Holiday Prep – Get That Dining Room Ready!

TLS_Dining TableThe in-laws are here!!  Just kidding, they aren’t here yet, but the holidays are around the corner and they’ll be here soon.  Hopefully you’ve got your guest room ready for company, so your next task is to prepare the dining room.

The dining room is the focal point of practically all American holidays.  It’s the place you feast on roast turkey during Thanksgiving, baked ham at Christmas, and potato latkes at Hanukkah.  It’s the place where you snack on appetizers, pour the wine, and scold the kids for not waiting until everyone is seated before eating.  You’ll spend a lot of time in the dining room over the next couple months so, needless to say, it better look darn good.

Choosing Your Chairs

It sounds simple – make sure you have enough chairs for everyone in attendance – but the problem is that most of us don’t think about it until dinner is being served!  Figure out your chair selection and placement before the guests arrive.

  • Balance – if you are using extra chairs that don’t match the original set, balance the combination by putting like chairs at opposite ends of the table, or across from each other.
  • Borrow – if you need more chairs, don’t wait until the last minute.  Call up your neighbor and borrow some or ask your family to throw in extra chairs on the car ride over.
  • Buy – if you need extra chairs and plan to host in the future, it’s best to invest.  At Taos Lifestyle, we’ve got plenty of great dining chairs that will doll up your dining room table in no time!

Tinkering With The Table

Dining room tables designed for four people just won’t cut it when the whole family is over.  You’ll most likely have to input leaves to extend the table or add a second table at the end.  The challenge is that leaves can look awkward and secondary tables often differ from the original table in shape or height.  How do you make this table extension look attractive again?

  • Tablecloth – a quality, colorful sheet of cloth cover up any unsightly cracks, mismatched tabletop materials, or scratches that your kid might have made.  It’s a practical solution that exudes an aura of elegance.  Just make sure you’ve got a tablecloth long enough to fit the newly extended table.
  • Décor – when a table is extra long or two tables are misaligned, small touches of home décor can bring it all together.  You can opt for traditional accents like glass vases and candles or be more playful with cornstalks or wreaths.  At Taos Lifestyle, we’ve got tons of beautiful home accents that are perfect for the holiday home, like the Doble Paloma Candelabra, colorful Striped Vases, and the Zinnia Napkin Ring.

Some Other Do’s

Tables and chairs are the big things to think about, but they’re certainly not the only ones.

  • Place Settings – make sure you have enough placemats, napkins (nice ones, not paper ones!), silverware, plates and bowls, and glasses for everyone.
  • Servers – this applies to serving-size plates or bowls, plate warmers, and serving utensils.  Don’t forget the wine opener!
  • Buffets – do you have room to put all the trays, plates, and bowls full of food?  A nice buffet is crucial to have in your dining room.  If you don’t have one, Taos Lifestyle has plenty of incredible buffets that are perfect for the occasion.

And A Few Don’ts Too

Common sense is often cast aside when you’re stressed with incoming guests, but it’s important to step back and remember the basics.

  • Don’t Overcrowd – if you have more guests than you have room, don’t sit them super close to each other.  Get a new table!
  • Don’t Over-Decorate – too many flowers, candles, and your son’s latest origami creations can either detract from the setting or just take up space for what really matters:  food.
  • Don’t Overwork Yourself – prepping your dining room for the holidays can be stressful.  It’s a family affair, so ask for help.  You’ll be happy you did!

What other furniture do you need?  Could your dining room use a few more home accents? Everything you need for the holidays is available at Taos Lifestyle. Give us a call or visit our store and our in-house designers will be more than happy to assist!


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  • Jason Corgiat

    Thought we were all set until I realized we don’t have a table cloth big enough once we extend our dining room table. Thanks for the tip!

    • Guest

      You’re welcome Jason. Our lives are busy to begin with and at holiday time, things get even crazier. It is not a bad idea to start thinking about getting ready for the holidays early so you can be all prepared so when the time comes you can relax and enjoy your company. ~Mattress Mary

  • Ardi Bradlee

    I think your dining room and its decoration becomes an integral part of your hospitality in this season. You can’t make a mistake with not doing it at right ways. Dining table is obviously a most important as well the table accessories you have to pick. Choice of an amazing table cloth is a good idea always at that time.

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