As Labor Day weekend approaches, so does the impending pool parties, barbecues, and last hurrahs of summertime. And if you’re planning on throwing a bash yourself, you’re probably well aware of the most important aspects of the Labor Day party: the food!
With every party comes a lot of prep work. Here are some tips to get your kitchen Labor Day ready, so you can spend less time playing host and chef and more time relaxing!
Pre-Party Prep For Your Kitchen
When it comes to entertaining, no appliance comes more in handy than your refrigerator! Before your party, make sure to clean out your fridge and clear out any unwanted food. You’re going to need a lot of shelf space for all those soft drinks (and not-so-soft drinks) and snacks for your Labor Day party guests. (Tip: Fresh, chilled fruits and veggies with dip are always good choices for summer party snacks.) If you’re going to barbeque outside, keep your meats and vegetables pre-cut and pre-cleaned on a platter in your fridge so they stay fresh and are ready to go when you are. Also, make sure to have plenty of fresh ice ready in your freezer for all those ice-cold poolside refreshments.
Do yourself a favor and clear out your dishwasher pre-party. There’s nothing more annoying (and backbreaking) than a pile of dirty party dishes and cups stacking up in your sink. (Especially if there is food or residue still on the dishes, which can make your kitchen smell. Yuck!) If your dishwasher is already cleared out and ready to go, partygoers can automatically stack their dirty dishware right into the dishwasher, making for an even more relaxing Labor Day.
If you tend to store pots and pans in your oven, make sure to put them away before your party. Have your oven pre-heated and ready to go before your Labor Day bash kick-starts so you can slide delicious hors d’oeuvres (buffalo wings, mozzarella sticks, and jalapeno poppers are a few favorites) right into the oven to bake so they’re nice, fresh, and toasty when guests arrive. Also, you might want to put some safety covers on your stove knobs if there’s going to be a lot of foot traffic in your kitchen – you definitely don’t want someone to bump into and accidently turn your burners on.
Even though it’s called Labor Day weekend, you don’t have to put a ton of labor in to throw a great, relaxing party. Hopefully, these tips will help you keep your kitchen running smooth before, during, and after your party. And, of course, if any of the above appliances aren’t working correctly for you, you can always call Immediate Appliance Service, Inc. at 1-800-323-3023.