Party-Ready Kitchens

No matter the size, the kitchen tends to be the place where guests gather during parties. Equip your kitchen for entertaining by incorporating specialty features that make preparing and serving food a cinch.

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November 07, 2019

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Large Kitchen Island With Black Industrial Pendant Lights

This oversized island, which was requested by the homeowner, provides ample space for both cooking and entertaining. It features an undermount sink with gooseneck faucet, and it's illuminated by two black industrial pendant lights. Six orange chairs surround the island, providing space for guests.

Open Plan Kitchen With Stainless Steel Sink

This home's kitchen was completely reconfigured to make it more of a space for entertaining. Upgrades included integrating appliances into the design for a cleaner look and opening the room up to the nearby dining and living rooms.

Scandinavian Open Plan Kitchen With Black Lights

An L-shaped island expands the entertaining possibilities in this kitchen, with room to seat at least five and lots of extra tabletop space.

Entertainer's Kitchen With Dark Blue Island

This kitchen is an entertainer's dream, with stainless appliances, a large island, four stools and a bright white breakfast nook. While the owners prep dinner, their guests can enjoy drinks and hors d'oeuvres in the same room.

Coastal Kitchen Made for Entertaining

After an afternoon in the sun, guests can head towards the kitchen to refuel. Here, light wood cabinets keep plates and utensils within easy reach, while a long counter with five wicker stools invites everyone to take a seat.

Ultimate Entertaining Setup

Equipped with a moving glass wall system that opens to an adjacent patio, this kitchen has an ideal layout for indoor/outdoor entertaining.

Impressive Kitchen Features

While top-of-the-line appliances aren't a necessity in an entertaining kitchen, a few special features will both impress your guests and provide easy access to food and beverages. This kitchen is outfitted with a built-in, full wet bar set up with wine storage and refrigerator. A waterfall edge island adds eat-in space in the open design.

Center of Attention

Part of the kitchen's graceful design is this gently curving kitchen island. One side has countertops for meal prep. The other side is a welcoming breakfast nook with a built-in banquette.

Electronic Entertainment

For parties centered around sporting events or movies, a television in the kitchen is a fantastic feature. In this lively kitchen, the wall-mounted television is ideally placed so it can be viewed from both the bar and the seating area.

From: John R. Wood Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

Expansive Island

Four globe pendant lights hang from vaulted white ceilings in this modern kitchen with an expansive island. Contemporary bar chairs line the marble and wood island with storage, facing a decorative backsplash and stainless steel range.

Seating for 8

A super long island is the key to fitting a quantity of people into this kitchen. Loads of space is available for eight durable Tolix stools in a navy blue accent. A pantry tucked just round the corner keeps this kitchen clean and neat.

Cozy Setting

Warm wood is the star of the open plan kitchen, used for the floors, lower cabinets, chairs and a sunny, built-in banquette.

White, Bright Open Plan Kitchen With Pot Filler

The breezy, all-white kitchen opens onto an adjacent dining area, handy for entertaining without making the chef feel closed off. A pot filler is installed over the stove.

Bright and Airy

Traditional upholstery on the barstools complements the smoky gray of the pendant lights above the island in this streamlined, contemporary kitchen. Glass-fronted cabinetry showcases dishware that is also awash in white, continuing the room's clean, airy vibe. A slatted wood ceiling adds a touch of rusticity.

Warm, Inviting Kitchen

Natural materials, textures, color and art come together flawlessly in this family-friendly kitchen. With a bar and a large island at the center of the kitchen, there is no shortage of space for a snack or cooking prep.

Where the Action Is

Whether cooking the meal or eating it, everyone is part of fun in this airy eat-in kitchen. Light-colored exposed beams are a strong visual anchor in the midst of all the white.

Modern Galley

High ceilings and modern, white tones make this galley kitchen a place for gathering. With lots of recessed lighting, plenty of white oak cabinets for storage and a large marble island, guests won't have any trouble moving around the space preparing for a dinner party.

From: Moreland Properties and Luxury Portfolio International®

Elegant Entertaining

From large dinner parties to more intimate gatherings, the open-concept floor plan in the kitchen and dining areas makes this an inviting home for entertaining groups of all sizes.

Cook and Entertain

This large open-concept kitchen anchored with deep charcoal gray and white linen cabinets and stocked with five-star appliances creates a curated space with user-friendly layout made for cooking and entertaining.

Open Plan Kitchen for Entertaining

Ideal for entertaining, this open plan kitchen features a large kitchen island to allow family and friends to gather around and enjoy snacks and drinks together.

Open Kitchen With Large Island Allows for Effortless Entertaining

The open layout of this kitchen, in addition to the expansive island, allows for great entertaining when friends and family visit. It was important for the family to have a functional chefs kitchen that would give them the opportunity to host while enjoying the company of their guests.

Rustic Table and Kitchen Island Create a Large, Functional Entertaining Space

To create a connected entertaining space, designers crafted a kitchen and dining room that shared complementary designs and spaces. In the dining room, a rustic table seats six, while two large, contemporary gray chairs and a gray beaded chandelier add texture and color to the space. In the kitchen, a large kitchen island provides plenty of extra seating, enlarging the size of the family's entertaining space.

Gourmet Entertaining

A comfortable, efficient kitchen is a must for a serious cook who entertains both casually and formally. High-end appliances and a carefully planned layout provide efficiency.

Modern Kitchen Awash in Black, White and Gold

Black and gold combine to create a sleek profile in this streamlined, modern kitchen. A mix of dark and light cabinetry is unified by dark countertops and an eye-catching backsplash that brings the mix of hues together. Three clean-lined pendants light the island, while a trio of modern upholstered barstools provide seating that allows guests to interact with the cook. An integrated refrigerator features modern brass pulls that match the rest of the hardware and fixtures.

Galley Kitchen With Gorgeous Green Cabinets

This galley kitchen was designed to be a functional yet stylish space that allows for effortless cooking and entertaining. Thus, the room features a deep sink and stainless appliances, gorgeous green cabinets and a wood dining table that seats six.

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