I recently hosted my book club which is one of the few times I regret our decision to give away our coffee table. With a living area that is also our kids rec room we forwent our antique marble coffee table in favour of more room for ride-on toys and floor puzzles.
We decided to go this minimalist route when thinking about baby proofing the sharp corners of our coffee table. With two end tables for our movie night snacks, the coffee table really was one of those items that used a lot of space but that we could manage without.
Most of the time I’m happy with the choice as I watch my kids scoot and run unimpeded. But my beloved book club is 40% about the friendships, 40% about the food and 20% about the book (we always manage to devote some time to discussing the book). Having inaccessible nibbles on those nights is less than ideal.
So, I got creative this past time hosting. I realised the kids’ IKEA art table is kinda perfect coffee table size for our group and once covered in cheese boards and sweets it hid the few artistic embellishes of when non-washable marker strayed from paper.
Sometimes we just accept not having things that we don’t need 95% of the time (sigh, a waffle iron) but it’s also nice when it works out that we can make something do double duty so it’s there for those rare occasions too.