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I LOVE THIS! A friend of mine stumbled upon these amazing cookie-cutters from Williams-Sonoma, via the amazingly adorable Creature Comforts blog,  and passed them along to share.Also be sure and check-out the video on the WS website to get your very own tutorial. We love these, and at $19.95- it’s a totally affordable kitchen addition. A super sweet favor for guests at bridal showers, or engagement parties. Love.

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When I was growing up there was a small shop in my small town that helped every bride in a 100-mile radius register for her wedding china.  It was downtown, and mostly I remember going in there and looking up at all the crystal, glass and ceramic “things” that I could not touch (but desperately  wanted to) in complete and total awe. Sparkly things are mesmerizing to an 8-year-old right?

Since I had double shower present buying needs this past weekend, I wanted to check out the little shop’s new location…

Turns out, that little shop… not so little anymore AND… ironically enough sparkly things… still super mesmerizing fifteen years later.

 I’m not gonna lie. There are stores I could wander around in for hours… dress shops, shoe stores and tabletop shops. It’s kind of like walking into the housewares department at Bloomingdales, or the downstairs of Michael C. Fina.  Magic.

Alright. Giggle if you must, but I love entertaining! And you should entertain with pretty things. It’s fun. A lot of people don’t register for China anymore. And truthfully, I understand why. The formal idea of entertaining with “good china” sort of sits somewhere around Thanskgiving and Christmas. Important for holidays and out of town family. But why should you waste your beautiful settings on obscure out of towners?

GET SOMETHING YOU’RE GOING TO USE.  I’m serious.

 I don’t think you’re good china should sit and collect dust on a shelf somewhere post-nuptials. Your dinnerware should be beautiful and PRACTICAL. 

There were so many beautiful and practical things in that not -so small little shop in my still kind of small, little town that I had to share a few with you!

Mariposa

One of my all-time favorite lines of table top is Mariposa. Affordable, durable, pretty and timeless. You really can’t go wrong. They have just about anything you can imagine- from serving platters, bowls and vases for weddings to baby items for showers! They also have these really great napkin holders with a whole line of different kinds of weights- holiday themed, sunflowers, sleds, fireflies, ladybugs… the list goes on…

Brillante Line

Brillante Line

Brillant Line

Brillant Line

* See the spoon, cup and bowl? That’s what we decided on for my friend K’s baby shower this weekend. Isn’t it super sweet? The spoon also doubles in a different set with an adorable appetizer dish that they have- which I received as a Christmas gift! Love it!
 

Juliska

This is one of my all-time favorites too. My sister bought me my first piece at Christmas and I’m kind of hooked now.

Juliska Collection

Juliska Collection

 

Kate Spade

She does more than the bags and the shoes girls. These adorably vintage looking plates are a happy addition to any kitchen. 

Kate Spade Larabee dot tidbit plates- $80/Set of 4

Kate Spade Larabee dot tidbit plates- $80/Set of 4

Now there are also cheaper versions that have the same kind of feel as the items above. Crate & Barrel has a great line of place settings that are really affordable and really classic and Williams-Sonoma has some nice everyday options as well. Crate & Barrel’s White Pearl Dinnerware set is very reminiscent of the Brillant line from Mariposa in a classic white.  There’s always the reliable stand-by’s at Anthropologie too and check out Home Goods –  They often have beautiful Waterford and Lenox items at a serious discount.

Happy Entertaining! 

I’ve never had the pleasure of registering for anything. I thought about throwing myself a shower a la Carrie Bradshaw and registering at wonderful out of reach places like Saks and Manolo Blahnik but…then I woke up.

If you do find yourself standing  in a Bed Bath and Beyond with a terrified looking fiance next at your side, do yourself a favor… give him the gun. It’ll be like a real life video game, but instead of shooting aliens, he’ll be shooting china. It’s a win-win.

* DO keep a watchful eye, or you just might end up opening a new set of golf clubs or the last four seasons of Entourage on DVD at your bridal shower. Awkward.

I’m life, I’m a big fan of Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, Anthropologie Home, Williams-Sonoma and Target. I love Target. But Bed Bath and Beyond and Macy’s are super practical options that just about everyone has access to via the Internet if not at their local strip mall. I would suggest registering at no more than 3 places if you can help it.

Also… a little hint I picked up after a majorly shocking discovery that a friend had registered for a BED for his wedding. Yes. You get a discount on the stuff that people don’t buy you if you decide to buy it yourself. So a 20% discount on a bed…pretty major.
Go ahead and register for furniture.  Bed, Bar, Hutch…whatever your little heart desires.  Although I would avoid anything of the couch, giant appliance, dining room table realm.

Just don’t register for stuff that is going to make you look like a seriously insane person. A bed is one thing. It’s a good group gift. It’s your bed. Isn’t that nice. Years later you can say to your children…”Ten of our friends bought us our very first bed.” It turns into lore.

Anyway… below are some of my Top Picks from some Top Retailers… Under 100… because after all this is stuff you’re going to “need” right?

Target

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

Photo's Courtesy of Target.com

From Top Left: Range Kleen Wrought Iron Oval hanging Pot Rack $59.99, Trademark Poker 650 pc Set $80.99, Folding Poker Blackjack Table $59.99, Hamilton Beach Coffeemaker $39.99, Cherry 7-pc Salad Bowls, OXO Softworks 22 pc Gadget & tool Set $49.99, EGO Ice Waterproof ipod Sound Case $99.99, KitchenAid 7-speed pink Hand mixer $69.99, Teaposy Garden Gift Set $59.99, Furitechnics Rachael Ray Bamboo Knife Set $99.99

Williams-Sonoma

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

Photo's Courtesy of williams-sonoma.com

From Left: Personalized Recipe Card & Embosser $69.00, Monogrammed Vic Firth Maple $65, Waring Pro-Bottle Wine Chiller $99.95,  Monogrammed Highballs & Double Old Fashioneds Set of 4 $59, Siena Glass Tumblers, Assorted Set of 24 $76, Olive Wood Salt Keeper $49, Fleur de Sel French Sea Salt $12.50, Emile Henry Ruffled Cake Stand $70

Pottery Barn

Pottery Barn

Photo's courtesy of Potterybarn.com

From Left: Glass Sphere Hurricanes $26.99- $39.99 (On Sale), Lemon Toile Serving Platter $29, Emma Cake Stand $38, Great White 3-Tier Stand $45, Lisbon Serving Bowl $39, Oblique Finger Bowls $19.99 (Sale), PB Classic Glass Caniseters $19-$44, Mercer Bathtub Caddy $59

 

Bed, Bath and Beyond

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

Photo's courtesy of bedbathandbeyond.com

From Left: Pyrex® 21-Piece Bakeware Set $54.99, Hotel Collection Spa Towels 100% Egyptian Cotton $7.99 to $16.99, Waterford Ballet Ribbon Crystal Glass Collection $69.99 to $79.99, Cuisinart® Metal Classic 4-Slice Toaster $79.99, Cuisinart® Smart Power Duet™ Blender/Food Processor Combination $79.99, Copco Journey 2 1/2-Quart Tea Kettle $29.99, Lenox® Park City™ 3-Piece Salad Bowl Set $89.99, Eureka Optima Lightweight Bagless Upright Stick Vacuum $69.99

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