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4 Ways to Prep the Kitchen for the Holidays

Be inspired to cook your favorite recipes in a space that exudes warmth and comfort

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The kitchen is the busiest are at home and this coming holiday season, we're sure that you will be spending a great deal of the time in the area—working on your trusty recipes and preparing salads and desserts. Whether you're hosting a formal dinner party or a casual, laid-back get-together with friends, you need to make sure that your kitchen is not just clean and efficient! You can turn it into a pretty space that channels the vibe and feel of Christmas.

While you can always hang red towels, ribbons, and accessories, here are a few ideas that you can work on too: 

Main photos from: Clean and Scentsible.

Clean your kitchen cabinets and drawers

Before you can fully decorate the space, you need to make sure that it's free from dirt and clutter. Remove everything inside the cabinets and clear the shelves. Wipe all of these and make sure it's free from dust. Review the items that you currently have and see which ones are to be discarded. Once you've cleaned and organize your condiments, utensils, and belongings, you may start sprucing up the area.

Bring out pretty containers and plates

It's the perfect time to bring out and use the special dinnerware that you've been keeping in the cupboard for months! Aside from displaying your favorite pieces, you may also decorate using cute containers and colorful receptacles. Choose pieces in bold hues like red, green, and yellow! If you want to create charming containers from scratch, you can liven up plain mason jars with ribbons and a few flowers.

Photo from Clean and Scentsible.

Add a refreshing scent

Aside from transforming the kitchen into a space that's pleasing to the eye, you need to appeal to the other senses too! We're sure that you would love to maintain the aroma of the dishes that you are cooking, but you can work with something a bit more sweet and homey. Consider using a peppermint scent, cinnamon, or cloves. These scents would remind you and the guests of homemade treats and goodies.

Use food as part of the decor

Aside from placing fruits on trays and bowls, you can also incorporate chocolates and desserts as part of your kitchen vignette. If you have glass jars, you can fill these up with mini chocolates in colorful wrappers. You can separate them per color: one jar can have green pieces, the other red and white.

You may also prepare cupcakes and brownies on a plate and display it one corner of the kitchen.

RL Tip: You may also want to hang garlands and wreaths in the kitchen to brighten up corners and liven up plain walls. As much as possible, limit the number of decor that you will use as it's much more important to keep the kitchen open so you can move around freely.

Photo from Stone Gable.

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