Look! Dinner for 20 in a Carpenter's Shop

Look! Dinner for 20 in a Carpenter's Shop

Sarah Coffey
Jan 4, 2010

Over the holiday, we attended an impromptu sit-down dinner for twenty people in an unlikely space. My brother Sam, a carpenter, hosted it in his workshop, proving that creative folks can throw a party almost anywhere.

He crafted a makeshift table from shipping crates and old doors that were on hand. Across the doors, he laid two planks to create a flat surface for dining. Although the table was a little tall, it got the job done.

One friend cooked the food in her home kitchen, while others brought chairs, silverware, and wine glasses. Since Sam had no dinnerware at the shop, he picked up paper plates, napkins, ice, and wine at the drugstore across the street.

He made a centerpiece from a tin lid, some candles, and a wire Eiffel Tower sculpture. An old sewing table from the shop became a bar, a sink basin became an ice bucket, and a laptop provided the music. It was a great night, full of good conversation, food, family, and friends.

Thanks to Sam, Erin, and Juan for pulling it off!

Photos: Sarah Coffey

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