnerware. Our new additions complement every style of cooking, eating and living.

Our Favorite New Additions
We don’t know what it’s like at your house, but coffee is a staple here at PB HQ, so our designers added a brand new set of coffee mugs, cups, creamers and sugar bowls into this collection.

We’ve also made serving food easier — whether you’re having dinner for two or twelve — with additional platters and bowls, a soup terrine, pitcher and small bowls and plates for appetizers and sauces.

Why We Love White Dinnerware
When it comes to dinnerware, there’s something special about simple and classic white dishes. White dishes give you a clean slate when decorating — whether it’s for a dinner party or deciding on a new wall color behind your open kitchen shelves. Plus, serving food on white dishes highlights your meal beautifully — perfect for the Instagram-loving foodie.

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Great White Dinnerware Styles
Coupe: Slim in shape, but with a heavy and sturdy feel, the large size and high edges of Coupe make it great for serving.

Traditional: The original Great White — this classic shape never goes out of style.

Square: This style feels super modern and sleek, much like dinnerware in high-end restaurants.

Rim: The dainty flip on this style of Great White has a slightly old-fashioned feel, similar to antique, all-American dinnerware.

We’re so excited to offer you a beautiful collection with so much thought, time and care put into it by our design team. Whether you like to stick to one style, or mix and match, Great White has something for everyone. 

PS: Enter for a chance to win a set of Great White Dinnerware in the style of your choice! Fill out the form below for a chance to win. Good luck!

Official rules here.

This contest is now closed, thank you!

 

Top Party Tips for Summer from Evite Party Planner Jessica Bailey

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Did you catch our Twitter Party yesterday? We were so excited to host Jessica Bailey, Evite Party Planner and blogger at Linen, Lace, & Love, who shared her top party planning tips (and Pottery Barn picks!) with our fans and followers. We loved her expert tricks to help make summer entertaining easy and fun for everyone. Take a look at some of our favorite tidbits from the Twitter Party, below — and don’t forget to follow Pottery Barn on Twitter for more entertaining and decorating tips!

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Adios, mosquitos!
Beat bugs by covering appetizers with pretty Pottery Barn glass domes.
 Hole punch cupcake liners, place upside down on your glass and put a straw through it to keep bugs out of your drink!
 Circle your party area with citronella candles to light when the sun sets.

Bring the indoors, out.
 Repurpose indoor furniture and move it out to the patio to create an alfresco dining experience.
 An inexpensive way to get an outdoor space party-ready is to use white candles to line a pool and/or walkway.

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Stick to something simple.
 
Keep food simple for outdoor entertaining: salads, fresh fruit and cold drinks are all you need.
 Save time and money by delegating dishes to friends (i.e. potluck style).

Try a themed party!
 
I love a late night “Drive in Cinema” party, with this invitation.
 Throw a #1 Fan party! Make it all about their favorite team and/or sport.
 Host a movie night + picnic. Put up a screen in your backyard, set up blankets and pillows, and offer snacks.
 I love a retro flamingo pool party for tweens — think black, white and pink.
 If you start with basic decor — black and white striped table cloth, white dishes — you can have a pirate party!

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Stock the bar.
 Cool beverages with a metal drink wagon outdoors.
 Served pre-mixed drinks so guests can help themselves — like our Hard Iced Tea bar featuring Pottery Barn’s Mason Jar Drink Dispenser
 I like to attach my bottle opener to a beverage tub with ribbon — they always go missing, otherwise!

PS: Don’t forget to enter our Summer’s Better Together Sweepstakes with Evite, Pottery Barn, Pottery Barn Kids and PBteen. You could win $5,000 to shop at the Pottery Barn brands to help you plan your next summer celebration!

Sweet Summer Nights: A Santa Barbara Barbecue with Some Pottery Barn Love

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Simplicity is the key to a successful summer party. Good friends, fresh ingredients, warm weather and wine — not much else is necessary to make a great night. That’s what’s so wonderful about this summer Santa Barbara barbecue, originally posted on Camille Styles.

Photography by Jen Huang

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Hosted by Poppies & Posies (who put together all of the florals) the barbecue took place in a beautiful Santa Barbara backyard on a perfect summer night. Barbecue expert Michael Steifman of Stuart & Co. whipped up an elegant but casual grilled menu.

Fresh farmer’s market vegetables made up the majority of the menu — served on Pottery Barn cutting boards and wood pedestals. Roasted red and yellow cherry tomato bruschetta on grilled bread with burrata made for a fresh but indulgent appetizer. Steifman also whipped up a batch of grilled shrimp with cilantro, peanuts, lime zest and chili paste. For the main course, Steifman served a brisket with smoked tomato salsa. Guests had their pick of spice-rubbed chicken, ribs and potato salad, too.

An elegant menu, with calligraphy by Jen Huang art, was displayed on our Cuisine Board Shelf with a flower arrangement by Poppies & Posies. Simple table settings with dark plates, teal napkins and marble slate name tags by Jen Huang stuck to the dinner’s summery but moody vibe.

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See the full story on Camille Styles.

 

 

Raspberry Ricotta Sticky Buns Recipe from Two of a Kind

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It’s only Wednesday, but we’re already thinking about weekend brunch. These days, we’ve been enjoying cooking on our own rather than going out. These raspberry ricotta sticky buns (seen here on our Blonde Wood Pedestals) from the talented Alison of Two of a Kind are the perfect excuse to host brunch at home this weekend. Keep reading to get the full recipe and get your brunch on!

