Happy New Year!
As my long-time readers know, in our home, Christmas goes on until Jan 6th... at least!
With that in mind, I wanted to share the tablescape and table set-up I created for last week's family Christmas dinner.
We have a small house by today's standards so it is a challenge to accommodate multiple guests for sit down meals but with a little ingenuity, we make it work.
This year, we were expecting 16 family members so we purchased a fold-up banquet table. By moving the existing furniture back, we were able to place it in our living room. I set the table with 8 place settings but you could accommodate 2 more on the ends if need be.
These types of tables are the usual length but are narrower than standard tables. As such, it is a bit more difficult to create a centerpiece but of course, I did my best!
Black lanterns and candlelight were the theme for the centerpiece design.
A bit of tartan, some Christmas greenery and these black & white salad plates Canadian Superstore rounded out the colour scheme for the tables.
Basic stacking chairs were given a bit of formality with some white pillow cases embellished with ribbon and silver ornaments.
(Thanks to my mom for the idea!)
Below, you can see that the table just fit alongside our living room furniture.
A look at the living room/dining room set-up.
Two extra leaves added to our regular dining room table allowed for eight guests to sit here as well.
Black lanterns were given a Christmas look with votive candles inside glass inserts along with faux greenery and berries.
Some sparkly votive holders on pedestals amongst faux greenery were placed in the space between the lanterns.
A side view...
I wanted to add a bit of trendy tartan to my table so I folded a plaid napkin around the center of the table runner.
...so we could use the existing furniture to sit and visit in, in comfort.
What did you do for your Christmas dinner table(s) set up? Were you able to accommodate all your guests for a sit-down meal?
Although it might take some advanced planning and a bit of manual labour, it's always nice when guests can sit at a table for special occasions.
In case you are wondering...we had our guests serve themselves from the food laid out "buffet-style" on our kitchen island and then they sat down at the table(s).
Thanks for visiting!
All the best for 2015!
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