Entertaining Ideas & Party Themes

Get into the Spirit with 6 Costume Party Ideas

Costume parties are fun any time of year, not just at Halloween!

6 Food Bar Ideas for Your Next Big Party

Delight your guests with a creative take on dining at your next big party.

Block Party Games to Try with Your Neighbors

Whether you're having some fun in the sun or excitement at night, it's always a blast getting to know your neighbors at a block party.

How to Host a Holiday Open House

Hang some tinsel and string lights, and find your inner fa-la-la.

Rock the Block with These 8 Block Party Ideas

Make your neighborhood the talk of the town with a block party that knocks everyone's socks off.

4 Holiday Brunch Recipes to Add to Your Menu

Add a little extra sparkle to your holidays this year by incorporating these holiday brunch menu ideas into your repertoire.

How to Have a Cozy Night In

Light a fire, grab a movie and your favorite mug and get ready for some serious coziness.

Move Over, White Elephant: 8 Creative Gift Exchange Ideas

This holiday season, surprise your friends and family with a fresh spin on the classic gift exchange.

4 Ways to Bring Santa Into Your Home

Bring even more festive fun to your holiday season with some playful Santa Claus decor.

Turn Back Time: 3 History-Inspired Christmas Decorating Ideas You'll Love

Welcome the warm holiday spirit of a bygone era into your home this year with vintage Christmas tree decorating ideas.

6 Songs to Kick Off Your Classic Christmas Playlist

When you're ready to start feeling festive, this playlist will put you in the merriest of moods.

How to Plan the Perfect Christmas Breakfast

From the moment your feet hit the floor in the morning until you lay your head on the pillow at night, Christmas day is filled with magic.

How to Host a Craft Beer Party

Grab a few growlers or six-packs, call up some friends and perfect your craft of craft-beer tasting.

How to Host Friendsgiving

Maybe you aren’t heading home for Thanksgiving and you’re having Friendsgiving instead.

7 DIY Christmas Tree Desserts

Nothing's more festive than serving treats at your Christmas get-together.

What Does Your Holiday Party Dress Code Mean?

This year, you may just find yourself attending a holiday party with a black tie dress code.

How to Host the Perfect Thanksgiving Weekend

Plump your pillows and prepare your guest room – Thanksgiving is almost here!

Make Your Home Cozy for Holiday Guests

The holiday season is a time of joy and togetherness.

7 Foods to Pair with Craft Beer

We often hear about the benefits of pairing wine with certain meals, but not beer.

How to Be a Great Guest This Holiday Season

Are you planning to stay with friends or family this holiday season?

How to Host a Friendsgiving

Are you interested in shaking up your Thanksgiving celebration this year?

How to Make a Holiday Drink Station

Charm your guests this holiday season with an easy-to-assemble drink station that keeps the holiday fun flowing.

How to Start Your Own Cocktail Journal

Have you found the perfect recipe for a strawberry daiquiri? Do friends continually request your whiskey sour mash?

What's the perfect time for a tea party? Anytime!

Potluck dinners are fun to host and are so much easier than cooking a full meal for a group.

Parties are a great way to relax and have a great time with family and friends.

6 Gift Wrapping Tips

A beautifully wrapped gift shows the recipient you put extra care and attention into how you deliver it.

How to Assemble a Delicious Cheese Platter

A cheese platter makes a lovely, edible centerpiece for casual and formal affairs alike.

The Finishing Touch: 6 Cocktail Garnishes

There's something very posh about drinking a fresh, finely crafted cocktail.

5 Packing Tips for Your Summer Vacation

At Pottery Barn, we love summer vacation!

Four Refreshing Summer Mocktail Recipes

Mocktails let you enjoy the refreshing coolness of mixed drinks without the added alcohol found in a traditional cocktail.

Having More Fun with Apple Picking Season

Get your apple picking outfit ready, because it's harvest season!

How to Host a Super Bowl Party

The Super Bowl is the ultimate event for any football fan, especially if their team makes it to the big game.

How to Make a Tasty Fall Sangria

Sangria is delicious year-round, but it's also a tasty beverage to serve up during your fall get-togethers.

Snacks for a Game Day Party

Kick off football season with delicious game day snacks!

Ideas For A Baseball Themed Party

Baseball - it's not only America's pastime, but an excellent excuse to throw a party!

Best Ballpark Recipe Ideas for a Party

Score a home run with a summery, flavor-packed party filled with the best ballpark food and a menu designed just for you and your guests.

Best Ballpark Recipe Ideas for a Party

Score a home run with a summery, flavor-packed party filled with the best ballpark food and a menu designed just for you and your guests.