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Raspberry and Ricotta Sticky Buns

Makes 12 buns

INGREDIENTS

Dough:

1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
1/2 cup water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/4 cup sugar, divided
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest

Filling:

2 ounces fresh or frozen raspberries
1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ cup ricotta, drained (see notes)
2 tablespoons honey

Syrup:

6 fresh or frozen raspberries
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

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INSTRUCTIONS:

Make the dough:
In a large bowl, heat milk and water until warm – about 30 seconds in the microwave should do. Stir in the yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar. Whisk together until thoroughly combined and let sit until foamy, about 10 minutes.

Add the remaining sugar and the rest of the dough ingredients (butter through lemon zest) to the milk mixture, stirring everything until it comes together to form a shaggy ball. Then knead the dough by hand (or with a dough hook attachment) until it’s smooth and elastic – this will take about 10 minutes (or less if using a stand mixer). Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let it rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. While the dough is rising, prepare the filling.

Make the filling:
In a small sauce pan, combine the raspberries, sugar, butter and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.

In a small bowl, combine ricotta and honey and mix until smooth. Set aside.

Shape and bake the buns:
Lightly grease a 12-cup muffin pan and set aside.

After the dough has risen, roll it into an 18-by-10-inch rectangle. Using a pizza cutter or bench scraper, cut the dough into 12 1½-inch strips.

Place 1 tablespoon of the ricotta-honey mixture at the end of each strip. Then place 1 tablespoon of the raspberry mixture right below it and spread it down the remainder of the strip.

Starting at the end with the ricotta, gently roll up the dough at a slight angle so that the center is the highest point of the bun. When you reach the end of the strip, gently press it into place.

Place buns, point side up, in the muffin pan. Lightly cover buns with a piece of plastic wrap coated with nonstick spray. Let buns rise until slightly puffed, about 1 hour.

When buns have almost finished rising, preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Remove plastic wrap and bake buns until golden, about 22-30 minutes. While the buns are baking, prepare the syrup.

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Make the syrup:
In a small sauce pan, combine raspberries, sugar, water, vanilla extract and cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat, stir in lemon juice and set aside.

Once buns have finished baking, remove from oven and let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Then remove buns from the muffin cups and place in a 12-by-9 inch casserole pan.

Pour syrup over the buns and let them sit in the syrup for 2 hours, basting occasionally.

Remove buns from the casserole pan and serve.

NOTES:
To drain ricotta, place cheese in a cheesecloth-lined colander set over a bowl. If you don’t have cheesecloth, you can use a coffee filter. Place in refrigerator and let sit for a few hours.

Homes We Love: Dreamy Garden Patio from Lonny Magazine

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It’s clear that we’re big fans of outdoor entertaining here at Pottery Barn. Whether it’s a backyard wine party or a picnic in the park, we love to make the most of warm weather while it lasts. To us, a great summer party can be just about anything — but casual elegance always wins out. Summer entertaining should be simple, easy and beautiful — that’s why we love this dreamy garden patio from Lonny Magazine.

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This stylish space encompasses everything we love about entertaining this time of year — the lush landscape requires little decoration, but we love how the paper lanterns and leaf-print pillows jazz up the shaded patio. The casual floral arrangement and drinking glasses reflect the lanterns’ jaunty hues.

Want to see more? Take a peek at the full story on this beautiful home, here.

Photo credit: Patrick Cline/Lonny Magazine

 

We Love Turquoise!

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Did you follow #pbcolorweek on the Pottery Barn Instagram last week? In honor of one of our favorite summer hues, we posted photos that revolved around this cheerful blue all week long. Take a look at some of our favorites below — and don’t forget to follow Pottery Barn on Instagram!

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From left to right: A turquoise door spotted in SF/Love the blue tint of our Jus de Fruits glass set/A clear turquoise sky in Santa Barbara/A beautiful Pottery Barn outdoor lunch set up/An airplane view of clear waters in the San Francisco Bay/Turquoise sea glass feels even more special in our Hanging Mason Jars/Summer meals taste even better on our Rope Outdoor Dinnerware/The perfect turquoise-accented outdoor spot/An amazing turquoise house spotted on the streets of San Francisco

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From left to right: Even cereal looks good on a set-up like this/A clear turquoise view from our Williams-Sonoma headquarters/Our Preppy Votives add a pop of turquoise to this coffee table vignette/The turquoise waters of Lake Tahoe seem even more beautiful with a Chambers Punch in hand/Another turquoise house spotted in San Francisco/Love this DIY turquoise place setting by Inspired by This on our wedding blog/Have you heard the story behind our homescent packaging? Check out the innovative design here/The Pacific Ocean has the perfect turquoise tint in this Santa Barbara view/Beautiful turquoise accents in this Home We Love from Lonny Magazine

Pottery Barn Weekly Roundup

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Can you feel a case of the Mondays coming on? Us too! Fend those symptoms off for as long as possible with a roundup of all things Pottery Barn — from cheesecake recipes, to backyard wine parties, to pretty pillows — here, on Inside & Out.

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Pillow Fight!

A Pretty, Patterned Patio in Marrakesh, Morocco

Behind the Design: Our New Homescent Packaging

Dreamy Spanish Ricotta Cheesecake Recipe from Sugary & Buttery

Behind the Design: Interview with Photographer Alicia Bock

How to Host a Backyard Wine Party: Part 2