Your kitchen is hands-down the busiest room in your home during the holiday season. It’s warm, there are yummy dishes baking in the oven, and delicious pots bubbling on the stove. And no matter how inviting the other living spaces in your home, your holiday kitchen seems to create a gravitational pull for all your family and visiting friends.
This is the place where memories are made.
Before you get swept up in the holly, jolly bustle of the season, there are some easy and inexpensive ways to give your kitchen a little holiday sparkle, and create a functional, welcoming space. Swapping out regularly-used kitchen linens for seasonal favorites, clearing out unnecessary clutter, cleaning appliances, and adding a few festive accents can go a long way in making your kitchen holiday-ready.
Here are a few tips and tricks:
1. Clean clutter from countertops. Put bills, mail, school reminders and other papers away. You don’t want to worry about important documents being lost in the shuffle, and this will give you more space for food service.
2. Clean your microwave and prep your oven. You don’t want guests to open a dirty microwave or to realize your oven isn’t functioning just as Aunt Edna has arrived for dinner.
[Pro-Tip: this is a good time to give your backsplash a thorough cleaning.]
3. Get your serveware ready. You’ll want to be sure your knives are sharpened, your stemware is clean, and you have enough serving utensils to accommodate your holiday meal.
4. Choose a few special pieces as accents. Serving platters, small appetizer plates, festive salt & pepper shakers, linens, a durable trivet, or a wood cutting board are inexpensive ways to make your guests feel special and your gathering memorable. It’s always fun to mix family heirlooms with new and stylish fixtures.
5. Relax and enjoy. Find some quiet time for yourself to reflect and appreciate the beauty of the season. In truth, your guests will love being in your home, whatever you serve, however you decorate. And your family? They’ll love being in the kitchen because of the people they find there.