Election day products

Did you vote today?  Here are some election inspired products for your Chicago wedding registry!



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.


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?

Product Spotlight – Bistro de Paris Cutlery

Registering for wedding gifts one of the top things people need is cutlery, both formal and casual.  Now as some of you may know my favorite color is red; I am slowly amassing all sorts of fun red accents around the house and I don’t see why cutlery should be any different


I recently discovered this gorgeous set which is stocked by our partner POSH and  fell in love.  They are red. colorful, and whimsical


Product spotlight – Chicago Skyline dinnerware

Why not serve up a dinner Chicago style on these lovely Chicago skyline plates from POSH.  These are a great addition to create a real local feel to your wedding registry.

You can take a tour of Chicago without leaving the dinner table with depictions of Grant Park, Magnificent Mile, Lincoln Park, the Loop, etc…