Check Out My Wedding Registry Tips in This Fab Guide by Wedding Paper Divas and Best Buy!

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It’s an excellent morning here! We’re so excited to share this fabulous Wedding Registries Guide, created by Wedding Paper Divas in partnership with Best Buy. It’s filled with phenomenal gift registry tips from an array of wedding experts, and WPD included a great collection of my own wedding registry tips and trends!

Check out all the sections of their amazing wedding registry guide, and get ready for your gift registry to surpass your expectations, for your wedding guests to be really impressed by your gift list, and for each wave of wonderful gifts you receive to fully delight you both!

Thank you, WPD and Best Buy, for including me in this awesome guide!

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Fab Find! Pottery Barn’s Easter Bunny Tableware

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Yes, you can add holiday items to your bridal registry! Wedding guests always want to get you fun, fabulous bridal shower and wedding gifts you’re definitely going to use, and it’s so fun for guests to know you’ll think of them every time you DO use their gifts — especially for a holiday celebration!

During an excursion to the Short Hills Mall, my husband and I stopped in at Pottery Barn, and we impulse-bought a set of Pasture Bunny dishes that are so adorable, we changed our Easter brunch plans from a lavish hotel brunch to a party at our house…just so we could use our bunny plates!

When you add holiday items to your wedding registry, you add a dose of fun to your gift selection, and you get all of those magnificent holiday décor and serveware items to enjoy forever.

Here are some more of my faves from Pottery Barn’s bunny collection, on sale right now for 20% off — which makes them even better [sale is active now; check to make sure sale prices are still available when you shop!]

Pasture Bunny Dishes: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pasture-bunny-plate/?pkey=cgifts-easter&

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Twig Charger: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/twig-charger-sp15/?cm_src=AutoRel

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Pasture Bunny Napkins: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/pasture-bunny-napkin/?cm_src=AutoRel

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Pasture Bunny Serve Bowl: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/sculpted-bunny-serve-bowl/?pkey=cgifts-easter&

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Bunny Cupcake Stand: http://www.potterybarn.com/products/bunny-stoneware-cake-cupcake-stand/?pkey=cgifts-easter&

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Fab Find! Mastrad Macaron DIY Baking Set AND Whipper Mousse Gift Set

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Here’s another double-find that really impressed me as I searched for the coolest new items to add to gift registries and use for your budget-cutting DIY party prep: Mastrad has an amazing collection of fun and modern cooking and baking kits and supplies that really stand out, and when I tried this ultra-fun Macaron Baking Set, it became a Must for the baking bride’s bridal registry!

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Here are the Mastrad site’s details on it:

For the creative baker in all of us! The macaron baking set has all the proper accessories to make homemade macarons just like the pros! This apart of our silicone bakeware and cookware products.

– The set comes with a macaron cookbook, 1 silicone macaron baking sheet (small ridge), and a silicone pastry bag with accessories.

– Use the silicone pastry bag (with 6 different nozzle options!) to fill the silicone baking sheet; the flexible, non-stick baking sheet holds the baking mixture in place and guarantees perfectly sized macarons every time.

– Macaron Cookbook comes with over 30 sweet and savory recipes

And now for my other Fab Find item….

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Next up is one of my favorite Add This fab finds for your bridal registry, since you’re going to use this baby all the time, for party treats and special accents to romantic desserts you’ll make for each other.

The Mastrad Whipper Mousse Gift Set  helps you whip up creamy, dreamy mousses and toppings for your favorite desserts, and also add some presentation flair to your dessert dishes, at, say an engagement party, bridal shower, the wedding, and all parties you’ll host in your happily ever after. The whipper canister lets you make hot or cold, sweet or savory mousses and creams and I found my husband volunteering to take over mousse-whipping duty for our recent cocktail party!
Mastrad’s Mousse Gift Set includes:

0.5L Gourmet Mousse Whipper
1 Whipper Stand
Mousse Recipe Book

Check out the Mastrad site to see their huge collection of fabulous items for your bridal gift registry, and keep a special eye out for their kits — which wedding and shower guests love to give. One of my fun finds is this Crepe Making Kit:

mastrad crepesYou’ll find a lot to shop from here, and your gift registry can turn into a DIY chef’s delight if you load it up with Mastrad items and fun picks, and here’s a great tip: if you make sure these are on your registry very, very soon after you get engaged, friends and relatives will surely snap those gifts up off your registry for engagement presents, sending them to you NOW, which means you get to use them in your pre-wedding party DIY preps!

