All posts tagged: beginner’s guide

Beginner’s Guide to: Hosting Essentials

Whether you’re the hostess with the mostess or your idea of entertaining is having friends over for movie night on the couch, these hosting essentials will have you covered for all your in-home social events. What is it? Basically, think of this as your one-stop-shop for all of your entertaining needs. I need this if? You need this is you ever plan on having anyone over for more than just a few minutes. Think friends, family, coworkers or even that nice lady down the hall. How many settings do I need? At the very least, you need the basics. For starter Read More

Beginner’s Guide to: Towels

Towels are some of the only items on your registry that are truly everyday essentials. However, the seemingly endless options to choose from can be kind of paralyzing if you don’t know where to start. From color to size, shape, texture, detail and consistency, our beginner’s guide takes the guesswork out of towel registering so you can get back to day dreaming about that cast iron waffle maker you really need. What are they? Towels are truly essentials you use everyday, sometimes more. Do I really need these?  Yes. Even if I already have towels? Yup! From a practical standpoint, you both use them Read More

Beginner’s Guide to: Bakeware

Now that we’ve covered the basics of pots and pans, it’s time to take on bakeware. Have you been struggling to figure out what kind of baking sheets and pans you will need in your kitchen? Here’s our guide to help you choose what baking essentials to register for. What is it?  These are food preparation tools, such as tins, sheets, and trays that are used to bake a variety of sweets in the oven. I need this if? We highly recommend that every home is stocked with a series of bakeware. It is a must-have for a fully functional kitchen. Plus, there’s Read More

Beginner’s Guide to: Pots and Pans

A kitchen essential, no home can go without a simple set of pots and pans. From searing steak to sautéing vegetables, cooking pasta, and warming up soup, these instruments are necessary for all of your culinary endeavors. What are they?  Pots and pans are food preparation tools intended for use on a cooktop. I need this if?  If you have a kitchen in your home, with a stove, and cook even once a month, you need this. How many do I need? Pots and pans come in many different shapes and sizes and are quite versatile so many of their uses overlap. Read More

Beginner’s Guide: Coffee Makers

If you’re like us, you love nothing more than waking up to that cup of coffee in the morning, which makes your coffee maker an integral appliance in your kitchen. So, to help you pick the right one for your registry, we made a quick guide to walk you through the options. What is it? Coffee makers are an appliance that allow you to brew coffee in your own home. For many people, they are the most used item in their kitchen. I need this if… You need this. Period. How many do I need? You really only need one Read More

Beginners Guide To: Bar Glasses

For the couple that loves to entertain, having the right bar glasses on your registry is a must. At Zola, we’re firm believers that what you serve the drink in is just as important as the drink itself. So, to help you avoid serving your friends mojitos in wine glasses, we’ve put together a guide of everything you need to know about adding barware to your wedding registry. What are they?  Bar glasses are glasses specifically designed for wine and cocktails. They come in a series of shapes and sizes, specifically crafted for different liquor and mixed drinks. I need this if…  You love to entertain Read More

Beginner’s Guide To: Knives

Now that we’ve covered Cutting Boards, it’s time to learn about about their perfect pair: kitchen knives. Slicing, dicing, chopping, and mincing is made easier, faster, and cleaner when you have the right tools. Check out this edition of Beginner’s Guide to figure out which knives are right for you. What is it?  Everyone knows what a knife is… however, kitchen knives are unique. These cutting tools are used to prep food and since each knife is designed to help you achieve a different task while cooking, they come in many different shapes and sizes. There are bread knives, fillet knives, chef’s knives, Read More

Beginners Guide To: Cutting Boards

Cutting boards are essential tools in any kitchen and while they might seem like a boring necessity, getting the right ones can make a world of difference in your culinary adventures. What is it?  Cutting boards are durable planks designed for preparing food. They are most commonly used as a cutting, dicing, and chopping surface, but can double as serving trays, kitchen décor, or placemats for hot pots or pans. I need this if…  If you do any home cooking or enjoy hosting, you will need a cutting board. They will protect your counter top from unwanted bacteria and destructive knife marks, as Read More

Beginner’s Guide To: Dinnerware Materials & Quality

Ever wondered what accounts for the variance in prices between different types of plates and mugs? Have asked yourself what the actual difference is between “porcelain” and “fine china, ” or more importantly, what type of dinnerware you should actually register for? You’re not alone. We sat down with Zola Buyer, Victoria, to answer these questions and break down the different materials your dinnerware is made of, so you can decide which kind is right for you. What materials am I dealing with? All dinnerware is made out of ceramic. The word “ceramic” comes from the Greek word keramikos, meaning “of pottery,” Read More

Beginner’s Guide To: Formal Dinnerware

Now that we’ve covered the basics of casual dinnerware, we figured it was time to go over the next step (and sometimes the most confusing one) in your entertaining arsenal: formal dinnerware. What is it? Formal dinnerware, as the name implies, is used for more formal occasions and allows you to set the tone for a meal, as well as your entertaining style. This type of dinnerware consists of a separate 5-6 piece set that’s more elaborate than your everyday go-to plates and dishes. The core set includes a dinner plate, bread & butter plate, salad plate, cup and saucer, and, depending on Read More