Wedding Cake for Breakfast for Our Ninth Anniversary

Love that makes you want to fill a room with balloons

For me, getting married was all about becoming an adult. Back when I was engaged, I used to say that you could be an adult without being married, but you couldn’t be married without being an adult. Which meant, of course, that life—and all of its responsibilities—was coming for me. And after spending our twenties doing art and being very broke in New York City, getting married right before we turned thirty felt like the moment that we went from being young adults to being real grown-ups.

Looking back, there were two totally unexpected things that really made me feel like a proper adult. They were not any of the things I would have predicted—walking down the aisle, saying our vows, leaving for our Honeymoon… though all of those things ended up being really meaningful for me. No. The things that made me feel like an adult were far more mundane: combining my finances with David, and getting all of the kitchenware and serveware that we’d registered for. (Including his beloved Le Creuset, which we never could have afforded during law school.)

couple toasting with champagne flutes in a room filled with balloons and disco balls

So when Crate and Barrel recently unveiled their exclusive new graphite grey Le Creuset collection and invited us to talk about celebrating the everyday in marriage, I knew I wanted to use it as an excuse to put together a bonkers celebration of our nearly nine years as a married couple. Le Creuset is one of those brands we genuinely love in our house, as David is a serious cook and swears by their products. Plus, my dad was the cook in our house growing up, and he also swore by the brand, so it’s a multi-generational thing for me.

table filled with candy and breakfast food in crate and barrel serveware and graphite le creuset

Their new graphite grey collection—with on-point gold details—is just understated enough to work for the everyday, while being cool enough to break out for when you want to entertain… and they clearly warrant a donut display at your next party. Since I come from the tradition of men who cook, I am really in love with this new color. It’s super hip… while still being husband friendly. (Because while I love millennial pink, David’s not going to ever go for all pink cookware.)

Graduating from the kids’ table

In the midst of all the symbolic changes that were happening in my life when we were getting married, it was the reality of a set of matching plates and enough platters and pitchers to actually host a dinner party that made my day-to-day life feel markedly different. We went from being the kids of the family, who would serve you a meal on mismatched plates and rickety chairs, to being the married couple who could easily host Thanksgiving. And that transition felt like a coming of age. (One with really good barware.)

As the years have gone on, we’ve slowly added to our collection of dinnerware, along with inheriting a few really beautiful pieces. So that means when we host the big holidays (this year we hosted both Thanksgiving and Christmas), we can set a really good-looking table. But what I’ve learned over nearly nine years of marriage is that while it’s nice to be able to serve a group of ten for a holiday meal, the important part is remembering to make the everyday special. It’s key to give a little bit of traditional and ritual to your family’s day-to-day life. And better than that, to remember to celebrate the little things.

Eat Wedding Cake for Breakfast

One of the delightful surprises of married life was discovering anniversaries. Our wedding anniversary felt like a surprise holiday… a secret celebration that we didn’t unlock till after we got married. These days, some of my favorite holidays are the ones that only recently became mine: Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, and our wedding anniversary. I always say that what makes those holidays different is that they are the ones you earn. My birthday happens once a year, just by virtue of me being a year older. But I have to work for the holidays that celebrate the relationships in my life. And as wonderful as marriage can be, it’s no walk in the park. So every time that we get to celebrate making it through another year and keeping the spark alive, it feels really important. (Plus, you can usually get people to watch your kids on your anniversary, so you can get away for a night.) I have friends that celebrate birthdays by letting their kids eat birthday cake for breakfast, so I decided that for this anniversary we should celebrate with wedding cake for breakfast.

But as you know, on the APW team, we’re team #GoBigOrGoReallyBig. So we filled my dining room with balloons, made Funfetti cinnamon roles in our new Le Creuset square baking dish, and topped it all off with a healthy dose of disco balls.

