Between authoring , designing a standout (it's ), and running a successful business, CMG co-founder Hillary Kerr has a jam-packed calendar. Never one to shy from a challenge, Kerr recently added another task to her very long to-do list: wedding planning. The bride-to-be is experiencing the highs and lows of prepping for your big day, and part of that process is designing your registry wish list.
When thinking about your registry, entertaining needs are just as important as linens and your tabletop. Take Kerr's word for it. "First and foremost, it's important to actually prep for your registry," she said. "After we got engaged, I spent a couple of months thinking about the things we really need for our home, our entertaining style, and the key pieces that we're missing or are ready to upgrade."
With so much to consider, it can be hard to decide where to get started. Thankfully, Kerr has that query covered too. "You need to be honest with yourself about who you are as a couple and what your life is actually like," she suggests. "While I love the idea of having a set of formal china, we're really just not the kind of people who need it. That said, we love a cocktail party, so registering for bar accessories and drinkware is actually quite practical for us, because it will all get used all the time."
If you need a little more hand-holding through the process, take a look through Kerr's top picks from and find out why you need them in your entertaining arsenal.
"These cheese knives offer both form and function, as they are extremely attractive and also work perfectly," she said. "They will elevate the simplest cheese plate and are sure to look incredible for years to come."
"My fiancé and I appreciate an end-of-day bourbon, and what better to serve it in than these classic neat glasses?" Kerr asked.
"The two-tone glaze is so gorgeous and manages to be both warm and minimalist chic at the same time," she says.
"I'm a firm believer that everyone needs this party bucket for entertaining," Kerr said. "It looks incredibly enticing when filled with ice and bottles of champagne or rosé, and is attractive enough to have sitting out during a dinner party."
"How are you going to mix a martini or muddle mint for a julep if you don't have a handy-dandy bar-tool set? This set is beautifully made and feels solid in your hand, plus it allows for neat storage, which is never a bad thing!" she said.
"A well-stocked bar is an essential part of any home, and naturally you need a place to store said bar," she said. "The Tristan Bar Cart is the perfect option because it's small enough to fit into most corners, and the midcentury design is unquestionably elegant."
"If I could only use one word to describe this tray, it would be 'stunning.' If I had two words, they would be 'must buy.' It's seriously such a knockout item, and it looks insanely gorgeous loaded up with cheese, fruit, and nuts, or whatever you feel like serving."
"I am a purist when it comes to plates, and I really think food looks best on white ones," she said. "That said, white can be a bit unremarkable, but that's not the case with these lovely plates. The hand-embellished ridging along the edge adds a lovely texture, and the glaze is just beautiful."
"My fiancé and I appreciate clean lines and want to go to Tokyo on our honeymoon, so it's probably no surprise that we were drawn to this flatware," she said. "It's a really great weight and feels so nice in your hand, plus the squared-off ends give off very subtle chopstick vibes."
"I think you should have a decanter," she said. "It might not be a go-to for everyone, but it makes your wine look really, really nice, even if you're drinking something inexpensive."
"I have been devoted to Pottery Barn's towels for years, as they are incredibly soft and plush," Kerr says. "I personally love them in classic white, but they're all pretty amazing."
"I would sleep on a new set of sheets every night if I could, and they would all be Pottery Barn's linen sheets," she shares. "They are truly an everyday luxury."
Discover Hillary's top three things every couple needs in its entertaining arsenal below.