You might say the more the merrier this time of year — whether it’s a holiday feast, a sparkling cocktail party, or a casual family get-together. If you’re expecting a crowd — big or small — you’ll need extra seating and table settings.
Want to magically make more space for guests at your Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas Eve cookies and cocoa, or New Year’s Eve bash? There are ways to arrange your existing furniture, as well as ideas for future furniture purchases that better suit your entertaining needs.
A lot of tables have leaves that add plenty of surface area for more place settings and serving platters. But you can make that table even bigger with a few simple swaps. Move your armed dining room set chairs to the other rooms for extra seating and put slimmer, armless chairs around the table. Or mix armless chairs with your wider ones.
If you’re in the market for a dining room table, consider the way you like to host events. If you’re looking to add more place settings, yet maintain a cozy face-to-face atmosphere, a round table will achieve your goals. However, remember that with a circular table, you might have chairs touching underneath if you add too many. But if you are looking for sleek lines and a table that will fit into a rectangular space, you may want a longer table with sharp corners.
Set up a sideboard as a buffet to handle extra serving dishes, and even a hot plate or two. A rolling cocktail cart can be moved from kitchen to dining room and easily tucked in a corner for more serving area. Instead of having all the food on the table, you can leave room for centerpieces, candles, placecards, and other goodies for your guests.
Make arrangements and space for special circumstances and activities. You’ll be able to dress up a coffee table for kids that sits next to the “grownup” table. There are also specialized TV carts that bring the football game or countdown clock to your guests. If you’re putting up the tree before Thanksgiving guests, consider an out-of-the-way corner. The tree can move to a more prominent place as the holiday nears.
If this is the year to ring in the new, Meyers Furniture and Flooring has dinette sets, as well as larger tables, chairs and even dining room storage, like hutches and sideboards, for heirloom silverware and the good china. If we don’t have it, we can order it.