Many a times, the occasion arises where you have to entertain guests in your home. You go out of your way to make the home clean, and you prepare the best of your recipes. The food sits at the table, hot and steaming, smelling like a cuisine fit for a king. It tastes even better but the tension at the table is palpable. You rack your brain thinking it is the food or the new guest you know little about whereas the truth is, it is your dining table.
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The dining table is forgotten when it comes to meal preparation and entertaining guests whereas it is one of the primary ingredients. Having food as a family or friends is not about the food itself, but more so about the conversation over the table and the hearty laughter. Without these, the food might as well as be plain water.
The conversation at the table, believe it or not, is determined by the table itself. Shocking, is it not? When preparing to entertain guests, the norm is that good food is prepared and a simple tablecloth is thrown over an old table. What you really need is:
A table that allows good conversation
A table that is wide and short makes conversation difficult. The distance between the person sitting opposite you and yourself is great; hence, one is tempted to concentrate only on the person to your left or right. This causes the audience at the table to be categorized according to their proximity. It makes the host have a hard time trying to draw everyone into the conversation and breaking the ice more than they actually conduct an actual conversation.
Conversation at the dinner table should not be strained. One should not feel like they are screaming across the room to have their point heard.
Invest instead in a good table that has enough room to place the food on it, yet not too much to draw a divide. Each person should have enough elbowroom to avoid knocking the persons close to them and causing tension or unwanted accidents.
A hearty conversation is the ultimate spice to a good meal.
Chairs that fit the room
The chair you place at the table matter as well. When you place a chair with huge armrests at the table, it reduces the number of people who can sit at the table, and makes an otherwise comfortable space look small.
If you have a small dining area, you should place armless chairs round it, to increase the space and allow for more people at the table. Avoid chairs with legs curved outward as they take up a lot of space as well.
Although the expanse of your room allows you the comfort to do so, do not exaggerate it, since it makes people seem spread out and far. Closeness at the table promotes good conversation and a general good mood. Even if you have a big table, seat your guests at one corner of the table instead of attempting to fill the area.
A fitting round table
The rectangular table may seem sleeker but it does no good for the meal. Invest instead in a round table, which gives a feeling of closeness to each other. It also makes the passing of items at the table far much easier. Passing a bowl of salad should not take too much time such that guests feel inconvenienced by the act. The whole meal should be pleasant and relaxed.
A table that adds style to your meal
As you place your cooking skills and energies on the meal, make the dining table to be the focal point of the room. Instead of getting any table and covering it with cloth and lots of food, get a unique table that will make people actually want to sit at the table. It might not necessary be ornate, but it should at least be alluring. An eye catching or interesting table makes the guests entertained as well. It creates style in the room and even makes a good topic for conversation.
Chad is a professional blogger and he loves Amish tables for their elegance and quality.