Hosting a party at home can be lots of fun but also lots of work! Depending on the type and size of the party, you may need to begin planning months in advance. One of the most important areas of your home to prepare for a party is the kitchen. No matter what type of gathering you’re planning, it is inevitable that everyone will eventually end up in the kitchen.
A well-prepared kitchen will help your event be a success. For major events like a home wedding or a large anniversary party, consider whether your kitchen needs renovations. Hosting a large party is a great excuse to finally paint the cabinets, upgrade your appliances or replace the countertops in your home. Visit the First Coast Supply Showroom in Jacksonville, FL to get ideas for your kitchen renovation.
If you are throwing a smaller event or if your kitchen already looks great, use these tips on how to prepare your kitchen so that your party goes off without a hitch.
Clean Your Kitchen
Always clean your kitchen before you host a party. Your guests want to feel confident that the food they’re eating was prepared in a clean space. Also, you want your home to feel inviting and uncluttered. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to deep clean your kitchen before the event. This is an easy way to make your kitchen look great.
If you’re cleaning yourself, start by removing all clutter from your countertops and floors so that you have room to prepare and serve food and drinks. Follow the rule of starting at the top and working down. Clean upper surfaces like countertops and appliances first then clean your floors last. Before the party starts, empty the kitchen trash and place the container in a convenient place for your guests to use.
Plan for Your Guests
Depending on what type of event you are having, you need to prepare your space accordingly. If you are hosting a party for your five-year-old, you could simply serve pizza and cake at your kitchen island. However, if you are having a sit-down dinner for adults, you may need to rent extra tables and chairs to accommodate everyone.
Consider what type of food and entertainment is appropriate for your guests as you plan the details. In warm climates like Florida, it is fun to host a party outside using your outdoor kitchen. Always have your indoor kitchen ready in case of unexpected whether. You want your guests to feel welcome and comfortable even if the weather changes.
Make a Menu
Delicious food is key to a successful party. The good news is that you don’t have to do it all yourself. For larger parties, it’s a good idea to hire a caterer. You can then focus on your guests while the caterer prepares and serves the food.
For low key events, make or buy food in advance that can easily be heated and served. You don’t want to spend the entire time stuck in the kitchen. You want to be accessible to your guests by preparing the food in advance.
Now that food allergies are more prevalent, label each food item with a decorative card. This informs your guests of their food options and any potential allergy issues. The key is to plan so that you can offer delicious food and still enjoy the company of your guests.
Ask for Help
Planning a party in your home can be stressful. Don’t be afraid to ask for help! You may decide to hire a housecleaner, caterer or special entertainer to make your event a success. However, if your budget doesn’t allow for hired help, ask your friends and family for assistance.
Prepare in advance to make your home a warm and inviting space and then relax. Your guests are there to have fun and spend time celebrating with you.
If you are hosting a large, formal event and need kitchen renovations like new appliances or countertops, visit the First Coast Supply Showroom in Jacksonville, FL to start your planning today.