If you've ever made an online purchase at Pottery Barn, you probably receive their emails tempting you with new purchases and luring you to the store with promises of complimentary decorating classes. Decorating classes I can resist, but when I received an email for a fall entertaining and tabletops class I decided to sign up. At the very least I figured I could get a little inspiration.
The rain that day kept most people home, so only one other "classmate" and I had the staff all to ourselves. The classes take place before the store opens, so you get a bit of private browsing time and a 10% discount for coming to class. That 10% is in addition to clearance prices, so get in there and get those cute bat candles I passed up! I picked up two sale books—Jane Packer's Guide to Flower Arranging and Napkins With a Twist, a book about yep, you guessed it, napkin folds.
During class the Assistant Store Manager, Jesse, and Design Studio Specialist, Frappa, walked us through the creation of two of their store tablescapes and some of the products they include. That's Jesse above, showing off their awesome cornucopia I covet. Could I have gleaned most of this information by just browsing through the store's displays at any time of the day? Probably. Would I have learned that Pottery Barn designers will consult with you on your party, even coming to your house if necessary? I don't think so. What a great resource—if you're feeling uninspired when it comes to hosting your holiday parties, stop by PB and they'll give you great ideas and know-how that are specific to your plans.
More than anything, it was just a bit of fun. I love looking at pretty things, I enjoy talking with like-minded people who care about making entertaining beautiful, and I got a fun demo on folding napkins (notice a theme here?).
Next up on the Pottery Barn schedule will be Holiday Entertaining. They'll walk you through three tabletops, all for a different kind of holiday party. Call your local store for details. I know I'll be going. Hope to see you there!