Parties are always a great source of entertainment. You get to enjoy some quality downtime with your friends and family.
So, have you thought about hosting a house party?
Well, this could be an excellent way to bond with your friends but it is important to remember that house parties can be tiresome for the host.
However, there are some additional steps that can help you to deal with the aftermath of such parties. In most parties, the kitchen tends to be the most effective hosting spot in the home.
Here, we have discussed some easy tips to prepare your kitchen so that you have to bear minimum efforts post the party.
Prepare munchies before your guests arrive
Irrespective of the size of your kitchen, the foot traffic in it is likely to be heavy and hence it will be nigh on impossible to accommodate everybody within this space. Therefore, in order to avoid huge foot traffic at a particular time make sure that you prepare munchies well in advance.
This way you can neatly place them on the counter outside your kitchen or in the living room. This will ensure that you have minimal foot traffic in your kitchen.
Would you like to go to a boring party?
We don’t actually need an answer to this, as we’re certain it’s a pretty universal answer.
Therefore make sure that you adopt a creative approach while planning your party. Make use of colourful danglers, bright coloured props and vibrant music.
You can also decorate your kitchen so that your friends in there can also enjoy the party. Have an ample supply of wine and beer bottles at disposal in your kitchen and living room so that your friends can easily access them.
Clear Counter space
A clear counter space gives you the room to place a lot of additional stuff. You can place appetizers, cocktails and other drinks at this spot. If you have any appliances at this spot it is preferable to move them to a secluded spot where they are out of everyone’s reach.
Besides, if you plan on making kitchen renovations any time soon, make it a point to choose a design which allows clear counter space. You can find kitchen shops in your area that can help you carry out this task. Remember, a decluttered kitchen looks incredibly appealing!
Do not hesitate to kick-out people
Usually, your friends would prefer to spend time with you in the kitchen. Irrespective of whether you have invited them for a dinner, party or a surprise visit, they are likely to hang out in the kitchen with you.
Often, this results in the kitchen getting more crowded than your living area. If you realise that this is happening and there is no room for more people here then you can simply ask some of your friends to move to the living area.
Sometimes, you are left with some of your preparations and hence have to wait back in the kitchen. In such an instance, your friends also would like to give you company until you are done. But, if you feel that the room is becoming increasingly overcrowded you can politely ask them to move to the next room.
Recheck your menu
You might love cooking and prefer to cook your dishes at home. But, it is important to consider the time taken, number of guests and available space and then decide whether it’s possible to execute the menu you are currently considering.
Apart from this, it is always good to include a limited number of appetizers and drinks in your menu. This will allow you to get done with your preparations before your friends arrive and you can enjoy the party with them. Moreover, you will have a clear idea about whether you have to bake or fry your appetizer and then you can prep for the same accordingly.
If any of your friends are willing to take the initiative of bringing in an appetizer or dessert for the party then allow them to do so. This will give you a breather and allow you to actually enjoy the party.
Add more seating space
Well, it is a party and you will definitely need some space to dance but don’t forget that your friends are bound to be exhausted at some point and will need a place to rest.
Therefore, make sure that you have sufficient seating space so that everybody can sit and rest for a while.
You can add more seating options in the living area so that you have sufficient space around the house to dance.