How to... Plan and Prepare a Bridal Gift Regisrty - Pg. 2

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How to…Plan and Prepare a Bridal Gift Registry – Pg. 2

APPLIANCE ABC’S Choosing the appropriate appliances to suit your particular lifestyle will simplify your food preparation and save you time in the kitchen. Before making your appliance selections, identify your eating habits and preferences:

  • Do you drink coffee and make toast every morning?
  • Do you enjoy espresso?
  • Are you a bread baker?
  • How many electric appliances can you store on your kitchen counters? Frequently used items such as a coffee maker, toaster, food processor and blender are generally stored on the counter.
  • Does the design appeal to you?
  • What is your color preference? Many appliances now come in a wide array of bright, decorative colors.

BAKE WARE BASICS Toss your old baking pans. This is a time for new beginnings and we all need a fresh start on our bake ware! When selecting bake ware you’ll want to choose pieces that conduct heat fast and efficiently with out warping, so foods cook evenly and brown nicely. Consider these points:

  • What do you bake now?
  • What would you like to bake?
  • Does the design appeal to you?
  • How much maintenance is required?
  • How much do you bake at a time?
  • Do you prefer non-stick or traditional? You may want a combination.

There are two main types of bake ware: Steel and Aluminized Steel.

  • Steel is used in classic French bake ware, absorbs heat evenly and darkens with use, improving baking performance due to better heat absorption. Shiny tin adds an element of protection, reflecting some of the heat away from the surface of tarts, cakes and breads, to produce lightly browned baked goods. Hand washing is recommended.
  • Aluminized Steel is the choice of professional bakers and offers a combination of steel and aluminum, which ensures even heat distribution. It’s durable, resists warping and will never corrode. This bake ware is available in traditional and nonstick finishes. Pans are dishwasher safe. Hand washing is recommended.

COOKWARE CONSCIOUSNESS Cookware technology has become so advanced, it’s often overwhelming to choose. Specialty shops such as Crate and Barrel are able to match you up with the cookware that’s right for how you cook. As you make your cookware selections, consider the following to help choose pieces that will please you for years to come:

  • How often do you cook at home? Do you need just the essentials or the full suite?
  • Is performance or convenience more important to you?
  • Do you frequently entertain? Cookware capacity could be a consideration.
  • Is the cookware oven safe? Broiler safe?
  • Does it have stay-cool handles?
  • How comfortable is the handhold? The weight?
  • Is it non-stick or traditional? You may want a combination.
  • Does the design appeal to you?
  • What type of maintenance is required?

Williams Sonoma offers a great registry booklet, which includes a complete cookware comparison and lots of great advice. CUTLERY CLARIFICATION When choosing cutlery, consider this: the first set of knives you choose should be your last. You’ll want to select high quality with a lifetime guarantee.

  1. How to decide the best knife for you? It’s the one that feels as if it was made for your hand. Cutlery feels different to different hand sizes. As you hold the knife, place your three fingers around the handle, with your thumb and forefinger at the base of the blade. Consider its weight, balance and grip. It should feel comfortable and easy to use.
  2. To decide which knives you need, you might want to start with a set, which includes the basic knives at substantial savings. Most sets also include a hardwood knife block to store and protect, sharpening steel and, often times, kitchen shears.

LINEN LEGENDS Create your dream bed by layering crisp sheets, a luxurious comforter and as many pillows as you like. Those designer beds you see at Bed, Bath and Beyond can be your reality!

  1. To make your bedroom feel like a retreat, select bedding which is traditional in a calming, soothing, modern palette.
  2. You’ll want two sets of sheets for each room.
  3. Indulge in extra plush, extra soft towels. Two sets per bath.
  4. Remember to choose for the guest rooms – bed and bath.
  5. Keep your gift receipts and packing slips together for easy exchanges.
  6. In addition, some stores, such as Kohl’s, offer substantial discounts on items remaining in your registry after your wedding!

We hope these tips will be helpful in creating the perfect registry for you! See our article entitled How to… Get What You Really Want: The Must Have Wedding Registry Checklist for a list of suggested registry items. So, with all this in mind – have fun!

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