Think back to your childhood. Chances are, mealtimes stand out in your memory. The family sits together, eats, and talks. If you don't want everyone to just eat and run, strive to make this place as inviting as possible. Here are some tips.
All too often we come across sleek dining room chairs with little or no padding. Although these may look good depending on the rest of the decor, they are not the most comfortable. If you like to linger over a meal with your loved ones, ensure that the seats are as comfortable as can be, with plenty of padding.
If the dining table is placed in the corner of a room, consider placing sofa-bench style seating on the wall-side of the table. You could have comfortable chairs on the other side.
Eat by candlelight! You don't need to spend a fortune replenishing candles. Take a tall glass, fill it up with water, and float a tea-light on the top. Light this every night. A single tea-light burns for around four hours, so it should last you three or four nights. You could lower the lights and truly enjoy the experience and reduce electricity costs. Place a dimmer switch on the lights.
Keep a tall candlestand on the center of the table to hold straight, elegant candles. Light these when entertaining.
A vase of flowers looks charming. Ensure it doesn't occupy too much space, and you don't need to remove it when serving the food or when seated at the table. Also, remember that the flowers should not prevent people on the table from seeing each other.
Stay clear from plastic tablecloths, no matter how practical they are! If your children spill when they eat and want to avoid staining wooden polish, invest in a table with a glass tabletop. Alternatively, use a regular 'cloth' tablecloth. Anything simple, which...