When I was engaged, the first place I registered was at Williams-Sonoma – I love cooking and baking, especially for guests, and Williams-Sonoma carries everything I could possibly want to complete my kitchen arsenal. We have a pretty small space, so I had to choose wisely, and when they asked me to round up some favorite registry items, I knew I wanted to highlight not only a few of my top picks, but also share some tips for creating a registry when you don’t have endless square feet of kitchen storage.
1. Fortessa Rim Bowls
2. Fortessa Rim Dinner Plates
3. Littledeer Cooking Utensil Set
4. Wüsthof Classic Ikon 3-Piece Knife Starter Set
5. Fortessa Stackable Mugs
6. Acacia Cutting Board
7. Staub Ceramics Baking Dish
8. Schott Zwiesel Estelle Champagne Flutes
9. Le Creuset Signature Round Wide Matte Dutch Oven
10. Arezzo Brushed Flatware
11. Kitchen Aid Artisan Stand Mixer
Tip #1: When you only have room for one set of dinnerware, go with plates and bowls that are both durable enough to use everyday, and simple enough to be dressed up (think nice linens and candles) when company comes over. White or ivory is your best bet, since it goes with everything, and works for any season or occasion. Fortessa Rim bowls and dinner plates (1 & 2) are a great option – classic, versatile style and exceptional durability, they fit all of my “small space dinnerware” requirements. Not to mention they come with a 10-year chip-free guarantee!
Tip #2: Choose stackable items when you can. Nesting mixing bowls and measuring cups are a must, but also consider registering for stackable mugs (5) and glassware.
Tip #3: Register for items that do double duty as cookware and serveware. Something that’s not only functional, but attractive enough to bring to the table – I love my Staub baking dish and Le Creuset Dutch oven (7 & 9) for just this reason. Same goes for my wooden spoon by Littledeer (3). They’re all total workhorses in the kitchen, while still being lovely enough to serve with. And if you’re really tight on kitchen storage, these items look nice enough to be displayed on the counter. I keep my Dutch oven on the stovetop all the time, even when I’m not using it – it’s just so pretty! I also like to show off my butcher block cutting board and Kitchen Aid Mixer (6 & 11). If you have a really tiny kitchen, a stand mixer might not make a lot of sense, but if you can find room on your counter for it, it’s a winner. I grew up making cookies with my mom in her Kitchen Aid, and I use mine all the time for making cake batter, frosting, cookie dough, whipped cream – hands down my very favorite bridal shower gift.
Tip #4: Stick with the basics. You don’t necessarily need a full block of cutlery – a high-quality chef’s knife, paring knife, and serrated bread knife should meet all your major dicing and slicing needs. I prefer the contoured handle of Wüsthof’s Classic Ikon (4) line, but I recommend stopping by a Williams-Sonoma store and trying out their knives to see what you like best. And if you’re trying to make room for that Kitchen Aid Mixer (wink wink), skip the knife block and go with a wall-mounted magnetic knife bar.
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