Don’t spend your perfectly prepped party worrying about the clean-up. Invest in a worry-free countertop, to ensure that the post-party is just as successful and easy as the party itself. To really impress your guests, opt for a stainless steel counter–it cleans with mild soap, won’t be stained by food, and is heat resistant.
With party guests comes party food–large platters of hors d’oeuvres and bowls of dip. Have you ever found yourself wondering where on earth it’s all going to fit? This simple answer may surprise you–a bigger fridge is all it takes. Most top-mount refrigerators will have between 10-25 cubic feet; however, there are extra large refrigerators (25 cubic feet and above) that are sure to leave you room to spare. Check out GE’s Energy Star French-Door refrigerators.
Now that we’ve got your snacks taken care of, what about all the dishes that they go in? We have another simple solution that will give you that added storage, and as an added bonus will keep you from dragging the folding table out of the basement. The trick? A standing-height island (around 38-40″) will give you ample storage and act as a serving area for your guests to gather around. If you’re worried about its day-to-day use, go with a dual-height island.
With weather like this, who wants to spend their time stuck inside the kitchen? Install an outdoor space, so you can mix and mingle while prepping dinner. When planning your new space, don’t be afraid to go beyond the grill; brands like Subzero-Wolf sell modern appliances specifically for outdoor use.