holiday parties appliances

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 you hand at making and baking some delicious dishes.

I think coming up with new recipes and re-creating traditional drinks and sweets is one of the best parts of holiday parties. If I’m hosting, I lean heavily on a few of my must-have appliances. Once the party is underway, I also keep a few party-ready small appliances on hand. They really take the work out of hosting a crowd.

Get ready to mix things up with your KitchenAid 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 holiday parties is the KitchenAid stand mixer. With the included paddle and deep bowl, there’s nothing this mixer can’t whip, beat, or stir.

There’s also some great party-ready KitchenAid attachments that work with this stand mixer. You can add the KitchenAid Precise Heat Mixing Bowl and temper chocolate for a party fondue. Or, you can use the KitchenAid grater attachment to grind up nuts for your cheese bowl

Set up your holiday bar with SodaStream

sodastreamWhen you set up a holiday bar you usually bring in bottles of soda, but when you have SodaStream Fizzi you can make custom soda creations for your guests. SodaStream Fizzi is a simple to use soda maker. All you need to do is add water, push on the top of a few times, and you have bubbly soda or sparkling water. Because you add the syrup, you control the sweetness of your drink.

See my review on the SodaStream Fizzi for how easy it is to use, but trust me when I say it tastes great and it’s the perfect addition to any holiday drink table. It’s one of the best ways to mix both alcohol-based and non-alcoholic drinks.

Holiday parties only end when you treat them to coffee at midnight

espresso machine

When your party is winding down and you’re ready to kick up your heels and just enjoy hanging out with a few good friends, there’s nothing better than an espresso machine. It lets you mix up custom coffee creations, so you can all enjoy a cup of hot cocoa, delicious eggnog latte, or 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.

Those are just three small appliances you can use for holiday parties this year. You could also choose one of many specialty small appliances like a retro popcorn maker for a holiday movie marathon with friends, a cotton candy maker for sweet treats at a kid’s holiday party, or pizza oven for whipping up pizza for a crowd. You could even bring out an ice cream maker to make candy cane ice cream.

Check out the long list of small appliances that make every holiday party great, now available on Best Buy.