Five Registry Tips for Southerners Who Love to Entertain

Today I’m sharing pieces that should be on every registry list for people who love to entertain. My husband and I often host large parties so I have a handful of serving pieces that I always have on hand. If you also love to entertain, are looking for registry advice, or are searching for pieces to round out your home — follow these five tips!

One. Invest in a tray that you can use for serving food as well as decor when you’re not entertaining. A tray can serve as the foundation of a stylish serving station or help organize a coffee table arrangement. I love this long metal tray, and I used it to display my banana pudding parfaits and an assortment of delicious Tree House Macarons for my dessert bar. When I’m not using this tray for entertaining, I style this antique-gold tray on my living room coffee table with white hydrangeas, my Southern Living magazine and a fragrant candle.

Two. Choose a large classic serving bowl, like this Gabriella Footed Bowl. These are great for large parties (think pasta salad, spaghetti bolognese or fruit), but it can also function as a vase for flower arrangements. For this party, I used the hand painted bowl as an ice bucket to hold my mini Wake Up cold brew coffees.

Three. Find vases that vary in height and can be used for either candles or greenery, like these tropical leafs from The Vine. If you choose the right vases, like these Monroe Vases, you can use them for table settings, fireplace decor or to frame your front door. I definitely recommend buying them in a classic color, like white, so you can use them year round.

Four. When I registered for my wedding, I chose a colorful table runner with white napkins. After hosting numerous parties, I realized that I should’ve reversed that decision. I’d recommend going for a classic color table runner so you can get more use out of it, like this flax linen hemstitch runner. Then, you can accent it with colorful dinner napkins, salad plates or water goblets. Since my dessert bar had a tropical theme, I chose these fun cactus linen dinner napkins to bring out the green and blush pink accent colors.

Five. Many years ago I registered for a classic white Cake Stand and absolutely loved it. However, when I hosted our first Thanksgiving, we obviously had more than one pie and I regretted not having another cake stand. So my advice would be to invest in at least two cake stands. They also add height to serving plates on a dinner or buffet table, hold pillar candles, and display fruit. In my case, I paired my classic white cake stand with this marble and wood entertaining stand. I used one stand to display this beautiful hand painted banana leaf cake by Minette Rushing Custom Cakes and used the other to hold my banana pudding parfaits. You can also use cutting boards, like this Buster and Sons handmade cutting board to display cookies, parfaits or even use it as a dessert menu (just use a white chalk pen)! The wood cutting board brought out the wood elements in the marble and wood entertaining stand, while also creating a more polished look.

What are some pieces you think should be included on every registry?

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

Lavin Label Registry

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