The kitchen is the beating heart of every home, so it’s no surprise that the best parties inevitably end up there. Loved ones crowd around a table laid out with snacks and swap stories while music plays in the background. Here in Canada, the kitchen party is a proud Maritime tradition, but you don’t have to be from the East Coast to throw an epic kitchen party of your own. With a little pre-planning and some help from the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, you’ll be well on your way to throwing the ultimate bash.
SAVE THE DATE
There’s no such thing as not being busy when you’ve got a family. There’s always homework or hockey practice or a weekend road trip in the offing. Keeping track of everyone’s schedules can be tricky, but a digital family calendar, like the one on the Samsung Family Hub’s Wi-Fi enabled touchscreen, will help make sure everyone is on the same page. Start your party planning early by saving the date, and sending out invitations to your nearest and dearest. Then get to work on your to-do list!
PLAN YOUR MENU
What’s a kitchen party without a great menu? Easy, no-fuss food is the name of the game at a kitchen party—it’s not a formal dinner, after all. Once you’ve got your head count, choose a handful of crowd-pleasing appetizers that won’t keep you tied to the stove all night long. For a little recipe inspiration, check out any of the 20,000-plus recipes with the Family Hub AllRecipes app, which allows you to adjust serving sizes based on how many party guests you’ll have, and create a grocery list accordingly. The best part? Your grocery list can be sent right to your smartphone, and the Family Hub app will even give you a live look inside your fridge so you can make sure you’ve got everything you need before you hit the checkout line. Menu planning has never been so easy.
GET THE WHOLE FAMILY INVOLVED
A kitchen party is a true family affair, so make sure your wee ones have a role in the planning process, too! Whether they’re browsing recipes in the app, watching how-to videos to help prep food, or even putting together a slideshow of family photos to run during the party (which can be displayed on the fridge’s 21.5-inch screen), the Family Hub allows even the smallest family member to have a hand in planning the big day.
GIVE YOUR KITCHEN A QUICK ONCE-OVER
You don’t need to go as far as scrubbing your baseboards or polishing your silverware, but a little light cleaning goes a long way! Give tables and countertops a once-over and eliminate any visual clutter. A quick wipe with a damp microfiber cloth, followed by a dry-cloth polish will make your stainless steel appliances sparkle, from your fridge to your toaster and everything in between. And mopping with a DIY solution of hot water with a splash of vinegar and a few drops of dish soap will get your floors company-ready—without leaving a harsh chemical smell.
DON’T FORGET THE MUSIC!
It wouldn’t be a kitchen party without the perfect playlist! Fire up the Spotify app on the Family Hub and create the ultimate music mix. A little Ashley MacIsaac and Great Big Sea paired with popular radio hits and nostalgia-inducing ‘90s dance tracks will definitely put everyone in a festive mood. Bonus points if your guests end up dancing at some point during the night!
KEEP THINGS KID-FRIENDLY
Food and music are sure to keep little guests happy, but remember to have a backup plan in case wee ones grow bored with all the adult conversation. Challenge kids to a dance off or lip-synch battle to keep things entertaining. You could also set up a few kid-friendly activities like DIY ring toss or a kids’ table with card games and colouring sheets.
MAKE CLEANUP A BREEZE
Cleaning up after a big party may not be your idea of a good time, but at least it doesn’t have to be a total drag! Keep the tunes going and get your littles to load the dishwasher—while you update your kitchen inventory and schedule next week’s grocery delivery directly through the Family Hub. Or relax and let the kids use the fridge to watch their favourite Netflix show which can be mirrored from your Samsung Smart TV, while you enjoy a post-party cup of tea and start thinking about your next big bash. With the Samsung Family Hub Refrigerator, your kitchen will always be party central.
For more information on how the Samsung Family Hub can help keep you connected to your family and your home, visit samsung.com.