The Sweetest Little Christmas Giveaway with Glitter Guide

By PBK Editors

There’s nothing sweeter than a baby’s first Christmas celebration and we’ve partnered with Glitter Guide for a holiday gathering that’s perfect for little ones. With amazing gifts and an extra sweet activity, Taylor hosted a gorgeous Christmas party with cozy knits, fun prints and an unexpected color palette.

Browse some of our favorite details from this adorable celebration and enter below for your chance to win a $1,000 Pottery Barn Kids gift card in our Sweetest Little Christmas Giveaway! Hurry and enter – giveaway ends Dec. 29th!

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3 Festive Peppermint Recipes

By Megan Bailey

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

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Don’t you just love this time of year? From spending family time indoors to enjoying festive drinks and treats, I love everything about this time of year – including recipes!

Today I’m sharing a few recipes that use my favorite holiday flavor: peppermint. You can never have enough peppermint this season and I’ve got a little something for everyone – a fun spin on the classic hot chocolate, a bowl of sweet minty popcorn for winter movie watching and the perfect peppermint cookie for Santa.

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Peppermint Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Whipped Cream
{Serves 6}

Ingredients:

  • 1 12oz bag white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 4 cups 2% milk (or soy or almond milk)
  • Peppermint candy canes (optional)

Directions:

  1. Melt white chocolate chips in a double boiler.
  2. Add heavy cream to melted chocolate & mix well until heated
  3. Add peppermint extract; mix well.
  4. Add milk, one cup at a time, whisking frequently until mixture is hot.
  5. Serve immediately with Peppermint Whipped Cream, or keep warm in crock-pot.
  6. Add crushed peppermint candy to the top (optional)

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Peppermint Whipped Cream (Hot Chocolate Topping)

Ingredients:

  • 3 1/2 cups chilled whipping cream
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons peppermint extract

Directions:

  1. Pour a couple cups of water and ice cubes into stand mixer. Allow bowl to chill for a few minutes.
  2. Dump out water and dry mixer.
  3. Place all ingredients into mixer and mix on low for 15 seconds. Turn mixer to medium high and whisk to stiff peaks. (About 2 minutes)

Note: It’s best to use right away, but it will keep for about a day if kept very cold.

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Peppermint Popcorn

Ingredients:

  • 2 bags of microwave popcorn {use butter popcorn for extra richness}
  • 20 oz vanilla almond bark chocolate
  • 18 crushed candy canes

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Directions:

  1. Pop bags of popcorn and pour in a bowl
  2. Follow directions on package to melt chocolate
  3. Pour melted chocolate over popcorn and mix well
  4. Pour popcorn on parchment paper
  5. Sprinkled crushed candy canes over popcorn while still hot
  6. Let popcorn cool then break apart and enjoy

Note: For extra yumminess drizzles melted milk or dark chocolate over the top of popcorn.

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Soft Sugar Cookies with Peppermint Frosting

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup margarine or butter, at room temp
  • 1 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, at room temp
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 tsp lemon or almond extract
  • 5 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt

 Frosting Ingredients:

  • 2 sticks (1 Cup) Salted Butter, Softened
  • 5 cups Powdered Sugar, Sifted
  • 40 whole Peppermint Candies, Crushed Very Fine
  • 3 Tablespoons Heavy Cream, More If Needed (use 3-5)

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Directions:

  1. In a large bowl mix together margarine and sugar. Beat until creamy. Add in eggs, vanilla, lemon extract and sour cream and mix together until combined.
  2. In a separate bowl mix together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix just until combined.
  3. Split dough in two and place in saran wrap. Refrigerate dough for 1-2 hours.
  4. Once dough has been chilled roll out dough on a bakers mat or parchment paper. Add another 1/4 – 1/2 cup flour if dough is still sticky. Cut with floured cookie cutter.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for 8-9 minutes.
  6. To make the frosting, beat the butter to get it started, then add in the powdered sugar. Beat on low while adding the cream. When it comes together, add the crushed peppermints, reserving some for garnish. Beat the frosting for a good 30 seconds on high until it’s light and fluffy, longer if needed.

