Complete Kitchen Supply List – Simple and Pretty Items for Everyday & Entertaining
This complete kitchen supply list includes simple and pretty items that are perfect for everyday use as well as entertaining.
As you probably already know, I’m obsessed with kitchens. Not only in the way they look but in the way they function too. Also, I’ve been married twice and have gone through plenty of moves throughout my lifetime so I know exactly what I need to have in my kitchen so I don’t have a lot of ‘extra’ stuff stuffed in the cupboards. I hate cupboards that are stuffed!
I’ve put together a complete list of what one might need if they were a couple just starting out, someone moving into their first home or if you’ve had your kitchen stuff for the last 20 years and are wanting a wish list of items to replace it with.
I’m sharing with you specific items that I have as well as a complete printable list that you can download. I think of these items as investment pieces as they’ll last the long haul and serve double duty. I use everything here in my blog post photos as well as for everyday use so I know you’ll love them.
(What this list doesn’t include is what baking items I have as I will do another post with those items. If you don’t bake, there’s no need to purchase items unnecessarily.)
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1. I love neutral plates. This Cambria dinnerware collection from Pottery Barn is gorgeous and does double duty for entertaining. The dinner plates are extra large and have a nice weight to them.
For my family of four, I purchased two sets of 4 so I have 8 dinner plates and 8 side plates. I also got 8 cereal bowls and 8 soup bowls as we seem to use bowls a lot in my house and I like to have plenty of them. I think double of how many people there are in your family is the best number to have on hand. There’s no need to have a dozen plates in your cupboard.
2.Ramekins: I love having 4 white ramekins on hand. They are perfect for a little snack bowl or heating up a little dip in the microwave. I use them so much.
3. Glassware: All my glassware fit on this open shelving as well as in the only upper cupboard. I have 6 tall green glasses (purchased at a thrift shop), 4 medium glasses (mostly because they have crowns on them and I can’t find anymore to replace them) and 4 short green glasses from Pottery Barn.
4. The Cambria collection at Pottery Barn had these adorable Tidbit plates so I had to get some of those but of course not necessary. They are perfect to leave out when having guests over.
5. I used to have a dozen red wine glasses and a dozen white wine glasses and a dozen champagne glasses. They took up an entire cupboard and it was just too much. I pared it down to 6 red wine, 6 white wine and 6 champagne flutes. If I’m having a large party, I will just rent more glasses. It always seems to work out when having people over so I don’t worry about having any more. Another option is to just get a dozen red wine glasses instead of red and white.
My extra bowls fit in this cupboard as well as I’m worried the drawer will get too heavy with too many dishes.
6. Coffee and tea cups – I don’t have specific mugs just for coffee and just for tea. I’m a tea drinker and love to have a large mug anyway. I didn’t buy the mugs with the set as I’m always buying cute and funny ones so I have more than enough mugs in the house. I store them on the bottle drying rack.
7. Flatware – my favourite is this gorgeous set from Pottery Barn again called the Maxfield collection. It’s silver and I love the patina on it. I used it every day and it’s perfect for entertaining. I’ve used them in every table setting on my blog too as well as my plates.
I have a family of four and I have two sets (8 each) of this flatware.
8. All Clad D5 10 piece stainless steel cookware set – this was an investment and it’s such a gorgeous set. The cookware is awesome and looks so shiny all the time. They do get quite heavy as they get bigger so now I’m wishing I put a pot filler in above my stove. I bought 2 extra saucepans because we use saucepans a lot especially for the kids.
10-Piece Set includes:
- 8″ and 10″ fry pans
- 2-qt. saucepan with lid
- 3-qt. sauté pan with lid
- 3-qt. soup pot with lid
- 8-qt. stockpot with lid
- 1.5 saucepan with lid x 2
9. Dutch oven – I have this one dutch oven from Le Creuset and it’s a must in my opinion. You can make a roast, a stew, meat sauce and the best part is that the whole thing just goes in the oven after you use it on the stovetop.
Appliances, Utensils, Casserole Dishes etc.
Here is the rest of my list including utensils. Be sure to download my free printable!
