Bring the ho, ho, ho to the heart of your home! The holidays are here and you’ll want to make sure your kitchen is prepped for the season! Here are some things you can do right now to get your kitchen ready for a party! 

Stock Up 

Give yourself a little peace of mind this season by stocking your pantry, your fridge, and your bar in advance. Fill them with food and drinks that are not only delicious but will also last several weeks. Some of the best seasonal treats and snacks tend to keep well while unopened. Pick up some gourmet crackers, pretzels, chips, cheeses, cheese spreads, and olive tapenades – and grab some “break and bake” cookies, extra coffee, and some special holiday creamers too. And whatever you do, don’t forget the wine! This time of year, you should always be able to uncork a bottle at an impromptu party!  

Clear Your Countertops 

You never know when you may have family or friends stop by for a surprise visit, so it’s always a good idea to keep a super clean kitchen this time of year. Put away of all the appliances and miscellaneous items that you don’t use regularly – that way, you’ll have more workspace while prepping, cooking and baking. Plus, it will also give you the extra room you’ll need for drinks, party food and buffets.  

Pull Out Your Platters 

Wherever you store your holiday serve ware (trays, bowls, coffee cups, cheese plates, etc.), now is the time to get it out, look it over and remind yourself of what you have. Decide what you’d like to use this season and then remove and replace your regular, everyday items with fun, holiday-themed ware. Then, you’ll have easy access and ample storage space. And while you’re at it, you may as well pull out your holiday aprons, reindeer noses, and elf ears!

Make Your Kitchen Merry 

The merriest of kitchens boast the best holiday music! Get your tunes ready, pull out your decorations and if you’re entertaining, throw some ready-to-bake cookies in the oven or light a fragrant candle. And don’t forget to put a sprig of mistletoe in the doorway. Since guests tend to hang out in the kitchen during a gathering, you’ll want to give it a warm and cozy, seasonal feel.