This Was the Year I Decided to Enter My “Hostess With the Mostess” Era. (and Caraway Made It Possible).
I felt like my entire social feed was inundated with the “dinner party aesthetic” last year, so I decided it was time to join in. And since my other resolution was to spend less money… I happily welcomed the idea of eating at home rather than dropping $200+ on dinner bills with friends.
The problem was that I hadn’t really hosted a dinner party before, and my skills in the kitchen hadn’t grown much beyond boiling water for pasta in my banged-up, 10-year-old pot from college. But everything changed when I discovered Caraway’s iconic, non-toxic & non-stick Cookware Set. I’m not exaggerating when I say that this 4-piece set has these dinners practically making themselves.
This Good Design award-winning set that I’ve had my eye on for years is the all-in-one, effortless solution to make the cooking feel fun and the food taste amazing. At $395, this Caraway set is an investment, but these pans instantly became my #1 asset for successful dinner parties and I can’t believe I ever attempted to host without them.
Let me explain.
There’s a Reason Caraway’s Cookware Has Sold Out 15x.
If you somehow haven’t seen the thousands of stunning ads for Caraway’s iconic, internet-favorite cookware on your feed, let me clue you in to the DTC brand that essentially invented “clean cooking.”
Caraway was founded in 2019 to create truly non-stick cookware without all the toxic materials. They use a ceramic coating that is free of PTFE, lead, cadmium, and other potentially hazardous chemicals while retaining the effortlessness of a non-stick pan. But their cookware really started to catch on for its modern silhouettes, chic colorways, brilliant storage solutions, and commitment to sustainability.
Over 65,000 reviewers have given Caraway 4.8/5 stars, and whether they’re being praised by ArchitecturalDigest, Food & Wine, or the countless dinner party hosts (wink, wink) who turn to Caraway for helping them orchestrate great meals with great company… the overwhelming consensus is that Caraway’s cookware makes an indispensable addition to any kitchen.
Caraway’s the Dinner Party MVP: Here’s Why
I decided to go with the Navy set for a very subtle color pop. Since I started using these pans for having friends over, I think I finally get to be included in the “dinner party aesthetic” club. I mean, just look at this spread I saw on Instagram (from a much better photographer):
The set has everything I need for tackling any recipe, whether it’s from my grandmother’s impossible-to-read box of index cards or a spunky find on Instagram reels. It comes with a 10.5-inch Fry Pan, a 3-quart Sauce Pan, a 4.5-quart Sauté Pan, and a 6.5-quart Dutch Oven. I mean it, these are the only pans I ever use now.
Caraway Makes Dinner Easy to Prepare, and Easier to Clean Up
The ceramic, non-stick coating on these pans is legit, and they’re even oven-compatible up to 550°. That means I can always start a recipe on the stove and move it into the oven without worrying about any kind of transfer.
On top of that, because of the coating, all it takes to clean up after the pans have cooled down is a quick rinse and (sometimes) a couple of passes with the sponge. I even like to serve the food for parties in the cookware itself. (Since it looks so stunning, this is less of a concession and more of a statement.)
The only thing that sucks about having people over for dinner is cleaning up afterward. But with Caraway, even the clean-up has become a breeze.
Their Lifesaving, Brilliant Storage Solution
These Cookware Sets come with a magnetic, modular storage rack that keeps my pans tidy, organized, and most importantly, not dinged up. But, to me, the best thing about the storage feature is the canvas lid holder that attaches right to the back of my cabinet.
I can’t tell you the number of times I’ve had to rest a sheet pan on top of a pot of stew because I couldn’t find the lid, which is not only messy but endlessly frustrating. Caraway’s lids, on the other hand, are perfectly nested right where I need them, every time. Any dinner party host knows that cooking for a crowd means needing to know where your tools are, and Caraway knocks that out of the park.
Resolution Success: I’m Finally Coming For That “Hostess With the Mostess” Title.
Because, with Caraway, I finally feel confident enough to handle any kind of soirée, from casual pasta nights to full-on “Friendsgivings” with all the works. It comes as no surprise to me when I see Caraway’s cookware in demo videos for recipes by some of my favorite food influencers. Dinner parties are back in a big way, and Caraway is leading the charge.
I feel even better about Caraway knowing that they’re fully committed to reducing waste and promoting sustainability in everything they do—from the production process down to the plastic-free packaging. When you have a product that looks incredible, works great, and cares about the environment, it’s hard not to fall in love.
Seriously though, if you’re looking to level up your dinner parties and take some of the stress out of hosting, investing in a set of this iconic Caraway Cookware will be the best decision you ever make.