How to: Create an entertainer’s kitchen

As 2023 comes to a close, now is the perfect time to start preparing your kitchen for summer entertaining! From family get-togethers to gatherings of friends, we share our 7 top tips for creating the ultimate entertainer’s kitchen and how to make hosting a joy this festive season. 

1. Clear your benches.

We always put this at the top of our list, as clearing your bench space is one of the easiest, quickest, and most impactful ways to ensure your kitchen is ready for guests! Creating a sense of space and cleanliness, a kitchen bench free from clutter provides extra prep and serving space – especially cross your kitchen island bench – a lifesaver when you have family and freinds over!

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2. Organise your drawers and cupboards.

A quick spring clean of heavily used areas within your kitchen makes light work of entertaining. Sort and organise your cutlery and utensil drawers so you readily have these essentials at hand. Likewise, a tidy drawer or kitchen cabinet with dinnerware and glassware ensures you can easily and quickly serve your guests delicious meals. 

3. Create a seating zone.

As the heart of your home, your kitchen is one of the main rooms in which family and guests will gather. Create a casual and welcoming dining experience with a kitchen island bench or breakfast bar within your kitchen layout. Select stools that suit your kitchen style and ensure enough space between the island and the stools so you and your loved ones can sit comfortably without knees hitting against the countertop. 

4. Stock up your pantry. 

Stocking up your pantry during this busy time of year takes the stress out of entertaining – especially when unexpected guests drop by! We recommend giving your pantry a quick tidy so you can throw out anything out of date; after you do this, you’ll know exactly what you need to add to your shopping list!

5. Clean your cooking appliances.

We know, we know, cleaning your oven may not be at the top of your ‘things I want to spend my time doing’ list. However, it will allow your lovingly cooked meals to shine this festive season! If it’s time for an upgrade, there are plenty of self-cleaning options on the market, or if you decide to clean your existing appliance, the good news is that you won’t have to do it again for at least 3 months. 

6. Organise your drinks fridge.

A drinks fridge is one of the hottest appliances of 2023 and into 2024! Whether you have a smaller model that sits within your island bench design or a full-size unit that is placed next to your fridge, a well-organised and well-stocked drinks fridge is a game changer when people come over – keeping soft drinks, wine, and champagne chilled and ready to be served!

7. Complete the look with thoughtful styling.

Now that your kitchen is beautifully clean, organised, and ready for guests, add styling elements to your space for a pop of colour, personality, and warmth. Keep it as simple as a vase of florals and candles on your island bench, or create a vignette with a timber chopping board, cooking books, and some greenery on the back benches. 

If you love to decorate your home for the festive season, don’t forget your kitchen! Christmas decorations, scented candles, and twinkle lights will all look incredible in your kitchen and complement the rest of your home’s décor.


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