When you are first starting out together, chances are your checking accounts aren't exactly flush.  Make your dollar stretch by using your registry gifts in more than one way. Decorate your table and living space in creative and inventive ways using unexpected items.

Let's start with your wine glasses.  Sure, making them serve cocktail duty is a no-brainer.  The deep shape of these stemless wine glasses allows for larger garnish, including tall herbs and thick fruit slices.

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Start thinking a little more outside the box, by using your wine glasses to serve a vegetable salad, ceviche, or dessert parfait.  Because glasses are a bit more portable than a traditional bowl, this type of service is perfect for a casual loft party where space is at a premium.

Don't have any pretty candleholders?  Make your own with these stemless glasses, cool beach glass, and simple tea lights.  You can also uses other natural elements like sand or pebbles to incorporate the very trendy "outdoor in" theme.

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glasses as votive holders
wooden cutting boards and woodcuts

Use cutting boards as serving pieces for wine and antipasto dinners. You can add tiny chalkboard signage to make labels for all of the different varieties of cheese and salumi your guests are being treated to.  These boards can also be used as platforms for candle and flower centerpieces (to be extra safe, make sure the candles are in glass containers or have a layer between the wax and the wood) to add a rustic touch.

flatware stored in water glasses

Can I tell you how much I am not a fan of silverware drawers?  For something you use so often, why wouldn't you store your forks and spoons on the kitchen counter?  Here, they are ingeniously placed in wide water glasses.

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Is your bar cart not in use 24/7 holding bottles of Campari and Hendrick's?  I love the use of bar carts in dens and offices to store rows of books and favorite magazines.  They also are pretty handy for stacking up board game choices on game night when you don't want all of your friends to see the state of your hall closet.

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Products featured: Jett 5-Piece Place Setting, Couture 5-Piece Place Setting, Twist 5-Piece Place Setting, Jax 5-Piece Place Setting , Aero 5-Piece Place Setting, Oak Board with Dipper, Soft Cheese Knife (part of Set of 3 Cheese Tools), Acacia Wedge Server, Mahogany Cheese Slicer, Porcelain Appetizer Spoon, Amuse Serve Board, Set of 12 Stemless White Wine Glasses, Stemless White Wine Glass, Hue Blush Salad Plates, Stemless Red Wine Glasses, Clear-Cupped Tealight Candles, Grand Hotel II Fork, Libations Bar Cart, Adra Vase, Pink Peony Stems, Wells Decanter, Tino Decanter, Bar Tool Set, Starburst Wall Mirror

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