Do you dream of a kitchen that isn’t just a place to cook in, but that you could entertain in as well? I certainly do. Of course, with kitchen renovations costing so much, all that most people can do is to pop it on their vision board and send it out to the universe! Although, all is not lost as I have devised some savvy strategies you can use to achieve your dream kitchen without breaking your budget. Read on to find out what they are.
One thing that is super on trend right now when it comes to kitchen spaces to entertain in is an island. These are usually fitted units that are installed in the middle of the kitchen, providing extra workspace. Of course, they can also double up as a fantastic place to set out a buffet or grazing platter, and if you install a wine fridge within them can make a great spot to sit around and treat your guest to a drink while you chat as well.
Sadly, such features are often hugely expensive, especially if you choose to get them to match the rest of you built-it cabinets. All is not lost, however, because it is totally possible to DIY your own kitchen island. Something that will save you a great deal of money yet still allows you to have that focal point that is perfect for casual entertaining.
I’ve also seen plenty of wheel along trolley styles like the one on Mrs Hinch’s Instagram that you could roll into the centre to give the effect of an island but having the benefit that you can roll it out of the way too which is ideal for those who have a smaller kitchen.
When it comes to entertaining successfully in your kitchen space, it’s essential that you have all of the tools that you will need. In particular, investing in a large fridge freezer is crucial because it will allow you to pre-prepare the food you will serve. Something that will ensure that you can stay organised and also have a little time to relax before your guests arrive.
Of course, the significant difficulty here is that the larger appliance you want, the higher the price. Although if you are smart, finding a fridge freezer on sale can save you a significant amount. Something that means you will have all the space that you need without having to go over budget.
GETTING THE RIGHT GADGETS
It’s not just the appliances that are crucial when it come to creating a kitchen that you enjoy entertaining in, but the smaller gadgets as well.
In fact, investing in something like a coffee machine can make the whole experience of people coming over much easier and more satisfying. Luckily, there are ways to save here, as well. In particular, using online auction sites to find high-end machines that have only been lightly used, and then bidding on them with a competitive offer.
Lastly, one of the most important things that you will need if you are to entertain in your kitchen regularly are serving dishes, platters, and plates. After all, you will want to make sure that the fare you serve looks as attractive as possible.
Happily, you don’t have to go spend the better part your wages in high-end department stores to do this. In fact, you can often find fantastic serving platters in thrift stores and charity shops. Something that can help to make achieving your dream entertaining kitchen possible, all without spending a fortune.
How would you create your dream kitchen? What would it look like?