I wish you would veer away from long, thin, rectangular tables. Even if they can seat many, such tables are really NOT conducive to large group conversations. When you're unfortunate enough to get seated at the edge of the table, you end up seeing only 3 people: the person in front of you, the person beside you, and the person across the person beside you. Everyone else might as well not have come at all because it is physically impossible to catch up with them at that table.
So dear restaurant-owner or party-thrower, unless you want your resto or party to be a date place, please use round tables. And if you must pick rectangular tables, please choose much wider ones so I can see beyond the person beside me at a group dinner.
Photo from annniegirl.
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