The idea for today’s post actually came from a DM from a (single) reader that made me laugh out loud – she was lamenting the fact that she’d been busy getting promotions and raises at work but was still saving for nice pots + pans and a stand mixer because all her money goes to weddings. Haha.. SAME.
(And yes, this is a sponsored post – it’s sponsored by Macy’s, and while this post is meant to be entertaining I’m very serious that if you are registering for a wedding (or for LIFE because hey why not), Macy’s should be your go-to as they literally have everything, and the sales they have are so, so good. Every married friend of mine has registered at Macy’s and it’s the best place to register, so if you are engaged, you should definitely register with them. I should also caveat that I KNOW planning and throwing a wedding is expensive. But so is being a wedding guest.)
Speaking of SALES: Macy’s is in the middle of their big friends + family sale – home items are 30% off and electrics are 10% off with code FRIEND! (Ends 5/7/18) So registering aside, if you need something for your home (or if you are a guest of an upcoming wedding) now is the time to get it. I personally recommend stocking up on Calphalon – their pots + pans and bakeware are the absolute best… I’ve been cooking a lot more and having nice pots + pans is the best.
I digress. I have decided that I am running for president. One of my key platforms is going to be that if you turn 35 (or even 30?) and find yourself single (gasp – though I promise you, it’s not as bad as it sounds!), you get to throw yourself an epic birthday party and register for all of the things. Because single people want to nest too and honestly at this point by the time I do get around to getting married, I probably won’t need a single thing because I’ll have (slowly, sadly) bought it all… We need all the same things that married people need! (Actually we may need them even more, actually, as we are likely entertaining our many suitors* and have to impress them with our fancy cooking skills**). I casually threw out the idea on Instagram stories and was shocked by how many messages I got back. HUNDREDS. You guys really related to this which makes me think a) I could totally run for president*** and b) I’m totally onto something here.
But yeah. For my twenties and early thirties, weddings took up the bulk of both my vacation time and disposable income.
Now I’m 36 and the weddings have slowed down but I can’t help but giggle at the thought of how people would have reacted if I threw myself an epic 37th birthday, housewarming, or (even more amusing) 5th birthday party for Tyrion – and registered for it. Honestly it would probably be looked down on and considered tacky but it would still be pretty funny.
Macy’s indulged me and let me pick some things out for my own apartment – it felt a bit like registering which was the BEST and now I’ve been on a total cooking frenzy! Omelettes every morning, and all of the one-pan-dinners (so easy!!) Everything I chose is from Calphalon – beautiful, effective cookware (and all non-stick to make dish washing a bit easier). I saw a meme somewhere saying you know you’re an adult when you start getting this excited about new pots & pans… it’s the TRUTH. And as an aside, how genius is this stackable cookware? Perfect for my fellow small space dwellers. I ended up choosing my set based on the reviews, but I love the idea of the stackable set
The first thing on my list was this griddle. I have wanted one FOREVER as you can use it on top of your stove to convert it to a grill – or, inside the oven. Super versatile.. but perfect for grilling chicken or even just making fancy griddle style grilled cheeses (YUM).
The next thing I did was upgrade my pots and pans with this ceramic nonstick pan (besides being really pretty it’s great for making french toast + crepes!) and this set of non-stick pans (Hallelujah – they are beautiful and I’ve been using the same set of mismatched, hand-me-down pans since 2007!!!) which I LOVE… the set is perfect as it really has everything you need and it all matches.
I also upgraded my baking pans…. I ordered three of these round pans (for layer cakes!!), this larger pan (perfect for making apple crisp + baking overnight french toast), and this beechwood utensil set.
What about you? If you could register, what would you get?? (After pots + pans I would be all over a KitchenAid stand mixer and a set of really nice knives.)
* For the record, I don’t actually have many suitors, this was said for comic relief. Also, my cozy stripe t-shirt can be found here!
** Not meaning this as sexist; talking about both guys and girls here.
*** I’m completely joking.
Thank you to Macy’s + ShopStyle for sponsoring this post… and letting me get creative.