Did you host the holidays this year and find your space less than ideal? Or did you not host because you didn’t feel that your kitchen layout was adequate? Make 2019 the year to fix that! While a large, open kitchen is great for entertaining, kitchens of all sizes can be maximized to accomodate a crowd. No matter the size of your kitchen, see below for tips to consider when renovating for entertaining with ease….
A Large Island
This is an ideal space for food prep, cocktail creation and lingering guests during the final dinner preparations. You can avoid being locked away in the kitchen if there is space in the kitchen for your guests to join you! Additionally, the island can be cleared off and used to create a serving bar for guests should your holiday dinner be buffet-style. If your kitchen space does not accomodate an island, consider a breakfast bar, hutch or other long counterspace that could serve a similar function to an island.
Plenty of Seating
Do you feel that you kitchen never has enough seats for everyone during holidays? Create a small eat-in space within your kitchen for guests to sit at while they nibble on hors d’oeuvres. This space can be either a breakfast booth, bar stools, pub table or window seat depending on your space available. It can also double as a kids table during formal dining if your party warrants it!
Point of Service Refrigeration
Self-serve beverages can be a godsend as guests begin to arrive. Stock a small beverage fridge with water, non-alcoholic beverages, wine, beer and whatever other options you feel your guests would appreciate. If space permits, arrange glasses, an ice bucket and cocktail ingredients on the countertop above or next to to the beverage fridge. This will allow guests to make their own beverage upon arrival rather than waiting for you to serve them individually. Bonus – this frees up your time to visit with guests and put any finishing touches on the food!
Flat Screen TV
Do you find yourself often entertaining during sporting games or other televised events? Including a flat screen TV in the kitchen layout in an asthetically pleasing way will allow guests to keep up with the latest action and spend time with you in the kitchen. From an everyday perspective, this ‘appliance’ is also handy for watching the news during morning coffee or entertaining oneself during dinner prep.
Counterspace and Walkways
Two important things to consider in all kitchen designs, particularly those that will often be used for entertaining are counterspace and walkways. Be sure to include significantly more counterspace and walkway clearance than you think you need, as these two features are always at a premium when the kitchen gets crowded! Additionally, be ensure to account for your kitchen triangle (sink, fridge, range) to be easily accessible when the kitchen is full of people – you don’t want to be squeezing between Great Aunt Helen and her new beau to take the turkey out of the oven!
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