‘Tis the season for holiday parties, and you know what that means? Besides the fact that parties are fun and festive, you also get to try your hand at making and baking some delicious dishes. If I’m hosting, I lean heavily on a few of my must-have small appliances. Here are 5 appliances you need for holiday parties this year.
1. Mix things up with a stand mixer
If I want to bake up huge batches of cookies or holiday cakes, the only kitchen tool I really, absolutely have to have before a party is a stand mixer. With the included paddle and deep bowl, there’s nothing a stand mixer can’t whip, beat, or stir.
You can also find some party-ready stand mixer attachments that work with some types of stand mixers. With attachments, you can make ice cream, whip up a batch of ravioli to share, or use a heated mixing bowl to make fondue.
2. Make mixed drinks for everyone with a soda maker
When you set up a holiday bar, it will usually include bottles of soda. But when you have a soda maker, you can make custom soda creations for your guests. A soda maker is simple to use and all you need to do is add water, push on it a few times to infuse carbonation (or press a button), and you have bubbly soda or sparkling water.
There is a variety of different soda syrup you can choose from, and you can control how much syrup you add to adjust the sweetness of your drink. It’s one of the best ways to mix both alcohol-based and non-alcoholic drinks.
3. Set up an espresso bar at midnight
When your party is winding down and you’re ready to kick up your heels and enjoy hanging out with a few good friends, there’s nothing better than an espresso machine for whipping up hot drinks. It lets you mix up custom coffee creations, so you can all enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, a delicious eggnog latte, or a cappuccino.
A good holiday party tip? Brush up on your barista skills before you host your party. That way, if it’s cold outside, you can offer your guests a long list of custom hot beverages too.
4. Make dinner for a crowd with a specialty appliance
Holiday dinner parties are one of the best parts of the festive season. It doesn’t have to be overwhelming to cook for a crowd when you have a specialty appliance. There are small appliances that combine an air fryer with an oven so you can use it for more than one style of cooking. You can make steak or chicken strips, then whip up a loaf of bread or bake up a plate of apps. Some multifunctional appliances have features like Auto Pilot to cook everything perfectly every time you bake or air fry.
There are also specialty appliances to help you whip up custom cuisine. You can choose a pizza maker or pizza oven to make thin-crust pizza or set up a retro popcorn maker to make popcorn for a holiday movie night. You could also use a cotton candy maker for sweet treats at a kid’s holiday party or an ice cream maker to make candy cane ice cream.
5. Sous Vide takes the guesswork out of cooking
Winter isn’t usually the time of year for BBQing, but you can still enjoy a cozy steak dinner with a loved one or friends. A Sous vide machine, also called an immersion circulator, cooks cuts of steak or other meat, poultry, vegetables, fish, and more by slowly heating up the food as it sits in a water bath. Sous vide is great around the holidays because you can set it up and forget about it until the food is finished cooking. It controls the cooking temperature and ensures your food is never overcooked or dry.
Are you ready for holiday parties?
There is so much to look forward to this holiday season, and with these 5 small appliances in your kitchen, every party you host will be a success. Check out all of the small appliances that will make every holiday party great, now available at Best Buy.