Small Space Al Fresco Happy Hour

This is entry no.3 from a three-part wedding registry series, sponsored by Macy’s in partnership with MyDomaine. (View part one here and part two here.)

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I’m pleased to partner with Macy’s to share some space-savvy home goods that are perfect for wedding registries. You might not have much room at home for gifts, but remember: wedding guests are genuinely happy to give newlyweds presents as a gesture of support and celebration. Help them find the items that work for YOU and your unique floor plan by crafting a mindfully curated wishlist that will make the process more enjoyable and practical for everyone involved.

PREPARING FOOD
Personally, my favorite time to dine alfresco is during the transition from summer to fall. The weather is juuuuust right, and gatherings naturally feel a bit cozier. But this time of year is also when social events seem to start popping up and gaining speed for the coming months, so there seems to be a bit of a time crunch. Luckily there are numerous wonderful small appliances at Macy’s that help make food and beverage prep fast and simple. There is also a wide selection of dining sets and serveware that can beautify your compact surfaces.

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Our Vitamix was THE main item we were excited to get for our wedding. This copper blender is beautifully designed, and makes food and beverage prep easy on a day-to-day basis and when hosting. With literally THOUSANDS of quick recipes available online and in print, you’ll never run out of options for what to make in this blender, which can last a lifetime.

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Usually I feel fairly “meh” about stemware, but the Vera Wang Wedgwood Metropolitan Collection was the first glassware collection I’ve ever actually wanted. There’s something about the sophisticated silhouette and unique vessel shape of the wine glass set that I just love. The corresponding champagne flutes are simple and delicate, but still offer plenty of character while holding your bubbly.

When we first moved into our cottage, Adam and I upcycled used candle glasses as tumblers. Needless to say, it felt good to finally put those in the recycling bin and to toast to one another with this beautiful set by Vera Wang.

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SETTING YOUR SURFACES
The Savona Grey 4-Piece Place Setting set by Mikasa has a beautiful visual texture, and the grey tones pair easily with both warm or cool accents. The collection can be put in the dishwasher or microwave for easy cleanup.

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Similarly perfect for any season, the cement Forte Collection by Nambé keeps tabletops looking both dynamic and clean.

In the past, I tried to be thrifty and used several kitchen items as ice buckets and scoops over the years. I pretty much ruined them all, and it would’ve been much more eco-friendly to just get one beautiful set like this from the start. The mixed-media design of the ice bucket and matching wine chiller adds depth and personality to a tabletop without overcrowding it.

SAVING TIME
One of the great things about a small home or apartment is that it doesn’t take long to clean and arrange it for guests. Even if you’re just returning home from work, or about to head out on a trip, you can squeeze in some of that quality socializing time at home. 

Adam and I realized long ago that you see nearly everything in a small space, so it’s wise to only acquire items that you truly need and love. That way, when it’s left out in the open, you don’t mind seeing it, and you won’t need to carve out a clever storage space for it. This definitely applies to luggage.

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Luggage is routinely one of those small space headaches. We all need suitcases, but where do we keep them? Select designs you love and don’t mind seeing, and use them as storage by stashing spare sheets or off-season clothes inside them when they’re not in use. Adam and I have recently discovered how great it is to ditch the carry-on shoulder bag or backpack for one of these rolling TravelPro totes. Its compact design fits a surprising amount, and helps make air travel much more delightful.

You don’t need an entire day to prep and host a social gathering— you can fit it in to your busy lifestyle as long as you have everything you need at the beginning for prepping and serving. More of my curated collection with Macy’s can be explored here.