Here is the funny thing that happened as we pulled together this whole bonkers celebration. Even though this wasn’t our real anniversary (we’ll hit nine years in August), and even though we didn’t really eat wedding cake for breakfast (we ate it, and it was delicious, but by the time we were ready to do that it was lunchtime)… it still ended up being pretty magical.

waffles with whipped cream and gold flake sprinkles on a crate and barrel platter surrounded by crate and barrel pinch bowls filled with candycrate and barrel pinch bowls filled with several different kinds of colorful candies

When David first walked into our dining room filled to the brim with balloons, with newly framed wedding pictures, his eyes sparkled. I mean, my husband is dedicated to playing the role of the lovable grump, so he’d never admit any of this to you. But he clearly was delighted that after almost fourteen years together, our relationship still deserved to be celebrated with a room full of balloons.

couple holding caramel drip cake on a crate and barrel cake stand with sparkler candle that says the number nine

make every day feel like a party

But all of this brings me to those of you who are getting ready to register for your own weddings and figuring out what you want. Whenever we work on a shoot like this, we empty out half of a Crate and Barrel store, spread the product all over our studio (or my living room floor), and figure out what we want to use. It also means that we figure out what we love the best. And it’s always easy to tell what I really love, since it lands in the “maybe forget to return this” pile. So with that in mind, here is my personal short list for what I think you should absolutely put on your registry:

graphite grey le creuset filled with vegan donuts and donuts with rainbow sprinkles

The new Graphite and gold Le Creuset: If you want a practical kitchen item that will become an heirloom, you want Le Creuset. I’ve inherited some from my grandmother, and our kids will probably inherit the exact same pots. They last forever, and their quality cannot be beat. The new graphite grey collection is exclusive to Crate and Barrel, is trimmed with gold accents, and is perfect. As much as I like Le Creuset’s millennial pink option, that’s never going to find a home in our kitchen. This deep grey and gold, though? It feels super hip, but just understated enough to work on our stove.

marin salad plate from crate and barrel with slice of cake and number nine sprinkles on topslice of wedding cake with number nine sprinkles on it on marin dinnerware with peony napkin ring and patterned black and white linens from crate and barrel

Marin Dinnerware: If I were registering today, Marin Dinnerware would be my pick for plates. It feels like a really elevated take on a lot of the handmade stoneware that’s all the rage right now. It combines slightly irregular lines with a glossy white finish. Or as I put it, while gently stroking the plates, “It’s organic, without making me feel like a hippy.” I went so far as to ponder if a person could reasonably use two sets of day-to-day plates (they can’t). And instead settled on buying a set of the Marin mugs.

woman pouring tea from a black matte tea kettle into marin coffee mug from crate and barrel

Raven Matte Black Tea kettle: I brought this matte black tea kettle on set because it was so good looking. I’m getting my own because it is so profoundly functional. I’m a really serious tea drinker, and my husband—like most of the rest of America—drinks coffee. He makes me tea every morning, and he tries his level best, but it just never tastes like the tea I get at my family’s breakfast table when we’re in England. (I do have perfect cups of tea in my life, but they’re the ones Maddie makes at work.) This kettle removes the guesswork and replaces it with science. You heat the water directly on the stove, and the temperature gauge at the top tells you when it’s the exact right temperature for green tea, herbal tea, or black tea. At that point you can drop in the basket for tea (all that loose leaf Fortnum & Mason tea I buy in bulk on the cheap at Heathrow Airport can finally get put to use). Once your tea is ready, you pull out the tea leaves… and the best part is the teakettle keeps your tea warm for plenty long enough to have two or three cups.

crate and barrel white marble tray filled with rainbow macaronstable filled with candy and breakfast food in crate and barrel serveware and graphite le creuset

Maple Syrup Pitcher: I have no idea why I feel so head-over-heels in love with something so small, but on special pancake mornings with the kids, I really want to be able to bring this syrup pitcher out, instead of a huge plastic jug from the supermarket. It has farmhouse vibes to me, but in a chic minimal way.

vintage credenza with wedding photos in clear acrylic block frames from crate and barrel, a vintage cake topper in a cloche, and caramel drip wedding cake on a crate and barrel cake stand, with balloons floating overhead

Acrylic Block Frames: My current obsession is Lucite frames, and these acrylic block frames are perfect. Plus they come in a variety of sizes, up to pretty-darn-big. Once I got my wedding photos in them, it became clear that I was never going to take them out again. (Crate and Barrel also has floating acrylic wall frames that I’m in love with, and this brushed silver frame, that I’m also keeping a wedding picture in forever.)

close up of white peony napkin ring on marbled watercolor napkins from crate and barrel

Watercolor napkins: I recently set a goal to get more table linens, now that I finally have a full sized dining room table. And these marbled watercolor napkins are checking every box for me. They feel perfect for spring and summer get togethers. Plus the bonkers peony napkin rings? I mean, obviously. (And the monstera leaf version is perfect too.)

vintage bar cart covered in balloons and disco balls with orange juice and lemonade in crate and barrel pitchers with champagne flutes

