It’s not exactly a secret that the kitchen is where everyone seems to gather. We all know this, yet many homeowners still don’t plan a kitchen that can handle a crowd. Not only will you need room for your guests to congregate, you’ll need space to prepare the food and pour the drinks.
A large central island is a must, but where one island is good, two are better. This will allow you the space to cook and chop at one countertop, then stage it for noshing on the other. Guests can now interact with you freely without blocking your progress. Provide ample seating in your kitchen, not only around the island but perhaps in the form of a built-in bench or window seat, too. The more places you have for friends to relax, the better.
Finally, a large pantry – particularly a butler’s pantry – is a game changer at the holidays. It allows you to stash all those items you only bring out this time of year in a spacious, organized way.