The holidays have arrived! Family and friends are coordinating what seasonal dishes each attendee will bring to the party that you have been nominated to host. As the excitement builds, all you can think of is how small the kitchen in your home is. You quickly begin to calculate in your mind how you will fit all these people along with platters of food in the space, but don’t worry, we have you covered.
My Kitchen is Not Open Concept
When you don’t have an open concept kitchen this can seem like a burden when hosting a holiday party. This can be a great thing though, it will allow for separate conversations and decrease the noise. Depending on the demographics of your holiday party, try creating areas of the home that will cater to everyone’s interest. Sports on the TV in the living room or other common areas, a playroom for children, and a place for individuals to sit and talk.
Tip: Designate a spare room for people to lay their bags and jackets in so that they do not become additional clutter in the kitchen or living space.
Limited Countertop Space
If the lack of countertop space discourages you from setting up a buffet, consider asking your guest to bring a “dish to pass”. This will allow the other areas of the kitchen countertop to be used for drinks and appetizers. When you have your guest bring a dish to pass instead of going buffet style this will limit overlap in food choice. Also, consider utilizing any outdoor space if your backyard allows for it.
Tip: Clean as you go! This will keep your countertop and table free from clutter allowing you to maximize the use of your limited space.
Where do I Serve Beverages?
If your countertop space is required for things other than drinks during a holiday party there are many alternative options. If you have a double sink, turn one side in to a cooler! Fill one with ice and have bottles, cans, water chilled in there. This will also save you the hassle of a mess as the ice will melt directly down the drain. Take a look around your home, is there any other furniture you can utilize in your house? Try a console table, bookcase or even a bar cart.
Tip: Don’t forget to protect your furniture if you decide to use it for serving beverages. Simply cover it with a table cloth to avoid spills and stains damaging the piece.
My Kitchen Doesn’t Allow For a Full Holiday Dinner
If you are worried that your kitchen isn’t going to work for a full holiday dinner, consider having guests over for breakfast or dessert. This may even accommodate to those who have multiple holiday events that they have to attend. Opting for breakfast or dessert will also keep cooking and baking to a minimum while still get everyone together to celebrate.