Gather Grand Groups with Extra-Long Dining Table
Oct 27,2006 00:00 by Linda Pescatore

Finding room for all the guests you want to entertain during the holidays and year-round dinner parties can be a problem, but you won't have to set up rickety card tables or serve people standing up to accommodate a large group with the Parisian banquet table from Century Furniture's Bordeaux Collection.

Since a typical place setting with a full complement of china and silverware occupies 22 inches, the 17-foot-long table seats 16 people comfortably, and as many as 18 in a pinch, according to Edward Tashjian, vice president of marketing for Century.

Granted, not every home has space for a 17-foot table -- and even without a leaf, the Parisian banquet table is nearly double the length of most dining tables, which typically measure 6 feet. But if you have the square footage, don't be afraid to fill it with something dramatic.

"For a really special and memorable meal, there is nothing like entertaining at home," Tashjian says. "And if you have a really spectacular house, there is no better way of showing it off than hosting a dinner for 16."

GREAT LENGTHS - Homeowners can entertain in a big way with the 17-foot-long Parisian banquet table from Century Furniture's Bordeaux Collection. It can comfortably seat 16 hungry people. CNS Photo courtesy of Century Furniture.  
In fact, because the company can customize this table with as many 44-inch sections as needed, your table can ultimately accommodate all the invitations you can write.  The 49-inch width -- just a few inches wider than the typical 44 inches of most dining tables -- allows for comfortable seating on the ends, while allowing for easy conversation across the table. (The extra width will also come in handy for those dramatic centerpieces.)

The top of the Parisian banquet table is decorated with strips of walnut inlay and can be finished in your choice of one or two of 11 possible finishes. The four cabriolet legs are carved with flourishes leading to a gently scalloped apron, or front edge. For extra stability, a leaf is supported by two additional legs. The Bordeaux Collection's Parisian dining chairs sport similar styling to complement the table.

The French countryside-inspired design is versatile enough to work with a dressed-up formal look or a casual, everyday treatment.

The Parisian banquet table starts at $14,985. To find a retailer near you, visit and click "Retailers."

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