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3 Tips for an Entertainment-Friendly Kitchen

Having the opportunity to host a dinner party or the birthday celebrations of a relative at your home is an exciting and humbling experience. We quickly become concerned with how we can make our home more welcoming and more entertainment-friendly, to ensure our guests are comfortable and having a fantastic time, at all times. We have put together these hosting kitchen tips to help every keen host or hostess make magic and feel confident in their hosting skills.

1. An Abundance of Seating

First things first, your guests are going to need somewhere to sit whilst the meal is prepared. Any regular book club or wine-and-cheese-night guest is well aware that the kitchen is the heart of the home, and is usually where all the catching up and conversation occurs. As such, ample seating should be available.

If you have an island counter, consider adding bar stools all around for casual seating. For a more permanent and comfortable option, consider a bench along a nearby window, or wedged wonderfully into a corner.

Another winner is to simply create an open plan living space! Having a living room or sitting room adjacent to the kitchen allows guests to recline on the couches whilst the cooking carries on. The conversation flows well over the countertops.

2. Snacks on Hand

Next on the list is snacks! Any dinner party, book club, girls night or boys night is incomplete without a healthy amount of snacks on hand. Whilst you and your guests are busy cooking up a storm, the fantastic aromas are likely to get some tummies rumbling. It is a well known fact that the average person loves to nibble on some easy finger foods whilst chatting away, so help your guests to feel at home by putting out trays of finger foods, and a couple bowls of healthy snacks, such as mixed nuts and veggie-based crisps.

3. A Tangible Atmosphere

Lastly, you need to create an atmosphere that will make your guests feel relaxed and in tune with their social sides. The atmosphere is the first thing your guests notice when they walk in, subconsciously or otherwise. Consider lighting some candles, making sure you have fresh stock of flowers around the house, and dress for the occasion. Light music that suits the general age group is a great way to create a tangible atmosphere, just don’t crank it up until your guests want you to!

More Inspiration…

You can find more inspiration at our blog page! We go into the how and why of kitchen design, redecorating, organising and more. You don’t have to work it out on your own, Home Concept is here to help.

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