December is finally here! Decorations are going up and a cool chill is in the air. No matter what you celebrate, this time if year seems to be dedicated to family gatherings and spending time with loved ones. If you’re like me and love hosting, take this time to pay attention to what works in your kitchen and home, and what doesn’t. While it may be a little late to remodel before celebrations, paying attention now can really help you decide what you want in terms of hosting for years to come.
Not everyone enjoys having company over while they cook, but if you want to spend the whole day together while preparing dinner, or even having your guests help, there needs to be space for everyone. It is hard to fit 10+ people in a kitchen, but having a place nearby for them to hangout is a great way to keep the party going while getting everything accomplished. This is great in open concept designs.
If your current home layout isn’t conducive for creating an open concept design, try utilizing your eat-in kitchen space. Creating a lounge area in this space is a great option. There are many ways to do this and make it look good and still be cost effective.
My favorite option is lining the back wall/corner with storage ottomans. I own a few of the ones linked! They’re great for extra seating and extra storage! When set next to each other, they almost look like one large piece of furniture. Throw some decorative pillows on them, and you’re set for seating the masses!
Another option is utilizing your peninsula or island if you have one. Some bar stools that can be tucked under the countertop will give extra options for all your guests.
Install glass cabinet doors or create open shelving.
The worst part about being a guest in someone’s home is having to ask where things are. Having open shelving will take away those awkward moments. Not only is open shelving “in” right now, it is a great way to put your holiday dishes on display! Which, when you have guests over, is what they will be using! It is a win-win!
Convenient recycling and trash bins
I love built in, pull out, trash bins. They make throwing away trash easy. This is not only convenient for every day life, but also to create less congestion when there are many guests in the home. Guests will be less likely to leave a mess if they have an easy access point. While it is normally nice to have your trash under the sink, this will make life difficult fast, when you’re in the kitchen. Think about convenience for your guests, as well as yourself.
Imagine, not just for the holidays, but for all year, being able to play music throughout your whole home. Install speaker throughout home, including the kitchen. This is a great way to keep the party going, no matter where your guests are.
Another nice touch is light dimmers. As the evening arises, bright lights are hard on the eyes. Installing dimmers throughout your living space is a great way to keep the mood going all night long!