Entertaining in style with Williams Sonoma fabulous table settings, glassware, dishes and more!

Uber stylist Abby Larson, the visionary behind Style Me Pretty, plays house with lovely table ware from Williams Sonoma. "There are no rules when it comes to using china, Abby insists. “It really comes down to styling,” she explains. “Most of the tables that I create in my own home use fine china, then I add details to support the spirit of the event. If we’re doing family-style pasta and salad, I might lay the flatware directly on the plate and tie a grosgrain ribbon around it. Instead of a grand centerpiece, I’ll do bud vases filled with a single stem in each. There really are no rules!”

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“There are so many elements that play into the decision for a formal or casual place setting,” Abby says. “First: What is the overall vibe of your event? This is determined by the details that you’ve woven in, from the menu to the centerpieces, from the napkins you choose to the music that you play.”

Still can’t decide between formal and casual? Consider the way the meal is being served.

“Generally speaking, if I plan to serve more than two courses, I set the table using a formal place setting,” Abby tells us. “If our meal will be served family style or as a buffet, I set a slightly more casual table.” Read the complete article on table settings here. 

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We look the look of mixing these plates and greenery with lots of clear glass!

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First Ever Wine and Spirits Wedding Registry? No, You're Not Dreaming Anymore!

In recent years, studies have shown that more and more couples are getting married later in life. A lot of the time this is because the couple has been dating and living together for years already, so the actual marriage comes a little later. If this is the case for you, you probably have already stocked up on basic bakeware and cookware; and you probably have enough silverware. So, the big question is, "What do you need that can be put on your gift registry?" Well, ThirstyNest is here to answer that question for you! Founder, Jacqueline Strum says, "Home entertaining is an exciting part of a new marriage, with other traditional registries giving couples the option for selecting everything except what they will actually serve.  With several simple “1-Click Registry” collections, from Mixologist Must-Haves to Wine Bar 101, ThirstyNest guides couples on how to create the perfectly appointed home bar for stylish entertaining in one mouse tap. Registrants may also select individual wine and spirits or add unique items from drinkware to bar carts to their registry." As if you're not sold already, they partnered with Wine Enthusiast, so you know you're only getting the best products out there!

 

Saving the planet with your Sierra Club wedding registry!

Sure getting lots of cool wedding presents feels great, but we can all agree that clean air, sparkling rivers, and renewable energy are always worth more than anything that comes in a box. That's why so many planet-loving wedding couples are donating to ecological causes via wedding gift registries to support the Sierra Club in lieu of, or in addition to, traditional gifts. Create a personal Team Sierra page on their site and ask for gifts to the planet as a way to care for Mother Earth with your wedding.  Future generations will thank you! 

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The Registry at Bloomingdale: 5 reasons why this gift wedding registry is like no other

The Registry [gift registry] at Bloomingdales is like no other! Here are 5 reasons you'll love this amazing wedding gift registry! Get on down to Fashion Valley and meet with their friendly staff of registry experts or just get started on line with your registry and make it easy for your guests to get you what you want! 

1.  Something for Everyone:  From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

1.  Something for Everyone: From the time you register until your occasion date, you’ll receive 20% off a luxe assortment of clothing, fine jewelry and intimates.

2. Personal Consultants :  Bloomingdale's registry  specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

2. Personal Consultants: Bloomingdale's registry specialists work with you directly so you and your guests are always taken care of—it’s a committed relationship.

3. Completion Offers:  Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

3. Completion Offers: Receive 10% off for six months when you purchase the remaining items on your registry. And, pick one day to shop your registry in store for 20% off during the three months following your occasion date.

4 .  Thank You Manager:  Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

4. Thank You Manager: Bloomingdale's Thank You Manager makes it beyond simple to keep track of the gifts you receive and the thank you cards you’ve completed. It's available to you 24/7 and will help you stay organized.

5. Special Events:  You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.

5. Special Events: You're always invited to our sensational in-store events—we had over 7,000 last year—and our travel partners, including the Travel Siblings, offer unbelievable deals on honeymoons and more.