Wedding Shower Gift Guide – Traditional Ideas for Home

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The Wedding Shower, a combination of dread and elevation, as it is another opportunity to enjoy the Bride to be traditions (It’s a tough world ladies), and of course the gifting, which can be fabulous or disastrous.

For those searching the aisles at Williams and Sonoma, One Kings Lane, Ralph Lauren Home or any of the myriad of designers, specialty shops and online retailers that provide high end luxury Home goods and collections, Kitchen Aids and Housewares sometimes a little help in pinpointing just the right item can lead to a perfect choice.

Who can forget the Sex in the City episode where are forever single gal, Carrie Bradshaw, has her brand new Manolo Blahniks stolen with a jaw dropping price tag the thief whom Carrie at each life event, engagement, wedding and baby showers showed up gift in hand, causally dismissed culpability.


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So while Manolo Blahniks didn’t make the cut in this Wedding Shower Gift Guide, here’s to tradition and tossing it all out the windows opting to creating a themed shower tailored to celebrating a new future.

A few of our choices.

Specialty Coffee Drink Machines

One can never go wrong when purchasing a Specialty Coffee Drink Machine such as a Coffee Maker, or Espresso and Cappuccino machine as a wedding shower gift. The only question is what brand, style, and design. Will the bride incorporate her artistic funky style into her new apartment or will tradition take over and high end luxury items and design be the choice?

Fortunately for most manufactures either style is available. Capresso, the manufacturer of specialty drink machines and accessories has recently launched several new Espresso and Cappuccino Machines for home. Two of my favorite are below.

The Ultima PRO Programmable Espresso & Cappuccino Machine for home use marrying the elegance of a silky, smooth, espresso to the convenience of home artistry. Unlike an ultra modern coffee maker, lessons are necessary when attempting espresso.

Polished stainless steel accents and heavy-duty construction make the Capresso Ultima PRO the centerpiece of any kitchen counter top.  A large warming platform keeps cups at the perfect temperature while integrated storage keeps your extra accessories neatly stowed atop the machine.  The handy water-level window gauge makes it easy to know when it’s time to refill the removable tank, and the drip tray overflow indicator tells you when to empty any waste water without a mess.  With all these features and more, the Ultima PRO is without a doubt the most convenient pump espresso machine in the Capresso lineup!

The EC300 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine

The EC300 Espresso and Cappuccino Machine is the perfect choice for crafting delicious coffee house style beverages from the comfort of your own home.  The illuminated control knob makes operation fun and easy.  Choose your favorite freshly ground coffee and load the heavy-duty portafilter with the 1 or 2 cup sieve.  Once the portafilter is engaged, simply turn the control knob towards the cup symbol and the 15 bar pump produces rich espresso with a thick layer of crema. 

Next, turn the control knob towards the steam symbol and the high pressure frother makes powerful steam to create impeccably frothed milk.  Combine the espresso and frothed milk together and enjoy a barista quality cappuccino created in your very own kitchen.   

Brushed stainless steel accents and heavy-duty construction make the EC300 the centerpiece of any household coffee bar.  A large warming platform keeps cups at the perfect temperature while the removable water tank makes refilling simple.  The easy to clean drip tray catches any wasted liquid and includes a handy water level indicator to avoid messy spills.  The EC300 combines style and function to upgrade your in house brewing experience.

Capresso ST300 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker  

The Capresso ST300 Stainless Steel Coffee Maker not only brews a better cup, it also keeps coffee hot for hours with a 10-cup stainless steel thermal carafe. 

 

It comes equipped with advanced features including a Gold Tone filter, charcoal water filtration, programmable 24-hour clock/timer, and more.

For Tea Drinkers

The Capresso H20 Plus an ultra-stylish, state-of-the-art, water kettle is now an offered product from the same company that creates highly efficient specialty beverage preparation and brewing appliances from Ice Tea Makers to Espresso Machines.

Woll Diamond Lite Pro Cookware

Cookware. Granted the traditional Wedding Shower often gift the future bride with many home and kitchen items and yes, even for those who aren’t the world’s best chef’s The Woll Diamond Lite Brand of cookware is so fine, sleek lines, non-stick premium surface, this cookware begs for attention and use.

Granted they are a professional grade pans have multi uses and can be used for high heat quick sears and cooking without damage. Still feeling intimidated any local Culinary School usually offers recreational courses and soon you’ll be cooking like a pro.

Oven safe up to 500 degrees F., and dishwasher safe for everyday practicality.  Distributed by Frieling in the United States and available in fine department stores, the line includes fry pans, crepe pans, grill pans, sauté pans, woks, sauce pans, stockpots with lids and glass lids.

Hamilton Beach 31004D Countertop Oven and Convection and Rotisserie (Black)

This Rotisserie is probably the single most must have for any home. Thinking Rotisserie chicken? You mean like store bought? Yes. Only with this counter top rotisserie, the cooking is completed while you are working out, working at the at home business, multi-tasking.

I do enjoy Rotisserie Chicken and have had the pleasure of using this circulating rotisserie. While the oven can also be utilzied for traditional baking up to 450 degrees, the rotisserie is the single most satisfying element. With both vertical and horizontal options on the market, I prefer the horizontal spit. The drip tray catches the all the delicious juices and the chicken is cooked to a golden brown, with the choice or lighter or darker skin.  Store bought quality, at home ease.

With instructions anyone can follow load the chicken (season to taste) and that’s it. It's energy efficient. There really are no other instructions. The Hamilton Beach holds up to a 5lb Chicken or 5lb Roast. Load the chicken and leave it. Simple, efficient and excellent flavor. It really is like Rotisserie from the store. The aroma fills the house and the chicken falls off the bone. Every home chef should have one. https://www.hamiltonbeach.com/rotisserie-ovens

Peugeot Bistro Salt & Pepper Mill

Peugeot, the master craftsman of bicycles also manufactured coffee mills, remains one of France’s top brands now under the Groupe PSA brands and manufactures the worlds most celebrated spice mills.

Peugeot explores the territory of taste through a selection of exceptional peppers and salts. Rare, flavored, unexpected, our will is to allow you to discover the taste diversity of these spices and thus to show you how it could be used to enhance your recipes.


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The historic Bistro mill, a model invented in 1874, is Peugeot’s tribute to those who really appreciate their food. Bistro pepper or salt mills from the Chef collection can now also shine on any table in elegant stainless steel. Designed with flair and highly functional, the Bistro Chef is made in France and its mechanism is guaranteed for life. The perfect gift for anyone!

Knives, Spirals Peelers, Kitchen Gadgets and Tools

Culinary Aids and tools are often looked at as though cooking is a task and not a craft. To master the art of cuisine one needs to look at the plate as a canvass. Simple small touches bring to life the dull visions of cookery.

Knives and Spiral Peelers change the composition of the item, therefore a slice of a potato becomes crinkle cut, zucchini a fettuccine. Peelers are electric of hand operated and knives are hand operated with a stainless steel blade.

The Kuhn Rikon Swiss design, a ultra shapr Japanese stainless steel blade, has a nonstick coating to ensure food will release easily from the blade. Comes with a color coordinated sheath.

All items can be found at fine department store and through online retailers.

Product description courtesy of retailers mentionend. Art Direction, Janet Walker

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