Maybe I’m being sentimental, but I miss the old wooden picnic table my grandparents had in their backyard. Most of the patio furniture I own now seems like a poor substitution for that wonderful old redwood table with the checkerboard cloth. I’ve got a few tools in my shop, so last week I went looking for some picnic table plans – hoping to build the same kind of picnic table I so fondly remember from my childhood.
Kitchen dining furniture continues to sell well and are still much in use despite the above modern trends. Simple Mission and hand-crafted Amish designs are popular, and the old rustic style of pioneering log tables and benches also sell. Double pedestal and trestle tables ae popular for large kitchens and some kitchen islands are designed as a tabletop with storage beneath it. Extra end flaps are sometimes provided to be raised when more dining space is required.
You have chosen your venue, and you have hired your marquee – so what else do you need to do?
Tables are crucial for a dinner event. You need to have tables for people to eat off. You could use a rectangular trestle table or round banquet tables. If you are having a casual event, you might want to look at bar tables and stools.
Choosing tables and chairs depends on the type of function. Tables come in a variety of styles such as trestle tables for food service such as buffets or bars and for top tables. Round tables for weddings and similar functions are generally 5 ft diameter which seat 8/9 guests and 6 ft diameter seating up to 14 guests. Seating options usually comprise lightweight folding event chairs for events such as conferences, folding banquet chairs that have padded backrests and seats, and more plush padded dinner chairs for more formal events.
In the modern era of rush and go, fewer people sit down as a family to a formal breakfast. They often eat individually, and the need for a family-size kitchen table is sadly diminished. Breakfast bars have become more common, where people sit on high seats or bar stools at a ledge set against a wall or at a kitchen island. This design is likely to make them eat up as fast as possible!
After playing around with the track and all the bridges and stations, we finally came up with one of the best layouts – much better than I had planned. Once the track was down and affixed to the plywood, we set about doing the landscaping. In the center were a couple of long tunnels – I always got a thrill watching the train going in one end, disappearing for a few seconds and then popping out the other end. It stopped in the station where I had the usual porter, signals and people with suitcases.
This is fine if the kitchen is large enough to accommodate a full size table and still leave plenty room for cooking, preparation and the 101 other tasks carried out in the kitchen. For smaller kitchens, the table would have to take up less space. These come in the form of expandable or adjustable tables.
Decorating your venue can also help create a good energy for your party. You could use some lighting like par cans, laser or disco lights. You could also use a red carpet or bollards to create a VIP feel for your function.