Have you started thinking about Christmas yet? Maybe you’ve started a little Christmas shopping, thought about where you might order the Turkey from this year, or planned a few Christmas parties. Perhaps you are super organised and have all gifts purchased and wrapped and stashed away ready for the big day. Congrats if you do!
Me? Well I’m normally much further ahead than I currently am, but I’ve started and it feels good.
This year we are hosting Christmas at home. It’s not something we’ve done too often and now the girls are a little older it feels like it can be quite different. In the past I remember, cooking the food around toddler nap times, and we were still eating and unwrapping gifts at 5pm, after they were back up from a sleep. Now they take part much more, and expect certain traditions to happen so I need to get my thinking cap on.
One thing I want to do is get the kitchen ready. It’s been a long neglected space this year, with all the renovations going on in the rest of house and it needs a little attention. If I’m going to do a considerable amount of cooking, I need to ensure it can cope. I’m not sure it can in its current state.
So, how about a little checklist which may help anyone else in the same predicament.
How to Prepare your Kitchen for Christmas:
- Can the oven cope with the turkey and trimmings? Ours is 10 years old now and I’d dearly love another. How about one of these integrated double ovens from Amica for example. Nice eh?
- You’ll need tins and more tins, particularly a large one for the Turkey.
- Clearing up is a big deal at Christmas, so I always love a few new tea towels. Love these I found at Zara Home the other day. They have matching aprons too.
- It’s always good to display some drinks and nibbles over the festive period, and the kitchen is the ideal place to do this. How about some lovely trays to use for this. There are some fabulous platters at Anthropologie which would look stunning.
- Wine glasses. You can never have too many I think, and some of mine need replacing ready for the festivities. I’m loving some of these metallic versions at Oliver Bonas at the moment. I might have to treat myself.
- Decorate your kitchen as well as the rest of the house. I need some new fairy lights and a few contemporary Christmas decorations to use in the kitchen this year. Better get shopping.
- People love to drop in over the festive period, and not everyone wants an alcoholic drink. The kettle takes a bit of a bashing at this time of year, make sure yours is up to the job.
- Are you baking? You need to ensure you have plenty of tins in which to store your baked goods. I’ve been loving the selection at Emma Bridgewater for a while now.
- Candles are my favourite thing at Christmas (well for most of the year really) and they help create a certain atmosphere at this time. I like to stock up on small votives and dot them about in holders when I need them.
- Let the music play. We are huge fans of music in our house and Christmas day won’t be complete without a few tunes blasting from the Stelle speaker. It’s our favourite gadget in the whole house.
So that’s my little checklist. What will you do to prepare your Kitchen for Christmas this year?
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