Now that autumn is here, the days are getting darker and the temperatures are dropping, it could only mean one thing: Christmas is coming! There’s no doubt that this is the most wonderful time of the year, with so many events and festivities taking place. And, for some, this means opening their home for dinner parties and gatherings, as well as the big day itself. If it’s the first Christmas you’ll be spending in your new home, you’re bound to want everything to be perfect. So, if you’re planning on being the host with the most this festive period, it’s time to get your kitchen prepared with our top three tips.
Give your kitchen a deep clean and declutter
The festive period is bound to bring so many faces into your home to socialise and celebrate the party season, so it’s only natural that you’ll want your new kitchen looking its best. Instead of bundling everything into the cupboards at last minute, it’ll be a good idea to put some time aside to have a proper clear-out — you’d be surprised how much mess you’ve accumulated over the past few months in your new house.
Before you start clearing out, it’ll be a good idea to get three boxes that you can use to separate out the things you need to keep, things that are out of date and need throwing, and things that can be recycled such as cardboard food packaging. There are a number of ways you can tackle your kitchen’s clutter, so there’s something to suit everybody whether you choose to gut it all in one go or handle one area at a time. Whichever you choose, be sure you’re getting to all of the important bits such as the cutlery drawers as well as the back of cupboards and fridges. It can also help to have some kitchen storage baskets like these ones from Plastic Box Shop. There are many styles to choose from and they will be good for ensuring everything has its own place.
Check your appliances in advance
When you’re hosting, the last thing you’ll want to happen is for your appliances to fail when you need them most. To avoid this, it’ll be a good idea to check your microwave, toaster, kettle, ovens and any other important equipment in your kitchen before the festive season begins. If only one side of your toaster works, your coffee machine lost a part during the move or your kettle is broken, now is the time to replace them!
Once you’ve found what works and what doesn’t, you’ll need to give these a clean as well. For your oven, you’ll want to use a special cleaning solution for a quick and easy fix. Or, you can make your own oven cleaner with baking soda and vinegar — TheKitchn.com has a great guide to cleaning your oven with this homemade solution which means your cooking appliance will be sparkling all season long. Plus, you can save some money, too!
Create an area for entertainment
If you’ve still got some boxes that need to be unpacked, there may be some places you won’t want your guests lingering. Instead, you should concentrate on creating an entertainment area that’ll warmly welcome your guests into your new home and get everybody into the festive spirit. We recommend having this area around the kitchen table where people can sit and chat, as well as hover around and help themselves to any snacks should it be a bigger party.
You should also ensure that you’ve extended the Christmas décor into the kitchen to create an undeniably festive feel. This could include hanging up accessories like wreaths, tinsel and warm lighting options. We love this snow effect Christmas wreath from Festive Lights. Not only can it be used as festive table décor, but the snowy appearance will be perfect if you’re looking to transform your kitchen into a winter wonderland this season.
You might even want to invest in some Christmassy glasses, plates and cutlery. This doesn’t mean serving up your sophisticated starters on red and green plates. Instead, opt for stunning metallics that’ll shine like the star on the top of your tree — bonus points if you match these to the baubles, too. Zara Home have all your homeware needs, and this gold-plated engraved cutlery is the perfect way to invite Christmas cheer into your new home.