Do Your Holiday Parties End Up In The Kitchen?

Cooking, Kitchen Design

Holiday parties always seem to end up in the kitchen!


Does everyone at your holiday party hang out in the kitchen like they do in mine? I gave up trying to shoo our guests out of the kitchen during a party because I finally realized they simply want to be in the coziest and happiest room in our house. What makes it that way? GOOD DESIGN, good food, warm, homey surroundings, and a dash of love.

The holidays and wintertime present the opportunity for some of the most beautiful moments of the year in the kitchen. Creating the right atmosphere keeps us close together with loved ones. Doesn’t everyone seek the warmth and memories of their childhood kitchens festively adorned for the season?

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French toast for 17…Ken’s ready.
Every year we have a Kelly cookie bake, and the kids know exactly where to seek their favorite gingerbread molds and cookie press shapes. Our children and their cousins have become so good at making gingerbread houses and “Nonna cookies” (Recipe below), so we understand that your kitchen may need expanded functionality during these busier times of the year.

We are inspired by the challenge of designing an entertaining kitchen for you that can accommodate multiple chefs and heavy holiday entertaining yet still be able to function well during the rest of the year when times are quieter. If you like to entertain, it is important that you tell us the following during the planning stages:

1) How often do you entertain?

2) How do you like to entertain?

3) How big are the crowds when you’re entertaining?

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We can help you get the design right for both holiday times and peaceful times. We will be sure to include a little social space so friends and family can comfortably join you in a glass of wine while you cook or kids can easily be perched near you while they do their homework. There is a whole dynamic to the kitchen as a social hub, a family command central, and a peaceful retreat, which is why it is so important to get the design right for the way you live.

Because every good party ends up in the kitchen, you will want yours to be filled with things you treasure to provide the backdrop for the memories you create. (See our picks)  Long gone are the days when the kitchen is cast to the side as the work room no one enters. For those of you who already have a Ken Kelly kitchen, we would love to see your special moments in the kitchen. Email your photos to

gingerbread houses

Nonna Cookies Recipe

Nonna Cookies

(Thanks Nonna!)

A Kelly Family Favorite!


  • 10 large eggs (not jumbo)
  • 2 lbs Gold Medal all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 sticks butter (1/2 lb)
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 6 teaspoons baking powder

Note: If you want lemon icing: mix juice of two lemons with confectioners sugar.

Directions Beat eggs and sugar together on high. We use the whip attachment with our Kitchen Aid mixer. Add vanilla and whip 5-10 minutes until fluffy. While mixing, melt butter in microwave for one minute (make sure it is not hot when you put it in the egg mixture later). Put baking powder directly into the 2 lbs bag of Gold Medal flour. Then, slowly pour the butter (still beating) into the egg/sugar mixture. Next, slowly pour the flour bag (with baking powder) on slow speed into the egg mixture. Use a spatula to help it along and remove any flour from edges. Coat baking pans with grapeseed spray oil or other nonstick oil. Put vegetable oil on the bottom of a cutting board or butcher block. Roll out a one foot by two inches roll of the dough and slice into 1/2 inch sections. Roll each section and twist onto cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees about 40 minutes until slightly brown.

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