1. Organise your cupboards
Clear out your cupboards, pantry, and fridge freezer, to make space for festive goodies. If you find some tins and dry food that you know will go to waste, donate them to your local food banks and charities. Click here to find your local food bank.
Also, make sure to go through your spices and check their ‘best before’ dates such as cinnamon sticks and cloves. If they are coming to an end, repurpose them by adding them to your wrapping, or place them into oranges for a festive smell.
2. Protect your work surfaces
If you have worktops such as marble in your kitchen, please be aware that the material is less-hard wearing and more likely to scratch or stain in comparison to a surface like quartz. When cooking and dining, use chopping boards, placemats, and coasters to protect your worktop from food or drink spillages. If anything does spill, make sure to wipe it up straight away. Avoid having mulled wine around it too.
3. Prepare your appliances
Clean your oven to remove grease, food debris, and bad odours before hosting your dinner parties. Also, make sure your dishwasher is ready for action by cleaning the filters, unclogging the drain, and topping up the salt.
For more guidance, read our ‘How to use a dishwasher’ IQ sheet.
4. Set the mood with lighting
If you have dimmable switches, create a warm and cosy atmosphere in your kitchen-living-dining area by turning them down. If not, we love to use candles too.
Make your kitchen festive by filling it with all things Christmassy. We love to use more sustainable decorations such as homemade wreaths and garlands made from pine, oranges, pinecones, and mistletoe. Not only do they look lovely but fill the room with a beautiful aroma.
If you have a bar, make sure you top it up with your favourite drinks and mixers to dance the night away. At Day True, we always have lots of gin!