Glass Pitchers: We’ve accumulated several glass pitchers over the years. And while they are very handy to have on hand for entertaining, I really hadn’t found one that I liked. They’re always wide and bulky, making them difficult to store, and taking up a whole lot of space at the table. Plus they tend to fit approximately All The Liquid, so your choice is “look half empty” or “weigh a million pounds.” These Ona glass pitchers have a far smaller footprint, are really stylish, and look amazing with juice inside. Plus there is a smaller version, for when you don’t need to serve water or juice by the bucket.

table set with wedding cake in a room filled with a balloon installationcouple sitting at a breakfast table eating wedding cake in a room filled with disco balls and brightly colored balloon installation

When you’re setting up your registry, you hear lots of advice about choosing things that you’ll end up using in ten years: the toaster that will last for four generations, the pots and pans that won’t flake into your food. But nine years in, I’d argue that while I love my toaster that looks like a rocket ship and would probably survive in outer space, I also really care about the everyday stuff that makes life feel like a party. Because why have toast when you can have cake for breakfast?

See the rest of our anniversary picks:

  1. Marin White Dinner Plate | 2. Raven Matte Black Tea Kettle | 3. Le Creuset Graphite French Oven | 4. Acrylic 8×10 Block Picture Frame | 5. Edge Champagne Glass | 6. Brass 19″x16″ Floating Acrylic Frame | 7. White Peony Floral Napkin Ring | 8. Marin White Mug | 9. Monstera Leaf Napkin Ring | 10. Farmhouse White Syrup Pitcher | 11. Analog Grey Napkin | 12. Marbled Aqua Napkin | 13. French Kitchen Marble Rectangle Tray | 14. Ona Large Pitcher | 15. Ona Small Pitcher | 16. Brushed Silver 8×10 Wall Frame | 17. Simone Placemat

What’s your version of Wedding Cake for Breakfast? How do you find ways to make the everyday a little more 🎉?

This post was sponsored by Crate and Barrel Wedding Registry. With Crate and Barrel you don’t have to compromise between beautiful and practical (because they’ve got both). Plus, their designs run the gamut from minimal chic to classic and streamlined to funky modern pieces, and they all come with Crate and Barrel’s standard registry perks like free shipping, like-price guarantee, and exclusive pieces from Crate and Barrel’s artists and designers. If you’re not sure what you and your partner want to register for, you can sign up for one of Crate and Barrel’s Private Registry Events (where you basically get treated like a VIP to explore housewares in a private no-pressure environment). Click here to learn more and sign up for a live Crate and Barrel registry event near you.

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  • emilyg25

    Le Creuset is a great way to make the everyday feel special–making soup or a braise in it always feels a little luxurious. I also love the Helena linen napkins from C&B. They’re nice and big and they get softer with every wash. Plus when we got married almost five years ago, they came in hot pink.

  • theteenygirl

    Eeee this is such a cute post! Looks like you had fun!
    We registered for an oval Le Creuset dutch oven and delightfully received it. I love it. We bake bread in it, make soups and stock and stews, roast chickens, and even make pretty mulled wine! We ended up adding the Le Creuset braiser as well, which has replaced our largest frying pan. We can’t use non-stick cookware (parrot owners!) so having good quality cast iron, enamelled cast iron, and stainless steel cookware has been a game changer for us.
    Our Le Creuset pieces are in “Caribbean” – I originally wanted a millennial pink kitchen but that was vetoed so we went with all soft blues. This graphite grey (or even the oyster grey) would almost be preferable though because our pretty pretty blue shows every stain and burnt on stuff!

    • Lexipedia

      Stains and burnt on stuff on the outside enamel?

      • theteenygirl

        Yeah, mostly on the lid. A lot of that is from baking bread in it, because of the steam. It’s hard to explain. I just have to work a lot harder to keep it looking clean, whereas with a grey colour it wouldn’t be so obvious.

  • a single sarah

    What size Le Cruset do people here prefer? I’m eyeing a kitchen upgrade and not sure what size I want.

    • Jess

      It depends on what you usually cook! I have a 3 1/2 quart oval oven, and it’s great for braises and chicken and most things, especially if we’re trimming down volumes for just 2 of us + leftovers.

      BUT, I just asked for a 7 qt round oven for Christmas, because we’ve been trying more and more stews and soups and things that use a lot of volume and long times on heat.

      We also host dinners about every two months, cooking for like 12 people at a time, so having the ability to make lots of food is key.

      I regret nothing about having both, but the 3 1/2 quart will probably still get the most use.

