For those of you kittens who are looking for a little bit more on table settings, here is what I would purchase if I was starting out as a hostess (or getting married and needed to register for gifts).
First, I would start with 12 glass dinnerware sets.
Why glass and not white? I just prefer the look of glass. I think it is timeless, classic, and sparkly. It has no season and it is usually inexpensive. Plus, it looks amazing mixed with other place settings.
Next, I would get some table linens. I would start with a plain white cotton tablecloth and 13 plain white cotton napkins. Don’t spend too much on these because they WILL get stained. But don’t get cheep polyester. It feels gross and looks worse.
Remember these glass vases from flower arranging 101? Well go get two of them. I tried to find them online at Target, but they dont sell them. However, I have seen them in the stores for under $10. If you must, just go get two fishbowls. Or look in the floral section of your grocery store. I have seen them there as well.
As for silverware, I say just use your everyday set. You don’t really need a fancy set to start with.
For glasses, you probably already have a set of wine glasses and table glasses. Just use those! Or buy a nice set from Macys, Target, or Crate and Barrel. Don’t do what I did and get a colored rim. I really regret getting silver on the rim of my wine glasses, because I feel it almost makes them too fancy.
And that my dears, is all you need to really get started! Just be careful, because once you start to entertain, it becomes addicting! You will start to drool over gorgeous china, and stunning serving dishes, and fine linens.