With the holidays quickly approaching, it's time to get your home ready for entertaining friends and family. While your kitchen may be equipped for everyday cooking, it is important to be prepared for entertaining larger crowds. Here is my guide to the essentials for holiday entertaining, from cooking to presentation, and everything in between.
The Right Tools
Cooking and baking for a large crowd of friends and family is no small feat, but having the right tools can make things a lot easier. Here are my top essentials to equip your kitchen with before your holiday preparations begin.
1) KitchenAid Mixer
This iconic staple item is a must have in your kitchen at anytime, but especially during the holidays. The electric mixer is not only great for mixing cake batters and cookie doughs, but also for making pastas and grounding meats (with the various attachment pieces that KitchenAid sells). Retailing at $349.00, you will have this versatile kitchen tool for years to come, and you will most definitely get your money's worth.
2) The Perfect Pot
Whether you're cooking soups or sauces, you need a large pot for cooking for the masses. In my family, we always have a huge pot of sauce simmering on the stove! This copper pot is sold in two different sizes, and is perfect for cooking for a large number of people.
3) A Sharp Knife and a Cutting Board
These essentials will take you far this holiday season, and wherever your cooking endeavors take you. Perfect for chopping onions, celery, parsley, just to name a few, you will need your knife and cutting board every step of the way.
4) Roasting Pan
This is a must have for the holiday season, and especially for roasting that turkey on Thanksgiving. Perfect for making hearty meals of meat or poultry and roasted veggies, you'll find this roasting pan to be a staple for your holiday cooking.
It's all in the presentation...
It's one thing to cook a great meal, but in order to really impress your friends and family, the presentation is half the battle. Here are my essentials for making your holiday feast look like a masterpiece.
1) Serving Platter
On Thanksgiving, the turkey is the main event worthy of showcasing. This platter is a perfect, thematic addition to your serve-ware collection.
2) A Marble Board
This piece is perfect for serving up appetizers and antipasti courses as your guests arrive. Marble is minimalistic, sleek, and adds a touch of elegance to the overall presentation.
Chargers are just what you need to add a little glitz and glamour to your holiday table. It's all in the details, and these metallic chargers will make your dishes pop and your table stand out.
4) Break Out the China
Whether it's a brand new set or a family heirloom that's been passed down to you, what better time to break out the fine china from the cabinet than the holidays? This set from Lenox is festive, fancy, and is sure to make any dish look good as gold!
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