      Talking casserole dishes – I’d go for the 9×13 w/ the ceramic lid.

      (I don’t have Le Cruset, but the sizing is still the same)

      • Sarah E

        I’d agree with this. We got a 7-qt Lodge dutch oven b/c I had a gift card and figured bigger is better, but I actually think the 3 1/2-qt would be more versatile for us as a family of two.

        Def try your hand at no-knead bread when you get a dutch oven. (Easily google-able recipes.) It’s delicious, endlessly adaptable, and incredibly simple to make.

      • A single Sarah

        It’s funny. I could actually use smaller (glass) casserole dishes right now simply because every set I have came with one + grandmom’s. But my smaller dishes are the ones that’ve broken through the years.

        • Jess

          There ya go! I almost never use smaller casserole dishes, but you do!

    • Amy March

      I have the 4 1/2 quart round and love it. Any bigger would be too heavy and bulky for my kitchen, and I haven’t had issues fitting what I want to make in it.

      • A single Sarah

        That was the underlying question. At some point the weight of a filled cast iron pan would mean I don’t want to bother using it.

        • Amy March

          Yep. I don’t use cast iron skillets because I can’t safely maneuver them to cook.

          • A single Sarah

            My 8 inch skillet gets used all the time when I’m cooking for one and frequently enough when it’s two. More than that and I’m switching to larger stainless.

          • Angela’s Back

            Thank you!! I have enough trouble with my non-cast iron skillet, I never understand how people manage to haul those things around and, like, scrape food out of them into other pots and pans.

      • Angela’s Back

        I have the 4.5 quart for everyday and a 6 quart for making stock and gumbo.

    • Lexipedia

      We registered for the standard 5.5 round at C&B, but now I’m worried we should’ve gone smaller.

    • AP

      Mine is the round #22, which I just learned is 3.5 quarts. I would love a size or two bigger actually, because I cook a lot of soups and pretty much every recipe fills it almost to the top. I think the #24, 4.5 quart size, would be perfect for soups/stews for a family of 4 or fewer without being too heavy. Go bigger if you plan on big family dinners or parties!

    • We have the 5.5 round that we used here, and it’s perfect. I will say that I hadn’t realized QUITE how big Le Creuset went. We got the biggest one for this shoot as well and everyone just stared at it. HUGE. If you’re cooking for a big family, it would be key, but for 4 of us and leftovers, wayyyy too big.

    • Zoya

      We have the 5 1/2 quart round Dutch oven, which is the perfect size for 6 to 8 servings of soup or stew. Honestly, I can’t imagine using one bigger than that, just because these things are HEAVY. Our Dutch oven doesn’t get as much use as it could, since it’s a production to heft it in and out of the cupboard.

      On the other hand, our 3 3/4-quart braiser lives on our stovetop and gets plenty of use.

    • Katharine Parker

      Mine is 7 1/4 qts in matte navy, which seemed like it was going to be enormous. And it is, but I love it. I make a lot of chilis, stews, soups, etc. where a giant dutch oven is handy for doubling a recipe. I also keep mine out on the stovetop always, since it is pretty and I use it so frequently, so I don’t have to deal with taking it down from a cabinet.

      • We also keep ours on our stovetop.

    • suchbrightlights

      We have a 6-quart oval (Lodge) which is slightly overkill for two people but perfect when those two people want leftovers. I can roast a small chicken and prepare 6-8 servings of a stew or casserole.

  • Laura C

    I didn’t wait to get married for Le Creuset — I started collecting it one Christmas gift at a time a few years before I got married, and that was worth it, too.

    • Jess

      My MIL gave me my 3 1/2 qt oval dutch oven (staub) for Christmas one year before R and I got married. It remains one of my favorite pieces in my kitchen.

    • Lexipedia

      Haha similarly, at 21 my mom bought me a Kitchenaid for Christmas so I didn’t wait years to get one. Later she told me that it was her defense against me marrying my college boyfriend.

      • AP

        LOL, mine was an internship graduation gift. Probably for the same reason.

      • My husband totally had a Kitchenaid long before we got married.

        • Lexipedia

          Mine got trashed in our fire last fall, and the hardest part of registering has been deciding what color to ask for.

          • I do wish I’d been involved so we didn’t have Industrial Steel.

          • Rose_C

            Oh no! I just acquiesced to an Industrial Steel Kitchenaid on our registry. Kitchen color compromises are truly fraught.

