To throw a memorable party, one needs an unforgettable space. During celebratory occasions such as the Lunar New Year, the kitchen can double up as a stylish living and lounge area that will pull in the crowd while helping them relax and enjoy. Here, we look at the kitchen must-haves for festive visits and more stylish soirees.
Show off your chic tableware
Who says plates are just for the table? If they are as eye-catching and thought provoking as the Seletti Wears Toiletpaper range of porcelain and enamel plates, display a dozen or so of them on the wall for all to see. Secure them to the wall using adhesive disc plate hangers from brands such as Flatirons Disc Company.
Make a statement with your kitchen lighting
Warm, welcoming lighting is a big crowd pleaser, better yet if the light fixtures are also unusual. Tom Dixon’s Beat series pendant lamps are delightful additions to the island bar counter where guests can linger for canapés, or coffee. The lamps come in four shapes and colours that can be mixed and matched.
Embrace the picnic mood
Bench picnics put people in a cheerful mood, and e15’s Table Fayland by David Chipperfield lets you bring the picnic indoors. Made of solid wood and available in white, black and oiled oak and walnut, it’s ideal for laying out buffet spreads, and can be used as an informal dining table when paired with Fawley benches.
Keep your kitchen sleek and neat
Uncluttered space and good circulation are vital for kitchen entertaining. Open concepts that allow workspaces to flow into other zones are key, and a wet bar livens things up. Snaidero tailor-makes the ideal party kitchen with stunning fittings and finishings. Look, Way and First models are great options.
Turn your kitchen island into a bar
Industrial counter stools such as the iconic Tolix perforated H stools with backrest, or the Grand Metal Counter chair by US furniture brand Apt2B lend a laid-back and contemporary feel to bar areas and island counters, transforming these spots into relaxed gathering hubs.