It’s the most wonderful time of the year – a time when we get a chance to take stock of the last 11 months and celebrate them with the ones we love. Where better to do that than around the dining room table? It’s truly the piece of furniture that links us to friends and family. 

It’s no secret that sharing a meal can increase our feeling of togetherness. And that connection is exactly the spirit that’s welcome during the festive season.

Hosting a dinner party during the holidays is no small feat though, and often requires a few extra chairs to be hastily pulled up and places to be set for last-minute guests. That’s why it’s crucial to have a dining room table that’s the perfect length. Block & Chisel’s Refectory Table, which is made in their Cape Town workshop, is customisable, ensuring that you get the perfect length table for your entertainment space.


Add a few beautiful minimalist dining chairs and you have artfully mixed styles, from the classic details of the table, to the industrial modern feel of the chairs. Or stay with the classic feel with upholstered Natalie Dining Chairs from the local décor brand.


Relax, take it easy

Of course, for those looking for more informal dining styles, a bench or ottoman is a good option, especially since you can usually place a last-minute guest with ease when all the chairs are taken. In this case, we’d recommend adding some panache to your dining room décor, with Block & Chisel’s black and white chevron Gabriela Cotton Bench.


Achieve that laid-back style with a table like the Cleveland Dining Table from Block & Chisel made using old Elm in a distressed white wash finish for rustic refinement.

Functional and fun

Justify getting a decent size dining table by doubling up its functionality. With its side drawers and country kitchen finish, Block & Chisel’s Gerda Dining Table can serve as either kitchen island or dining room table.


If space is at a premium, consider an extendable table. It’ll save you every time more people take up your dinner party invite than you’d expected. Or wheel your studio-desk-cum-dining-table from its usual spot into the middle of your lounge area to create your dedicated dining room.

A dinner party should be filled with shared moments of comfort and ease for both you and your guests. That’s easy to achieve when you know your guests feel welcomed and able to relax themselves. Whether for an informal evening at the braai or a sophisticated multi-course meal, a welcoming space to share great food will have your guests hoping you’ll invite them back soon.

Images courtesy of Block & Chisel

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