          • Jess

            For the record, I have Industrial Steel and… I kind of like it? But, I am not a Color Person when it comes to the kitchen.

          • Rose_C

            I think it’s totally fine sometimes and other times feel like it will be a utilitarian behemoth in every kitchen we ever have. I don’t think I will ever have or ever truly want a perfectly landscaped kitchen, but I feel panicked about locking in choices when I know my taste will evolve. It’s like, I picked the partner, do I really need to decide on all of this too??

          • Jess

            If you worry about feeling locked into a color, maybe this will help! https://www.apartmenttherapy.com/how-to-paint-a-kitchen-mixer-apartment-therapy-tutorials-218461

          • Rose_C

            That is a reassuring option!

          • I mean, I’d just go with white. Please don’t read me wrong ;)

          • SS Express

            My MIL has Steel and it’s really nice!

          • Lexipedia

            If you could’ve picked a color, what would you have picked? Maybe I can give my kitchen the “Meg Keene seal of approval” – there are sooooo many options!

          • To be perfectly honest, probably white: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/kitchenaid-artisan-stand-mixer/s564044 I like a white kitchen.

            I leaned towards classics on our registry, and nine years later I’m really glad, because trends do come and go. It’s helpful when I’m trying to talk myself out a full set of this Marin dinnerware, that at least I do have nice white plates already. Our everyday plates are very similar to this: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/roulette-blue-band-dinner-plate/s250961

        • Sarah McD

          I was the nerd who split the cost of a Kitchenaid mixer with my mom in high school. She got to use it when I lived at home and while I was at college, but it came with me when I moved into my first apartment 6 years later. It’s over 10 years old now and will definitely be coming with me into marriage!

          • suchbrightlights

            My mom was the first person in our family to own a standing mixer- a gift to her from her mother. My mother never would have bought such a thing for herself, and my grandmother wouldn’t have purchased one for herself, either. As she opened it one Chanukah the entire room went DEAD SILENT with every cook in the family staring google-eyed at the box. That mixer has churned out uncountable batches of holiday cookies and would probably be removed from her kitchen over her dead body.

            Are you sure your mother is going to let it out of the house? :)

      • Eh

        I bought mine when I broke up from my college boyfriend (it was actually to celebrate a promotion, but both things happened at the same time).

      • Laura C

        Ha!

        Although I didn’t register for a Kitchenaid and am glad I don’t have one. #controversialregistryopinions

        • Lexipedia

          Hey – you do you. There is lots of stuff on the “traditional registry guidance” that just wasn’t for us.

          Don’t have space, don’t have interest, don’t have it on the darn list.

        • SS Express

          I loooooove my KA and use it all the time, but I know lots of people who just got one because it’s stylish and never actually use it. It’s really a pretty specific product, not a kitchen necessity by any means.

          • Laura C

            Funny thing is, I bake a lot. But I grew up in a house where all baking stuff was done by hand — beating egg whites, whipping cream, making bread — and while I have succumbed to the newfangled decadence of the crappy handheld mixer, I can’t quite go that extra step and declare publicly, on my counter, that I use a mixer. Or something.

          • S

            I’m the same. I love how they look and I can be a consumerist sucker sometimes, and occasionally it tricks me into thinking I want one, but then I remember how easy hand mixers are and how much I enjoy using them after growing up using them, and how much space and cleaning would be involved with a KitchenAid stand mixer and I come to my senses. I still think they look so beautiful in other peoples’ homes though and I know lots of folk who get a lot of use out of theirs.

          • SS Express

            Hahaha how funny. I’m like that with some things too – it’s like admitting defeat! But everyone in my family has inflammatory joint pain so we are allllll about the mixer life.

      • Another Meg

        My ex sister-in-law bought my ex and I one for our wedding and I kept it in the divorce. He got the table my sister bought us so screw him. But I wish he’d registered for one that had a color. It’s white. Ugh.

    • emilyg25

      I started collecting housewares as Christmas gifts when I was in college. My parents were not thrilled with giving up the garage space, but did oblige me with a Le Creuset.

      My ex-boyfriend’s mother bought me a KitchenAid mixer for Christmas one year. Truth: I stayed with him longer than I should have because I felt so guilty about that mixer!

  • Amy March

    I love all of this. Clearly a massive effort and now I want to buy all of the things at Crate & Barrell.

    • Jess

      Me after every C&B registry post: I want to host a party! All of these things look so useful and pretty! I should buy them!

