When Sam and I started looking for our first place, the most important thing on my list of must-haves was entertaining space. The place we found has its shortcomings (there isn’t one closet on the main floor), but we have plenty of indoor and outdoor space to host our friends so we’re happy. Once we found the place, I focused my attention on stocking it with everything I would need to entertain properly and the first thing on my list was dinnerware.
I am a china fanatic. I love to collect dishes, teacups and glasses. Choosing our casual and fine china for our registry was so fun for me. It might have been a little too much fun because I ended up registering for way more than we needed (and there were still at least five patterns I wish I could have added). Today I wanted to share my favorite casual and fine china sets with you. If you’re engaged, I hope you’ll find the perfect set to add to your registry. If you’re not, I hope you’ll be inspired to plan a little get together for your friends this weekend!
As I mentioned last week, my husband and I got married and moved into our first home together last month. While I enjoyed (almost) every single moment of the wedding planning process, I think I’ve enjoyed making our little townhouse into a home even more. I have an entire wedding week planned for the blog (just waiting to get all of the photos and video back), but I couldn’t resist doing a registry series now. This series is for brides as well as new homeowners or renters. Those of you who have been in the same place for a while may even feel inspired to add a few new things to your already-established nest.
For our wedding, Sam and I registered at Williams-Sonoma, Bloomingdales and West Elm. I loved each registry for different reasons and there were still about 5 more stores that I wish I could have added. For this series, I wanted to begin with Williams-Sonoma for two reasons: 1. I love to cook and 2. I’d say 75% of our gifts were purchased from there. In the past, I’ve steered clear of WS because it was always out of my budget, but, with the launch of their Open Kitchen line, I’ve been able to shop there guilt-free! Here are the top 10 things Sam and I have been loving from our Williams-Sonoma registry…