A Fresh Floral Installation for Easter

By Megan Bailey

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

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Easter is always such an exciting holiday because it welcomes spring and warmer weather! For our Easter Brunch party we really wanted to bring those elements to the table design and create something whimsical and unexpected – different than just the usual table arrangement or centerpiece. That’s how we came across the idea for a fresh floral installation (that also smells amazing)!

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To recreate a hanging floral arrangement like this for your Easter table you will need the following supplies:

  • Chicken wire (available at home improvement stores)
  • Wood slats (available at home improvement stores)
  • Floral wire (available at floral supply or craft supply store)
  • Wire cutters
  • Fresh spring flowers (lilac, roses, stock, tulips, ranunculus and greens like Italian ruscus or eucalyptus- flowers can be from your garden)
  • Floral frogs and floral food (floral supply or local florist)

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  1. For this installation, make a wood frame to the desired size. We measured our frame to go above the entire kids table). Attach the chicken wire to the frame with a staple gun. Hang your frame from the ceiling.  You can also use a chandelier or wire wreaths as the main structure as well.
  1. Lay out flowers to be used. Fill floral frogs with water (preferably with floral food and place on the ends of stems like lilac or ranunculus (for flowers that tend to wilt easily)

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  1. Cut wire at different lengths depending on how low you want them to hang from the structure.
  1. Choose 1-3 flowers per wire. Wrap the end of the stem with wire then layer and wire with one or two more flowers as desired (then hide frogs with wiring on greenery)

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  1. Hang wired flowers from the chicken wire or chandelier – Flowers should be upside down.
  1. Repeat steps 4-5 until you have a desired amount of flowers hanging at varied lengths, spaced equally apart

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Note: If you choose, you can wire additional greens along the top if you need to hide the structure.

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Floral Design: Allison Baddley | La Fete Floral & Events | instagram @lafetefloral
Photography: Becky Kimball | Becky Kimball Photography | instagram @_beckykimball

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits!

By PBK Editors

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

Have you seen our new Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits online or in stores?! We’re so thrilled to announce this exciting new product launch with Rachel of Handmade Charlotte! Delight your little ones with easy crafts like a colorful lacing card, pom pom owl and make-your-own super hero masks!

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids! Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

The Hero Kit is perfect for letting your little ones transform into super heroes while letting their crafting skills take flight. The possibilities are endless between the multicolored felt and ribbons, plus this makes for a great party craft for your next crime-fighting celebration.

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids! Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

For little ones interested in sewing and creating art, our Lacing Girl and Lacing Boy cards are a fun activity. Our favorite part is that the finished cards make great gifts and charming pieces of framed art.

Introducing Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits for Pottery Barn Kids!

Kids love tactile crafts and this Pom Pom Kit is a real hoot. Colorful yarn and sweet button eyes are the elements that make up this colorful and plush new friend.

RSVP with your local Pottery Barn Kids store TODAY for a special DIY event tomorrow 3/7 at 11am inspired by these Handmade Charlotte crafts. Call your local store today. To see all of the Handmade Charlotte DIY Kits, visit potterybarnkids.com or check out the Handmade Charlotte website to get inspired by more of Rachel’s crafts.

Tips for a Perfect Easter Celebration with Kids

By PBK Editors

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Easter is one of our favorite springtime celebrations that gives little ones the chance to welcome the new season with bright, festive colors and classic activities like egg hunts. Whether you’re hosting a small backyard celebration or throwing a larger neighborhood party, here are our favorite tips for making Easter magical.

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Start off with a special basket. From a classic basket to a puffy treat bag or bucket, pick the perfect place for treats based on your little one’s interests and the theme of your celebration. For a more rustic Easter, opt for a natural woven basket with a linen liner and if your little one loves all things fanciful, try our ballerina-inspired Easter bucket.

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Make it personal. Fill each of the baskets based on their theme and color. Our favorite idea is to match your dyed eggs to each individual basket for a look that’s polished and clean. Add a few additional elements that work for each basket whether it’s a small plush toy or new book.

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Set a magical scene. Think outside the basket! From vine bunnies to crafty decor, fill the space with Easter decor that delights. Styling tip: Mix and match the scale of your decor pieces to add visual interest (and create more nooks for hiding eggs).

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Include sweet surprises with sophistication. For a colorful springtime celebration such as Easter, opt for sophisticated sweets and treats in a neutral color palette. One of our favorite recipes of the season are these simple yet striking Vanilla Easter Cupcakes.

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Dress the table. Create a destination for your celebration with a simply dressed table. Whether your Easter activities are large or small, a treat table is the perfect way to anchor your space. Styling tip: Think of your treat table from top to bottom and be sure you’ve added decor to the table as well as the wall and floor.

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Mix it up. If you’re going to be dying eggs with little ones during your celebration, consider adding a few new elements like stamps, gold leaf and stencils. Not only will this add an extra layer of fun to your activities, you can even leave out an empty basket to fill with the colorful assortment as a growing centerpiece with lots of color and texture.

For more great Easter ideas, visit Design Studio or shop our entire Easter collection online.

 

Behind The Scenes: Our New Beach Collection

By PBK Editors

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This season we headed out to Cape Cod, Massachusetts for our Spring catalog shoot. From our favorite super heroes to bright seaside icons, our beach towels and totes were the perfect essentials for little ones lounging by the water. See the full behind-the-scenes footage in the video above and shop a our new beach collection at potterybarnkids.com!

 

3 Incredible Dream Bedrooms for Kids

By PBK Editors

There’s always room for extra whimsy when creating the perfect dream bedroom for your little one. Here are three fantasy bedroom looks your little one will love.

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Sail away in a room filled with adventure. Does your child love a world of magical treasures and pirates, or do you have a tiny explorer with a calling for the sea? Fill the room with nautical style and make their dreams come true with our Speedboat Bed & Trundle. Plus, with the addition of a trundle, your little captain will have space for fellow shipmates!

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Bring the outdoors in with a functional fort! For a truly versatile and special space, make a grand statement with your little ones bed – like our Tree House Bed. Great for a bedroom and play space in one, this bold bed can even work in a shared bedroom with our Tree House Bunk.

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Make the room sparkle with magic and get swept away into a fairy tale. You don’t have to stop at a beautiful bed! Add wall decals, a fun rug or your favorite garlands to make our Cottage Loft Bed really come to life.

Ready to get started on creating a dream room for your little one? Visit potterybarnkids.com to shop our bedroom furniture sale here.

The Perfect Recipe and Craft for Lunar New Year

By PBK Editors

Did you know that tomorrow is Lunar New Year? Celebrate the Year of the Goat in 2015 with our favorite craft and recipe for this cultural holiday.

The Perfect Recipe and Craft for Lunar New Year

These Pineapple Tarts from Rasa Malaysia are the perfect sweet treat for a classic Chinese New Year celebration. It’s an easy crowd-pleaser and you can easily serve this recipe again at a summer party or tropical-themed get together.

The Perfect Recipe and Craft for Lunar New Year

Take a traditional icon, like the fortune cookie and turn it into a festive craft like these Paper Fortune Cookies. For an extra special surprise, fill each one with a personalized message.

For more great ideas on celebrating Chinese New Year, visit our party page on Design Studio.