The holidays are fast approaching. Family and friends are figuring out which potluck dishes to bring to the holiday party that you’ll be hosting this year. The thought runs through your mind, “I have the smallest kitchen of the group, how am I going to make this work?” Don’t worry, we have you covered.
With some simple decluttering and organization you can make any kitchen accommodate the holiday party of the century.
I Have Limited Buffet Space
If setting up a buffet on the kitchen countertop isn’t an option, consider having a “dish to pass dinner”. This allows countertop space in a smaller kitchen to be used for food prep, a bar, and appetizers. Having your guests choose a dish to pass instead of a buffet also limits overlap in food choice. We all want to be the one to bring the ‘out of a box brownies’. If you live in a warmer climate utilize any outdoor space to dine or set a buffet.
Tip: If you have eager-to-help children or teens, have them clean as food prep gets finished, set the table, replace dish to pass dishes, etc. This will keep counter and table space open at all times and keep things looking clean while keeping them busy.
I Don’t Have an Open Concept Home
This can seem like a burden when hosting a party, but it can actually be a great thing! It allows for separate conversations and decreases the noise. Depending on the demographics of your holiday party, try setting up a portion of the home for interests. A playroom for children, sports on the TV in the basement or family room, a sitting area for older individuals, etc.
Tip: If you don’t have a coat closet big enough to accommodate the jackets of all your guests, a bedroom works just as good. Have your guests lay their jackets and purses on the bed.
I Don’t Have a Beverage Serving Area
Typically, beverages are involved during a holiday party. There are many options if your counter space is required for other things. For example, if you have a double sink, fill one with ice and have bottles, cans and water in there. This also saves on mess as the ice will melt down the drain. If your kitchen counter cant hold beverages because of space, utilize other furniture in your house. For example, a console table, book case, or a bar cart. If you live in the northern area of the US, or a colder climate, you can set up a folding table and cooler outside.
Tip: If you are considering using another piece of furniture make sure you cover it with a plastic table cloth. You can then cover the plastic with a fancy table cloth, but the plastic will assure that the moisture doesn’t water damage your furniture.
My Kitchen isn’t Capable of a Full Holiday Dinner
If you think your kitchen isn’t going to work for a full holiday dinner, consider having people over for breakfast, appetizers, or dessert. This may even accommodate people with multiple holiday events in one day. This keeps cooking and baking to a minimum and still gets everyone over to celebrate.
If you would like a couple more tips to create a great holiday meal check out our blog for Surviving Thanksgiving. If you find that the layout of your kitchen is holding you back, schedule a design consultation with us.