This past November Justin and I marked FIVE years of marriage. I say marked because the celebration is yet to happen when he returns home this spring! A few days ago while I was progressing though my cleaning rampage, I realized how many items that are in daily constant use that we received for our wedding. I also love that I can remember the individual people that gave us the sweet gifts as I use them. The list of items used all the time is huge, like this garlic peeler (who knew I would use this as much as I do, well the giver did), but it could get very tedious to read and to write. I chose a few to share to help if you are building your registry or if you are looking to add some workhorse items to your established home that are proven.
We registered at Pottery Barn, Williams-Sonoma and Crate and Barrel. Even back in prehistoric clunky online registry days of 2010, I added most items online going by reviews, suggestions from friends and with a trust in those quality stores. I kept nearly all the items to a fairly neutral color palette since I had no idea where we would be living and pretty sure my style would evolve as I began putting together the home. I am so thankful I went this direction because I love my whites and light colors as much as the day I clicked “add”.
Pantry Dinnerware . . . This was the first and easiest registry decision I made on the registry. My mom replaced her more trendy dinnerware in the mid-1990s with these dishes and I always loved how food looks on white. In my family of six brothers we rarely ever had a broken dish. In fact since we’ve been married we haven’t even broken one so far, despite Joey’s recent attempts to change that with his plate frisbee antics. Also, you can add serving pieces to this set from just about any retailer and they match. I’ve added pieces from HomeGoods, TJMaxx. Target and Crate and Barrel.
Cafe Glassware . . . I fell in love with this classic look when I lived in Italy. All the restaurants and cafes use these classes. The heavy weight and quality glass help them looking brand new after years of dishwasher washing. No cloudiness! We have sets of nearly every size and I don’t own a plastic drinking “glass”. These are all you need.
Caterers Stemware . . . While these are sadly not used every day, I probably should. Haha. However, when we uncork a bottle or host events, which we do fairly often, I pull out our big sets of these glasses. They are still delicate but durable for daily or entertainment use.
Caterers Napkins . . . I’m a big fan of using cloth napkins. It adds a nice hint of civility to our otherwise often rather uncivil dinners with young children and is obviously better for the environment. I wash these with an oxy product to keep them looking stain-free and bright, along with the rest of my whites. These babies are workhorses and going strong five years of constant use. I also never iron them unless we’re having guests and they still look fine. I think I have 24 dinner size and 12 cocktail size.
Anniversary Bundt . . . I know, I know. It’s a bundt pan and it’s 2016. And do you see a bunch of cake recipes on this blog? This is a good bundt pan. a really good one. What’s the big deal? Have you ever used a bad bundt pan? It’s a disaster. Cake pieces dropping in sad crumble chunks. I can make a mean gluten-free chocolate bundt or a delicious very gluten-filled chocolate chip cake. I love bringing people dinner or a pretty bundt in times of need or to gatherings. More than any other dessert for the masses I head to my trusty bundt. It’s a people lover kitchen staple.
Coffee Maker . . . Coffee is its own food group in our household. Coffee is pretty much consumed a various times from reveille to retreat (google that if you don’t know, fun fact) around here. We are also coffee snobs. I prefer a french press but the husband prefers a drip (probably because of the rather frufru reputation of a french press). When used with high quality coffee and filtered water this drip maker produces a smooth cup en masse that satisfies. Sadly the original one was slammed around in moving, however I called Cuisinart and they quickly sent a replacement per the warranty. The replacement has been going strong for over four years.
Essential Duvet and Shams . . . I stuffed this with an Ikea insert and have been snuggling in it ever since. It’s been washed many times and maintained a silky, satiny cotton texture. The little tailoring detail makes it very refined looking. The price is unbeatable for the quality too!
Classic Bath Towels . . . I’m probably as much a towel snob as I am a coffee snob. These are the only bath towels I own, other than a few hooded towels for the boys. I have a few monogrammed ones to dress up the bathroom and add some classic elegance. With only five bath towels you can imagine the number of washings they have endured. To keep them soft and fluffy I always dry with these wool dryer balls.
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