3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

By PBK Editors

Did you know that today is National Pie Day? Whether you’re preparing for Valentine’s day treats or looking to surprise the sweetie pies in your life, here are three of our favorite ways to celebrate!

Winter Berry Pie | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

Enjoy the taste of the season with this Winter Berry Pie from In Honor of Design. This recipe can include almost any frozen or fresh fruits you’ve got handy in your home plus you can make it your own with fun cutouts or weaving patterns in the top layer of crust.

Chocolate Caramel Tart | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

Technically a tart, this decadent Chocolate Caramel Tart with Sea Salt from Eats Well With Others is the perfect way to celebrate something special. Both rich and elegant, this dessert appeals to little chocolate lovers as much as it does to older guests.

Chicken and Kale Hand Pies | 3 Treats for Your Sweetie Pie

For a savory spin on this favorite food, we love these Chicken and Kale Hand Pies from Martha Stewart. With a flaky cheddar crust and playful kid-friendly size, your little ones won’t even notice if you add some extra veggies.

For more great recipe ideas, browse other recipes on the blog or visit Design Studio for more inspiration.

6 Perfect Party Planning Tips

By Taylor Sterling

Elodie’s first birthday party turned out to be such a magical day that we’ll never forget! With the help of Going Lovely, we were able to transform our space & create a fun afternoon for kids and adults alike! Here are a few of their tips for planning the perfect party:

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The pressures of planning the perfect first birthday party can seem like a daunting task, but being realistic with about what’s most important to you and focusing on the details first will help alleviate pressure.

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1. First things first – get organized! Make spreadsheets mapping out your total budget, decor items, and tasks. This will help you keep all your details in one place and allow you to check things off as you go.

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2. Come up with the color story and theme for your event. Pinterest is a great place to find inspiration and keep your ideas together. Taylor chose a pastel pink, mint, and gold magical wonderland theme, which was referenced when planning out each and every detail. This will really help your event feel cohesive and well thought out.

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3. Plan a mix of activities for the adults and the little ones! We made sure to create a designated space that the kids could play in while the parents enjoyed the delicious treats and mingled with the other guests. For the space, we included coloring books, play dough, and construction paper crafts giving them the chance to be creative and interact with each other.

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4. Get creative with seating. You don’t have to have a seat for every guest (especially if you know people will be coming in and out throughout the day) but be sure to include some seating options for guests that may want to take a break from standing and mingling to sit down while enjoying their food. We re-arranged the living room furniture to allow for space for tables and created a lounge using Taylor’s living room sofa and set up a darling PBK teepee with pillows and toys for the little ones to hang out in.

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5. Keep the food simple! We hosted the event in the late afternoon so guests weren’t expecting to eat a sit down meal. Finger food appetizers are easy to prepare (and replenish) and are also fun for the kids. We stuck to kid and adult friendly bites like mini pizzas, meatballs, veggie sticks, and a charcuterie platter. We also incorporated a pretty and tasty punch to go with the whimsical theme.

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6. Get creative with desserts. Instead of going the traditional route and serving a large birthday cake, we opted for a mini dessert bar along with a custom Elodie sized smash cake for the birthday girl. Guests loved the variety of desserts to choose from AND as a bonus –  they doubled as built in decorations.  The table featured mint chocolate meringues, rice krispy balls with sprinkles, macaroons, cupcakes, and ice cream sundaes. Pretty and delicious. A win win in our book!

Celebrating sweet Elodie’s first birthday was such a treat and the perfect way to close out the year!

 

Photos by Jenna Rae

6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

By PBK Editors

Time to make good on that New Year’s organization resolution? We’ve shared some great tips and tricks, but now’s the time to bring it to life. Here are six of our favorite stylish storage pieces and ways to bring them into your home.

Low Storage in White | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

1. Find a wall system that works. Low storage like our Cameron System in simply white is both practical and a fresh way to update your space. The easy-to-reach bins make picking up a breeze and a clean white finish gives the perfect palette for bright pops of color.

Mix and Match Prints and Patterns | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

2. Take a color to the next level with mix and match prints. Classic canvas storage is one of our favorite ways to stay organized and playing with pattern gives your storage new life. Try these essentials in lavender or go bold with orange to minimize clutter in your home.

Natural Storage Adds Sophistication | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

3. Woven baskets with a touch of sparkle make spaces sophisticated. Natural elements add warmth and handcrafted quality while subtle details like the silver in our Rope Storage bring a touch of glitz.

A Sturdy Touch of Industrial Design | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

4. Form meets function with sturdy storage and strong design. Our round wire baskets are inspired by vintage industrial design and have the strength to carry their weight and then some with toys, book and games.

Peg Boards and Racks Display Storage Beautifully | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

5. Organize and display all at once with hooks or a peg board. Keep belongings in one place and even label each hook with our Chalkboard Peg Rack.

Vary Shapes and Sizes for Storage Bins | 6 Stylish Storage Ideas for the New Year

6. The secret to smart storage is varied storage shapes. Both visually interesting and functionally helpful, having storage constructed in useful shapes like our Nursery Canvas Storage is a great way to designate spaces for your stuff.

For more great storage solutions, read about our tips and tricks or start shopping our storage solutions here.

 

The Big Birthday Giveaway with Glitter Guide

By PBK Editors

Did you follow our Instagram Takeover with Glitter Guide last month? Taylor shared the most adorable sneak peek images from Elodie’s 1st Birthday, complete with delicious treats, a fun kids playspace, and plenty of lush greenery and DIY ideas.

