How To Make Your Pantry Party-Ready | Written by Hisham Aljamil

Party ready ideas for your kitchen, Party tips & Ideas, Organize your kitchen

Being able to gather all the people you love in one place is one of the simple joys of life. You get to catch up, share news with each other, and do a bunch of things that may seem trivial but are actually enjoyable — purely because you’re doing them with people who matter.

However, throwing a party, no matter how intimate, usually means blowing a lot of money on food. You find yourself planning an elaborate menu and calling food service companies to find the best ingredients to use.
A great shindig doesn’t always demand intricate party planning and splurging on expensive crudités and several bottles of fine wine, though. Most of the time, everything you need to feed your guests is already available in your pantry.
So, to enjoy more get-togethers, make your pantry party-ready. How exactly do you accomplish that? Use the smart tips listed below.

1.      Create a collection of party recipes using accessible and humble ingredients.

Go on Pinterest and other sites that feature recipes that can be served for parties. It’s always good to start with these before buying products to fill your pantry with.

2.      Find the best places to buy your supplies from.

There are different places to buy ingredients from, but you want to make sure that they always have the specific food products you need. It would also be an advantage if you can get good deals from these places so you can build your party-ready pantry stock for cheaper.

3.      Organize the pantry items.

It’s important to correctly section everything so that when party planning starts, you’ll easily see and be able to access different ingredients for the recipes you’re considering for the event.

4.      Arrange multiples of the same products according to their “best before” date.

This tip will help ensure the good quality of the ingredients you’re using. Also, because you never want any of your supplies to go bad, you can make sure these ingredients are what you’ll be using for your next get-together.

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5.      Stock up on the most versatile ingredients.

Rounded up below are food products that will help you whip up party recipes in a snap and won’t even cost you much to purchase multiples of.

       Soup mixes

These are not only perfect for those times when a member of the family comes down with a cold; it makes a great base for sauces as well. Everything from French onion soup mix to cream of mushroom can be used for sauces to make cooked meats fancier.
Likewise, soup mixes, especially the powdered variety, can be used as seasoning for burgers, meatballs and chicken breasts.

       Seeds and nuts

Seeds and nuts are must-haves for a party-ready pantry. They are inexpensive and they keep for a long time. You can make your own cocktail nuts easily if you always have an assortment of nuts in your pantry. These make great hors d’oeuvres for parties and snacks for the family. You can also add them to ice cream, pesto sauce, and all sorts of baked goods.
As for seeds, they can make great substitutes for cocktail nuts. Toasted sunflower seeds tossed in olive oil, chili and garlic powder, and salt are delightful. Plus, your family can always snack on them and add them to salads.
Kitchen organized ideas for your next party. Know what to have in your pantry for your next dinner party.

       Herbs and spices

Nothing can give old recipes a fresh twist like adding an unexpected herb or spice. Also, if you want to make special dipping oils for your crackers or breadsticks, herbs and spices are your obedient ingredients.

       Raw honey

Raw honey is another versatile ingredient. You can fancy it up or take it as it is. Also, if you want to make “funky” ingredients (such as blue cheese) instantly palatable, raw honey is all you need to add.


Cheese offers impressive party mileage. You can serve it on its own, or with meats and fruit in a cheese platter, turn it into fondue or a spread for crackers, top pasta with it, add it to hot chocolate (like the Colombians do), and so much more.

Fun get-togethers with delicious food and drinks are easier with a party-ready pantry. You can set them at a cheaper rate and your guests won’t even notice any difference — but will still have a great time.

Hisham Aljamil
Managing Director, Bidvest Middle East

Hisham's corporate career started in the UAE in late 1988; he worked for firms such as R.J. Reynolds, Danone Group, and Richemont Group across several countries in the GCC. He climbed up the ladder in roles and responsibilities to manage regions and businesses in the Middle East. In 2003, after 15 years of business experience, he took a leap of faith towards starting up something on his own. At almost 10 years in, the business has grown to cover 3 major markets with a turnover exceeding US$60 million. Hisham's vision is to continue his regional expansion to the rest of the Middle East markets.

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