3 Kitchen Updates That Will Make Holiday Party Hosting EasierBy
Hosting parties during the holidays can be both fun and stressful. If you make a few updates to your kitchen and take a little bit of extra time to prepare before the holidays arrive, you may be able to pull off a stress-free party season.
So before the holidays sneak up on us, consider these suggestions to help you prepare.
Suggestion #1: Invest in a backup ice maker or ice box
If you’ve ever hosted a holiday party, chances are you’ve run out of ice at some point. Drinks are usually the first and last things to be served at holiday parties, so it’s important that as a host you’re prepared. Whether you want to invest in a backup ice maker or simply purchase extra ice and keep it in an ice box, you’ll want to make sure you have plenty for the entire group throughout the evening.
If an extra ice maker isn’t something you’ll use frequently it may not be worth the splurge (countertop ice makers start around $120). That’s ok, just be sure to have plenty of extra ice on hand, room to store it in your freezer and a few stylish ice buckets for your guests to use during the party.
Suggestion #2: Get sophisticated with your organization
When your guests arrive and they offer to help, it’s because they really do want to help! If you keep your kitchen organized you can easily delegate tasks without your guests needing an intimate knowledge of your kitchen. There are a few things you can do to make it easy for guests to help during a party:
- Take the dishware and utensils you want to use out of your cabinets and drawers and place them on the counter so your guests can easily help you set the table
- Use pull-out or Lazy Susan cabinet organizers for spices that can be quickly added to a dish as a final touch – this works particularly well if a guest is able to help you mix together a dish like a salad that must be prepped at the last minute
- Store glasses near the sink, ice maker or ice bucket for easy access
- Ensure pot holders are in drawers or hanging next to the stove so your guests can help you remove food that is warming in the oven
Suggestion #3: Update your sink
During the holidays we typically host larger groups of people than we do during other parts of the year, which means there are lots of dishes to clean. This can be a nightmare if you have a shallow sink and a standard faucet. Dishes pile up, it becomes difficult to maneuver them within the sink and you dread washing the dishes so much that you wouldn’t even consider taking up your guests’ offer to help you clean up.
A deeper, double-sided sink and a more versatile faucet can make the cleanup process much easier. With a deep sink you can have a pile of dirty dishes in one or both sides of your sink and still have room to clean and set dishes in the dishwasher or a drying rack.
Our new Lillian Single-Handle Pull-Down Faucet allows you to pause water flow with the touch of a button as you transition between washing and drying dishes. It also has a convenient pull-down and automatically retracting spray head that helps you easily reach everything that needs to be cleaned.
Don’t allow holiday party hosting to become a stressful event this year. Take some time to prep your kitchen and you’ll be in much better spirits all season long.
Brittney Sheffield is a writer for The Home Depot who covers home décor tips and home improvement projects. Shop kitchens at homedepot.com for affordable upgrades for your lifestyle now.