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Try one of these recipes at an upcoming holiday party or enjoy them at home with your family. Happy Holidays!

 

Sources:
Santa Platter, Holiday Cookie Canister and Santa Bowls from Pottery Barn Kids
Hot Chocolate Clear Mugs from Williams Sonoma
Photography by Becky Kimball | @_beckykimball
Baby It’s Cold Outside Sign | designed by Aedriel Moxley for House of Belonging

Gifts That Give Back

By PBK Editors

Today is #GivingTuesday and in the spirit of generosity and charity, we’re sharing a few of our favorite gifts that give back. Join us in the global celebration of giving and spread the word to your friends and family to support this message of charity.

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This cozy teddy bear is the perfect new friend for your little one – and when you gift one of these special bears, you’ll also be helping children everywhere! 25% of the purchase price is donated directly to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®, helping to support research and treatment for pediatric cancer and other deadly childhood diseases.

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Keep warm this holiday season with a Faux Fur Scarf Hat from PBteen. Made with plush faux fur in fun animal prints, older kids will love this fashionable gift that gives back.

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Light up your home with this beautiful candle that expresses the sentiment of the season. With a soft paperwhite scent and sturdy stoneware pot, this Pottery Barn candle is the perfect gift for spreading joy.

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Shake it up! This classic snowglobe is the perfect way to celebrate a white winter wonderland regardless of the weather outside.

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Put the perfect finishing touch on all of your holiday gifts with these Alphabet Tags from Pottery Barn — 20% of the purchase price from each alphabet tag sold is donated to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.

In addition to offering gifts that give back, we believe that children everywhere deserve a space to dream, learn and play. We recently had the great pleasure of partnering again with our friends at Bright Horizons Foundation for Children to help the kids experiencing homelessness at the Bushwick Family Residence in Brooklyn. See how we teamed up with the Today show’s Shine a Light campaign to support this shelter and learn more about the campaign here.

Happy #GivingTuesday!

Get the Inside Scoop this Holiday Season!

By PBK Editors

We’re officially kicking off the season of gifting with 3 great ways to get the inside scoop on all things PBK! First, step into the pages of our catalog with this behind-the-scenes video of our holiday photo shoot filled with adorable little ones and lots of snowy frolicking.

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Next, follow us on Instagram @potterybarnkids for an exclusive first look at our holiday deals, special surprises, giveaways and more – PLUS, starting today, you can shop our Instagram feed by clicking the link in our Instagram bio!

Lastly, join our email list to stay updated on the latest sales and promotions as well as special events and helpful design advice.

Happy holidays!

5 Tips for Celebrating Baby’s First Christmas

By PBK Editors

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A first Christmas is a very special time for the whole family. Although your baby is probably too young to wait up for Santa or help you bake cookies, there is a comforting sense of warmth and joy that fills the home — not to mention all the interesting smells and sights for a little one that make an appearance at this time of year! This holiday season, make it memorable for every member of the family with these five great ideas for baby’s first Christmas.

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1. Choose a special stocking. Make sure Santa knows that this is an extra-special Christmas in your house by giving your baby a stocking that celebrates their first Christmas. Stuff it with a few small, sweet gifts and a plush animal or two.

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2. Take lots of photos. Print out a few and preserve them in one of your family albums. When planning for Christmas morning, think about a place your baby can sit or lie to be part of the action and make sure they have their own small chair or a cozy blanket spread on the floor.

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3. Hang a commemorative ornament. It can be a small figurine that reminds you of their favorite plush toy, or one that’s designed to be a lifelong keepsake, such as a hand print kit or an engravable frame.

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4. Snuggle them up in personalized pajamas. Festive sleepwear that’s personalized with their name looks sweet, and the apparel itself may become one of those treasured keepsakes you hold onto long after your baby has grown.

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5. Give one very special gift. A tactile, colorful quilt, an extra-cuddly new plush toy, or a music box that plays a sweet lullaby are all gifts that you’ll enjoy giving as much as they’ll enjoy receiving.

For more great ideas on celebrating your baby’s first Christmas, visit potterybarnkids.com to get inspired.