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Banquet Tables
By Hanna Nilson



Banquet tables are essential to all banquet functions and facilities. Banquet table arrangement; chairs, centerpieces, flatware and silverware are all key elements for creating the perfect setup for your guests.


One of the reasons why banquet tables determine your guest's first impression of the banquet is that it's simply the dominant feature. Taking up the majority of floor space, banquet tables are a social venue and base for your guest to assemble throughout the event. These functions of the banquet table are important but, of course, a high priority should still be placed on the table as being the place for guests to eat. Banquet food is one of the fundamental elements of your special occasion. The banquet table is a stage for food service, presentation and enjoyment.

When properly arranged, the banquet table has potential to set a theme to inspire and charm all of your guests. Therefore, as an organizer, it is important to put emphasis on the theme of your event. The décor, layout and even seating arrangements should all be consistent with the theme so as to create an ambiance of elegance, professionalism, fantasy or even romance.

Table Spacing: Banquet tables spacing is very important. Cluttering the banquet tables with dominating centerpieces or too many glasses, silverware, napkins and flatware my look nice when on the table top, however, you don't want to overcrowd your guest. Make sure to leave space for people to dine comfortably.

In order to be sure that you have plenty of room to provide each of your guests with adequate seating space, be sure you have the exact head count, number of banquet chairs as well as the number and size of banquet tables. Accordingly, the following table measurements should give you an idea of what to look for when setting up your banquet hall.

Round Table Setup

  • 36 inch table: 4 people

  • 42-48 inch table: 5 people

  • 54 inch table: 6 people

  • 60 inch table: 8 people

  • 72 inch table: 10 people

Rectangle Table Setup

  • 24 inch x 60 inch table: 2 people

  • 24 inch x 72 inch table: 3 to 4 people

  • 4 inch x 96 inch table: 4 to 5 people

  • 30 inch x 72 inch table: 6 people

  • 30 inch x 96 inch table: 8 people

Table Shapes: Choosing the shape of the banquet table is an important decision to make. After considering the amount of people and available space needed for seating, you have to determine which shape and size of table will maximize your space. The table shape directly relates to the theme and design of the banquet hall and your anticipated seating arrangement. For example, the rectangular banquet tables are usually used for the buffet set up so that food can be served and received from both sides of the table. Some other popular table shapes, used for banquets are Square, Oval and Surpentine. For those who are unsure, the Surpentine banquet tables are simply curved banquet tables that can be hooked together to create different shapes. They can be made into circles, ovals, s shapes and other fun shapes. They are interesting to use because they have the ability to make the most of tight spaces.

In conclusion, your banquet table arrangement is something that should be planned ahead of time. Ordering you banquet tables should be based on the exact number of people and room measurements. Never guess or make assumptions in order to avoid the possibility of ordering tables that don't fit or having either too much or too little space for your guests. If you can accomplish the task of being careful with your banquet table armaments, you are likely to be better organized while creating a wonderfully successful banquet occasion.