  • I have a few Oyster Le Creuset pieces and they are so great, I definitely turn to them often. The Oyster color (called ‘French Grey’ at Williams Sonoma) is such a chic color, I thought I had made the perfect choice… but now I want Graphite too!

    • Lexipedia

      I knew you could switch black to silver, but gold?! :hearteyes:

      We picked the “Marine Blue” Le Creuset color and I think it would look lovely with gold as well.

      • SS Express

        Gold will look KILLER with Marine Blue.

    • Zoya

      Yes! And Le Creuset knobs fit on Lodge Dutch ovens as well (or at least they did a few years ago). My old Lodge came with a plastic knob that was only safe up to 400 degrees or something, so I swapped it for a metal one.

    • STOP IT. Well now I want to do that.

    • Violet

      Shut the front door! You can!? Buying now.

  • Kaitlyn

    I just registered for the marble napkins! (and matching tablecloth haha). As we’ve been getting closer to the big day, people are starting to buy stuff off our registry and it’s so excitinggg

    • They’re SO PRETTY in person. I think I tried every napkin in the store, and settled on those.

    • Lexipedia

      Haha we got our first two registry purchases three days after we sent out invitations and it was so exciting! Nothing since, we’re still three months out, but it was super exciting. Also, online RSVPs are the ultimate instant gratification wedding planning choice. My phone pings when people reply and I text S each time we get one!

  • Her Lindsayship

    I so understand your syrup pitcher feels. Before we got married, a close friend gave us a lovely bone china cream and sugar set as a thank you gift for letting him intermittently live with us. Long story but point is, it was such a perfectly thoughtful gift because my husband had recently waxed nostalgic about his grandmother’s set or something, and now every time we use it we are ridiculously delighted. It elevates Sunday afternoon tea and reminds us that we have this awesome friend. We probably wouldn’t have bought it for ourselves because do you really *need* a bone china cream and sugar set? Of course you don’t and that’s the point. It’s not purely functional, it’s adorable and slightly luxurious. See also: recently acquired marble butter keeper from Crate & Barrel. Buttered toast is now exciting.

    • Zoya

      I feel this way about our fancy honey dipper! Did we need an artfully designed item specifically for portioning tiny amounts of honey? No. Does it make me smile every time I put honey in my tea? You bet.

    • I have some bone china sets from my Grandmother, and you’re inspiring me to get them out. I do use her silver sugar dish everyday though.

    • Lawyerette510

      Yes, I love my china tea pot, sugar and creamer that I inherited from Mr. Lawyerette’s grandmother. Just this past Saturday, our house was the base for a bunch of friends for walking to and from the Women’s March. Once we got back home after, a few people said they felt like tea. Using the tea set and my favorite cups really made it feel like a special end to the event, instead of just a tea bag in a big mug (aka, work tea).

  • AP

    Why have I never thought to fill my dutch oven with doughnuts? What have I been doing with my life…

  • Jude

    I’m British, so just want to rebelliously declare that the perfect cup of tea does not require a special hob kettle (I’ve never heard of a tea kettle and am going to treat it with suspicion), brew time (3 min for green, 5 min for black) and just boiled water creates perfection. An electric kettle will work just as well, and you can use it for hot water bottles and boiling pasta quicker. Loose leaf is good if you have time, but it just offers a bigger range of flavours if you love trying different tea, but you’re never going to make a perfect cup of tea every time, unless you plan to watch it brew, you’ll always get chatting or start doing dishes and miss the perfect brew time by a few seconds. And you’ll likely mess up the milk-tea ratio and glare at your insipid beige brew.

    Besides tea made by a loved one always tastes better.

    Sorry for the ramble, but felt like a different perspective was needed.

    • Amy March

      You’ve never heard of a tea kettle? Like, this thing?

      https://m.johnlewis.com/alessi-tea-rex-hob-kettle-with-dragon-whistle/p2222253

      Or this?

      https://www.lecreuset.com/classic-whistling-kettle

      Do you call it something different? So curious!

      I love my electric kettle but if I had a gas stove I’d definitely get a stove kettle too- love the whistling when its ready.

      • Zoya

        I’ve been told that the preference for stovetop kettles is a distinctly American thing. (We’re not really a tea-drinking country.)

        • Eenie

          I love that all the hotels in Europe have an electric kettle. I drink tea every day and these are so much more trustworthy than the Kurig or coffee makers in US hotels – I just can’t believe they are sanitary.

          • quiet000001

            Don’t look inside the hotel room coffee makers, just don’t. They’re usually never properly cleaned.

