One of the benefits to a well-designed, expertly installed custom kitchen is the potential for entertaining your guests confidently and efficiently. However, it isn’t the be-all, end-all. There is a lot more that goes into being an impressive host. Below, find some tips and tricks that will help maximize the use of your new (or not so new) kitchen.
The Space: Set up for Success
If you are in the process of a remodel, or plan to be soon, take the time to consider how you want to use your space. If you like to entertain in particular, try your best to keep the space open. This will allow your kitchen to serve as both a place for you to prepare food and beverages for your guests, but also as a place for them to gather. Allowing you to remain a part of your party.
You might opt for a larger island, integrate a bar area with separate fridge, create built in seating, or even move walls around to completely reimagine your floor plan. Ensure you have room to store all the extra utensils, dinnerware, and glassware needed for larger events.
Decor: Functional, Unique, or Gone
Pieces of decor can be both beautiful and functional. Not just one or the other. Today, there is endless potential to find items that increase both the beauty, and ability, of your space. There are many aftermarket suppliers, like Richelieu, that offer a plethora of pieces to accentuate any and every aspect of your design.
If a piece of your decor can’t be physically functional, it should be mentally stimulating. It should tell a story, invoke questions from your guests, and provide a sense of being to the space it is in. Whether it be family photos, an intriguing tchotchke from your travels—even an antique appliance, or artisanal tile backsplash.
This tip holds particular weight in the design of smaller spaces. Every piece must be intentional as to avoid over cluttering. Finding pieces with more than one use, or a unique story, is vital when entertaining your guests confidently and efficiently. It allows you to host, while you entertain—allowing guests to be part of the unique experience that is your space, your event.
The Menu: Arrange a Range
You might not be the best chef, but entertaining without food is a lot harder than with it. A menu with a diverse range of options ensures that all of your guests will have something they can enjoy. Try to keep in mind the dietary restraints of those on your invite list. It doesn’t hurt to be mindful of the more common ones, in case you aren’t up-to-date on the guts of all your guests.
The Setting: Comfortable & Inviting
Of course, this will change based on the type of event you are hosting. However, comfortable and inviting is usually a good jumping off point. Neutral music, lighting, and lots of space to gather is key. Keep your finger on the pulse, and adjust each accordingly. Need to turn up the volume? Turn down the lights? Bring in a few more seating options?
Relax & Enjoy
When you’ve planned and positioned yourself properly to entertain, you’re in the clear. It should be a fun and easy running through the motions. It is your party, don’t forget to be a part of it! That’s what your guests come for. Be sure never to let them down, on this front.
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