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Dining room ideas: How to seat more during Diwali

  • Interior Design
Oct 11, 2017
Dining idea for-diwali dinner party - Beautiful Homes

Mumbai based interior designer Minnie Bhatt, founder of Minnie Bhatt Design gives us nifty tips on dealing with unexpected arrivals at your Diwali dinner party

While more might be merrier, unexpected guests at Diwali can be challenging for any host. Keeping the décor streamlined to create more space is a good idea ­– move unessential furniture to another room for the evening. To take your table setting up a notch, interior designer Minnie Bhatt suggests decorations like draping fairy lights, using silk or velvet cushion covers, adding rich table runners and tall candle holders.


Divide and Conquer

Don't confine the seating arrangements only to the periphery of the room in your dining room design; this can create an empty space in the middle that feels disconnected. Instead divide the room into sections – a rug with cushions in one corner for card games; a sofa with ottomans placed across for those who want to chat, a circle of dining chairs in the third corner for another group.



Use all the surfaces available to you to set up dinner. Says Minnie, “A console or side-board can double up as water-cum-dessert station while the dining table can have a buffet layout.” So, bring out that trolley or those nesting side-tables and put them to good use.


Pouffes, Pillows and Perches

Pillows, bedroom pouffes, ottomans, even storage boxes can double up as low or floor seating, suggests Minnie. Your window ledge could be of some use as well. If you have a low perch, place a few cushions on it for a cosy seat.


Go Diagonal

If your table is set for a sit-down dinner, added guests means more table settings and seating, requiring some flexibility in your house design. “Invest in a dining table with an extension system to accommodate a greater number of guests,” Minnie recommends. In case you don’t have one, bring out that bedroom desk and place the two tables diagonally to accommodate last minute surprises.

Gaddas placed on the window ledge to make for more seating - Beautiful Homes
Throw in some gaddas on your window ledge to make for more seating.
The day bed up front with some cushions on aluminum trunks - Beautiful Homes
You can pull out your day bed up front. Add some cushions on aluminum trunks, and you have more seating than you thought you did.
The good old diwan into good use by bringing it to the fore - Beautiful Homes
Put the good old diwan into good use by bringing it to the fore. Throw in a lot of cushions, and floor cushions even to accommodate more.
The use of side and console tables as different food stations - Beautiful Homes
A buffet layout eliminates the need for formal seating. You can use side and console tables as different food stations.

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