How to create the perfect kitchen for entertaining
If you’ve ever been to a house party, or hosted one yourself, you’ve probably noticed the way guests always end up congregating in the kitchen. This is because the kitchen is the hub of entertainment: you can eat, drink, catch-up with friends, or even watch television together. The inviting cooking aromas will also undoubtedly play a part in enticing people to the kitchen— after all, no one can resist a good canapé!
This natural communal atmosphere makes for a great party setting. However, some kitchens are better suited to entertaining than others (see our recent post on Canadian cottage kitchen style).
This largely boils downs to some kitchens not having an open-plan layout, or because they lack speciality features. For instance, while galley kitchens are ideal for efficient day-to-day cooking (everything is within arm’s reach); the narrow design does not lend itself well to guest interaction.
Clearly, when designing a kitchen that is perfect for hosting parties, there are a few considerations to bear in mind. The interior installation experts at Kitchens Plus create spaces that suit all tastes and are perfect for entertaining.
It is important to think about the kind of things your kitchen will be used for — beyond your basic cooking requirements.
A good starting point is to consider the type of parties you like to host. For instance, if you like to host formal dinner parties, you will need to accommodate for a sophisticated sit-down area. On the other hand, if casual dining is your forte, you might like a counter area for your guests to gather around.
If you need a little inspiration to get you started, check out our recent blog post on Cath Kidston interiors.
You should also consider the number of guests you usually cater for; this will be a good indicator as to your overall kitchen set-up.
For instance, if you have are lucky enough to have a vast kitchen space, though you only cater for a few friends at a time, then a large island with raised countertops can help to make your kitchen feel more intimate. Furthermore, islands are ideal for buffets and parties where guests are encouraged to serve themselves.
Certain appliances also work well in kitchens that are often used for entertaining. If you want to maintain the quality of your food throughout the duration of your party, for instance where your meals are staggered across the evening, then a warming drawer is a must.
Not only do they help with timing and preparation, but they are also great for defrosting food delicately. Other useful features include refrigerator drawers and wine coolers. These offer guests with easy access to drinks while they are waiting to be served, as well as allowing the host quick access to food that has been prepared in advance.
Generally, when designing a kitchen for entertaining, always keep a specific purpose in mind.
Guest interaction is an important factor, so as long as you choose a layout that accommodates this, you can’t go far wrong. Finally, don’t be afraid to add creative finishing touches such as an espresso machine or flat screen television (if your budget and room size allows!) for an even more interactive dining experience.
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