Are you the family member that everyone always turns to to host Christmas at their house? Is it you that always struggles whilst making the Christmas lunch because your kitchens' design just isn't suitable for entertaining a large group? We understand and are here to offer you some advice. January is filled with new beginnings and resolutions making it the perfect time to start a new project ready for the year ahead and, most importantly, ready for next Christmas! So if you are looking to design a kitchen with entertaining in mind, here are some helpful tips you should consider.
If you are designing a kitchen with entertaining in mind, you should first consider the appliances you would find useful. We would recommend a warming drawer which keeps your food at the optimum temperature and stay fresh whilst you simultaneously prepare other dishes. In addition, for all chilled goods it is always worthwhile having ample refrigerator space to keep these cool and at the right temperature. But, to really wow your guests, and keep the cool drinks flowing throughout the day and night, a wine fridge makes a great option to keep all of you jolly all throughout Christmas... and the rest of the year!
Having a kitchen island is useful for a number of reasons as they provide ample storage space and serve as a brilliant epicentre of our kitchens; they provide a space to sit, eat and put on a tasty buffet spread. For extra seating at Christmas time, or throughout the year when you are entertaining guests, add some bar stools to keep your guests comfy and consider decorating the areas with seasonal flower displays or your favourite ornaments that have been handed down your family tree. Kitchen islands are brilliant additions to any kitchen- you would be silly not to consider one.
Although it is one of the less glamorous features of a kitchen designed for entertaining, storage is vital. You need places to keep your plates, cutlery, glasses and much more. So, why not install glazed wall cupboards to show off your favourite wine glasses or a pantry cupboard to keep your cooking ingredients hidden and out of the way of your work tops. The better you organise your storage space, the better your entertaining space will be!
When designing your new kitchen for entertaining is always helpful to remember the last time you entertained. What features did you find yourself using the most and was there anything you wished you had to make your life easier? Make notes of these to ensure you don't miss anything and that your next gathering, whether that be a Christmas gathering or not, goes off without a hitch!