How to Seat a Crowd During Holiday Gatherings

November 26, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s your year to host the big holiday dinner, and even though you are looking forward to having loved ones over, you’re worried that your dining area will let you down. There might not be a lot of room for additional tables and chairs, or maybe you’re fretting about the best way to serve food and drinks without cluttering up the dinner table. What if there’s not enough room for all your holiday guests to sit and enjoy their meal?

Never fear—help is here! Below are some tips and suggestions for fitting large crowds in your dining room in Dickinson, ND during holiday gatherings:

  • Expand your table: If you have a dining room table that can expand with removable or fold-down leaves, great! However, this is not the case for most tables. The good news is that there’s a fairly easy way to build a bigger table that does not require woodworking knowledge—use sawhorses as table legs and an old door or flat slab of wood as a tabletop. Set it next to the dining table and toss a tablecloth over it.
  • Include smaller tables: Another option is to bring desks and smaller tables from other rooms into the dining room or adjacent areas. Some of these tabletops also work well as extra dining room table space. This adds variety to a room and creates cozy areas for your guests to eat and hang out.
  • Use nice chairs: Throwing a holiday dinner party doesn’t mean you have to run out to a local furniture store in Dickinson, ND and buy extra chairs. As with extra tables, you can pull nice chairs from around your house to use at the dinner table. Alternatively, consider benches which can be used indoors or outdoors when not in use as table seating. If you’re using unattractive metal folding chairs, try dressing them up with festive décor or slipcovers that tie in the back.
  • Have a kids table: Kids will enjoy having their own table at holiday dinners. These smaller tables fit well into small spaces, allowing them to be located in the main dining area with the adults without sitting amongst them. You can purchase a foldable kids table and chair set, or if you have younger guests coming but don’t have children of your own, ask someone to bring one. Additionally, a fun alternative to a traditional table cloth is wrapping the tabletop in butcher’s paper for kids to draw on.
  • Create a serving station: Small, intimate dinners typically allow room on the table for food serving dishes. However, most holiday dinners produce way more dishes of food than the typical weekday meal. Consider using the kitchen counter space, island or a large table that’s separate from the dining table as a buffet station. Your guests can walk up for food, then take a seat together at a clutter-free table. You can also create an area for beverages only by staging a drink table or rolling a bar cart into the corner of the dining room.

For a wide selection of quality dining room furniture in Dickinson, ND to help you get the most out of your hosting duties this holiday season, come visit the showroom at Dickinson Furniture City Inc.!

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