Merry Kitch-mas

Why an open plan kitchen is perfect Christmas party space

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Christmas is just around the corner and our thoughts turn to entertaining guests over the party season. Traditionally, hosting was always done in the living room, but as the trend for open plan kitchens increases, so does the number of parties in our favourite room.

Adding some simple kitchen accessories in warm festive colours like gold and red is the first way to get your kitchen party ready. By making sure your kitchen looks the part, you can create the perfect ambience for your Christmas extravaganza.

A wooden table or island unit complete with a solid worktop is the perfect place for gathering guests. Wood has a natural beauty and warmth that makes it perfect for party furniture. To enhance the effect further, you can dress the surface with Christmas decorations or candles.

In addition, use cushions and throws on your table and chairs to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. Make sure you choose suitable lighting too. You’ll need to be able to see what you’re doing when you’re getting the food ready, but you don’t want to make the room too bright. Under cabinet lighting can offer an effective solution.

Finally, the main advantage to having the Christmas party in an open plan kitchen? Guests won’t end up in groups spread in different rooms over the house, so you can all have fun together.