Seriously. It's almost stressing me out all over again.
KC and I got engaged and then moved into our apartment a month later. He lived with his mom and I'd lived with mine, neither of us had a damn thing. So we were like the poster children for wedding registries because we literally needed all the things. If you lived with your significant other, or on your own (which I never got to do), you more than likely have stuff already so the registry can be more about the fun things or the things you can't afford on your own. We moved into a house a few months after we were married, and were very thankful that we had received the things we did.
But for those like me, I wanted to share, 3 years later, what turned out to be the best registry picks that we have used a million times, and the others that fell flat. Maybe it will help someone, maybe not. I know 3 years isn't a very long time but it's long enough to figure out what we like and dislike.
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The best things:
1. Serving dishes.
We had a couple of people get us these off our registry and others I have picked up since then. I always thought we wouldn't need these, because KC and I do not 'entertain', like ever. Or so I thought. We've had a couple people over for dinner and a couple of parties and I've had to come up with some interesting serving dish substitutions because I'd run out. I don't think you can have too many of these.
The things we use most are plain and simple platters - I can load them up with burgers, hot dogs, breakfast foods - whatever we are having people over for. They are so versatile! I actually bought myself this huge turkey platter from bed bath and beyond, it was on crazy sale (like $5!) and though I doubt I will ever cook a turkey, I have used it for other things, no shame.
Of course, we also use the ones that you can put veggies or chips in. Also great are baking dishes that you can take straight from the oven and plop on the table. Easy as can be!
rectangular dish / baking dish / oval dish / 3 section server / 4 section chip n dip / veggie tray / lazy susan with serving dishes / chip n dip /
Also, I couldn't resist sharing these pig plates, how cute are they?! If we were registering right now I would totally get them.
2. This dutch oven.
Everyone is all about Le Creuset and that's great, but I am not - nor is anyone in my life - going to spend that much on a dutch oven. Sorry. This Lodge one from Target or BB&B is fabulous, much cheaper, and I have already used it a hundred times. It seriously gets a workout in the winter because it holds so much!
3. A hand vac.
We have 3 cats. This was the best gift ever. We have a black and decker and it works just fine.
4. Food processor.
I really didn't think we would use this, but it was on all the lists so I figured why not. Jokes on me because we use this thing all the time. It's so fabulous and easy to use, I was so scared of it the first time I used it but it really is exceptionally easy, not to mention dishwasher safe. We have a cuisinart 11 cup one and have never had an issue.
5. Tool set.
I can't find the exact one we got, but it was black and decker with the basics and a drill, I think. KC has added things over the years, and the bag is super handy, easy to keep everything organised/shoved out of sight. He has a few things that don't fit in the bag (like a saw of some sort) so hopefully one day we'll have a garage to set everything up, but something like this is really great to get started. It came in handy more than once in those first few months of home ownership!
I wanted pyrex, I knew I would like pyrex, I knew I would use pyrex. I did not know how much I would LOVE pyrex and that we would use them for everything, every day. We received so much pyrex that I ended up taking some back, but I wish I hadn't! I didn't know that KC would leave one of the lids on the stovetop (while the stove was on, of course) or that we would drop them and they would shatter everywhere. So yes. All the pyrex.
storing bowl set / storage set with different shapes and sizes (we LOVE this one and have 2 sets) / large bowls with lids (love these, great for serving as well) / baking dishes
Of course, we have other things from the registry that we use and love (like my crock pot or sewing machine) but these are the things that I was unsure we would use or like, and I am glad we got them.
And now, for the worst thing:
White towels. I don't care what pinterest says, this was the absolute worst thing ever. I hate them. If they work for you, great. Not for us.
What we didn't end up getting:
Fancy china. We have fancy for us china (plain off white) and it works great on the rare times we have guests.
A fancy kitchenaid stand mixer. I am not a baker, but if and when I need a mixer, I use this hand mixer and it does the job just dandy.
Pressure cooker. I wanted one, didn't get one, have survived just fine without it.
Keurig or soda stream thingy. I don't drink coffee, and KC likes his pretty plain. Also, we just didn't think a keurig was very cost effective long term. KC had a plain old drip mr coffee thingy that he has since replaced with an espresso machine. We do drink lots of soda though, so I thought the soda stream would be a good thing for us, but in the end I decided against it and we've never missed it. Although, if we could go back, and KC had any input, he'd have asked for an espresso machine. We were gifted it a year or so ago after he got the taste for espresso in Australia, and it's his new best friend.
I also didn't register for things like napkin rings, barware, toaster oven, monogrammed anything, panini presses or waffle makers. They are just things I didn't think we would use. We've never missed them, so I guess I was right.
As with everything, every couple/wedding/house/whatever is different, so the things you will like and will use often will vary from the things I like and use. I just think it's funny, because I lost sleep and hair over something so trivial (but you couldn't tell 2013 Kristen it was trivial!). Honestly, I focused so much on what everyone else suggested, who I thought I should be with the things I should use. I felt like it was a test that I was already failing, which I know is ridiculous, you don't need to tell me. I am of course very thankful that we got anything at all, we were very fortunate.
Anyway, these are the things from our registry that turned out to be the best for us, it's not everything because there are a million and one lists on the internet for that.
Does anyone else get crazy stressed over silly things like registries? Or just me...?