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Open shelving is not only chic and striking, it also makes grabbing tableware a breeze. Plus, there’s your incentive for splurging on a new (read: matching) set of dishes.
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If your gatherings happen to involve lots of family-style dishes, like savory monkey bread and buffalo chicken meatballs, then a center island is key. Display all of your appetizers on the island (the focal point) and let guests mingle in the kitchen at their leisure. It takes the pressure off you to serve.
Remember: “As long as there’s wine, everything’s fine.” The next time you’re planning a kitchen reno, a built-in, under-the counter, temperature-controlled wine fridge is a total no-brainer.
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Use butcher paper or a swath of chalkboard paint on your wall or fridge to broadcast the evening’s menu--and encourage guests to leave notes. Consider it the guestbook for your lively kitchen.
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To ensure that all of your dinner-party fare is ready at the same time, splurge on a burner-heavy stove top. It will make your life so much easier if you can whip up everything at once instead of in shifts.
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Free up much-needed counter space by stowing your small appliances (toaster, blender, etc.) in cabinets and out of sight. You can take them out when you need them, but when it’s time to entertain, you’ll enjoy a clean, open expanse of party-prep space.
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Lightweight barstools around your center island are your very best friend. Use them to create a pre-dinner cocktail hub or a spillover dining area--or drag them into the living room when seating there becomes too scarce.
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While we’d love to hire a bartender for the evening, a handy cocktail station or bar cart is the next best thing. Encourage guests to help themselves by corralling all of your glasses, libations and cocktail fixings into one centrally located hub.
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Your girlfriends know it, the neighbors know it--heck, even your begrudging mother-in-law knows it: You throw the best shindig in town.
The only problem? Your kitchen isn’t actually company-ready. (We’re looking at you, butcher block stacked with old Lands’ End catalogs.)
Luckily, we’ve done some research. From easy-peasy weekend projects to small-scale renovations, we’ve rounded up ten tips for crafting the ultimate kitchen for entertaining.
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