Category Archives: Weddings

The Big 0-5

In addition to birthday celebrations on this 4th day of May, we are also celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary. Yes, my dear husband agreed to a two-for-one deal at the time, not considering that he might have to add Mother’s Day for the ultimate wallet-empyting May trifecta. Speaking of trifectas, we’re also celebrating the 5th anniversary of our never-to-be-duplicated Kentucky Derby Party! The toddler will be with her grandparents for a couple days. David and I have plans to relax, eat, drink, and watch the Kentucky Derby (along with some Flyers and Phillies). We might even get some organizing accomplished on Sunday. We are not allowed to paint on our anniversary weekend (by order of our parents), but there were no bans on other projects!

wedding photo by Echard Wheeler

Want more wedding photos and details?! Check out a previous wedding post over at Southfeasterdelphia.

David, Happy Anniversary! To everyone else, Happy Friday, and have a great weekend!



First Comes Love, Then Comes Marriage…

With so many friends and family tying the knot this year and next, weddings are never far from my mind. I was contemplating writing a post about what to register for a wedding, but those are mostly personal choices.  What I can offer is a list of wedding gifts we loved to receive, in addition to some low-cost thoughtful wedding gift ideas for the happy couples in your lives.

Below is the short list of wedding gifts we have found most useful over our past 5 years of wedded bliss. It is hardly a complete list, but these are clearly the ones that stick out in my mind without having to dig around the house.

  • Le Cruset Dutch Oven – we leave it on the stove, it’s that cute and useful (we have the 2 qt. size)
  • Breville ikon Toaster – I think we bought this with wedding gift cards, it’s still going strong
  • Hand Blender – I don’t have a favorite, but these get my vote for soups/baby food/etc.
  • One-handed salt and pepper grinders – on the small side, but that’s a plus in our house
  • The Joy of Cooking – what would I do without it?!
  • Dishes – nice stuff you aren’t afraid to use everyday, we love our Pillivuyt (and may need some replacements soon)

I am always debating the necessity of the Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Yes, they are so cute, but also so big! Ours just barely fits in our small kitchen, and it must live in a cabinet most of the time. I was seriously doubting it’s usefulness until I went to make sugar cookies and icing a couple months ago. It won me over, and certainly made my job easier. What are your thoughts about Kitchen Aid stand mixers? Do you love them, or do you have a faithful alternative? I might use mine more if I had one of these sweet pop-up cabinet shelves in the kitchen. A girl can dream!

Now on to gift suggestions. First, I will make some disclaimers. I love registries, they give me a great sense of what people like, but I don’t normally buy directly from them. I love giving gifts that are fun to receive, and surprises are usually fun (sometimes scary). Also, we usually buy gifts that travel or ship easily since our Philly weddings are few and far between. Finally, although we would love to spend endless gobs of money on our friends and family, it’s just not feasible. You’ll find that all of my gifts ideas are under $100, and they can be upgraded if your wallet permits.

Weeble Wobble Salt & Pepper Shakers (dinner entertainment at it’s tiniest) – pairs nicely with a Salt & Pepper cookbook – $65 total

20×200 gift certificate– to buy new art – Standing at the Edge of the Water by Helena Wurzel $60 – art selection made by the toddler for the “fun toes”

Cloth napkins and napkin rings – the combinations are endless, vintage linen damask napkins are especially nice – these napkin rings are sold by one of my favorite stores of all time, P.O.S.H. Chicago

Monogrammed Antique Grain Sack – definitely not for everyone – they could be made into bolster pillows, table runners, used as laundry bags, etc. $55

Mr. & Mrs. Frankenstein Travel Mugs – by Lenny Mud – would be nice gifted with fancy coffee, tea, and/or hot chocolate $35

Tiffany & Co. Champagne glasses – they come wrapped in the signature blue box for major wow factor $20 each

My last idea is a gift certificate to a honeymoon restaurant or a restaurant in the couple’s home town. We especially loved receiving these, and even saved one to use for our first anniversary. Price and locations vary greatly. It is nice to try to find a restaurant group with many restaurant options in one area. For Philly that would be Jose Garces and Stephen Starr. For our Charleston, SC honeymoon, we were given a gift certificate for Maverick Southern Kitchens.

That’s a wrap. Gift pun intended. I’m afraid that if I divulge any more ideas, I won’t be surprising anyone else in the near future!

First comes love, then comes marriage…then comes a baby in the baby carriage. I’m hoping to attempt a baby registry and gift guide in the coming days.


Clowning Around with Lladró

I was walking by the shop at work on Monday, when I spotted this guy in the window:

The shop was closed, so I couldn’t go in to investigate further. All I knew is that it would be expensive! After a few Google attempts, I finally found my guy. Meet the Clown Head Lamp designed by Marco Antonio Noguerón for Lladró Porcelain. Not necessarily for everyone’s budget or tastes, but it certainly is eye-catching.

I am glad I didn’t let the $1800 price tag of the clown lamp turn me off of looking around on Lladró’s website a little more. In addition to lots of granny porcelain sculptures, they really have some gems. See below for some of my favorites.

Metropolis Skyscraper $600 – you can build an entire city!

Bridal Crown Magic Forest $695 – I can imagine an entire wedding based around this!

Magic Forrest Stud Earrings $95 (cough, birthday gift idea, cough)

Magic Forest Ring $155

Bacchus Bottle Stopper Horse $100 – Aw, reminds me of Mr. Granby Bullseye

Bear Paw Cufflinks $75

I hope you enjoyed that little bit of window shopping! Tell me your favorite if you have time to check out Lladró’s website.