Kitchen must haves for entertaining over the festive season!

14th December 2022 | Inspiring Interiors

At Kitchen Stori, we're fully embracing the festive spirit and next on our to-do list is party prepping for our friends and family over the Christmas break. If you're an avid host like us you'll absolutely love our list of kitchen must-haves for 5-star entertaining. From drinks stations to multipurpose islands, take inspiration from some of our Real Kitchen projects that are perfect for any "host with most". 

Include ample space for seating

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More people and nowhere to put them? When planning your kitchen think about different seating zones, you'll have your dining area and possibly a snug but if you're planning on adding an island make it more than just additional worktop space and storage. Add an overhang with your countertop to create a breakfast bar, allowing stools to be easily added or removed when needed. The standard amount of overhang should roughly be 10-12 inches for ultimate legroom comfort.

Also, think about adding an "Appliance garage" to free up some extra serving space, somewhere to store away any unnecessary items like your microwave or toaster but still easily accessible if needed. The perfect way to hide away any last minute mess too!

Cooking Appliances

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Whether it's delicious feasts or seasonal light bites you'll be rummaging up this December, a hob on your island facing your guests will enable you to be present with your loved ones while keeping them well-fed and watered. 

Drinks Trough

Project Details: Retailer, Broomside | Range, Belgravia - Shell 

If you’re an avid entertainer, then a drinks trough or sink is a must! Integrated into your kitchen island you'll want to consider the placement wisely so your guests can get cold drinks in an easy-to-reach spot. If you’re limited to space this can also be a nice alternative to having an integrated wine refrigerator as well as a conversation starter. 

Dedicated Bar Station

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If you have the extra space to play with and want to add a touch of luxury to your kitchen and dining space, then a dedicated bar is a must and has been hugely popular over the last couple of years. Complete your bar station with an integrated wine fridge, wine bottle racks, and plain glazed doors to show off your glassware and bar accessories for a real statement piece. 

Mood Lighting

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A well-planned lighting scheme can transform your kitchen both practically and aesthetically. You can create a warm and relaxing atmosphere by adding statement pendant lighting above your kitchen island or dining table as well as strip lighting around your cabinetry to provide a gentle glow. Task lighting in high-traffic food prep areas will allow for greater precision when prepping party canapes or fruity cocktails. Learn more about the role cabinetry lighting plays in elevating your space here.  

We hope you enjoyed our kitchen must-haves for the festive season. For more inspiration check out our Real Kitchen projects completed by our approved Kitchen Stori Retailers located throughout the UK & Ireland.

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