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Monday, January 12, 2015

Of Parties and Platters

Happy New Year to all Roses and Rust readers. It's been more than a month since my last post! I must have thought I was on a holiday!
In fact I still am on holiday, but because I am missing you all, I decided to come out of hibernation to do my first post of 2015.

Usually, when we entertain during the year, we tend to have dinners or braai's (barbeques for the non-South Africans) and usually invite about 8 to 12 adults. Christmas, however, is a whole different ball game. We find ourselves entertaining 20 - 30 people at a time! I'm not complaining - it's all very festive, but the logistics of having enough cutlery, crockery and glassware becomes tricky and, even more tricky, how do we store all this paraphernalia when not in use. This brings me to the subject of today's post - kitchen storage.

My preference for storing all those plates, platters, salad bowls and other entertaining essentials is a large, glass fronted, good looking cupboard, placed conveniently in the kitchen or dining room. Here are some examples...





 A glass front is useful for being able to find things at a glance and keep them dust free, but other options are chicken wire which has a rustic appeal...

.....or a solid wooden statement cupboard or armoire like these below. Useful for storing things without having to arrange them in a visually appealing way...


Open shelves are also an option, especially for items that are used regularly....

Beautifully Organized Butler's Pantry - Minus the Butler | Organized Living

Built-in storage is probably the most space saving option and makes good use of wall space...


If you have the space and budget, a butlers pantry is great solution. Here are some examples...

White Butlers Pantry


If you don't have the space for a full butlers pantry, a small closet or pantry area can work very effectively...



If you are in the market for a storage cupboard for your kitchen, these are some of my picks....

So there you have it, your kitchen storage problems solved, no thanks required!

Wishing you a happy week further.

Till next time

Sharon x

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  1. I would love any of the above options for beauty and storage in my tiny kitchen-if only I had the space! So happy to see you back-your blog is definitely one of my favorites! Thanks for a beautiful post, as always.

  2. Sharon,
    I'm happy you're still enjoying some holiday time but I've certainly missed you! This is one of my favorite topics. Cupboard, hutch, breakfront, no matter what it's called, I love glass front furniture or built-ins that house cups saucers, platters, plates and other pretties. Wow, 20-30 people, no wonder you're still on holiday! :-)

  3. Hi Sharon! Welcome back:) Yes, how to store all of our paraphernalia is a challenge. Our new kitchen will not allow a standing hutch but I do have a couple glass cabinets. Gorgeous kitchens here and filled with so many ideas! Enjoy your week! xxleslie

  4. This is seriously my happy place right now :)

  5. Welcome back Sharon.... I've missed your beautiful posts!

  6. Wow. I'm inspired at this very second to rip up my kitchen, move my cabinet, and start getting organized. What a wonderful post. Quite frankly, anything that can get me to move this fast is real good.....
    The House of Hampton

  7. I love the post! The pictures are so wonderful! Now I have so many fresh ideas for home! Thanks!

  8. I would love to have a kitchen cupboard. It's not mission impossible but honestly I've never thought about this before :) Thanks for the inspiration!
    House cleaning Chelsea