We’ll show you how to get your kitchen ready for Christmas. From Christmas kitchen essentials to final flourishes with Christmas kitchen decorating ideas.
How to get your kitchen ready for Christmas
Besides the gift giving, food is the best thing about Christmas and well and truly puts the kitchen centre stage. Whether you’re a family that hosts a traditional Christmas dinner and welcomes loved ones on Christmas Day, or you prefer a Christmas Eve cocktail soiree with close friends, we’ve got some tips and tricks to get your kitchen ready for the festive period, from Christmas kitchen decorating ideas to everyday essentials, cooking schedules to cleaning tips.
Stock up on Christmas kitchen essentials
With bumper meals and baking bonanzas on the horizon, it makes sense to stock up early on equipment. You’ll need plenty of pots, pans, crockery and glassware for family feasts. And don’t forget other Christmas kitchen essentials like tinfoil, basting trays, bin bags and napkins.
Sit down and take the time to think about the recipes you’ll be using and work out ahead of time how many dishes you’ll need, and then check your inventory. Similarly, doing a store cupboard check for ingredients that you only use during the festive season will ensure you’re not using ingredients that are out of date, or you’re not wasting storage space by doubling up on things.
And if you host numerous parties where there are children in attendance, why not stock up gingerbread house kits. Letting little ones assemble and decorate the pre-cut houses allows the adults time to mingle and munch on mince pies in peace!
Prepare your appliances
Christmas can see our appliances working overtime, so to avoid burnout now’s the time to make sure they’re ready to go. Deep clean your microwave, fridge, and of course oven, a few weeks before the big day. If you can’t face the thought of deep cleaning the grime, there are plenty of professional cleaners who offer deep kitchen cleaning as part of their services.
If you want to be the ultimate ‘hostess with the mostess’ you might want to consider investing in extra appliances like coffee machines and wine chillers – perfect for hectic mornings and indulgent evenings.
With the guests, presents, cooking and decorations, Christmas not only brings joy, it also brings clutter. Before your kitchen becomes a dumping ground for festive cheer – and other items, make your kitchen as organised as possible.
Go through cupboards, drawers, fridges, freezers and larders and throw out any food past its use-by date and remove any ingredients you know you will never use. Empty packets of cereal, pasta and other grains into clear plastic tubs and clearly label them. Not only do these Christmas kitchen essentials look aesthetically pleasing, but by storing ingredients in tubs and boxes, it makes it easy to see and stow.
Of course, work surfaces are of paramount importance over the Christmas period, and if you have appliances like microwaves, kettles, toasters, and knife blocks cluttering your countertops, you might want to consider a larder cupboard with a hidden countertop – the perfect place for all your kitchen appliances to live without taking up space on worktops.
Clever storage solutions aren’t just for Christmas – from corner cabinets, to pull-out cupboards, plate racks, to backet storage, finding the right storage can transform how much you can keep in your kitchen.
Add festive decorations
Festive cheer doesn’t have to be limited to the living room; we’ve got plenty of Christmas kitchen decorating ideas to get you in the mood for mistletoe and wine.
For larger kitchens, fill a large bowl or vase with baubles or fairy lights and place it on a central island or dining table. If your kitchen has a farmhouse feel, you can add mistletoe and ivy around ranges, and for modern kitchens consider trailing festive lights along your cabinets.
If your kitchen is small, you can hang mistletoe from light fittings and place fairy lights along windowsills. This will help bring a bit of sparkle against the backdrop of the winter gloom.
Create a cooking schedule
With your kitchen cleaned, organised and suitably decorated, all that’s left to do is plan your cooking schedule. Factor in what you’ll need to buy, when and from where. If you’re short on time, you could always arrange for a food delivery a few days before the celebrations begin. Map out the menu on a blackboard for everyone to see – and don’t forget to hide the tins of chocolates so they don’t get eaten in the run up!
Of course, if you’re wanting to be extra organised, you can batch cook and freeze your Christmas dishes in November. If that sounds too organised, you can take the pressure off Christmas day dinner and prepare the meat and vegetables the day before, and all you have to do come Christmas Day is cook them.
If you’re in the mood to get your kitchen Christmas ready for many years to come, arrange a free design visit today, and see how a Hammonds kitchen can help you have a happy Christmas!