When I first toured my new house I fell in love.
Instantly and completely.
But I had a problem. And I almost didn't buy the house because of it.
Despite the fact that I was in love.
What was my problem?
The dining room would not seat my whole clan for Christmas dinner.
I told you about it here - I didn't sleep for a few nights, tossing and turning and worrying about this.
Yes, I know. I'm nuts.
Finally I just gave myself a good hard kick in the butt and said, "Who cares? It's one day a year!"
And I made an offer.
And the rest was history.
But now it's nearly time for Christmas dinner.
And I'm starting to fret again.
So what's a girl to do?
Get creative, that's what!
And I did.
With help from my sweetie.
I had this idea to take a piece of plywood, saw it in half, hinge it (for ease of storage), and place it over the table top.
For once, Sweetie didn't tell me I was out of my mind.
He saw the possibilities....and made it happen.
Sanded and smooth, corners rounded, piano hinge down the middle.
With the table stretched open as far as it can go - and a gap in the middle to accommodate the hinge - we're giving it a test run tonight.
With a dinner party for
12 nope, now we're at 13.
Sweetie helped me carry the makeshift tabletop in last night and get it in place.
It was a little warped, as plywood tends to be. So he clamped it and I weighed it down with all the fall squashes I have yet to cook.
And I went on a hunt for the giant ivory colored tablecloth I have had for eons.
And I hunted. And hunted. And turned every linen storage area in my house upside down.
And no giant ivory colored tablecloth can be found anywhere.
It walked away. As things do.
So I improvised.
With two brown tablecloths I've had for centuries and that lovely red velvet jingle bell runner I told you about here.
And I worried the colors would clash.
But you know what? I'm not hating it!!
My plates have a brown band as well as blue and dark red, so they work to pull the colors together.
Add red napkins and crystal glasses and there's not a thing wrong with it!
The dishes help to weigh down the table so it's not quite as warped. It's still a little wobbly but hopefully will be alright, once the bowls of heavy food are put in the center.
I'm really quite pleased with the end result. I set the table for 12 this morning.....I'll have to find room for one more when I get home from work - we'll squeeze. No worries.
When the lights are dimmed and the candles lit and the music is playing and the wine is flowing nobody will worry one bit about being a little tight around the table.
And we'll do it again next Friday.
Happy Holidays, Friends!!