Your girlfriends know it, the neighbors know it--heck, even your begrudging mother-in-law knows it: You throw the best shindig in town.
The only problem? Your kitchen isn't actually company-ready. (We're looking at you, butcher block stacked with old Lands' End catalogs.)
Luckily, we've done some research. From easy-peasy weekend projects to small-scale renovations, we've rounded up ten tips for crafting the ultimate kitchen for entertaining.
The Grab-and-Go Shelving
Open shelving is not only chic and striking, it also makes grabbing tableware a breeze. Learn More.
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The Tandem Sink
The worst part of hosting gatherings (aside from Uncle Herb's "jokes") is definitely the cleanup. Keep the dish situation under control with a second "dirty" sink. Learn More.
The Center Island
If your gatherings happen to involve lots of family-style dishes, like savory monkey bread and buffalo chicken meatballs, then a center island is key. Learn More.
The Mini Wine Cellar
Remember: "As long as there's wine, everything's fine." The next time you're planning a kitchen reno, a built-in, under-the counter, temperature-controlled wine fridge is a total no-brainer. Learn More.
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The Central Command
Use butcher paper or a swath of chalkboard paint on your wall or fridge to broadcast the evening's menu--and encourage guests to leave notes. Learn More.
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The Double Range
To ensure that all of your dinner-party fare is ready at the same time, splurge on a burner-heavy stove top. It will make your life so much easier if you can whip up everything at once instead of in shifts. Learn More.
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The Stow-Away Storage
Free up much-needed counter space by stowing your small appliances (toaster, blender, etc.) in cabinets and out of sight. Learn More.
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The Versatile Seating
Lightweight barstools around your center island are your very best friend. Use them to create a pre-dinner cocktail hub or a spillover dining area. Learn More.
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The Cocktail Bar
While we'd love to hire a bartender for the evening, a handy cocktail station or bar cart is the next best thing. Learn More.
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The Open Floor Plan
If you take one lesson, let it be this: The hostess with the mostess is the one who enjoys her own party. And that means being a part of the action. Learn More.
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