2 Quick & Easy Outdoor Finger Foods for Your Next Backyard BBQ

Summer's warm weather and bright skies call for backyard gatherings and outdoor dinners, and Pottery Barn's ideas for outdoor finger foods will help make your next barbecue a savory success.

Labor Day Weekend Getaway with the Family

Enjoy the last weekend of summer with a Labor Day weekend getaway that's fun for the whole family.

Planning a Picnic on Labor Day

Fire up the grill and get ready to send summer off in style!

How to Celebrate Labor Day

The end of summer is unofficially marked by Labor Day, the first Monday in September.

5 Drinks You Can Make in a Dispenser

Hello, sunshine! Balmy days have returned, and with it come backyard barbecues, pool parties and open-air brunches.

6 Cute and Easy Succulent Party Favors

Succulent party favors are a simple, thoughtful touch that goes a long way.

How to Throw a Succulent Party

It's easy to understand why succulents are so amazing!

How to Throw a Tropical Party

Fire up the tiki torches and get ready for some island fun!

Get Fancy with These Tea Party Ideas

Tea parties are fun gatherings for casual afternoons, no matter what you're celebrating.

How to Set a Spring Table

Spring has sprung, and this lovely season brings with it plenty of inspiration for entertaining and decorating!

How to Throw a Garden Party

Warm weather means ample opportunity for alfresco parties!

4 Tasty Easter Brunch Recipes

With egg hunts, church services and other big Easter events happening during the earlier part of the day, brunch is a perfect fit for celebrating one of spring's biggest holidays.

6 Cocktails to Spice up Your Easter Party

Spring is almost here – sip, sip, hooray!

Wow Your Guests with These 3 Easy DIY Easter Centerpieces

Easter is one of those iconic holidays that's such a pleasure to decorate for!

4 Easter Dessert Ideas to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth

Bountiful baskets of candy and treats are common sights at Easter celebrations, but the delicious possibilities don't end there.

6 Easter Traditions from Around the World

Would you like to add some new traditions to your Easter festivities this year?

Top 5 Easter Games for Adults

From egg hunts to egg decorating, Easter is always lots of fun for little ones.

5 Cinco de Mayo Party Ideas

Cinco de Mayo is one of the many international holidays that are an absolute joy to celebrate!

To get any party started right - whether serving two or 50 - a great home bar should store evertything you need for working your drink-mixing magic.

Make a Chic Candlelight Centerpiece

Ensuring your table is decorated tastefully and elegantly is a surefire way to impress your dinner party guests and encourage them to have a festive time.

How to Host a Comfort Food Party

Seasoned book club members know that it's not just the books that draw people back time after time.

House Cocktails to Boost your Party

Every house should have a signature drink — one that reflects your personal style and comes out perfectly every time.

Getting Your Dinner Party Right with a Fun Timeline

Plan the menu — choose a mix of easy and more challenging recipes, depending on your skill level.

How to Host a Honey Brunch

Our deep admiration for the honeybee and sympathy for its mysterious plight gave us an idea for a great spring brunch.

How to Host a Mediterranean Tapas Party

A tapas party is a great way to introduce friends and family to the traditional Spanish style of casual eating based on small plates and small portions.

How to Host a Tasting Party

Countries on all sides of the Mediterranean enjoy small appetizer-size dishes called "mezze."

How to Host an Easter Brunch

The egg, quintessential symbol of spring, is the subject of our Easter brunch that makes an art of decorating it, displaying it and eating it with style.

How to Throw a Margarita Party

When it's sunny outside and the heat is on, nothing satisfies thirst like the icy, citrusy kick of a margarita.

Brunch Ideas for your Bridal Shower Party

Mary Corpening Barber and Sara Corpening Whiteford are masters in the kitchen.

Make Your Own Champagne Wedding Gift Basket

A personalized wedding gift is a great way to show your love and well wishes to a newly married couple.

Picking the Right Bridal Shower Games

Games and planned activities are a fun addition to a great bridal shower.

Planning a Bridal Shower Party with a Fun Timeline

Work with the bride or the bride's mother to choose a date that works for key guests, like family members and the bridal party.

How to Make a Tanqueray 10 Citrus Punch

When warm weather is upon us, we dream of getting away to a tropical island to soak up the beautiful sun on a relaxing vacation.

How to Decorate and Fill a Drink Dispenser for a Party

A summer party idea includes planning a warm weather feast washed down with refreshing drinks. This video displays some great summertime entertaining tips for creatively decorating and filling drink dispensers.

