Less Time In The Kitchen, More Time With Guests

Have you ever been in a situation where people come over and your not even ready with things to serve to people who come? Have you ever been in a situation when people come over and you don’t spend much time with them all because your in the kitchen preparing things? I am sure all of us have been through it all. Now I am here to give you some tips and tricks to spend less time in a kitchen and more time entertaining guests with your presence when they come over. Here are some tips:

1. Always have things in your home when you can take it out and serve like cookies, cakes, fruits, veggies, and snacking items. If your the one who likes making things from scratch, that is more better when it’s home made. It makes your guests feel like wow, they spent time to make this for us. which is a nice feeling.

2. Always have everything ready on the counter or on your kitchen table, if they want tea, just keep the water in a stove-top kettle or in a small appliance kettle which heats up water quicker and if they want coffee set up the water and the coffee and when they come, you just push a button, and then you just bring it over to your guests or have them come toward the kitchen area if you have space.

3. It is not a good idea to spend more than half the time in the kitchen. It is not a good way to entertain guests.

4. When people come for dinner, do not start on dinner preparations when they come over, have it all done, and set on the table. especially when it involves meats, chickens and stuff, make sure you have it all cooked and ready and all you need to do is take it out when they come. If your going to barbecue, make sure you prepare things before they come and all you need to do is just put the meat on the grill or whatever else and your good to go.

5. When people bring chocolates, dessert, coffee, or something else edible, or a gift for the house its customary and its a must to serve what they brought to you. Its respectful to open up their gifts they give you in front of them and thank them a few times while they are at your house, and find the perfect place for it in front of them. Unless they advise you not to open it, you can open it later, then that’s okay, but usually they would want you to open it up in front of them. They won’t tell you, but they will in other ways.

6. It is not a bad thing to ask for help to bring the trays to the table. Ask for help when needed just to bring over trays and help you pick up the stuff after. all it takes is a few seconds to have it all cleared right?


There you have it. Always put your guests first when they come over. Spending much time with them as possible and spending less time in the kitchen is very important. These little things you do, show a lot to others and when you do, they will want to keep coming back.

Have a great time!



18 thoughts on “Less Time In The Kitchen, More Time With Guests

  1. xxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    That’s it I’m coming over… unfortunately I don’t have many guests coming over, the one they do are very close and help themselves looool eheheheh your idea sounds good.

  2. Martha Reynolds says:

    Most of this is common sense. I disagree with your #5 though; I don’t believe it’s “a must” to serve what a guest brings as a hostess gift (wine, coffee). So I checked Emily Post’s online etiquette: “As far as etiquette goes…Don’t expect your host to serve your wine that night; he or she may have selected specific wines to pair with the appetizers, meal and dessert.”

  3. annasherod says:

    This is a great post. Thanks for all the tips! We do quite a bit of informal entertaining here at the center in Japan, so these are great to keep in mind. God Bless!

  4. smoothsolidade says:

    than you so much for the precious tips

    it happens all the time to me …when guests arrive and i am still in kitchen and still need more time to prepare my own dress and hair … i hope that they understand that all the efforts i do ..is to show them how much i appreciate them .. not to show off to exaggerate … but i promised myself that from now on i will make less food and less efforts to spend more time enjoying the moment with them …

  5. Vinny Grette says:

    I love to do make-ahead when entertaining for peace of mind.. and fun for the hostess during the event – good tips, all. PS It’s nice to see a fellow Canadian make a visit:) – at least, references to Montreal and Kingston lead me to believe you are…

  6. jfay1995 says:

    I always struggled at Christmas and other holidays, getting the big meal ready before the guests arrived. Some years I was still cooking as they arrived. Usually would be finishing up my mashed potatoes and gravy. I would have my pies made the day before. It’s always a dilemma getting prepared. And you want to join in with the conversation and not be left out.

  7. Colline says:

    I have often found that the party moves to the kitchen (at least the feminine part) and I always have chatty companions as I put the last minute touches of my dinner/lunch together.

  8. lazyhippiemama says:

    I get frustrated because I always have one guest (my mother in law, sister, friend) who can’t stand the pile of dishes I’ve left “for later” and leaves the group to go wash them. MY dishes, in MY kitchen. I coax and coax to get them out with the people but they won’t go until everything is tidy… which means I either leave them to clean MY house while I mingle or I miss the party by cleaning with them. Hmmm… maybe I should just get rich and start hiring caterers. hahaha. Seriously though, nice tips. Thanks!

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