Bridal gifts that register
Set the course for fine dining with these fashionable, modern and colorful kitchenware items that are good ideas for bridal registries. --Compiled by Brooke Showell
PRETTY IN PINK
Bridal gown designer Monique Lhuillier branched out with contemporary bone china inspired by the French lace of her dresses. The soft pink plates with pearlescent borders of Dentelle Blush feel feminine, but subtle, so as to not scare away more masculine diners. Five-piece place setting is $130; at Bloomingdale's and Macy's.
PUT A FORK IN IT
Diane von Furstenberg's Fall 2012 home collection is full of fun graphic pops. Taking the geometric flair of her signature wrap dresses to the table, her DVF Colorblock Flatware in canary, a mellow yellow knife-fork-spoon quintet made of hand-painted enamel on steel, feels like a mini-Rothko in your hand. $75 at select Bloomingdale's and bloomingdales.com
Whipping up stews is easier in the retro-feeling Dansk Kobenstyle Red 4-Quart Casserole, Scandinavian enameled steel cookware designed by Jens Quistgaard in 1956 and relaunched at Crate and Barrel in fiery red. It has cool-touch sculptural handles and a lid that doubles as a trivet. Bon appetit! It's $99.95 at Crate and Barrel and crateandbarrel.com
Skip the Starbucks run, and stay in your PJs to brew the perfect cup of joe. Keurig's Mini Plus Personal Coffee Brewer whips up a single serving of your favorite blend in barely a minute. This petite version takes up less counter space, plus it coordinates with your kitchen in cool colors like purple, yellow, red and turquoise. $125 at select Kohl's and kohls.com
Mangia! Imagine serving perfect al dente penne in the Umbria-made rustic earthenware bowls in Williams-Sonoma's new Carciofi five-piece pasta set. The honey-hued group feels authentically Tuscan with hand-painted artichokes that beckon hearty heaps of risotto. $140 at Williams-Sonoma and williamssonoma.com
A GOOD POUR
Toast your new union with a romantic at-home dinner. Riedel's mouth-blown, hand-formed lead crystal Black Tie Bliss Decanter adds finesse to the table, thanks to its off-center heart and tuxedo stripe. The innovative design forces wine to pool around the heart, giving fingers a place to rest as you go for that glass. $195 at Macy's and Bed, Bath and Beyond.