- Rice steamer
- Mini Cuisinart chopper – great for chopping nuts and onions
- 2 cookie sheets (just for cooking)
- Oven mitts
- 2 casserole dishes
- Lasagne dish with plastic lid
- 3 stainless bowl set with lids
- Glass nesting bowl set
- Strainers – 1 small one (great for washing a bunch of grapes) 1 large one
- Bowl with pour spout – perfect for making pancakes
- Griddle or pancake pan and/or waffle maker
- Glass storage containers with lids – these are amazing for cooking say a baked dip in the oven for guests and then put the lid on and straight to the fridge for leftovers. No need to switch out containers for storage. I also have a bunch of disposable plastic containers on hand as well
- Serving spoons and forks
- Platters – I have one large platter that was part of the collection and I use old ironstone plates and pretty cutting boards and silver platters to display cheese and charterurie on
- Wooden salad bowl and tongs
- Salad spinner
- Popcorn maker
- Small and large liquid measuring cups
- Measuring cups
- Measuring spoons
- Utensil holder or crock – great for holder spatulas and wooden spoons by the stove
- Garlic press
- Pizza cutter
- Lemon juicer
- Ice cream scoop
- Potato masher
- Meat tenderizer
- Can opener
- Slotted spoon
- Pasta fork
- Soup ladle
- Silicone coated whisk
- Metal whisk
- Wooden spoons
- Cutting boards
- Good knife set!
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Beautiful! I love it. And thans for the free printable. Happy 2018
I love your kitchen. I especially love the floors! We are in need of new flooring and really love the look of your white cabinets and dark floors!
One think I noticed missing from your list is a food chopper. I don’t always use it but it definetky comes in handy when making salsa or chopping nuts, to making pie crust! My mandolin or blender just can’t do the job!
Also, teaspoons for measuring. I’m sure that it will be in your baking list but also good for cooking!
Your kitchen is amazing.. Love it.💗
Thank you, Maria!
I do have a little food chopper that I use sometimes too, thanks for the reminder, Kim! Thanks for your tips.
Thank you, Ivory!
Such a wonderful idea for people downsizing, which is just what we are facing. In that we no longer entertain as many as 16 for a meal, there are sure a lot of glasses and dishes to pare down. Goodwill, here I come.
There must be so many dishes! It’s always refreshing to downsize.
oh my thank you for sharing … I have to much of some these items… But used and needed extra’s when we had our lake home and had the family reunions my husbands family they were 12 children with their wives, husbands and children it was great memories
That does sound like great memories! It’s hard to pare down when you have some much stuff from two houses!
Thank you i need to think about what i have and what i don’t need.
Your kitchen is beautiful! Thanks for the list. Quite frankly, I love lists…they are the jumping-off point to being organized. While the weather is cold and nasty is a perfect time to take care of cleaning and organizing tasks.
Thank you Donna, I love lists too!
Did I miss baking sheets, like the ones I ordered from Costco:
These are a must around here. About a quarter of our dinners are done on one sheet; say, chicken on one end and vegetables on the other. Plus, we’ve come to like roasted vegetables better than any other way. They get brown, caramelized and sweet with almost no work. I place a metal cooling rack on top of a large sheet and cook a pound of bacon in the oven; no turning and no spattering on the stove top.
You’re quite right about neutral dinnerware. Fifteen or so years ago I bought some dark cranberry dinnerware. I still love the color but after 15 years those chipped places really leap out at you.
I have 2 baking sheets listed on the supply list. I’m going to do another post soon with just baking items so I didn’t want to put too many baking items on it but I agree that baking sheets are must for cooking with. Thanks for your comment.
Have a great weekend!
This was really helpful! Thanks for posting.
Love your kitchen. We are remodeling ours and I was thinking of puttin drawers in for plates How do you like that system?
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It’s a really complete kitchen supply list. Your kitchen is really looking so nice and attractive. I want to buy these for my kitchen. Can you tell me from where you purchase these? And thank you for the sharing your informative article.
Thanks for the information on what supplies you will need in your kitchen for everyday living, it was very helpful and to-the-point. I would imagine that it is pretty easy for your shopping to get out of hand when you are updating your kitchen. My wife is doing some shopping for our new home, I will be sure to show her this list.
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