A Party-Perfect Kitchen
Create a space your guests will love
- Stephen Danelian
With the end of summer comes the start of indoor dinner party season, and no matter how hard you try to steer them away, guests will—without fail—end up in your kitchen. You can scrub, sweep, and scour your kitchen in preparation for a party, but this room of hard surfaces and functionality often lacks personality. So why not make it a stylish and unique space your guests will enjoy? Here are a few tips from entertaining guru and chef to the stars, Lulu Powers, author of Lulu Powers: Food to Flowers (2010, William Morrow).
Here are Powers's favorite ideas for making your kitchen a destination hot spot for your guests.
1. Set up a bar.
Transform your countertop, island, or kitchen table into a bar. Be sure to have an ice bucket or two—big glass vases or silver buckets work nicely—along with glasses and drink ingredients. Simple things are best, like a bowl of frozen grapes that people can put in Champagne. Always offer to make your guests a drink when they arrive; but after that, the bar area can be self-serve.
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