For those among us who love feeding a crowd, the kitchen can make or break our experience as host. If you’re undertaking a kitchen renovation for a space that will often be filled with guests, your new kitchen should reflect this. Whether you’re hosting dinner parties, family affairs or this year’s Christmas lunch, read our five kitchen essentials for people who love to entertain.

If you want to transform your Tauranga, Papamoa or Te Puke kitchen into an entertainer’s dream, talk to Farquhar Design Kitchens.

  1. The Kitchen Welcomes Guests

If you love to host, build the party around the kitchen so you can join in the fun. The best ways to make sure the host is included is with open plan kitchens that allow guests to linger. Spacious kitchen benchtop islands stocked with stools gives guests the freedom to stay in the kitchen, chatting with the host while they put the finishing touches on dinner. A good kitchen designer knows that effortless entertaining hinges on a kitchen that is the hub of the home.

  1. It’s Ease to Clean

While plenty of people love entertaining, it’s rare to find someone who loves clean up duty. If you often have a houseful of guests, our kitchen design team suggests creating a kitchen that is easy to clean. Stone finish benchtops and glass backsplashes make for easy-clean surfaces while double sinks and quality dishwashers make doing the dishes a breeze. And if you have the space, consider a scullery to contain the mess.

  1. You Can Feed a Crowd

If you’re planning on feeding a crowd regularly, take a hint from commercial kitchens and buy appropriate appliances. Double ovens, gas stovetops with six hobs, a large fridge, a warming drawer – these aren’t kitchen necessities for everyday families, but they will certainly go a long way for regular party hosts. And make sure you have sufficient storage for all that crockery, cutlery and glasses.

  1. A Warm Ambiance

Delicious food and pleasant company are the two most important elements of a dinner party, but you can use clever kitchen design to elevate the atmosphere even further. Create ambiance through attractive kitchen lighting, wire in speakers for background music, and include comfy seating and potted plants.

  1. Hospitality Extras

If you’re serious about entertaining, there are some hospitality industry tricks that can take your dinner party to the next level. Build a drinks station complete with a beverage fridge; hang a blackboard or cork board with a to do list that the home chef can easily scan; invest in quality serviettes.

Is a cramped kitchen stopping you from entertaining? The team at Tauranga kitchen design company FD Kitchens can help.