Registry Must: Holiday Dishes, Linens and Decor

My Pasture Bunny plates make me so happy every time I pull them from our credenza just as winter’s chilling out, warmer days start creating those flowery-scented breezes, and pasty arms bravely go out without a jacket. When these little guys get on the table, it usually means spring cleaning has happened, and we’re getting ready for another Easter dinner at our place.

These special plates, linens, and ancillary items like pillows and even little wooden spring signs call out the fanfare for a bright, springtime mindset with lots of texture and color, just like the scenery outside after such a long season of blah.

I’m sure your bridal registry is going to be amazing with all of those awesome kitchen gadgets (can I just tell you how much I love my cookie dough/meatball scoops?!) and I wanted to remind you before it’s too late to add into your registry some great, seasonal/holiday dish and linen sets like our super-cute Pasture Bunny pieces from Pottery Barn.

They’re just lovely, and don’t forget that wedding and shower guests are always looking for holiday-centric gifts to give you, knowing that you’ll feel just like this — always thrilled, joyful and renewed when you pull your holiday dish sets, table runners, napkins, pillows, etc. from storage, ready for party season to begin. They know how happy holiday items will make you, and maybe you’ll even be reminded of them each time you use them. That’s way better to the sentimental gift-giver than 1/8th of your bedding set. 🙂

So load up your registry with holiday items that turn a regular room into a festive, cheerful scene where so many new memories are made with family and friends. Load them on your registry, and remember to check into your registry’s completer program that could give you a nice-sized % off on any items remaining on your gift list after the wedding. And keep checking back year after year. We’re on Year 11 of our marriage and still finding cute Pasture Bunny set additions that we HAVE to have. We’ll definitely boost our tabletop adorableness with more of these fun finds — even now, they connect us to that fun season of building our gift registry and sneaking looks to see which items were disappearing from our registry as the big day approaches. New Pasture Bunny takes us back there, and it’s a springtime joy!

Happy registering, happy spring, and happy shopping!

Something New! Ayesha Curry’s “The Seasoned Life” for Your Registry

Bridal shower guests LOVE giving cookbooks as gifts! You simply can’t lose with a buzzy, beautiful cookbook that captures a celebrity chef’s sparkle and skill and whichever kind of recipes you’re hungry for now — keto, GF, quick, comforting, southern, and so on.

Here’s my pick:

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How lovely is Ayesha Curry? She’s got that fun-girl energy, excellence in the kitchen, family-friendly dishes, and always a mix of inspiration. I set her TV show to record even if it’s going to be all reruns all day. Don’t care. Love it that much. Recipes to die for, intros to kitchen gear, family visits, al fresco dining, and those cutie kids. All of this great energy, sparkle and great taste comes through in “The Seasoned Life,” and here are my picks for some of the best dishes in this cookbook: Smoked Salmon Scramble. Seriously. Made easy, and finished with a mastery of garnishing that creates a wish to get better at the garnish. Delish, and a fab pick for any bridal brunch or the wedding morning breakfast. Love this one.

Her Making Dinner Happen is one of the warming chapter openings, inviting you into Ayesha’s kitchen with her family, and you just have a seat at the table, or giving her in-progress recipe a taste. “Dinner is also the meal that draws in the most memories” gets you in a reminiscing mood with Ayesha, and this is a great time to look back with gratitude on all of the family dinner memories you have with your inner circle. And White Chocolate Bread Pudding at the end of this book with the desserts (many of them impressively low in sweet stature) completes the equivalent of a great meal. Fabulous finds happen everywhere in this cookbook, on so many levels and in so many categories, with helpful charts and lists like the mix-ins salad chart that’s going to send you right to the crisper. This is a good one, sure to get lots of ooohs and ahhhs if you’re among the brides who open their bridal shower gifts in front of the shower guests. (Not everyone does. We didn’t. People lived. Cake was had.)

I’m excited to open the doors of my book reccs starting with Ayesha’s gorgeous book, for your wedding registry or for a self-bought treat to stave off wedding stress. Books can always rescue you, so I’ll share more of my favorite registry books coming up here!

Hey, as always, thanks for following me here on the blog, and on my social media spots. Many of you know that I’ve been dancing with grief the past few years, and no one tells you that it’s going to take a long time to not just get back to normalcy but to see some slivers of color in the clouds where new joys are coming through. I haven’t really enjoyed a book club novel for years, understandably. I’ve started a few, then put them down, picked them up, then put them down and fired up Netflix. I just couldn’t connect, just couldn’t be there. Then I chanced upon Ashley Spivey’s Book Club and a DM from Ashley led me to her bubbly, energetic, kind, and generous circle of readers. It was exactly what I needed. Exactly exactly. So I am re-reading those sputter-stop novels (Tea Girl?! Really?! I couldn’t get into Tea Girl?!) and jumping into the big names of now (Where the Crawdads Sing, etc.) with my love of reading — and reviewing and recommending — all shined up with a vibrance even my husband has noticed. I’m sure there’s some kind of article out there somewhere on how reading fulfills the soul, in part helping to add extra light to a relationship. Don’t need an article on that. It’s just true.

So if you’re hurting in your wedding planning season, or any other kind of straining season, grab a great novel, crack open a cookbook and some farm-fresh eggs, and just breathe in all that new energy. That’s what I’m going to be doing here on the blog for a while. I published by 38th wedding planning book, I’m turning 50 in about 3 months (!!!) and I’m navigating a post-grief life. Book titles are popping up in my mind, and I’m editing my next novel, so this is a coasting with sea air blowing my hair around after a loooong pedal up that hill.

Happy reading, and hugs to you and yours!

Wedding Registry Must: Pillows


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Pillows are the new Must-Have on wedding registries! Add some fabulous styles to your gift list so that you can add a pop of color to any room or space, indoors or outside! They’re perfect for adding that finishing touch to a room when you’re combining your His and Hers items, refreshing a space, switching your décor from season to season, and especially for outdoor entertaining, they add that home décor and design magazine flair that everyone wants! Guests love to give these as gifts, so they’re happy to see them on your list…and you’ll find fabulous pillows in big registry stores as well as in cute little gift shops that offer wedding gift registries of their own — so you can shop locally!

So add a bunch of pillows to your gift list now!

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The pillows shown above are found at Seasons Home & Gifts!

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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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

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23. LED outdoor lights

24. Holiday card display stands

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BakedCo.com

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