culture   //   January 16, 2014

DINNER FOR TWO

kate spadeThere’s lots (and lots!) of wonderful things about being married, but here’s just two: 1) I’m no longer cooking for just one person anymore and 2) all of the pretty, pretty tabletop things that come with a wedding registry. Cooking for one just isn’t any fun. Not only is it somewhat difficult to find a delicious recipe that won’t leave you with leftovers for a week, but it’s also sort of anticlimactic. After putting all of that effort into a meal, you want someone there to enjoy it with you – and to affirm just how yummy it is. (Yes. I’m one of those cooks that needs the gold star when I’m finished.) It’s been so much fun having my husband to eat dinner with every single night. I’m much more motivated to cook during the week and try new recipes.

This cooking motivation also inspires me to play around with some of those pretty new things on my table.  I’ve never been one to save things just for a special occasion so I don’t see why my china should be reserved for such. It’s so easy to set the table (and clear it) for just two people, so why not have some fun with it?  Instead of pulling out the full five-piece place setting, I like to pull out just one piece (like the charger) and mix it with some of my everyday pieces. It’s a little less formal, and this way I can play around with lots of different place settings.

My china pattern is blue and white (goes perfectly with my Mark & Graham napkins) which means it works with just about everything I pair it with, including my new Castle Peak place setting from kate spade new york. When it comes to my everyday plates, I’ve always been a fan of white. It’s just simple and clean. But what I really love about the Castle Peak set is that it has this great geometric border around the edge. The white looks so fresh but the faceted edges add a little something extra. (I’ve trading out all of my old coffee mugs in favor of these because I love the edges so much.) I especially love seeing that feature on the tall vase, too. It’s such an interesting detail and a nice break from the usual glass vase I use.

Those extra details are what kate spade new york is all about when it comes to their tableware. They take classic pieces and add a fun spin to it. My wine glasses, for example. The polka dots are so adorable. The same goes for this salad bowl and this S & P set. It makes mixing and matching so easy. Not to mention, a good excuse to set the table – even if it is just for two!

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Photos by Molly Miller

This post was sponsored by Kate Spade New York. All opinions are my own! Check out all of their newest arrivals here.