Making space for Christmas lunch

edited 4 May 2015 at 8:27AM in Special Occasions & Other Celebrations
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Christmas is the time when we probably have the most people round our dining table. My table can only seat 8 at a squeeze and I usually improvise by adding a smaller one but it looks messy. Looking to buy (cheaply) one which will seat more but doesn't have be constantly at its biggest. Possibly from Ikea.

Just wondering how other people deal with catering larger numbers. We are usually 9 adults plus children who currently use separate Ikea kids' table.

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  • nitnurse-not2nitnurse-not2 Forumite
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    Could you not just buy a huge long length of wood to place on top of your table you have?
    I have an extending Ikea table that has 2 removable pieces in the middle but even this is a squash fro 10 adults.
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  • chocolatepennyfarthingchocolatepennyfarthing Forumite
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    Used to bring in the garden table when we had lots of family round. with a cloth on it and nicely dressed for Xmas family don't mind making do normally for one day a year.
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  • nearlyrichnearlyrich Forumite
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    We have a conference table and a long lounge diner we have been known to borrow another table when catering for 19 or 20 someone you are feeding will probably have one you can borrow if they are local.
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  • AnniseleAnnisele Forumite
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    I have family who swear by folding tables - something like this. The tables themselves are pretty ugly, but once the tablecloth is on you can't tell. They live in the garage, and come out at Christmas.
  • nearlyrichnearlyrich Forumite
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    Annisele wrote: »
    I have family who swear by folding tables - something like this. The tables themselves are pretty ugly, but once the tablecloth is on you can't tell. They live in the garage, and come out at Christmas.


    Our spare table is similar we got it 20 years ago lives in the loft unless we are having a party or Christmas is coming.
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  • whitesatinwhitesatin Forumite
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    Thanks for your helpful replies. Will probably stick with folding extra table. I have seen just the thing though in John Lewis but it is too expensive to justify. It is a round extending table that goes from seating two or four people and up to ten people.
  • Sally_ASally_A Forumite
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    Really cheapskate - look at wallpapering tables, these are also useful for greenhouse staging, but as has been previously mentioned, a cloth and decs hides it.

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