More often than not, couples are living together before tying the knot (we did). And while there's plenty of research and statistics talking about how that effects your marriage, that is definitely not what we're here to talk about;) Let's talk about the important stuff like, what to put on your registry (jk, jk... I love gifts but know they're not more important, you guys get me by now right?)
If you're one of the bunch who lives together first, you've probably acquired quite of a bit of the essentials. I mean, you have to, that's why they call them essentials. So, rather than register for another set of sheets or another set of flatware, I want to share what I WISH we had thought of. Think about what you two do often, how can you register for things that enhance that hobby of yours? If you're a reader here, I'm assuming you're just a tiny bit obsessed with entertaining. And what better way to prepare for your guests, as newlyweds, than to create an entertaining corner with pretty new things that you've received as a couple? Also, this COULD be the next bar cart... try it for yourself and let's see if it catches on.
I never used to have shelves because it took... well, effort to put them up. But with the help of a handy husband, they've been popping up all over the house. And recently I've been leaving out items that you might deem functional in most cases and throw in a drawer or cupboard. With gorgeous materials popping up in every store though, it's kind of a shame to put them away. With items like marble cheese boards + knive sets, or amazing embroidered napkins, it's getting easier to decorate with what you have and make those shelves useful.
We chose the trio of shelves to create a small entertaining corner. This long shelf was perfect for holding a set of red and a set of white wine glasses. The largest shelf is big enough to store any serving boards, plenty of wine and a few accessories. And the last shelf held small jars of snacks, citrus for cocktails and a few accessories as well. These are the pieces we always use when entertaining, so you could definitely sub in whatever suits your stye!
Underneath is just enough space for a small stool that can easily be used as a seat or table, and a basket with extra supplies and plenty of sparkling water. Sparkling water is great in a variety of drinks, or on it's own with some lemon or lime slices, so we always have it stocked for easy access to guests!
Every part of your home needs a little touch of you.. and something living to add movement and life. I've slowly been transforming our house into a bright + airy space with quirky touches and tiny pops of bright colors. So when I see interesting pieces like a giant giraffe, I always say yes. It's fun and likely to get a comment or two while entertaining.
And since I was decorating a space that wouldn't be used daily, I wanted to incorporate plants that are easy to maintain. Trust me, I can kill a cactus, but it takes a lot longer than any other plant, so it's what I go with. Add simple touches when you are expecting like i did here with branches of jasmine. Adding a quick pop of something floral easily dresses up any space in just a few seconds without the hassle of a full arrangement.
Don't forget to store snacks that can sit for a while as well. I always have a jar of our favorite nuts on the bar or wherever we may be entertaining. These small dishes are also great for guests to pour and mingle while not being too large that they need to sit and snack.
I'm excited to put this to use, even if it is just for a happy hour for two;)
What spaces do you have in your home that you'd deck out instead of registering for traditional pieces? Would love to hear your ideas!
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