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Food and Conversation – The Party is in the Kitchen

There was a time when a kitchen was only used for preparing food; usually one woman was alone in the kitchen cooking all day for her family or guests; these days, the kitchen is the heart of the home, it is where everyone gathers together. The cook is no longer alone in the kitchen, missing the party; the party has come to the cook. 

A kitchen is a place where friends and families connect; it is the most important room in the house. During parties or gatherings of friends and family, most people prefer to hang out in the kitchen. The dining table is set, there are big comfy chairs in the living room, but most guests are standing in the kitchen because the kitchen is more intimate, and everyone knows that is where the best conversations take place. 

Since people will be hanging out in your kitchen, you may as well design it to accommodate everyone. 

Consider the traffic flow in the kitchen and find a balance between cooking, cleaning, and socializing.
Choose an open floor plan that provides enough space for a social kitchen; having a large kitchen may be more practical than a big living room.
A large island provides an additional prep area, breakfast counter, storage, and a place where people hang out and chat.
Add barstools to your island, making it a welcoming place to sit and visit meanwhile keeping people out of the cook’s way.
Build a pantry to store food, small appliances, pots, and pans freeing up counter space.
Ditch the formal dining room and open up the room to flow into a casual eating area off the kitchen.
A noisy dishwasher can be distracting; many brands claim to be the quietest, do your research to find the best one for your new kitchen.
Add a sound system in the kitchen; if the party is in the kitchen, you need music.
Consult with your architect on how to make the most of your space and design a kitchen that is comfortable and welcoming to everyone.