As the holidays approach, you’ll begin planning large gatherings of family and friends. In fact, I’d venture many of you are in the planning stages of an eventful bash as your browse this article. After all, bringing loved ones together in gratitude and love is what makes this one of the most wonderful times of the year.
Entertaining around the holidays means investing in dinners for a large number of guests. These meals require an enormous amount of planning, preparation and clean-up.
Modern design dictates an open concept in the kitchen, which can create a bit of a logistical hassle during times like these. Keeping the space clean, functional, and on display throughout an event requires a small team in and of itself.
That’s why more and more people are turning to the idea of a butler’s pantry.
An Overview of the Butler’s Pantry
Historically, a butler’s pantry was a small room that stored formal china and the family silver. In addition to storage, the butler would use the space as a staging area for meals.
Over the years, the layout, function, and primary user of this area has evolved. However, the simplistic benefit of this area remains the same: it creates an auxiliary space to support the efforts of the main kitchen. Consider it a miniaturized kitchen, containing only the essentials, yet equipped with the style and functionality any premier home needs.
In modern design, the butler’s pantry can take on a variety of layouts. I’d like to take you through a couple of common concepts, while providing practical holiday entertaining tips for each one.
Remarkable Staging With a Traditional Walk-Through
One version of the butler’s pantry features a hallway-type setup that leads from the formal dining room to the kitchen. From a historic perspective, this is a very common layout, and it can provide a great opportunity for the modern entertainer.
The best feature of a walk-through is the space for breathtaking meal staging.
Whether you’re having a more informal gathering with appetizers and drinks, or you’re preparing an elaborate meal, you can stage a beautiful spread in here.
Uphold Tradition With a Wet Bar and Storage
Another common layout involves the pantry as a separate room off the kitchen. In contrast to the walk-through, these are less suited for showcasing and better for taking on a supporting function in the kitchen.
Equip this area with a wet bar and make it the space for storage. Lots of shelving and counter space will give it that traditional feel, while a wet bar makes it functional and accessible.
You can even use the countertops as a space to prepare your more messy recipes to avoid creating a big fuss in the kitchen before your event.
The butler’s pantry is a perfect extension of your holiday entertaining needs. By utilizing this space, you’ll be setting yourself up for remarkable dinners, parties, and gathering this holiday season.
On the House with Mark Molthan