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!

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, 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.


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.


Mix and match dinnerware

Registering for what gifts you want to receive for your registry is a form of expression on your personal style.

This is especially true when it comes to your dinnerware selection.  You can choose the easy way and get the whole dinner set to be one single pattern or you can choose to break out and mix patterns to create a very unique look and feel that is truly yours.


Here are some fun Mix and Match suggestions

Bringing the garden inside:



Sometimes it is nice to break up the “Classic Whites” with a fun bright dessert plate or coffee cups:


Now what fun mix and match ideas have you had?

Thoughts on formal plate settings

When registering for formal dinnerware most brands will have a pre-set mix. The traditional formal plate setting consists of the following 8 pieces:

  • Charger plate
  • Dinner plate
  • Salad plate
  • Soup bowl
  • Bread plate
  • Desert plate
  • Coffee cup & saucer

Which you would look to arrange in the following manner (image found on

As we looked at how to set up our table we initially registered for a 5 piece dinner set, which consists of a dinner, salad and bread plates, with a coffee cup and saucer and the matching charger plate and soup bowl (note: we didn’t even remember the desert plate!).  This seemed like a good idea, guests can give you a set, and it is already pre-packaged with pretty much everything you need.  Or is it?  In all honesty how often does one have a formal table set up where you would have a formal sit down dinner?

Here are some questions worth asking yourself:

  • Are you really going to be making soup for 12 people? That is a big BIG batch of soup! If not you could probably live with out the soup bowls
  • Do you plan on having plated sit down dinner? In other words are you going to be making a pretty salad which will be on the salad plate on top of the dinner plate which is on top of the charger plate?  If not you can also live without the charger plate.
  • Is a bread plate necessary?  You will see lots of NICE/FORMAL restaurants now days forgoing the bread plate as you can just place the bread on your plate.
  • Does every single friend of yours drink coffee? Some may prefer tea, others would like espresso; I would suggest getting a mix of different cups and saucers like this you have some flexibility.
  • Finally if you answered yes to all these questions. Do you plan on washing all the dishes? For a 12 person dinner all these plates means 96 dishes to be washed!
  • If you have answered no to all of the above then you will need:
    • Dinner plate
    • Salad plate
    • Dessert plate
    • A mix of different coffee cups and saucers