Since moving into our new apartment we've finally been able to use our weddings gifts and have picked up a few things to make it our own. Some of this stuff I can't imagine going without and I wanted to share it with everyone. Now let's not kid ourselves, I'm no great host or Martha Stewart, but these are items I use all the time and have found to make life easier with some style mixed in.
Everyday White Tray
I have two of these trays and then a giant one from Macy's that I couldn't find online. These trays are simple and elegant and are easy to use on a daily basis. I use them to serve dessert, hold the toppings for burgers, and they're perfect for a veggie play. Every host needs a good serving platter.
2.5-Quart Pitcher On Ice
This pitcher is plastic and has a great lid, which is hard to find in pitchers surprisingly. I have some really pretty glass ones, but they're so heavy when you actually use them. Plus, I'm always so afraid of breaking them. This one also has a nice plastic center you can freeze when using the pitcher outside. I love making Tazo Passion Tea + Lemonade in this pitcher.
Cuisinart CHW-12 Coffee Maker, 12 Cup Programmable with Hot Water System
So I don't drink coffee, or even caffeine, but I do like warm tea, hot chocolate, and cider. I like to call this His and Hers, it serves both Matt and I every weekend morning. He says it's a great coffee machine too, so that's cool.
Tabletops Gallery Square Serving Baskets
I keep the larger one on our dining table for candy, I'm still looking for a filler, but can't find one I like. Sorry Marshalls, I know I've returned and shopped your store a million times for this simple item. Then I have the smaller one on our bookshelf and they both look really pretty. I always get compliments on them from our guests.
Best invention ever for cupcake carrying. First, there's two racks that can be used together or alone, but the action doesn't stop there people, the white plastic trays on the inside can be flipped around to be used for cookies or cakes. Genius!
Anolon Advanced Cookware, 11 Piece Set Hard Anodized Nonstick
Cooking with legit cookware instead of family hand me downs from the 90s is awesome. These pots/pans heat up so quickly and are easy to clean. I love them.