First comes love, then comes marriage. Next comes a wedding registry full of your favorite Mid Century Modern-style must haves. This March, we’re curating some of our favorite items that will help the happy couple build a life together.

Whether you and your better half are currently creating your perfect registry, you’re a guest trying to pick the perfect gift or (let’s be honest) the love between yourself and DANSKware is real, you can count on this list to inspire. This week, we’re starting with our picks for the kitchen and dining room.

Classic choices like wine glasses and china sets can be found here, albeit in their mod-ified forms. But we think you really should pay attention to some of the “pie in the sky” choices: Funky appliances or non-essential pieces you would love (and your family would love to buy for you). And don’t worry—we’ve covered the whole gamut of price ranges, so everyone from Mother of the Bride to Mother’s Cousin’s Daughter’s Best Friend has something they can contribute to your happy day.

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#1. Plated and Perfect

A kitchen and dining plate, bowl, and cup in a teal ceramic glaze.

Clean and crisp is the name of the game when it comes to your new dining set. Let the food do all the talking with just a touch of MCM framing with this set. Fiesta 4-Piece Dinnerware Set, $35.


#2. Put a Ring on It


Kitchen and dining wooden napkin rings.

Beautiful wood accents make your home special, and your dining accents should complement that. Shalinindia Handmade Napkin Rings, $7.

#3. The Flatware and The Fabulous

Kitchen and dining spoons, forks, and a knife with wood bases.

Brushed stainless steel and a classic teak handle give this flatware set that minimalist, mid mod feel, without getting too kitschy. Stainless Steel Flatware Set, $30.

#4. “Wine” Not?

Kitchen and dining crystal wine glasses.

You’re going to need wine glasses for all the entertaining you and your new spouse are going to do. Might as well make them bold and modern. Aspen & Birch Modern Wine Glasses, $75.

#5. A Glass With Mid Century Sass

Mid century whiskey glasses with lined embossments.

Some say you should put the expensive stuff you’d never buy yourself on your wedding registry. If you ascribe to that point of view, you’d better add these Versace-designed whiskey glasses to your list just in case Aunt Helen is feeling particularly generous. Longchamps Mid Century Whiskey Glasses, $36.


#6. Dining With Diamonds

A kitchen and dining cloth with a circle and diamond pattern.

Bring some of that retro flair to the dining table with a classic Scandinavian pattern in warm, inviting colors. Ambesonne Mid Century Tablecloth, $30.


#7. Care to Shed Some Light on the Subject?

Kitchen and dining silver candlestick holders.

Modernists love their Scandinavian-style candle holders, and this rendition adds a nice silver touch to the classic look. LampLust Silver-Finished Tapered Candle Holders, $28.


#8. Wow-Worthy Wires!

A geometric wire fruit bowl.

The great thing about an essential piece like this is it translates well whether you use it for the dining table or the kitchen counter. Juvale Gold Wire Fruit Basket, $20.


#9. We Like Big Bowls and We Cannot Lie

A curved wooden bowl.


Whether you’re serving up salad at dinner or presenting fruit at breakfast, the contour and finish of this wood fruit bowl will be at home in your mid mod abode. Lipper International Wavy Rim Serving Bowl, $26.


#10. Take a “Pitcher”, It’ll Last Longer

A stainless steel pitcher.

Don’t you think this water pitcher is reminiscent of the Mid Century Modern coffee sets of old? We agree. Delaman Stainless Steel Pitcher, $26.


#11. Terrific, With a Capital “Tea”

Teapot with a repeating mid century modern plant pattern.

A little bit of color never hurt anyone. And this retro teapot is certainly no exception. Sagaform Stoneware Retro Tea Pot, $50.


#12. French Press Prestige


Ceramic French Press in Black.

We like our French presses like we like our coffee: Black with a clean finish. Ceramic French Press Coffee Maker, $34.


#13. Always Great to Percolate

Kitchen and dining stainless steel coffee pot.

Remember what we said about the MCM coffee sets? This design even percolates your coffee—how about that? Eurolux Percolator Coffee Maker, $29.


#14. A Vision in Red

A kitchen and dining red chili pot.

