Next to plates and glasses, flatware is one of the top essentials you need to set a gorgeous table. And your registry is the time to get stocked up (and maybe throw away those old mismatched forks from your college days).
If you have the space, you might want to consider having two sets of flatware, one for every day (definitely go with a dishwasher-safe version here) and one for dinner parties and special occasions. It's also totally ok to just have one favorite pattern for everything! In general, entertaining is a much more casual affair than it used to be. While you still might want to invest in an old-school classic like sterling silver (or maybe you have a collection that's passed down from your mom or grandmother), these days it's really all about modern pieces that won't break the bank. And if you want it, you can still get that old-world vibe with styles that are infinitely easier to care for (no hand washing and polishing!).
Another question to ponder: how many place settings should you register for? Think about how you entertain- smaller, more casual cocktail parties or more formal, sit down dinners? It's a good rule of thumb to have at least eight matching sets so you'll be ready for whatever comes at you, be it your first time hosting Thanksgiving or a super bowl chili fest.
Blush Flatware Set
Pink and gold is definitely having a moment. Pair this elegant set with modern, graphic plates to keep the look streamlined (and more on the gender neutral side versus super feminine).
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $158
Fiddlehead Jax Flatware
This set is the perfect blend of old and new designs, with a classic shape made modern by a matte black finish. Plus, they're dishwasher safe so it's perfect for your everyday flatware!
SHOP NOW: World Market, $23.96 for a set of four.
Mepra Due Flatware
The sleek shapes of this Italian-made cutlery makes it perfect for both everyday and fancy occasions (and a dishwasher-safe finish is an added bonus).
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $62.15 for a five-piece place setting.
Tomodachi Dali Dinner Set
This super-affordable set adds a pop of bright color to any place setting.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $18.79 for a 16-piece set.
Metallic Flatware Set
Shiny rose gold is on trend right now- and this modern set is no exception. Pair with neutral plates for a high-contrast, artistic setting.
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, was $69, now $59 for a 12-piece set
Jasper Gold Flatware
It's hard to find a brushed gold finish that also happens to be dishwasher-safe. This gorgeous set is sturdy enough to be your everyday, but it's also definitely dinner-party worthy.
SHOP NOW: Crate and Barrel, $99.95 for a 20-piece set.
Canvas Home Oslo Flatware in Matte Copper
Copper finishes for the home are totally trending—why not bring it to the table? These sleek, Scandinavian-inspired pieces fit in with a range of styles and color palette.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $94 for a five piece set.
Who says you have to have matching flatware? There's something whimsical and personalized about using an assortment of mismatched vintage pieces on your table.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $36 for a five-piece set.
These organic, stainless-steel pieces feel super elegant (they even comes in a gorgeous box that can be used for storage), but it also happens to be dishwasher safe for easy care.
SHOP NOW: The White Company, $400 for a 42-piece set.
Cutipol Moon Matte Flatware
This luxe Portuguese brand has become a new classic—add any of their designs to a table and the whole thing is instantly elevated. This sleek gold is perfect for those special dinners and important occasions.
SHOP NOW: Amara, $457 for a 24-piece set.