Out of all of the decisions you have to make for your reception or special event, the size and shape of your tables may seem to be one of the easiest. Many venues even offer tables as a part of the rental package, but many only have one size and shape.
Why are different sizes and shapes of tables important to consider? First, depending on how much space you have and the number of people you anticipate, you want to make sure that each guest has room to sit and eat comfortably.
The amount of space available can also play a part in table selection. Round tables will use just a bit more space than a rectangular table. It may not make a lot of difference for a smaller party, but as the guest count grows, table shape can start to have an impact on the flow of the event.
We usually estimate about 2 feet per person on a rectangular table and if the table is less than 27 inches deep, only using the ends for extra seating as needed, or if it isn’t going to be used for dining. This means a 6-foot table can seat up to six people, and an 8-foot table can seat up to 8. For round tables, we use the same spacing. At a 60-inch round you can seat up to 8 people for a seated meal. With the round tables, you can also think about seating up to 10, but only if it isn’t being used as a dining table.
Our rectangular tables come in wood-topped, as well as poly-topped. We have 4 different lengths of poly-topped table to choose from, and different options such as our 6 foot by 18-inch conference table/back bar. The poly tables can be a huge asset if you are going to be picking up at our showroom as they are more lightweight and durable than the standard wood tables.
Another awesome poly offering is the chill-n-fill table. With a sunken surface and a drain, the chill-n-fill is a great way to keep all of your cold foods cold for your next back-yard gathering. Simply add ice, then fill with your favorite cold-loving dishes and drinks!
Park Avenue has a variety of round tables including 36-inch, 48-inch, and 60-inch; as well as 3 different styles of cocktail table, and 30-inch diameter bistro height tables. The smaller round tables are fantastic for a sweetheart table and cake table.
When space allows, another way to create dynamic family dinner style seating, you can place 2 rectangular tables together to make a large square table. This will seat 10 people at a 6-foot square, or 12 people at an 8-foot square. This allows for room to put shared food items in the middle of the table, and also to use smaller linens and still obtain a full-length look.
Another hugely popular look is the farm table. Ours feature stunning dark wood, and are just over 8 feet long, and 34 inches deep, making them perfect to seat up to 10 people with plenty of room! Plus, our farm tables are so lovely, no linen is needed. Pair them with our fruitwood chairs for a beautiful, upscale rustic or bohemian look.
No matter what kind of seating plan or design you have in mind, we’ve got you covered with a diverse range of table styles and shapes to meet your taste and needs!
The Park Avenue Team and other guest writers are happy to bring you the information you need to plan an amazing event!