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Quality vs. Quantity

Unless you have a gigantic wedding guest list, chances are you won't be able to register for everything you want. Before you register, think about the focal point of your parties. Does everyone gather around the grill? Do your friends love your taste in music? The most expensive entertaining items should be ones that you will use frequently. For example, if you are famous for your cocktails, go with some luxe barware like these silver-rimmed champagne glasses.

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Extras to Spare

For larger parties, you might not have a sufficient number of place settings, glasses, or mugs. Register for simple and classic "extras" to store away until your guest list calls for them. Then, mix them in with your trendier items accordingly. 

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FEED denim apron
Photo: West Elm

Host Style

If you two love to throw dinner parties, at least one of you will probably be in the kitchen for a bit after your guests have arrived. Register to look like a kitchen pro with this cool apron. As a sweet bonus, this apron is from FEED, which benefits hunger charities.

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sheer fringe table runner
Photo: Anthropologie

Easy Decor

Want to be able to regularly change your decor without paying a fortune? Register for neutral linens, and then throw a couple of trendy runners on the list. You can mix and match for different looks to coordinate with your gathering's theme.

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wine bar storage for bottles and glasses
Photo: Macy's

Practical Storage

The big downside to being the host and hostess with the mostess? All the extra stuff. Before you register, take some measurements of your space. Add some storage and organizational products to your list. This small wine rack is great for an apartment living room, and later can easily move into a closet or pantry for extra bottle storage.

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tiered serving platter
Photo: Pottery Barn

Flexible Serveware

You don't need elaborate serveware for each season. Register for well-designed serveware that can go from displaying mini muffins at brunch to cheese and fruit after dinner. This two-tiered tray is ideal for small gatherings.

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Casual Parties

If you love to bake, we're betting you've already learned about the wonders of a good set of prep bowls. But they also make great impromptu serving bowls for movie nights, backyard barbeques, and casual dinner parties.

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Guest Towels

When choosing towels for your registry, consider registering for a few extra hand towels as guest towels to stow away. This way, your guests won't be greeted by towels with mascara stains.

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gold polka dot vase
Photo: Kate Spade

Trendy Accents

While we certainly advocate for registering for classic items that you can use for years and years, it's also fun to throw in a trendy accent (especially if it would normally be a little outside of your price range). This polka dot Kate Spade vase would pair well with any solid tablecloth, or even one in graphic black and white stripes.

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Keurig coffee machine
Photo: Kohl's

Convenient Appliances

It's easy as a host and hostess to get so caught up in serving your guests that you don't get a chance to socialize. Register for what will make your job easier. A Keurig coffeemaker can make something for everyone, from herbal tea to a strong cup of Joe. No more carafes of regular and decaf to refill throughout the evening.