Every Thanksgiving my small dining table that normally seats 6, gets extended to seat up to 14 with the help of a handy piece of plywood that my dad made many years ago.
Enlarge a Dining Room Table
My dining room table and chairs were handed down to me from my mom and dad. The table doesn’t have leaves to extend it, so my dad made a nifty top that comes out every Thanksgiving and stays up to Christmas.
It gets stored against a wall in my garage. See the vertical pieces of wood? That is how long my dining table is.
When we have a need for a bigger table – birthdays, holidays and parties we get it from the garage. I cover my table with a blanket to protect it from scratches.
And the big table top goes on top. The two vertical boards you can see underneath are spaced the length of the table so they fit right against the edge of the existing table.
You can see how it looks underneath when the top is placed on.
For extra stability my dad made 4 braces that are screwed on underneath the table.
This is how the table looks underneath before the plywood tabletop is placed on.
Hubby putting the braces on.
How it looks when the braces are screwed on. The braces screw into the plywood table vertical pieces – 2 on each side, not the table itself.
Here is a profile view of the top in place on the table.
Now my 5’ – 8” table is 8’ – 1” long and 4” wider.
The actual size of the table is: 36″ x 67″. The size of the top is: 40″ x 98″
It could have been made larger, but I wanted to still have ample room to walk around it.
I need a place for 10 on Thanksgiving this year.
But I can seat 12 comfortably. I bring in stools and chairs from other rooms in the house for the extra seating needed. It is hard to find tablecloths this long, I have found a few, but I usually use fabric yardage to make my own. This is my Thanksgiving cloth.
I keep things simple. Dollar Store leaves on the plates, pine cones I found outside for place card props, and some velvet ribbon to tie around the napkins. I have Waterford wine glasses mixed with some from Pottery Barn that I bought on clearance.
The decorative platter that sits atop the corner cabinet, comes down every Thanksgiving to serve the turkey.
I don’t usually do centerpieces because once the turkey is served it has to be moved. A few pumpkins and some bittersweet branches look seasonally festive and are easy to move once the turkey platter comes to the table.
Candles at each end are usually all that stay in the center of the table so that there is plenty of room for all the food and drink. I placed bubble glass drinking glasses on top of metal candle holder bases and then placed candles inside. I love the way the glass looks. When Thanksgiving is over – they will go back to drinking glasses. I made the place cards on my computer and used the font – Precious in 48pts.