Top Tips for Family Gatherings this Winter

Product: Castle Dining Table

Hosting = you either love it or hate it, but the time of year is here again! It’s time to put away the laptop, the work mobile and make the dining space a place to eat, drink and make memories once more. 

We have a few ideas to get you through the hosting season. Whether it be extending tables for the whole family or tips for last minute guests, we are here to take the stress out of entertaining this winter.

A Table for Every Occasion

Perhaps the most important thing to get right during the festive season is the dining table. An extending table, like the extendable Padstow is perfect if you are having extra guests round this Christmas. If you want a beautiful, traditional table for your Christmas setup, the Tavistock table is available in a neutral Pebble Grey colour or a beautiful Weathered Oak finish, both are classic colours, synonymous with cosy winter dining setups. Available in a range of different sizes, you can find the perfect fit for your family.

If You’re Small on Size

Perhaps the most common problem of family get-togethers at Christmas is space. Trying to figure out how to fit a dining room table in a small room can be a tricky task. If you’re cramped into a corner, try a round dining table, like our Dorset Round Dining Table, which is both compact and stylish. 

If you are trying to seat your guests in a galley kitchen, take a look at the Ashton Extending Dining Table, a perfect fit for those narrow spaces with a glossy, contemporary finish. The Ashton is also great for those who don’t want to invest in a super expensive table, but still want those extra seats at the table if needed. 

Creating a Winter Tablescape

Once you have the table of your dreams, it’s time to decorate it! Winter garlands, candlesticks and seasonal table runners – Christmas is a time of celebration so there is no better excuse to polish your best glassware! There are plenty of Christmas dinner table ideas out there and creating an eye-catching table will really set the scene. A table centrepiece, like flowers in a statement vase will finish off your look.

Image Credit: Pinterest |

For Last Minute Guests

Sometimes you need to make a bit more room around the table for those last minute guests – so although it may be a struggle trying to get a hold of an extra turkey, we can help with your seating arrangements. 

If you don’t have quite enough room for an extra table, you could snap up our practical Valencia or Barcelona garden ranges, these can be placed in the conservatory  - perfect for extra guests if you are short on space. These table and chair sets are also great for kids thanks to their easy-clean capabilities. The chairs from both ranges can also be purchased separately if you need just a few more chairs for your setup.

How to Dress a Dining Table When Not in Use

Once the festivities are over, it doesn’t take long before the dining table becomes a space to throw your letters, keys and other clutter. But you could make use of this space to display your favourite vases and trinkets. Any pretty plates and bowls could also have a place on the table to give you more cupboard space, too.

Whichever way you decide to celebrate over the festive season, do it in style! We are here to lend a helping hand and discuss all your arrangements with you over the festive period. Did you know we also offer bespoke dining furniture?  Order by the beginning of November to guarantee delivery for Christmas. Any questions? Just drop us a line and we will be happy to help.

Stay in Touch

Subscribe to our e-newsletter for an exclusive first look at brand new furniture, news, events and more.

Continue Shopping View Wishlist