Extra Seating Required

12.28.2013

Our family is growing so that meant figuring out extra seating for our Christmas eve gathering.

This was the first year that I set a kid's table for my three granddaughters. At first I was wondering what I was going to use and then it dawned on me that the sunroom coffee table was just the right size.

I pulled the table into the breakfast room just in case there were any spills they would land on the hardwood floor and not on the rug in the sunroom.

Of course I used paper plates and these snowmen ones fit the bill.

I saw these cute stockings with markers at the store and thought the girls would enjoy coloring them.

Since I moved the coffee table out of the sunroom it made the perfect spot for one more adult table.

I grabbed some place mats, snowflake napkins, my everyday white plates and poinsettia bowls for the chili.



For a centerpiece I grabbed a tiny vase and added some cedar clippings from my fresh garland.

Publix snow people salt and pepper shakers.







Y'all are probably over Christmas stuff, but I thought I would share these tables that might give others some ideas for simple extra table settings.

 Next week the "My Favorite Room" series will return with a guest blogger's favorite room in their home.

If you follow me on facebook and Instagram then you know the container from France finally arrived yesterday and I have been working for hours unpacking and rearranging things in the house.
My pal, Shirley and her hubby are on their way here today so she can pick up her French treasures, too. I will share soon.

Enjoy the weekend!

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33 comments:

  1. I am not over Christmas, so thank you for sharing! Precious space for the grandchildren! I know they had to love it too. The stockings were perfect for them, and the adult table in the sunroom also looked lovely. Have fun with your new "toys" from France! I know you will be busy for the next day or two with that.

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  2. Such a sweet idea to set a darling kids table with a fun activity to do! LOVE those stockings! If I were eating Christmas dinner with you... I'd want to eat in the sunroom!

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  3. We had a children's table when our three and my sister's daughters shared holiday dinners. I think they giggled more than they ate. I'm on the lookout for those adorable stockings for the grandkids' next Christmas.

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  4. You DID give me an idea: using the coffee table for the kids! Terrific. Love the stockings too and your poinsettia bowls.

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  5. I enjoyed seeing you other table settings Kim. I am excited about seeing all of your wonderful French pieces!

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  6. Very pretty and great idea on the "kids" table. :-)

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  7. My coffee table is the perfect kids size table too. I have 3 small school chairs around it at all times and the kids always enjoy eating at their own mini table :)

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  8. I thought that was such a good idea to use the coffee table as a kids table. It's painted so cute it looked like one with their little chairs pulled up to it! The coloring stockings was a nice addition too. I know you must be up to your ears in "stuff" at your house right now. I can't wait to see how everything looks once you get it situated.

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  9. the kiddos table is just adorable, those stockings are so fun! can't wait to see your treasures from France!

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  10. Cute, all the way around! Not over Christmas...we're still Christmasing in fact.:-)

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  11. Your tables look great very festive and I bet the kids loved the stockings to colour in.
    I had 27 over for Xmas lunch and it was my first time hosting, I had 4 tables to decorate which was a lot of Xmas baubles! Turned out great though.
    I hope you had a great Xmas and enjoy the holiday festivites :)

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  12. So glad to hear your stuff arrived. I'm still waiting on mine. Can't wait to see your things again!

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  13. It must have been like Christmas all over again, opening your goodies from France!To

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  14. Dying to see that stuff from France!

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  15. Over Christmas - not !

    I'll bet you are so excited that the goodies from France have arrived and how nice that they came for Christmas (almost)! Happy Holidays Kim.

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  16. I love those stockings for the kids...I am sure that seating the very large group you had was a challenge but you pulled it off beautifully. The van is filled to the brim as you know and can't wait to unload the car and see my treasures again. Everyone is going to swoon over your treasures. I did!

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  17. I tried the small table at our last holiday, but we have a 2 year old grandson who won't stay seated, so he's got to sit at the big table where he can't get out. Maybe next year when he's a little older we'll give it a try again. I love the Christmas socks you found for your grandchildren to color! That's a fun idea to keep them occupied while the big people visit. I can't wait to see your French treasures!

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  18. Cute tables! I bet your granddaughters loved their special table! Everything is so cute! Hugs, Leena

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  19. Its all so beautiful Kim! Anyone would love sitting at those tables.. blessings!

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  20. The kids table is so cute Kim...love the stockings! Looking forward to seeing your new goodies!!

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  21. Looks fantastic Kim. I love the kiddos table...just right!!!

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  22. The kid's table is adorable. The one complaint I have about my dining room is that it's too small, which keeps me from having too many people for a sit-down dinner, so I am glad you shared some ideas as to how to work around it.

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  23. Oh, that little table I so love was perfect for the little ones!
    Brenda

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  24. The kiddos table is perfect. I saw all those wonderful items on IG. Jealous;]

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  25. Kim,
    The kids table is adorable. Your table for Christmas eve was so pretty. I love those bowls for chili. Oh how exciting that your french treasures have arrived. I cannot wait to see them all in place in your beautiful home.
    Kris

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  26. Our overflow seating is in the sunroom too and I love it. It's my preferred spot to sit, actually. I love, love the kid's table. Too cute. I can't wait to see what is in those containers of yours.
    Did you hear about Charles Faudree? I know he was a favorite of yours. He will be missed.
    http://www.tulsaworld.com/obituaries/localobituaries/renowned-tulsa-based-interior-designer-charles-faudree-dies-at/article_4827f46c-5846-5c8e-8c2a-d94e08ee8551.html?mode=jqm

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  27. Hi Kim, What sweet tables you created! Great idea to use the little table from the sunroom. I'm so excited to see what you are unpacking!

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  28. What pretty tablescapes!Love that little table! Oh what fun that was when my daughter was little! Watching family movies and feeling sad...where does the time go?
    xx
    Anne

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  29. Never get tired of seeing lovely and thoughtful settings, for sharing meals together with friends and family. The crayons in the stockings are my favorite. Your granddaughters are blessed to have a fun Gramma like you! Happy New Year and enjoy the new treasures, too.

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  30. I missed this post previously, what a shame as I have just written and published a post on small dining areas and circular tables, your round table would have been a perfect example. I am catching up on missed posts on my favourite blogs.

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  31. Kim, I started setting a kids table for my 5 grandchildren when they were very young (Now the oldest is 21. I must admit, that through the years I put more thought into how to set their table than my main table. I felt I was creating the Christmas memories that my grandchildren would always remember. As they got older, the table became more adult themed but small traditions that I had started were still expected each year and that is what I enjoy the most, because I have succeeded in creating their memories. Now the table is set with more than just 5 chairs, because new friends join their circle each year and it is fun to listen to the kids explain to their friends some of our crazy traditions or how I decorated the table a past Christmas. This year I got the flu and Christmas dinner was held at my daughters house but the kids sent pictures to make me feel like I wasn't missing anything. Best of all, the tradition continues and darn you have to really get creative to set a new themed table every year. But challenges are what keep us going and smiles on our grandchildrens faces are our best rewards. Looking forward to 2014.....I plan on getting my flu shot this next year. LOL

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  32. Fabulous set-up Kim! Especially love the kids table! I found a cute coloring gift wrap at Joan's the other day and thought about using it for next Christmas as a palace mat or table cover! Hope you had a wonderful Christmas Kim!

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