For some time now kitchens have been becoming a more central room in the functionality of the average household. It is not uncommon for a large number of day to day events to take place in the kitchen, especially considering that in a lot of households every meal is eaten there. But it is also becoming increasingly common for parties and social occasions to be focused around a house’s kitchen and then for the gathering to break away from it as a central point.
This in fact makes a great deal of sense when you consider that kitchens are generally the easiest room to clean in any house, not to mention that the kitchen is generally the place to find drinks at a party. Despite the relative ease with which a kitchen can be used as a party room there are a number of specific ways to make a kitchen more functional and easy to use as an ideal, central location for a party or gathering in your home.
First of all furniture can make a big difference as to whether or not your kitchen will be perfectly suited to hosting a party. People will want to sit down, but of course bringing in large or ill fitted chairs from another room can be a hassle and standard kitchen furniture is often a little too spacious to allow for maximum room.
The ideal solution to this problem is bar stools, which will fit perfectly around any kitchen surface creating the feel of a bar but also leaving room open for people to stand or mingle. Not only this but you will reduce the likelihood that a dropped drink means a smashed glass, because your guests will have a surface close to hand and something which they can rest their drinks on. Having a surface close by means it’s far more likely that a dropped drink will just equate to a spill, and one which (thanks to hosting your party in the kitchen) takes less than a minute to wipe up.
For those people who are redesigning their kitchen and feel as if their house would benefit from a kitchen which could easily be utilised for parties as well as everyday life, there are some layout changes which can be very handy. When it comes to party accessible kitchens one common factor is having an island in the centre of the room, preferably with the sink positioned in it. This will mean there’s a single, central location for guests to stand around as well as more room for your guests to sit next to a single location and chat. It also makes accessing the sink easy, for cleaning up those not-so-troublesome spills. It helps to have a single island located centrally with all other furniture and surfaces positioned around the edges for maximum space.
Although you could suggest this falls under furniture, big fridges are considerably more expensive than a set of bar stools and are not an essential item for parties. Of course having a fridge would be considered by most to be an essential item for everyday life not just party hosting, but having a large fridge is just a bonus when it comes to putting on parties. Having a giant fridge means you won’t have to fill your bath up with beer and keep making trips back and forth to keep the guests happy, with a big enough fridge you can accommodate almost an entire nights worth of drinks in one place which makes socialising easier and creates another reason for chatting in the kitchen.
If the drinks are all in the kitchen, then people won’t want to leave it and if people don’t want to leave it then the chances of your carpets being ruined by beer or coke are slim to none, which is the main bonus of a kitchen based party. The less there is to clean up the day after a party, the more fun you’ll have on the night!