Thursday, October 11, 2012

Housewarming Registry: Do or Don't

No food today, all.  The past couple of weeks have been nothing but house stuff as I try to fill an empty space with my own taste and flare.  It's going to be a long process due to an almost wiped out savings account but the goal is to grab the essentials and make it as livable as possible for the time being.  I've learned that trying to furnish an entire home as a single woman is hard to do!  No husband here to help pay for the bed, couch, dining table, fridge, washer and dryer.  But I am constantly reminded to take baby steps and luckily I have a very supportive family to help in this overwhelming but fun process.  Which takes me to the controversial question: 

Is a Housewarming Registry acceptable in today's society?

It's perfectly acceptable for a newly wed couple to have a registry, so why do we still see slight cringes when a housewarming registry is brought up?  We shower a bride and groom with presents, because we are celebrating their new journey of love and adulthood (usually).  But in today's society it is becoming more common to see people like me who are trying to find and establish their own life before building it with someone else.  Young women (and men) are becoming more independent and I believe THAT is also something to celebrate.  You obviously know which way I would go, but I want to hear your thoughts.  Yay or nay on housewarming registries?  Do you find them acceptable or tacky?

Here is a sneak peek of the living room and bedroom:

Ashley Furniture - Danielle Eggplant Sofa, World Market - Woodsland Lamp

Pier 1 - Red Rose Rug, World Market - Dove Grey Draper Upholstered Bed, Ikea - Alvine Kvist Duvet


  1. I say go for it! this reminds me of Sex & the City when Carrie registers for new shoes after hers are stolen at a baby shower, and as she points out, singles don't get gifts after graduation, and then Samantha's "I don't have a baby" party! I agree with you - there are so many accomplishments we should celebrate and I believe your friends and family will want to support and encourage you in this HUGE one! Taking your time to fill your space is important - of course, get the basics so you're comfortable but also, leisurely enjoy (if it's your style) perusing goodwill or thrift shops, or yard/garage sales, can find really neat stuff like chairs, side tables, shelves, desks...stuff that suits your taste and saves you tons of money! Enjoy! Looking forward to seeing and reading about how you make your new house a home! Cheers!

  2. Yes, I remember! Too funny and true. Thanks, friend, for the encouragement. I'll be swat meet shopping and thrift store hopping this weekend. Looking for some fun project to spruce up old furniture for cheap! :)

  3. Hmmm... They kind of make me cringe, but I also agree that times are a changin'... My gut reaction is no, no registry, but I am a huge fan of wish lists. What if you (or any new home owner) had an Amazon wish list? It isn't a "here, buy-me-this-because-bought-house" gift request, but is kind of a clipboard or your home-related wants and desires. Since you can link to any website, you can keep everything in one place. I guess the next issue is how people find out about it. That I'm not sure about. That's the fuzzy area between registry and wish list that can easily blurr. I guess if people ask hat you need, you can reference that.

    And like stick girl, I also thought of Carrie's shoe registry.

    1. Thanks, Amy for your thoughts. I like the wish list idea. People also told me, "well, maybe it would be better if your mom threw the party for you... then it seems like you're not personally asking for the gifts". Haha, so funny how we all just beat around it to find better ways to make it more acceptable. Either way, it buckles down to personal opinion. xoxo