5 handy ways to fit your family round the table this Christmas

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Spending time with family is one of the main reasons that most of us look forward to Christmas. However, while your breakfast bars or laminate kitchen worktops might be more than enough to accommodate you usually, if you’ve got a small kitchen and a lot of family coming round, it can pose an interesting challenge to try and seat everyone for Christmas dinner. Obviously there are no magic solutions, but the good news is that there are a couple of handy ways you can use to make it all a bit easier for yourself. Here are five of the most useful!

1. Be resourceful with your furniture

You might not even need telling about this one, but it’s definitely worth saying anyway! Get a kickstart on providing some extra furniture by draft in every available chair, stool and upturned box that looks like it might be up to the job. Take no prisoners – you can use anything from the sturdiest recliner to the comfiest armchair to the lightest of fold-up chairs.

As long as you’re sure it’s capable of taking the weight, you don’t need to be too fussy. Your guests probably won’t – not if the alternative is looking down on everyone else from a standing position! There’s nothing to stop you from putting most of the family at the dining table and a couple of people on bar stool seating at your breakfast bar, either.

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2. Get benched

If you can get hold of them, benches are always handy at this time of year. If you can get two either side of your table, you can possibly even double its seating capacity in the blink of an eye. There’s a reason so many restaurants use this setup! Just make sure no one falls off the end, and everything should be fine and dandy.

3. Look at it from a different angle

Sometimes it’s the simplest fixes which are the most genius. If you’ve got a particularly long table in a long room, you might want to think about simply turning it diagonal. This way you can easily create more room at the ends and sides, allowing a few extra bums on seats. Sometimes, that’s all you need! And if nothing else, it gives you a bit more flexibility to deal with the fussier guests, helping you head off any infamous Christmas rows. (Just allowing Aunt Becky to be able to sit down with everyone else can sometimes make all the difference if you’re after a quiet, relaxing Christmas.)

4. Double up dinner

It might not be everyone’s idea of perfect to have two simultaneous Christmas dinners in different rooms, but it’s often a far better option of having one half of your family eat their food while the others wait hungrily in the other room! It also means you, as the cook, can sit down with everyone else, rather than have to 50% of the serving twice over the course of about half an hour. That’s not to mention all the extra effort it might take to prevent half the food getting cold on something like a Cypress Cinnamon worktop as you wait for the dining table to clear. Far better to serve it all at once!

If you’d like, having two dining tables across several rooms in the house means that you can group together people with similar dietary requirements, which might make serving up the vegetarian meals easier rather than trying to remember who had what.

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5. Do dinner a little differently

There’s no doubt we all love a hearty traditional Christmas dinner, all gathered around a sprawling table. But if your home isn’t big enough for that, your guests will understand. (If they don’t, that’s on them – after all, you’re the one putting on dinner!) You can do a neat compromise by doing a buffet instead, with guests mingling throughout your house rather than all seated around a single table. Traditional Christmas foods like pigs in blankets lend themselves surprisingly well to a buffet format, and your guests will be able to do just as much socialising. In fact, let’s be honest, arguably more!

A final tip from us…

Don’t forget, if you’ve got a lot of people bustling through your home on Christmas or Boxing Day, it might be a good plan to put away some of your more expensive display pieces, or anything else you think might fall victim to a stray elbow. Happily, there’s one thing you don’t have to worry about getting damaged amongst all the extra activity, and that’s your laminate kitchen worktops. Laminate worktops are known for being highly durable, and famously resistant to hot pans and plates, casual bumps and knocks, and even water damage. So if a wine glass goes over, there’s no need to worry!

And if you’re thinking about replacing your laminate kitchen worktops anyway, we’ve got a huge range of them to choose from right here at Savoy Timber. You can browse your favourites right here on our site, or drop into any one of our DIY stores across Preston, Blackpool and Wigan, where our friendly staff will be on hand to answer any questions or provide any help you might need.