If you’re looking for some truly retro staples for your new kitchen, look no further than classic DANSK cookware, just like mama used to use. DANSK Kobenstyle Casserole Pot, $55.


#15. Pastels That Pop

Kitchen and dining set of pastel pink cookware.

Pink has truly made a comeback. And with its mid-mod-inspired silhouette, this cookware set feels like a blast from the past. Ceramic Non-Stick Cookware Set, $108.


#16. Skillets That Kill It

An orange pan.

For a truly retro look and a brand name that is synonymous with “forever,” add a few of these Raymond Loewy-designed cast iron skillets from Le Creuset. Le Creuset Cast Iron Skillet, $350.


#17. Me Oh Mi-crowave

Kitchen and dining turquoise microwave.

It might be unusual to add a microwave to your registry, but when it’s a stylish, retro one like this, why the heck not? Daewoo Retro Countertop Microwave Oven, $100.


#18. I Wish I May, I “Dish” I Might

Kitchen and dining dishcloths sporting an array of mid century patterns.

Give your pots and pans the star treatment with a mid century dishcloth that dazzles! Trendy Tripper Reusable Swedish Dishcloths, $19.


#19. Tick, Tock, an Iconic Mid Century Clock

Kitchen and dining light blue wall clock.


No need for the sundial any more, because this mid century clock is absolutely stunning. Sporting a built-in timer and turquoise gleam, we are absolutely obsessed with this terrific timekeeper! Retro Kitchen Wall Clock, $20.


#20. Kan You Believe this Kettle?

Mid century turquoise electric kettle.

Early mornings call for a little something extra. And this kettle is the perfect way to add some mid century kick to your morn! Stainless Steel Electric Kettle, $50.

#21. A Dishrack That Rocks

Kitchen and dining pastel blue dish rack.

Washing dishes doesn’t have to be a pain. Check out this MCM dishrack for the drip and dry of your dreams! KitchenAid Dishrack, $50.


#22. Noteworthy Napkins

Kitchen and dining table napkins with blue and orange designs.

Set your table with some mid century flair your guests will go absolutely nuts for! Roostery Cloth Cocktail Napkins, $130.


#23. A Toaster at the Top

A retro toaster with a red sheen.

A “toast” to mid century matrimony! Smeg Retro-Style Toaster, $160.


#24. Take-My-Breath-Away Terrazzo

Terrazzo bakeware with a dark blue exterior shade.

Both bake-worthy and full of character, this terrazzo bake set will take your kitchen to the next level! La Rochelle Ceramic Bakeware, $70.


#25. Shaken, Not Stirred

Kitchen and dining mid century glass cocktail shaker with embossed design.

Shake up your kitchen space with this intricate piece from Lefonte. Not only is it polished and perfect, but it will also make your cocktails that much more divine! Lefonte Martini Cocktail Shaker, $19.


#26. Cut to the Chase

A mid century modern kitchen and dining knife set with blue handles.

Let’s get straight to the “point”: this cutlery set is perfect for the all the mid century chefs in the room. Oster Evansville Cutlery Set, $60.


#27. The Best Part of Waking Up

Retro coffee maker with a light blue shade.

Retro, chic, and complete, this vintage-inspired coffeemaker is the most mid century way to start your day! Smeg Retro Coffee Maker, $200.


#28. Bottle-Opener Opulence

Kitchen and dining bottle opener with a wooden handle.

Crack open your favorite beverages in style, with this sleek bottle-opener from Vagabond House. A modern classic that is all too alluring to pass by! Pewter and Teak Bottle Opener, $40.


#29. Pa-Push it Real Good!

Mid century salt and pepper shakers with a metal bodies and blue caps.

These salt and pepper shakers are beyond brilliant, making even the wallflowers shake what their mama gave ’em! MITBAK Salt and Pepper Shakers, $12.


#30. Mix Up Magic


Kitchen and dining retro pastel blue mixer.

Finally, no retro-inspired registry would be complete without something Smeg, and there’s no time like now to (hopefully) have someone gift you the gift of a stand mixer. Smeg Retro Mixer, $400.


For more Retro Registry picks, check out our list for the top bed and bathroom pieces right here!

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