How To Create A Stunning Thanksgiving Centerpiece

By Megan Bailey

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.

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Thanksgiving is all about spending time around the dinner table and enjoying a meal with our family. Since this holiday is centered around the table, it’s important to create a beautiful centerpiece to make the meal even more special.

This year we wanted to focus on an organic look filled with seasonal pumpkins and fresh fall florals. Pumpkins are so visually striking and make for the perfect centerpieces — plus, they are one of the easiest ways to incorporate stunning style into the adult and kid tables!

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There are several ways you can style your table using pumpkins. For a simple rustic look, arrange pumpkins down the center of your table and simply weave foliage vines like Russian Olive, Bay Leaf or even natural grape vine from your own garden throughout the pumpkins (as shown above). Add simple décor pieces like candles and Mercury Glass Pumpkins to create a more formal feel.

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To step things up a notch and recreate our look we recommend sticking to mainly green and white pumpkins for the centerpieces. You will want some that are “filler” pumpkins and some that you will actually use as “vases” to hold fall flowers and foliage. Pick your favorite pumpkins to hallow out and use them as various vases to hold your flowers.

For flowers think simple ivories and greens with small pops of orange blooms like roses and Ranunculus. We also love the use of lots of leafs and even touches of small wheat stock or cornhusk.

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To hold your beautiful arrangements together we suggest putting a piece of green floral foam (you can find at most craft stores) into your pumpkin vase that you can stick your floral stems into. Make sure to properly soak your foam before using it. You can also use a smaller vase inside the pumpkin if you don’t want to use the floral foam. To finish off this centerpiece, use green vines to drape the ends of the table.

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For the kid’s table, create smaller versions of the pumpkin vases from the adult’s table and sprinkle in a few mini pumpkins with tiny blooms attached to the stem. Feel free to play with natural elements from your own garden or have a little fun with some metallic spray paint!

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Sources:
Photography by Becky Kimball
Floral design by Studio Stems

Kid’s Table: plates, utensils, tumblers, table runner and decor from Pottery Barn Kids
Adult’s Table: plates, mercury glass pumpkins, table runner, napkins, candles and glassware from Pottery Barn
Gold flatware from West Elm

Host the Perfect Sleepover

By PBK Editors

As the weather continues to cool down, let your little ones invite a few friends for a warm and cozy night in! Here are our five favorite tips for hosting the perfect sleepover.

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1. Create a special space. Designate an area that’s ready for fun with a teepee or hanging lights. Make sure to lay the sleeping bags in a cluster or circle so that everyone is included in activities throughout the night.

2. Prepare a plush place for kids to curl up. Whether your little guests will be watching a movie or playing games, make sure there are plenty of pillows, throw blankets and soft seating for an extra cozy evening.

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3. Plan a few light snacks for the evening activities. When choosing a sleepover snack, choose something that is healthy and light like Veggie Chips, so that guests don’t have any trouble getting to sleep.

4. Keep extra items on hand. It’s always a good idea to be prepared for any forgotten or lost items like toothbrushes, pajamas or sleeping bags. Create a basket of extra items a few days before the sleepover to be prepared ahead of time.

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5. Cook up a mighty breakfast. Greet your sleepover guests with a special breakfast before they head home. Find our favorite recipes over at Design Studio.

Visit potterybarnkids.com to prepare for your very own sleepover and be sure to shop our Sleepover Event to save 20% on all sleeping bags, pajamas, robes and slippers.

A Festive Finishing Touch

By PBK Editors

We can’t wait to celebrate the Halloween festivities tomorrow and there’s no better way to complete their costume than with the addition of magical face paint! From a sparkling swan to a feline friend, here are a few of our favorite ideas to finish any costume.

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Sweet Little Peanut’s simple addition of whiskers and a soft pink nose are the purr-fect finishes for this Kitty Costume. Get the full how-to instructions here.

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Vivid green scales come to life in this how-to from Sweet Little Peanut. It’s a look that is just as fierce as it is ferociously adorable.

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Bring on the magic! Halloween is the best excuse to add some extra sparkle to a fairy-tale costume. We love how Sweet Little Peanut included rhinestones to give this face painting tutorial a shimmering finish.

Looking for more great face painting ideas? See all of our how-tos on potterybarnkids.com or check out these great designs from Handmade Charlotte!

