Sure, in 20 years when you have an empty
nest, you may decide to throw some elegant dinner parties, but will the items
procured two decades before have survived all the “indoor baseball” and “teddy
bear tea party” incidents? I think
I recently married my baby daddy, and though
we’d been cohabitating for years, we still needed STUFF. Specifically, I felt that if my family was
going to continue to demand home-cooked meals, then I had a right to replace
the rusting pots and pans I’d had since college. After all, how much damage could our
daughter do to All-Clad? If she wanted
to use my new pots as bongos, it was fine by me.
Who has room for fine china anyway, what with all the Legos?
But once inside Bloomingdale's, I struggled
mightily against the bridal fantasies of my youth. Holding that registry gun in my hand, with
the power to click on anything my heart desired, I started to covet the cut
crystal vase that I imagined filling with fresh peonies on our mahogany entry
way table (never mind that we don’t have a mahogany table. Or an entry way).
When that vase later arrived at our home in
about 9 million pieces, despite having been bubble wrapped and boxed, it was
the universe telling me, “No. This is not for you.” If UPS couldn’t protect the flimsy
thing for one day, it was not going to survive years with a small child.
I woke up and smelled the coffee maker: When
you’re a bride with kids, plastic (BPA free of course!), melamine and metal are
your only friends. Who has room for fine
china anyway, what with all the Legos?
Someday, maybe orthodontists will offer
registries, because I know we’re going to need that. Until then, here’s a list I came up with of fun,
kid-friendly items that are wedding registry-appropriate and practical too:
BEACH TOWELS: Nevermind the thread
count — are they cute and absorbent? Will
they withstand double duty as a super hero cape or staircase sled? If so, those are your towels.
BAKING SUPPLIES: You may not ever get around
to that elegant dinner party, but you’ll definitely bake for the bake sale,
decorate birthday cakes and sneak spinach into mini muffins.
GRILLING TOOLS: Set yourself up right for
that 4th of July BBQ while making your husband feel like something
on the registry was actually for him.
PICNIC BASKET: Make that “glamping”
fantasy a reality with the right supplies.
BEVERAGE DISPENSERS AND COOLERS: These
appear to be for the happy couple, but they’re really for your kids’ birthday
parties for years to come.
POPSICLE MAKER: A busy mom isn’t too likely
to use a bread or pasta maker, but something that turns juice into a
dessert? You need that.
WAFFLE MAKER: This'll make yours the coolest house
on the block for sleepovers.