8 Valentine’s Day-Inspired Registry Picks

Why not add a little romance to your registry? Here’s what you need to throw romantic dinners for two (just in time for Valentine’s Day!), as well as year-round dinner parties with friends.
  1. A Heart Pot by Le Creuset

    A cast-iron pot is perfect for braising meat (like steak for two on your first Valentine’s Day together), but it’s also good for simmering soups or making casseroles to feed big groups. It retains heat well, so it’s great for serving oven-to-table!

    Le Creuset 2-quart Heart casserole, $160, Bloomingdales.com

  2. An Acacia Wood Tray

    Register for two of these so you can both be treated to breakfast in bed. After enjoying heart-shaped pancakes and mimosas in bed this Valentine’s Day, you can fold these trays flat for easy storage.

    Acacia bed tray, $25, BedBathandBeyond.com

  3. Quality Sheets

    Valentine’s Day is the ultimate excuse to jazz up your bedding. This striped set is made of 100 percent cotton sateen, so it’ll wear well (in case you’ll be spending a lot of time in bed!) and has a bit of a sheen.

    DwellStudio Draper Stripe bedding in poppy duvet and shams, $280, VelocityArtandDesign.com

  4. A Fondue Pot

    Perfect for a party (or just for two), this fondue set makes a great shower gift. Fill it with cheese or chocolate for a hands-on and yummy Valentine’s Day treat.

    Cast-iron fondue set, $40, CrateandBarrel.com

  5. Pretty Pot Holders

    Don’t forget about pot holders. Register for a couple of seasonal accents like these sweet little grippers to decorate your kitchen. They’ll come in handy when you’re baking dessert.

    Je t’aime mini grip pot holders, $10 for set of 2, SurLaTable.com

  6. Toasting Glasses

    These romantic, vintage-style glasses are ideal for a champagne toast on Valentine’s Day -- and anytime else, really. Bonus: The coupe, or saucer, style with a wide mouth is a hot trend in stemware.

    Waterford Lismore Essence saucers, $160 for set of 2, Macys.com

  7. A Creme Brulee Set

    Beyond baking sheets and brownie pans, think about specialty bakeware like these ramekins that you’ll use for dinner parties and holidays to make creme brulee, chocolate molten cake, souffles or even individual side dishes like mac ‘n’ cheese or French onion soup.

    Chicago Metallic 5-piece creme brulee set, $20, SurLaTable.com

  8. Formal Dessert Plates

    If you don’t plan on registering for formal dinnerware, either because you don’t think you’ll use it or you’re already inheriting a set, then consider registering for formal dessert or accent plates. It’s an easy way to add color to your table. And since they’re not as big of a commitment as a complete place setting, you can choose a trendy pattern without stressing over whether you’ll love it in 40 years.

    Lenox Chirp dessert plate, $72 for set of 4, MichaelCFina.com