Having family and friends over for Christmas dinner is always a pleasure. However, depending on the number of guests you're planning to invite, it can sometimes be quite a challenge to fit everyone in your dining room comfortably. So, will it be 6, 12, 25 guests? Here are some practical tips on how to adapt your dining room layout according to the size of your dinner party!
Six guests are relatively easy to accommodate. To create a cosy, intimate setting, a round table is your best option. If you don’t have one, an outdoor garden table draped in a crisp, white floor-length linen tablecloth will instantly add glamour and elegance.
Concentrate on decorating the center of the table; candles and festive decorations will do the job nicely and further strengthen the cosiness factor. Depending on the space available in the room, consider adding a small Christmas tree to complete your seasonal decor.
Most of us don’t have sufficient room to seat a group of twenty or more people as the chairs and tables take up too much floor space. Now's the time to think outside the lunchbox! Adapt your menu to include traditional fare, but served in the form of finger foods or on small plates so that full sit-down, knife-and-fork seating isn’t necessary. Small tin cups or decorative cupcake papers are perfect for preparing portions. Also, place the food on trays that can be circulated around.
For decorations, go with a festive cocktail party theme! On each table, place different shades of large, brightly coloured glass balls in tall cylindrical vases. In terms of furniture, rent a few round, bar-height bistro tables that people can stand around comfortably while eating - so that you can enjoy your party, too!
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