They say the kitchen is the heart of the home, but it's also the throbbing, thumping center of every party. Whether or not you meant it to happen, your guests will gravitate to the kitchen every. single. time. So what's a host to do? Make sure their kitchen is fitted with details that make it easy to entertain right inside the cookhouse.
We've collected a dozen ideas for your renovation inspiration that will surely make your place the only place to hang:
Above, an island found on Better Homes and Gardens extends for even more seating space, prep space or just space to linger around the kitchen.
An indoor-outdoor kitchen, from Three Birds Renovations and Adore magazine, made possible by a really big gas-strut window.
The warming drawer in this Anne Hepfer kitchen can keep food hot while guests arrive, or warm plates for a fancy dinner party.
A dish pantry, like this one in Heather Bullard's kitchen, is just the thing you never knew you needed to sort and store all your servingware.
A kitchen island is the perfect spot for a small beverage fridge, like this one from Von Fitz Design...
...or maybe a really big drink fridge is more your speed. This one is in the home of Kris Jenner on My Domaine. Yep, that Kris Jenner.
This entertainment sink from Lenova can be used as a prep area, drink trough, garnish station, glass drying rack or a place to put cold hors d'oeuvres on ice.
A liquor drawer, like this one on Houzz from Studio KB, is a great place to stash all the booze that won't fit on the bar cart.
Open shelves are a great place to store all your glassware so guests can grab-and-go, like here in this townhouse featured on One Kings Lane.
If you have the room a wet bar is a great addition to the kitchen, like here on Better Homes and Gardens. The key is to keep it away from the kitchen "work zone" so guests stay away from the food prep area.
A bar sink is key to any wet bar, I love how this one from Jack Bilt Homes comes out of the side wall.
The finishing touch on any party kitchen is a spot to highlight the night's menu, like this chalkboard wall in the home of The Hunted Interior.
(Image credits: Better Homes and Gardens; Hannah Blackmore; Anne Hepfer; Heather Bullard; Von Fitz Design; Justin Coit; Lenova; Studio KB; Lesley Unruh; Better Homes and Gardens; Jack Bilt Homes; The Hunted Interior)