Share them with your bridesmaids, so that they can plan your bridal shower and bachelorette party for less, and personalize the snacks, bites and desserts to the party theme!

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Wedding Registry Smarts: Register for Christmas and Holiday Items Now & Use Them Forever

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Now’s the time to add lots of Christmas, Hanukkah and holiday decor, party serveware and other festive items to your wedding registry, so that your registry has a fabulous holiday flair to it, and so that you’ll get terrific items you’ll use during every holiday season all throughout your marriage. Every time you pull out these Christmas dishes, for instance, you’ll remember the person who gave them to you as a fun bridal shower gift pick. Guests LOVE it when they can get you items you’ll adore, and that will become a great part of your holiday memories.

Check out my list of Christmas and holiday items to add to your wedding registry list, starting with great holiday-themed dishes like the ones shown above.

1. Holiday-themed dishes, platters, bowls, chip and dip set, cheeseboards, and other party serveware in a matching design. They don’t have to be winter white…bright jewel tones are in right now, as are silvers and other neutrals.

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From Overstock.com

2. Champagne glasses, stemware and barware

3. Cheese slicing knifes and appetizer utensils

4. Appetizer plates in sets of 12, for when you host holiday parties

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BedBathandBeyond.com

5. Festive holiday table linens, table runners and napkins — in 2 or 3 different designs, for when you’ll be hosting multiple parties!

6. Hot chocolate mugs

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PlowandHearth.com

7. Hot cocoa making machine

8. Tea caddies and tea pot sets

9. Tree stands

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PotteryBarn.com

10. Tree skirt

11. Mantel fabric decor runner

12. Fireplace candle holder stand

13. Tall pillar candle stands

14. Candle holder votive sets

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15. Napkin rings

16. Centerpiece vases

17. Place card holders

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PlowandHearth.com

18. Holiday pillows

19. Holiday throws

20. Holiday decor items

21. Gift wrap supply organizer and storage bins

wonderful life 222. Collection of holiday movies on DVD for family viewing nights

23. LED outdoor lights

24. Holiday card display stands

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25. Holiday cookie press sets, and other baking supplies like cookie sheets, springform pans, cupcake tins and tiers, rolling pins, cookie cutters, the works.

Book Expo Report 2012: Fab Books You Have to Add to Your Registry!

Waking up on Book Expo day is like waking up on Christmas morning, knowing I’m about to enter a wonderland filled with amazing newly-released books (putting the panic about books going ‘under’ to bed) meeting celeb authors, the spectacle, the excitement, the mingling with my top editors at all the big houses…how the majors set up their massive booths like living rooms. PR genius create bigtime shows for their authors, and I find amazing picks for you to add to your bridal registry.

The first from the 2012 show has to be Rachael Ray’s new cookbook Burgers, which created a line around the room, and Jane Seymour looked gorgeous signing a paper clock item for her new book. No book, but the chance to meet Ms. Seymour, who did have the Open Hearts necklace on.

The cookbook Queens of publishing, like Chronicle and Shadow Mountain, had gorgeous cookbooks that have to hit your registry list to create a packed kitchen library of books, and I spotted terrific travel guides and cultural titles.

Book Expo can be a bit of scrum, with publishers piling up giveaway books in pre-edited bound form (called galleys) that librarians and book editors like myself are invited to take, and when those freebie piles are spotted, there’s a lot of diving and pushing to get a copy. I only take the ones I know I can review for my bridal audience, and understand the publisher’s frustration when attendees grab everything in sight, like Willy Wonka’s chocolate garden room at the factory. I’ve found some great stuff at Expo and included fab find books in my Bridal Guide roundups, featured authors in my Creators Syndicate columns and more, but most of all just like being in the book mecca to hang out with my editors and pore over the new releases, beam at the sight of buyers sitting down with the special teams groups to place mega-orders of books.

Here is one of my own books, which I was invited to sign at Book Expo two years ago! And I noted a bunch of the fitness and wellness books new from my publisher GPP to feature on my many bridal blogs.

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bride tide badgeMy book reviews went up on so many of the top bridal blogs, as well as on my Aisle Files column at New Jersey Bride, and you can look forward to my next report from the 2013 Book Expo at the Javits, where I’ll find the best books on cooking, home, travel, floral design, fashion, DIY brilliance, and especially awesome novels and novel series that will transport you out of wedding world, relax you and get you totally into a new series or author. That’s a terrific wedding present!