What are some must-haves for entertaining in the kitchen?
As guests file into your living room and begin to fill the house, it’s likely the next area they flock to will be the kitchen where there are food and drinks. To make life easier when people gather in the space you need to cook and prepare food for the party, there are some features a kitchen has that will make getting ready for the party no problem at all.
A big refrigerator and freezer
When it’s time to feed your guests, making food ahead of time makes entertaining in the kitchen possible because people don’t feel as if they’re in the way of you cooking or feel like they need to help you. A big refrigerator will allow you to not only store the food you made earlier, but if it’s big enough, you can even plate the food and put it in the fridge completely ready to go. A big freezer to go along with the fridge is good for any find foods you can just throw into the oven to cook and serve. Although it’s great to cook things from scratch, sometimes a big party calls for some cooking help and when you have a freezer stocked with quick cooking goodies, you’ll be able to talk to your company instead of just feeding them.
A wine refrigerator
Even if you have a large refrigerator that can fit food and multiple beverages in it, having a cooler specifically for wine always looks classy, but also ensures that you’re serving guests wine at the proper temperature. White and red wines vary on the degree they need to be served, but even white wine should usually be a few degrees warmer than your regular refrigerator cools your food to. Plus, you can have all of your wine ready to go without feeling like you’re stocking the fridge with bottles that will sit there if they don’t get drank - in the wine fridge they can sit and won’t take up food space.
Lots of counter space
When people come over for a party, it’s vital you determine where to put the food and drinks and where people can sit and eat if they want to. By making sure your kitchen has a good amount of counter space, you’re killing two birds with one stone. Counter space in the kitchen is a good place for food because it means that there is less of a chance of a big messy spill when people serve themselves food. If there is a spill, kitchens don’t usually have carpet so it won’t stain and can be easily wiped up. Counter space also lends itself as a place for people to set their plates or drinks and chat. Carrying around a plate of food you want to finish later can be a pain, and the extra counter space can help guests to place their food down and come back to it in a bit. If you don’t have the money to build more countertops, buying a kitchen island can be a great investment. It gives the counter space you need but can also be movable so it isn’t a permanent fixture in the kitchen when you don’t want it there.
A double oven
Having warm, fresh food for guests is a must, but sometimes when you’re cooking or reheating food it’s difficult to prioritize which food should go out first or what temperature to set the oven when different foods need different heat settings. Investing in a double oven can change the way you cook whether it’s with your family or for a larger group. You can cook multiple dishes at once and know that the food will be done in time for a party. Guessing how much longer to cook something at a lower temperature so you can cook two dishes at once will be a thing of the past.
If entertaining is a joy for you or your family, it might be time to consider a renovation to create an open concept for the kitchen. Open concept allows for a family to connect while people are technically in separate rooms. The kitchen opens up into the dining or living room, and it makes communication while cooking or mingling easier. For families that love to throw parties, an open concept works great because guests don’t have to feel like they need to go from room to room to spend time with certain people. They can go to the kitchen area to get food and still talk to the people who are a few feet away in the living room.
Cabinet Space for storage
Being a great entertainer also means having the proper supplies to throw a good party. That can mean proper dishes, glasses, serving platters and decorations. Without good storage in the kitchen, keeping the items you need for parties or gatherings can be a hassle. You have to go to other places in the house to find what you need. Cabinet space for storage in your kitchen not only is helpful, but with a custom kitchen designer, you can turn any awkward space in your kitchen into great storage.
When the lighting in a room is good, it can change the mood of the guests. Sometimes areas of a kitchen can become too dark - especially as the night goes on and the sun is no longer out. Adding lights under your cabinets or even making the main lighting adjustable can be one way of making sure the lighting for your gathering is exactly what you wanted. You can turn the lights down for a more elegant feel or brighten the room to create extra energy.
Kitchens are becoming more and more of a gathering place as people use food to connect to one another - especially at holiday gatherings. Creating a custom space for entertaining by working with a custom kitchen designer can help to elevate your parties to the next level and make them less work and more fun for you. Kitchens and food are a focal point of entertaining, so make sure yours is a place you and your guests enjoy being in.