How to: Fit 12 at a Table for 8

Domino Magazine

One of the main joys of the holidays is the chance to get together with family and friends and enjoy each other's company, right? So don't let a little thing like lack of space discourage you from inviting all your whole gang of loved ones over. Here are some helpful tricks for getting everyone to gather 'round.

And don't worry, these tips work for those of us who only have a table for four, too. Just focus on keeping the menu to a minimum (less serving dishes to clutter the table) and arranging the chairs to find those hidden pockets of extra space (usually at the ends of the table). We'll add this suggestion to the article: if you don't have a buffet or console, keep a bar cart nearby to hold any spill-over from the table. It can hold your carafes or condiments once everyone's been served, providing a bit more elbow room in the process. And if push comes to shove (though hopefully not literally), have a few bottles of spirits on said cart to keep everyone in a festive spirit, no matter how cramped.

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