Rule number one for entertaining at home: Be ready to throw down at a moment's notice. Toronto dentist Kenneth Montague sure is, and he asked his architect to design a kitchen built for parties: The stainless steel island is by Bulthaup, and the vintage Eric Buck stools have also been spotted in Don Draper’s apartment in the latest season of Mad Men.
No room for a built-in bar? Wing it, like architect Cass Calder Smith did in his SoHo apartment, with a modern cabinet, trays to hold bottles and glasses, and a roaring “fire.”
A Saarinen tulip table is the perfect height for snacking on kid-appropriate apple slices and crackers in architect Cass Calder Smith’s New York high-rise.
The owners of this formerly swinging resort home in California prepare food before the kitchen's massive wall of soothing tile from Heath Ceramics. See here for the homeowners' two favorite cocktails to serve, the Borrego Blue and Gimlet Girl.
To maximize entertaining space, make like these California residents and install sliding doors to create one big indoor-outdoor room. Doors on either side of the living room and along the kitchen open all the way, allowing the breeze from LA's Glassell Park canyon to spin right through the house.
Chef Eric Ripert had the cooktop in his Poggenpohl home kitchen in New York City installed with enough space to plate dishes right off the burner. Read here for more details on his kitchen design, plus a signature recipe for cod basquaise.
A Bay Area landscape designer works her yard like a jigsaw puzzle, packing a bevy of distinctive destinations into a steep and diminutive plot. The dining deck is where the couple hosts parties, and with the help of an architect, they were able to fit in a host of other entertaining-friendly programs, from lounging patios to a lap pool to a green roof.