Let’s face it. No matter how much you decorate the rest of the house, you spend most of your time in the kitchen during the holidays, often with lots of family and guests hanging around. So why not make this room as festive as other rooms in your home?
When it comes to decorating areas like the kitchen, function must come first. After all, you do not want pine needles dropping into your gravy. Here are some simple ideas that will make all those hours spent preparing meal after holiday meal a bit more festive:
- Something as simple as replacing utensils with red ones will add a pop of seasonal color. Wire whisks, spatulas, and even wooden spoons are available in pretty holiday colors.
- Fill your clear glass canisters with colorful ribbon candy, holiday shaped pasta or bottles of colorful sprinkles.
- If you are lucky enough to have a kitchen window, pop a pretty topiary tied with a red ribbon on the sill or hang a fresh rosemary wreath from the top to add a wonderful scent.
- Let your groceries become decorative items. A big bowl of red and green apples make snacking easy and add such pretty color to your kitchen counter. Pomegranates, artichokes, nuts in the shell and oranges can survive outside the refrigerator and make such pretty displays.
- Enlist the kids. If they are underfoot, put them to work creating cutout snowflakes to hang on the window or door or paint the tops of wooden spoons to look like Santa. ( I did this 20 years ago and pull those spoons out to this day) Let the really talented kids paint a holiday design on clear glass salt and pepper shakers that you can use on the table or give away as gifts.
- Switch out your everyday dish towels and pot holders for holiday themed textiles. Easy to do and will add an instant pop of seasonal color.
- Make sure the sounds of holiday music can be heard in the kitchen via Pandora, your IPOD or, best of all, the kids practicing on the piano (a girl can dream can’t she?)
- A surprise kiss for the cook is guaranteed with a sprig of mistletoe tacked to the doorway.
The kitchen really is the heart of the home and is made even more so this time of year with a few simple holiday touches.