8 Creative Favors for a Bridal Shower

Creativity and personality are what make a bridal shower memorable.

Which Wine Pairs Best with Thanksgiving Dinner

If you're serving wine with Thanksgiving dinner, or have offered to bring a bottle and aren't sure what to choose, you've come to the right place.

How to Host Thanksgiving Outdoors

In many regions, Thanksgiving calls for a cozy, indoor affair.

How to Set an Eclectic Thanksgiving Table

Some people tend to source their home decor, wardrobe and furniture from a lot of different places.

Turkey Serveware for Thanksgiving

Setting the table with turkey-inspired dinnerware and serveware is a great way to delight your Thanksgiving guests.

Stocking Stuffers for Everyone in Your Family

The holidays are a full of cheer and giving fantastic gifts to those you love is a big part of the fun.

5 Foods That work great for Christmas Parties

When making Christmas dinner for the family, lots of deliciously traditional foods come to mind: turkey and ham, Grandma's green bean casserole, candied yams, stuffing, plenty of mashed potatoes and soft dinner rolls.

3 Hanukkah Recipes You'll Want to Try this Year

Latkes, brisket and donuts – Hanukkah is one of the tastiest Jewish holidays of the year!

How to Host a Charcuterie and Cheese Party

Ah charcuterie: the key to no-stress entertaining.

How to Throw a Dessert Party

If you have ever planned a dinner party, you know that it can take a lot of careful work, especially if you invite enough guests to fill up your dining table.

Recipes for Your Wine Pairing Party

The key to any successful wine tasting party is to have fun.

What to Bring to a Housewarming Party

Hosting a housewarming party can be a lot of work, so the key to being a great guest is to bring a gift that won't require any extra effort from your wonderful and welcoming host.

Whether you are celebrating the first night of Hanukkah or simply having a cocktail get-together with friends on the third night, the Festival of Lights is time for celebration.

Whether it's sharing a special meal, the delicious pumpkin pie, or the excitement that comes from being around your loved ones, there's so much to be thankful for during the holidays.

Find Your Thanksgiving Style

Get inspired for Thanksgiving. Pottery Barn shows you 4 festive ways to style your thanksgiving table.

Gathering with Friends and Family for Thanksgiving

Gather with family and friends to celebrate a festive Thanksgiving.

How to Make a Cocktail with Ken Fulk

Now that the holidays are in full swing, it's time to shake off the chill and unwind with an effortlessly easy cocktail, courtesy of author, entertainer and style expert Ken Fulk.

How to Host a Champagne and Dessert Party

Pop the bottle and cut the cake! Is there anything better than mingling over bubbles and sweet treats with loved ones?

6 Tips for Your Summer Crab Feast

For many, the sweet flavor of steamed crab marinated with seasonings and dipped in butter is a regular rite of passage that marks the arrival of summer.

How to Host a Lobster Bake

Capture the flavors of a New England summer by hosting a lobster bake for your friends and family.

How to Host a Housewarming Party

Keep it casual with a backyard barbecue or show off your new space with a formal cocktail party.

Easy Tips for Hosting an Olive Oil Tasting

Vibrant and green or earthy with a peppery kick – there's a whole world of olive oils out there and we're on a mission to taste them all.

How to Plan the Ultimate Picnic

You don't need a special occasion to turn any picnic into an opportunity to celebrate.

How to Host a Pizza Party

Pizza parties are the ultimate gathering for kids and adults alike.

6 Tips for Your Seaside Dining Party

You're sitting on the beach with friends and loved ones, the delicate lights of candle flames or a small bonfire are glimmering on the water and you hear the soft sound of waves crashing on the beach.

How to Set the Perfect Table

Getting ready to set the table? Add a pinch of style, a dash of great company and some plates of fabulous food to make it a truly magical meal!

How to Set Up Your Guest Bedroom for Visitors

Having friends and family visit is always a time of great joy, and if you have a room to use specifically for guests, it can feel like their home away from home.

Playing with Fire: Inspiration Your Perfect Summer Party

Summertime is a great time for an outdoor party! It's easy to make an impromptu soiree come together with just a bit of planning while the sun is shining, and you can elevate your gathering with some flaming fanfare.

The Easy Way to Create a Stylish Party Drink Station

Whether it's for a holiday gathering, a birthday or a just-because occasion, a party is so much fun! It's always a joy to spend time with loved ones, and the soiree can become even more celebratory with a few tasty treats on hand.

Focaccia Party Basics

Are you ready for a fun dinner party? Looking for something great to nibble on while friends come over for a chat?