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Dinner party seating conundrum

Japanecdote | Mar 10, 2011 04:01 PM

Tonight I'm having a few friends over for a dinner party. We're all good friends (plus one good friend's mom) and so it's quite casual.

So here's my problem - there are 9 people coming over, and I have two seating options in my small-ish apartment. I can put my computer table up against the kitchen table and use all kind of mis-matched chairs to seat everyone. I've done this before with the same amount of people, and while it's certainly nice to eat on a table, it's very cramped and there's not a lot of elbow room. Plus usually I run out of tall-enough chairs and someone has to sit on a stool and be shorter than everyone else.

Option 2 is to just have everyone eat in my living room on the floor or on the couch. I have a large coffee table that 5 or 6 people could eat at comfortably, plus a couch for two.

We're having chicken parmesan, so it's not exactly a finger food. Since we're all friends it's not a big deal, and it doesn't have to be fancy at all, but I'd love to hear any opinions on which is preferable - cramped seating at a table or relaxed seating on the floor?

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