17 Tall Cocktail Table Ideas For Informal Dining And Entertaining

The best decision I had made about dining was to get rid of a formal dining set and purchase a tall cocktail table.  I do have a dining nook that comfortably seats 3.  When my guest list is beyond that, I can easily accommodate 16+ people buffet style.  Of course, I don't serve spaghetti or ribs at such gatherings.  But I have had wine tasting and mystery parties, as well as book club meetings and just wine and cheese with this set up.

A tall coffee table should be at least 20" high.  The width and length will depend upon your space.   However, 36" or more in depth is preferable.  Unfortunately, you may need a sleuth to locate a good selection with this dimension.  Still, two smaller ones that will give you that dimension is okay.  Here are 17 great inspirational living rooms with tall coffee tables conducive to informal dining.  All were gleaned from Houzz.com.     

You'll notice that some of these examples are in homes and not apartments; however, the same design scheme applies.  You would just need to adjust it to suite you living room and of course taste.  

The next tall coffee table image is excellent for intimate and romantic meals.  The height is perfect.  

Below, it's clear that even a studio can enjoy the layout of a tall coffee table for informal dining!

I absolutely adore this last room for its color palette and sophistication.  Oh, looks like a chaise lounge getting front and center display space.  You know I love chaise!  Did you read my post on The Case For A Chaise Lounge?

Hope you're making greater use of your coffee table than just to display accessories and books--though these are always fabulous items to enjoy.  You can just move them around when you want to dine and entertain using the coffee table.  

By the way, how are you using your coffee table?  Love to hear from you!

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9 Simplistic But Elegant New Year's Eve Tablescapes

Planning a small New Year's Eve dinner party and want to keep it simplistic--but elegant?  
Here are 9 table settings to inspire you.  

Stylizimo Design Voice

Stylizimo Design Voice

Pinterest via Paula Deen

Pinterest via Paula Deen

Perfect For Just The Two Of You!!

Pinterest via Apartment Therapy

Pinterest via Apartment Therapy

Your Cozy Home Blogspot by Karen Lidbeck-Brent

Your Cozy Home Blogspot by Karen Lidbeck-Brent

I absolutely adore the table setting above where the party favors take center stage.  The setting is in a home.  But of course it can be scaled back to fit in an apartment setting.  If you look closely, you will notice that it really is a rather inexpensive--yet elegant setting.  Be sure to visit the maker for the site.  She had so many great ideas.

Need more ideas, visit my New Year's Eve post from 2013:

 Auld Lang Syne And New Year's Even Tablescapes

Image credit: Ledges Hotel

Image credit: Ledges Hotel


And Finally, From My Home To Yours  

A Very Happy New Year 2015

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