Ideas for Your Family Table Entertaining

Have you started thinking about the holidays? Before you know it, they will be here and if you are going to be hosting friends and family during the festive season, it’s time to start thinking about the dinner table, dining room sets, and of course, how you want it to look. The presentation is important, but it’s not everything. Comfort will keep your guests happy, so gather your most comfortable dining chairs and barstools, and get to planning. When it comes to the table, remember that it doesn’t have to be fancy or cost you loads of money to make it look camera ready. A simple décor can impress your guests and it only takes a few basic items to achieve success. And don’t forget seating for the little guests, they could even have their own special table! You could put a pub table, or a smaller dining set off to the side of your main table, that way the kids still feel included. If you begin planning now, you won’t have to stress when the festivities roll around. We’ve outlined a few ideas below, to help with your planning process.

GUEST SEATING

If you’ve got a lot of family and friends heading to your house for turkey dinner or for some fun game nights, you’ll want to make sure you have enough seats for everyone invited. Dining room sets make it easy by matching your table and chairs, and then you can add extra kitchen chairs or barstools to fill in around the table. You could add some fun restaurant chairs to the mix or place a few barstools around the room to give your guests a variety of seating. It might be a good idea to have a few extra chairs in case you have some unexpected guests show up.

TABLE OPTIONS

Depending on your space, you may need a few smaller dinettes, rather than one large dining table. There are some great options for dinette tables, like metal or wood dinettes. Perhaps you could create a large table by pushing several smaller tables together…the possibilities are endless!

FOR THE LITTLE GUESTS

And let’s not forget the little guests! Creating a separate space for the kids to eat can be fun for all and it frees up more seats around the main dining table. Pub tables are a great way to add some height to the room and give the kids a feeling of inclusion. You could add some extra kitchen stools to the pub tables, including some with backs if you are concerned about them falling off the stools.

FESTIVE DÉCOR

And finally, the table décor. It can be easy to make a beautiful table if you keep it simple and elegant. Fresh flowers are a lovely way to add elegance or you could gather some pine cones from outside, along with some different colored leaves, and scatter them around the table for a fall feel. Table linens are a wonderful way to protect your dining tables and they help to add character to the presentation. Consider mixing different fabrics together, it isn’t necessary to have everything match. Get some butcher paper and crayons to cover the smaller dinette tables. Kids and adults love to color while seated and it can be a great way to keep the kids occupied while the parents enjoy their meal.

Whatever you decide, remember the most important factor is the seating. Everyone will feel included if they have a seat somewhere around the table. If you’ve got a combination of dining sets, bistro tables, and pub tables, just make sure you have the right seating for each table. And don’t forget to count yourself, it’s a common oversight of hosts to forget themselves! Starting your planning early will give you the time to make your dining table perfect for the holidays.

 

Best Furniture & Tips for Fall Entertaining

As the leaves turn and our jackets and boots become fashion staples, it’s time to start thinking about our fall entertaining for upcoming holidays and celebrations. Now that summertime has come to an end, it’s time to put the deck furniture in storage and change the lighter décor for the warmer decorations that invoke cozy feelings. Furniture plays a big role in the feel of your home and Fall is a great time to change things up and consider adding some pieces that encourage lounging and togetherness.

Some things to think about when you are redecorating and preparing for entertaining include number of guests you plan to host, menu and where you’d like your guests to settle in and sit. The following are some tips and suggestions for entertaining this fall;

SEATING IS KEY

Knowing how many guests you will be entertaining is helpful because you will want to be sure to have enough seating for everyone. If your space isn’t very large, consider adding a few pub tables to save space. Mixing it up with various size tables and chairs helps create a festive atmosphere for your guests.

MAKE IT COZY

If you have a fireplace mantel, an entry table, or a built-in bookcase, these would all be great areas to generate a fall “cozy” atmosphere. You can use branches in different rooms in your home. Gather interesting branches from your yard or a neighbor’s yard. Curling, gnarled, and colorful branches add extra character and can add dimension to an otherwise bland space. A comfy chair could bring a softer feel to a room and throwing a few decorative pillows with a soft throw could turn a space into a warm, inviting area that is sure to become a favorite spot.

REMEMBER THE KIDS

When the weather turns cold, your family tends to spend more time indoors. Seating may be limited so consider investing in some fun chairs that you can scatter around the community areas in your home. Dress up some dining chairs and mix it up, everyone will feel welcome if they have a place to sit.

FOCUS ON ONE AREA

Redecorating can be expensive if you try and do your entire home. You can add some wonderful details and even focus on one particular room in your house without breaking the bank. Add a couple wooden stools near the fireplace to complete a cozy feel in your living room, it doesn’t take much to create a festive and warm setting, just tap your creativity and find your favorite barstools on our website at www.castoolsbarsdinettes.com.

The Kitchen; The Heart of the Home

The kitchen is where you provide nourishment for yourself and your family. It is where loved ones come together during the holidays and special gatherings. The kitchen provides our sustenance through food, but it’s also where special connections are made with friends and family. We’ve started to see a lot of homes embrace a more communal living design, and the kitchen is no exception. A more traditional, small kitchen with little space for sitting and entertaining seems to be a thing of the past, as we see more dining/kitchen combinations popping up in home designs. The more open the floor plan in the kitchen is, that includes room for entertaining, is better and has become more and more popular.

Well-Planned Space

A well-planned kitchen ideally has enough space to promote a productive work environment. The less cramped the room is, the more likely it is that you’ll have the bulk of your entertaining centered in the kitchen. A good size kitchen can also increase the value of your home and ranks high on the list of most important features and rooms for home buyers and shoppers. Kitchen renovations help streamline old spaces and offer new ways to decorate and furnish. As the kitchen blends with the dining room and living space, the opportunity to incorporate some fun chairs and even a few pub tables makes the renovation process exciting.

Choosing Furniture

Deciding on which furniture to use in the kitchen can be tricky but one thing you’ll want to remember is that comfort is most important. If you know your guests and family will mostly converge in the kitchen, you’ll want the seating to both reflect the style of your room, but also provide comfortable places to sit. Consider mixing it up by adding some stools under small tables or put a smaller bistro or pub table in one corner so there is both low and high seating available. Doing this can give some depth to a room that might feel small to begin with, so the variation in seating can project a larger feel.

Start Somewhere

Making changes can be hard but if you want to continue with the tradition of your kitchen being the heart of your home, start small and work into larger changes as you feel comfortable. Sometimes it can change the entire feel of the kitchen by moving furniture and adding a couple of dining chairs or barstools against a bare wall. Get creative and try some different ideas until you find the look that feels most natural. Shop our website to find your next addition to your heart of the home!