Registry: Keepin’ It Tasty While You’re Dining

So you’re engaged. Congrats! Show us the ring! Schedule the day! Register for a dining room table! Wait. What?

Yep, that’s right – I said register for a dining room table. And I mean it. GET THEE TO A CRATE & BARREL, ASAP! Registering within weeks of getting engaged was one of the BEST decisions that The Boy and I made in those early days of pre-nuptial craziness. People wanted to give us gifts (in general, for our birthdays, for Christmas, etc.) and being able to direct them to our registries was great (for us and for them). No fuss.

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Trying to plan your registry? Never fear, m’dear! Throughout January and February, I've been breaking down each section of the registry (generally by room) and offering you practical suggestions on items to register for. Today, we’re talkin' about the dining room (remember, Kiss My Tulle is a budget-friendly and practical blog. On that note, I feel that it is silly to own two completely different sets of flatware and diningware [the more expensive of which rarely gets used]. Pick one that can be dressed up for fancy-schmancy occassions and also tossed in the dishwasher for everyday.):

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The Big Ticket Items (People may not buy it for you but you can use your completion program to get them yourself):

  • Dining Table
  • Chairs
  • Lighting for Over the Table
  • Nice Cloth Tablecloth (at some point you will be happy to have one)
  • (6-12) Cloth Napkins (ditto the above statement)
  • (6-12) Steak Knives

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Needed Items (Even if you don't think so now…):

  • 6-12 Dinner Plates
  • 6-12 Salad Plates
  • 6-12 Bowls
  • 6-12 Dessert Plates (if you're in the habit of serving a salad and an entree and dessert)
  • 6-12 Coffee Mugs and/or Teacups and Saucers
  • Sugar and Creamer Set
  • Gravy Boat
  • Butter Dish
  • 6-12 Drinking Glasses
  • 6-12 Wineglasses
  • 6-12 Silverware/Flatware Sets (dinner fork, salad fork, teaspoon, soup spoon, knife)
  • 3-4 Serving Utensils
  • Soup Ladle
  • Serving Dishes and Bowls
  • Salt and Pepper Shaker Set

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Cool Items (Not needed but nice to have):

  • Coffeepot and/or Teapot
  • 6-12 Placemats
  • Salad Bowl and Salad Tongs
  • 6-12 Pasta Bowls
  • Fruit Bowl
  • Turkey Serving Platter
  • 1-2 Table Runners
  • Cheese Platter and Cheese Knives
  • 6-12 Napkin Rings
  • Extra Settings of each of your Dishes and Silverware (in case something breaks)
  • Extra Cloth Tablecloth and an Extra 6-12 Cloth Napkins
  • 1-2 Serving Trays
  • Cake Stand/Pie Stand
  • Dessert Serving Set (Cake Knife and Server)
  • Chip and Dip Set
  • Soup Tureen
  • 12-24 Appetizer Plates (for brunches or cocktail parties)
  • 12-24 Cocktail Napkins (ditto the above reason)

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What it comes down to is that most traditional registries will try to milk you dry in the dining room – and it's COMPLETELY silly. Evaluate your life and your needs (though, be mindful of your future holiday/entertaining needs) and be sure to invest in the important things as you’ll be using them a lot. A good dining room table and chairs are, indeed, expensive but when you consider the fact that you’ll be using them every single day for many years – it’s a sound investment. So, Tulle Nation – whaddya think? Did I leave anything off?