        • savannnah

          yes, my European and Aussie friends are Horrified we don’t own a electric kettle.

          • S

            Can confirm that I’m Australian and after learning a year or two ago that you Yanks don’t do the whole electric kettle thing, I’ve been horrified ever since. Every time I see anything about it, Americans are like *shrug* “We just don’t drink that much tea!” Um, so???? From an Australian perspective this is just so bewildering. Americans don’t have any other uses for boiling water? Cooking/cleaning/hot water bottles/tea/coffee/infinite uses! And then Americans are always like, “If I need hot water, I can just use the microwave.” THE MICROWAVE. O_O

          • SS Express

            Omg. So THAT’S why American books and movies sometimes have people heating water in the microwave! I always thought it was a weird thing to do but somehow my brain never quite made the connection that it’s because they don’t have a 2 litre electric jug sitting on their bench. My husband and I rarely drink tea at home, like maybe ten cups a year between us, but the kettle still feels like such a necessity!

          • SS Express

            Omg. So THAT’S why American books and movies sometimes have people heating water in the microwave! I always thought it was a weird thing to do but somehow my brain never quite made the connection that it’s because they don’t have a 2 litre electric jug sitting on their bench. My husband and I rarely drink tea at home, like maybe ten cups a year between us, but the kettle still feels like such a necessity!

          • quiet000001

            I had never encountered an electric kettle before I went to England, and I HORRIFIED my eventual MIL by making tea by sticking a mug in the microwave. I got SO MANY lectures on how to make tea, it was pretty funny. (I’m back in the US now but do own an electric kettle.)

        • I really do like an electric kettle. I’m a tea drinking person in a non tea drinking culture, and it’s the worst. The first thing I do whenever we get to England is get a cup of tea. Literally tea from a vending machine is better than anything I can order in public in America anywhere. I basically don’t drink tea out of the house or office here, because it’s so gross.

          Anyway, I also want the electric kettle, because it’s similarly pretty: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/fellow-stagg-matte-black-electric-kettle/s618491?&affiliate=0&source=igodigital&_=1516825193794

      • SS Express

        I’m Australian, and everyone here thinks it is SUPER WEIRD that Americans don’t use electric kettles, or as we call them, kettles. I mean, we know what stovetop kettles are of course, but it’s rare to see one outside of a period film or camping trip – I only know one person who actually has one in the kitchen, and after she bought it she was like “man what was I thinking”. (And we just call it a kettle, not a “tea kettle” – maybe that’s why Jude is weirded out, but I assume it’s a slightly different name for the exact same thing.)

        • S

          Yeah, I think I’ve gathered that for other places the concepts of “kettle” and “tea” are somehow intrinsically interlinked, when in Australia, the idea that a kettle is just for making tea seems weird? Like, we use boiling water with floor cleaner when we’re cleaning the floors, make coffee or other hot drinks, use hot water bottles, use it to make stocks, make “steam baths/tea tree oil baths” for our faces when we’re sick, or, heck, make cuppa soup or fantastic noodles! Sometimes I’ll even pour boiling water into a saucepan while I’m cooking if I’m very impatient. Even those camping kettles which I think we’re talking about here aren’t even associated with tea for me, but rather cooking and coffee. I can’t remember ever drinking tea while camping.

          • S

            (I will say though that, thinking about it, my friend has a delightful tea kettle shaped like a duck that whistles when the tea is ready. I always thought of it as a tea pot but I guess it’s a tea kettle? She’s super into tea though.)

          • Eenie

            A tea pot typically means you can’t heat water in it but it will steep and serve the tea. It looks fancy or presentable. A tea kettle will make the hot water for tea (whether electric or stovetop). It’s more utilitarian.

          • SS Express

            OH MY GOD how do Americans make cuppa soups and 2 minute noodles? DO THEY BOIL WATER ON THE STOVE FOR THAT?!

            But yes, it’s totally not a “tea” kettle, it’s just a hot water maker. And I ALWAYS boil water in the kettle before transferring it to a saucepan for cooking. I absentmindedly filled the saucepan up straight from the tap the other day – I was following a recipe and just didn’t think to question it until it was too late – and jesus christ it took forever. Ain’t nobody got time for that.

          • S

            When we first got together my boyfriend made 2 minute noodles/mi goreng using the saucepan to heat up the water and I almost broke up with him I was so horrified and confused.

          • SS Express

            Hahahahaha oh my god too funny. I would be horrified and confused too.