Now’s our chance to share the big party reveal with you! Check out a few of our favorite snaps from the party below and see the full reveal on Glitter Guide. PLUS, enter below for your chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn Kids gift card in our Big Birthday Giveaway! Hurry and enter – giveaway ends Jan. 29th!

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Top Pinned Posts from 2014

By PBK Editors

Hello, 2015! We’re welcoming the new year here at Building Blocks by taking a look back at five of our most popular posts that readers found pinteresting from last year.

Top Pinned Posts from 2014 | DIY Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Our top pinned post came as no surprise– this incredible DIY Centerpiece from Sweet Little Peanut is just too beautiful not to share!

Top Pinned Posts from 2014 | DIY Nursery Style

Looking for ways to add DIY style to your nursery? Rambling Renovators gave us the scoop with these five tips.

Top Pinned Posts from 2014 | A Chic White Winter Baby Shower

Celebrate winter and the arrival of a new baby with this chic White Winter Baby Shower from The TomKat Studio.

Top Pinned Posts from 2014 | Valentines Day Breakfast Ideas

It’s never too early to start thinking about Valentine’s Day and these sweet breakfast ideas got plenty of re-pins last February.

Top Pinned Posts from 2014 | New Years Storage Solutions

We’re always on the hunt for new storage solutions and it looks like you are too! Get a jump start on organization this month with our tips for storage in the new year.

Looking for more great inspiration? Follow us on Pinterest @potterybarnkids to see what we’re pinning for.

8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

By PBK Editors

Are you welcoming a new one to your family this year? Celebrate the arrival of baby with a nursery designed just for them. Whether you’re looking to decorate in bold pattern or softer hues, here are our eight favorite trends to get you started this year.

A Dramatic Pink and Black Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Make a statement in black. Strong lines in black with soft pink tones and glamorous gold make for one chic nursery.

Soft Pale Shades in the Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Get cozy with soft pale shades. Your little one’s nursery will look like it floated in from a cloud with plush whites, warm beige and light blue hues.

Bright Pink Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Bring playful brights in to the space. Choose a bright hue like pink and fill the nursery in full color for a look that is energetic and happy.

Graphic Icons in Fun Colors for a Gender Neutral Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Go for graphic patterns. Add a touch of surprise to a neutral nursery with an icon like stars or hearts.

Natural Elements like Linen Look Great in a Boys Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Embrace all things natural. From linen bedding to sturdy wood furniture, a nursery filled with natural details is an instant classic.

Craftsman Style in this Rustic Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Build the nursery in heirloom quality. Craftsman touches and antique-inspired accents give your nursery timeless style.

Clean Lines in this Navy and Green Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Stick with simplicity. Crisp whites and clean lines in an updated palette like navy and green are the perfect twist on this classic.

A Navy and Pink Nursery | 8 Nursery Trends for the New Year

Be transported by your nursery decor. Bring in the eclectic style of your favorite faraway destinations with a nursery inspired by prints and patterns from around the globe.

For more great nursery decor ideas and tips, RSVP for the Nursery Style Event happening in your local Pottery Barn Kids store on 1/17 — For more details, visit our Store Events Page.

5 Sparkle and Shine Noon Years Eve Ideas

By PBK Editors

Welcome the new year with a special “Noon Years Eve” celebration that your little ones can stay up for! From an unexpected gold garland to balloons filled with surprise, here are five of our favorite Noon Years Eve ideas that sparkle and shine.

NoonYearsEveGarlandPretzels make an unexpected and whimsical appearance as a gold garland in this idea from Lay Baby Lay.

NoonYearsEvePoppersTiny poppers filled with confetti hang from the ceiling and can be popped right at noon with this DIY from Ruffled.

NoonYearsGoldBalloonsPut a gilded touch on your Noon Years festivities with these simple Gold Brushed Balloons.

NoonYearsEveBalloonsCreate a fun balloon-filling station with sparkly confetti and glitter with this idea from Studio DIY. At noon, your little ones will love the excitement of popping the balloons and seeing what surprises are inside.

NoonYearsEveNoisemakersBuild your own classic noisemakers to really ring in the new year with these DIY Golden Noisemakers from Project Nursery.

Happy New Year, everyone! Join us for a special Noon Years Eve celebration in your local store — for more details, visit our store events page.

3 Perfect Last Minute Holiday Ideas

By PBK Editors

1 day and counting! Although we’re officially ready to celebrate, we know that there are still plenty of last minute touches to put on our Christmas gifts and festive recipes to add to the table. That’s why we’re rounding up three last minute holiday ideas that add the perfect finishing touch.

DIY Sparkly Gift Toppers | 3 Perfect Last Minute Holiday Ideas

Classic ribbon is great for gifts, but if you’re looking for something unexpected and fun, we love this DIY Sparkly Holiday Gift Topper from Homey Oh My. The best part? It’s a piece of cake to put together and uses leftover tinsel garland from decorating the tree.

Quick Peppermint Popcorn Recipe | 3 Perfect Last Minute Holiday Ideas

Need a festive holiday snack that the kids and adults can both enjoy? We love this Peppermint Popcorn recipe from Sweet Little Peanut. This is one recipe you can put together in a pinch with store bought popcorn, a drizzle of chocolate and some crushed candy canes.

Simple Homemade Marshmallows Recipe | 3 Perfect Last Minute Holiday Ideas

We can’t forget our favorite cold-weather comfort — hot chocolate! Camp Makery shares the recipe for these surprisingly simple Homemade Marshmallows that will take your hot cocoa to new heights. Make it your own with almond or peppermint extract to give your cup of cocoa a festive new flavor.

For more great holiday ideas, browse the blog or visit Inside & Out and The Stylehouse for more.