Getting ready for the Turkey

Thanksgiving is around the corner we thought this week’s registry inspiration should help you prepare for the big Turkey dinner.  Find out here how some of our local Chicago partners can help you and your bridal registry have everything you need!  See how Northwestern Cutlery and Crosell & Co can help you out

Everything you need to cook the bird

  

 

Once the bird is cooked time to decorate the table

 

 

Don’t forget a great knife to carve the turkey!

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Second Marriage Registry ideas

Have you ever wondered what is the proper etiquette for wedding gifts and creating a wedding registry when one — or both — of the intended has already been married at least once before?  One bride I know, about to embark on her first and her groom’s second marriage, really wanted to register for some fine china that she had always loved.  But she was concerned that guests would find it rather excessive of her to ask for china when her soon-to-be husband already has multiple sets from his first marriage.

At Poladora, we think that just sounds ridiculous!  First of all, although someone might have been married before, they haven’t been married to this person before and their lives together will be totally different. Secondly, anyone getting married for the first time, deserves to get what he or she might want, not the leftover shards of their intended’s first fine china….no matter how fine it might have been.
To create that new and unique coupling where the ghosts of prior relationships might linger, look to the consolidated wedding registries offered by Poladora and its network of local Chicago retailers.  You want your own fabulous cookware?  Look no further than the MacKenzie- Childs Picadilly Au Gratin Dish  offered by Crossell & Co for $74 at poladora.com . Or better yet, perhaps you want the perfect roasting pan?  Then better check out the Chicago Metallic Large Roaster with Handles and Rack for $29.95 available at poladora.com through Northwestern Cutlery.  Everyone should have their own cookware!
And if you have enough of the typical wedding registry stuff, why not think about something experiential.  At poladora.com ask your wedding guests to help you start your own personal wine cellar.  You could register for multiple gift certificates to the Wine Discount Center so that the newlyweds could have libation with their gourmet meals; Or maybe think about giving two massages from Urban Oasis at $65 each so your favorite couple can enjoy his and hers massages some time before or after their wedding.  Or, for $150, purchase a one hour Couple Yoga Class from any of Yogaview’s three locations — who wouldn’t want to stretch and relax after going through the stress of getting married a second time?
Whatever your interests, don’t let a prior marriage keep you from enjoying the process of getting married and starting your lives together.  Register for what you want, when you want it at poladora.com and enjoy your new life together.

Fall inspiration; Orange, Yellow, Red

We are now fully into the fall season as the leaves have now turned beautiful shades of orange, yellow, and red.  I thought it was time for some fall color wedding registry inspiration.

 

Orange

  

Yellow

   

 

Red

  

Visiting our partner Crosell & Co

Yesterday I had a fun time visiting our partner Crosell&Co to drop off our new brochures and see what was going on ins  store and see what new great things you can add to your wedding registry.

I thought I would post some nice pictures from the visit and encourage you to swing by their store at 900N Michigan and see what great items you could get for your home.

 

Also some of their items are only carried in store and not at Poladora.com so if you see something you get a gift card and have fun shopping…  Don’t forget to tell Dianne we say Hi!

Low cost “Think Local” bridal shower gift ideas

It’s nice to spend the months leading up to a wedding celebrating the bride and groom at various showers. But no one wants to impose upon their guests to bring multiple wedding gifts to multiple pre-wedding events while still expecting a wedding gift in honor of the main event. A great solution to this is to host a low cost “Think Local” recipe shower. The premise is easy; ask the guests to bring a wedding shower gift that costs under ten dollars and bring along a recipe that incorporates this item. Short of ideas for fun gifts in that price range? Check out some of these great low-cost shower gifts at www.poladora.com, a consolidated wedding registry where you can one-stop shop for products from local Chicago stores.

For $5, present the bride with a Pie Bird from P.O.S.H. Used since Victorian Times, Pie Birds are “vents” placed in the middle of fruit pies to prevent the pie from boiling over. Simply add your favorite apple or cherry pie recipe and you’ve got a unique and low cost wedding shower gift. Or, if you are cookie expert, give a package of parchment paper.
Printed with a baker’s dozen of bold bull’s-eyes, Bulls Eye Baking Parchment paper sheets priced at $6.95 from Northwestern Cutlery make it easy to perfectly align cookie dough and baked treats. And, unlike a roll of parchment paper, Bulls Eye Parchment paper sheets store flat in a resealable envelope making them easy to store in smaller kitchens.

 

And if you are feeling particularly generous, splurge and spend $14.00 on a White Hen kitchen timer by Mackenzie-Childs from Crosell & Co. and then add a recipe for the perfect egg salad (complete with the perfectly timed hard boiled egg). Or Folding Hardwood Salad tongs from Sawbridge Studios ($15.00) would make a delightful shower gift when paired with your secret Caesar Salad recipe.

And remember, all recipes don’t have to revolve around the actual food. Think about giving your friend a pair of Foot Petals Tip Toes ($6.95) from The Left Bank that will perform double duty and cushion not just her wedding shoes on the Big Day but will go great with a recipe for cooking any meal that requires the cook to wear high heels (anything French!).

 

And last but not least, Couple name address labels ($8.40) from Pixie Chicago combined with a recipe for writing a winning thank you note can add a polite and useful touch to your low-cost recipe shower. Bag all the gifts for the bride, place all the recipes in a binder signed in Sharpie by all the attendees, and the happy couple can easily invite their guests to more wedding events without worrying about draining their wedding gift budgets.

 

Place settings formal vs. informal

When you are registering for wedding gifts one of the first things you register for is your place  settings.  But somehow it  always feels more complicated than it should be.

What size plates do you need?  How many glasses do you need?  What types of glasses do you need?

Well here is a quick cheat sheet for you!

And dont forget you to check out our partners Crosell & Co, POSH Chicago, and Sawbridge Studios for all your dinnerware needs.  And best of all dont worry about incomplete sets with our consolidated registry, your gifts become credits which you can spend to get what you really want!

Product spotlight – for the true Chicagoan

We could not be a Chicago wedding gift registry if we did not have some typical Chicago items to register for.  So this week’s product spotlight is centered around all things Chicago.  Fortunately for us our partner retailers have a lot of Chicago products and here are some of our favorites.