        • S

          Also I have to say, it’s kind of cute and nice that Americans haven’t latched onto electric kettles yet. For everything else it seems like Americans always need everything new and better and bigger and faster, whether it’s same-day delivery (omg must be nice) or treadmills with like, wifi or Apple Watch integration or whatever is going on in those gyms, and all that stuff that we can only dream of until Australia cottons onto it in another 15 years…but with kettles, they’re like, “You know what? We’re not in any rush. We’ll wait until it boils on the stove. It’s fine.” And we’re over/down under here like, “UM ARE WE CAMPING WHY IS THIS HAPPENING WHY ARE WE STILL WAITING DON’T THEY KNOW THERE ARE BETTER WAYS.” It’s a sweet role reversal.

          • SS Express

            Ha this is a very interesting take! It does strike me as very quaint and charming to use a stovetop kettle. Maybe they have more time to wait for the kettle to boil because they aren’t waiting for a webpage to load via their “may as well be dial up” internet or trekking to Surry Fucking Hills to pick up an ASOS parcel because Toll couldn’t deliver it to their house in a convenient fashion?

    • Part of my family is British, and they taught me how to drink tea in their kitchen. (Part of Maddie’s is too, which is why she also makes a good cup). And no, of course good tea doesn’t require a special kettle! But I really like that this let’s me brew a pot, bring it to the table and keep it warm. (And as noted, this is particularly nice for loose leaf, which takes a little extra attention on the rare days when I feel like busting out my Fortnum & Mason.

      On the daily, I just drink regular old PGTips with milk and sugar… my great uncle says I like a cup of builders tea.

      Anyway, here is the similarly pretty electric kettle, because I really just love the black: https://www.crateandbarrel.com/fellow-stagg-matte-black-electric-kettle/s618491?&affiliate=0&source=igodigital&_=1516825193794

      • Amy March

        Pet peeve- an expensive restaurant with a fancy espresso machine serving me a cup of warmish water with a tea bag.

        • RNLindsay

          Warmish water from any restaurant is a pet peeve! All the industrial coffee makers have hot water spouts. The temp isn’t set right if it’s not steaming. The tea doesn’t release enough caffeine if the waters not hot enough and then I end up with a headache

  • Rose_C

    Will there be a follow up post about styling this shoot? Specifically one about creating the balloon garland…. assuming you didn’t purchase it pre-made. We are planning to DIY decorate a balloon-filled dance party reception for our wedding this summer and my fiance is skeptical about garlands being something we can do feasibly (he keeps talking about balloon piles, which…) Anyway, I love love the look. Well done!

  • Lawyerette510

    Just here to say that I registered for and received the larger Ona Pitcher and some Marin serving platters and bowls. The Marin stuff has held up great under a lot of use. The Ona Pitcher is great, but go ahead and register for a big bottle brush so that you can clean it easily after you make batches of cocktails in it during a dinner party and then go to bed without washing it.

  • Ayla K

    Throwing in another plug for the Marin dishware – I bought a 6-piece set of plates and bowls in 2 different sizes (yep, that’s 24 pieces) for my first apartment five years ago and they’ve held up beautifully. Not a chip in sight! I’m about to move into my first apartment with my partner and I know they will continue to get a ton of daily use. They feel fancy, but they’re also RIDICULOUSLY reasonably priced.

  • Angela’s Back

    1. Just ship this party to my house, please and thank you. 2. I bought myself my first Le Creuset (4.5 quart, round, purple) as an early wedding present and boy did I ever feel like a badass walking out of the Pearl outlet mall with that thing…

  • Andrea

    You guys… you put dark balloons all over the ceiling, to showcase grey pots and a woman in a navy blue jumper. You need some fill light. If the tone of this article didn’t already turn me off the photos really did.

    • SS Express

      I thought mixing a small number of dark balloons in with all the pinks and blues was a great way to pick up the colours of the cookware and complemented Meg’s outfit really nicely. But then again, I didn’t have an issue with the “tone” of the article either so I guess we have different taste. The good news is there’s lots of content here so we don’t all have to love every single post.

      • S

        I’m struggling to imagine getting mad enough about the colour of the balloons in photos on a website that I’d leave a comment, and I’m just…I cannot.

  • Abby

    OMG THAT TEA KETTLE.

    Also – love our singular Le creuset pot. We use it for everything.

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  • Melanie

    May I ask where you got the monogram cake toppers? Thanks!

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