A question in most of our minds: how do you design a kitchen that is fit for family living but can impress your guests at any party occasion? Naturally. Well, I love entertaining and having small get-togethers and everything always ends up in the kitchen! A kitchen is often the heart of a home, not just parties, as a place where all the family gather together. So, how can we achieve a family space by day and the perfect party venue by night?
Kitchen design experts Harvey Jones has heaps of advice and inspiration to impress your guests for any occasion, whilst remaining the heart of the home and I wanted to share it with you!
1. Add an island to the centre of your kitchen
A work surface that can be accessed from the core interior and exterior of the kitchen provides a space for that can be used as a breakfast bar daily, or transformed into a buffet station at a party. It can become a central station for all your guests to gather for some party food and a celebratory glass of fizz. You can accommodate extra seating for your guests under a worktop overhang, in the form of cool and trendy bar stools.
2. Create your own make-shift bar
Although not every kitchen has the room (or budget) for a fully-fledged bar, you can create your own makeshift bar station from a double-doored breakfast station. Simply replace your breakfast essentials with your essential cocktail-making paraphernalia, champagne glasses and a mix of your guest’s favourite beverages. Go the extra mile, and keep their beverages cool in your very own wine cooler, or mini fridge. If you have incorporated extra plug sockets, you can really impress your guests with an ice machine and/or blender so that you can serve up some funky frozen cocktails.
3. Have plenty of places to eat
There are plenty of ways to ensure you have enough seating in your kitchen to accommodate all your party guests. Bench seating is a popular addition to your kitchen, as well as barstools as previously mentioned. A good investment is an extendable table if you have the room. This allows for extra chairs to be brought out for your guests. Fold-away chairs are the easiest to conceal away following a party.
In the early planning stages, you could consider a built-in cupboard to conceal kitchen essentials like your vacuum, mop and bucket and those extra chairs, meaning they are at easily accessible when they are needed but can be hidden away when they aren’t. Don’t forget to make things easy for yourself during the aftermath with boxes and baskets for bottles and recycling for guest to tidy up after themselves. Also, teflon-coated tablecloths are a godsend!
4. Light it up
Good lighting can create the perfect party mood. I’m not talking about disco lights here; nobody wants disco lights all year round in their kitchen. Think colour-changing LED spotlights under your work surfaces, below plinths, and behind glass splash backs. Zone lighting can help you achieve different moods in different areas. Think dimmable switches to create the perfect ambiance for your guests. You can really impress your guests with the perfect lighting.