2 Spooky Sweet Treats

By PBK Editors

Two days and counting! We’re ready for the frightful festivities to begin and are counting down with two sweet treats that would be a perfect spooky surprise in your little one’s lunch!

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We know they’ll be all smiles when they uncover one of these Candy-Coated Marshmallow Spiders from The Kitchn in their lunch bag. For a healthier spin on this fun treat, replace the candy and licorice ropes for granola and pretzel sticks!

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Who said gingerbread was only for Christmas?! This spicey sweet snack makes a scary appearance as a Skeleton Cookie from our Halloween Party.

For more great Halloween ideas, visit Design Studio for all of our party tips and inspiration.

So Gourd! 3 Fun Crafts for Halloween

By PBK Editors

We’re counting down the last three days until Halloween with three crafts that are all about pumpkins! With plenty of silly expressions and ghoulish gourd faces, you’ll love these simple crafts without that pumpkin-carving mess.

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From a traditional Jack-O-Lantern to a friendly smirk, the faces on this DIY Pumpkin Garland from Hellobee are filled with personality! Our favorite over-the-top idea? Add sparkly paint or features like ears or arms for an extra fun garland this Halloween.

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Does your little one have a few extra Jack-O-Lantern ideas? Let them create as many different faces as they like with this DIY Dry Erase Pumpkin Printable from Handmade Charlotte.

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Add another layer to your doorstep decor with these Halloween Face Balloons from Mer Mag. Whether you’re including another pumpkin face or a wicked witch and white ghost, this DIY is the perfect way to add additional elements that aren’t too spooky for trick-or-treaters.

Looking for more great Halloween crafting ideas? Check out our Halloween Party on Design Studio or browse other crafts on the blog.

 

Our Fairy-Inspired Favorites

By PBK Editors

Add some extra sparkle to your next party or play date with dash of fairy dust and a little magic! Whether they’re engaged in dress-up or ready for a whimsical celebration, we’ve fallen for all things fairy-inspired this season.

For a cozy winter wonderland of magic and delight, we love this Magical Tea Party that’s filled with great recipes like hot cocoa and sparkling cupcakes.

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One of our favorite ways to add a touch of magic to a day of play is with fairy-inspired outfits, accessories and toys. Here are a few of our favorite picks:

Ready to sprinkle some more magic into the season? RSVP for the Very Fairy Tea Party at your local store where your little one can create their own magical fairy wand! Visit our Store Events page to learn more.

Let The Wild Rumpus Start!

By PBK Editors

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We’re counting down the days for next week’s costume-filled festivities and couldn’t help but share the adorable photos captured by Monika Hibbs. This little wild thing looks like he’s having quite the rumpus in this plush Halloween costume!

Visit potterybarnkids.com to see our entire Halloween collection. Better hurry — our most popular costumes (like the one pictured above) are going fast!

Set A Spooky Scene: A DIY Halloween Puppet Theater

By Joel Henriques

Written by Joel Henriques of Made by Joel for Building Blocks.

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Finger puppets have always been a favorite craft with my family. The kids love using their creativity to design new puppets, but they also get to continue using their imaginations as they act out stories with each character. We can spend hours around the table crafting, acting and entertaining each other for some fun family time!

For this set of puppets, we also created a Halloween puppet theater out of a used cereal box. It turned out to be quite an inspiring prop for some hilarious impromptu Halloween skits.

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Follow the simple instructions below to create your own Halloween puppets and theater!

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You will need:

  • Empty Cereal Box
  • Pencil or Pen
  • Scissors or Craft Knife
  • Black Paint and a Paintbrush
  • Coloring Supplies (optional)

Step 1: Cut an empty cereal box down the side so it opens flat.

Step 2: Draw a haunted house using your own design (kids can draw it too!), or use the template.

Step 3: Cut the house out using scissors and or craft knife.

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Step 4: Paint or color the house any color you’d like. I used black paint, but you could also just use pens or crayons.

Step 5: Once it’s finished, you can stand up the house by folding it slightly along the folds that were in the cereal box.

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You will need:

  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Coloring Supplies (optional)

Step 1: On a piece of paper, draw puppets using your own design or print out the template. (You can use colored or white paper, then let the kids color them with pens or crayons too.)

Step 2: Cut the puppets out with scissors.

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Step 3: Roll the paper back until it overlaps a little, then secure it with tape. (I like to use double sided clear tape, but any tape will work.)

Step 4: Start the show!

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Happy Halloween, everyone!

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