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nola_nola From: nola_nola Date: April 21st, 2008 05:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
I love your sitting room idea. You could always get some sort of collapsible table to use when you needed one. Your living room is really long, maybe you have space there at one end.

Here is the compromise that I made.

The younger people in my family are more than happy to do buffet for holiday dinners and sit on couches or where ever. The older generation wants us all to sit at a table together and get upset when we don't. There is no changing them, they are so inflexible. So I've made the decision to honor their wishes with the big table.

My dining room is open on one end to the living room. Instead of filling the entire dining room with a big table, I have a small table and other stuff.

The trick is that my table expands from seating 4 to seating 12 and I can add card tables to the end to stretch it out even further. Matching tablecloths make it work. I sometimes have to move some furniture in the living room out of the way. I can also bring in a long folding table to put on the other side of the living room. I've had sit down dinners for more than 25 at my house.

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