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Your Easter Dinner Hosting Guide

Easter is coming up faster than you think and if you’re planning on hosting dinner, it’s never too soon to start planning. The weather will be getting warmer, university-aged children will be wrapping up finals and coming home for the summer, and summer vacation plans are in the mix. For many, Easter is the last chance to get the family together until Thanksgiving as busy summer plans take over. Any holiday where you invite your friends and family to share your home can be hectic and stressful, which is why the Woodcraft team has put together a quick guide that we hope will make hosting dinner easy.

#1 Dinner

There are two classic Easter dinners, glazed ham and roast lamb, but there are dozens of spin-offs and ideas you can use to freshen things up. There are plenty of great alternatives for those sick of the usual Easter ham, including Cornish game hens, roast pork recipes, pork shoulders, or even braciole, an Italian-style flank steak Easter dinner. Make sure you plan out the ingredients early and get your shopping done well ahead of time, and give yourself enough time to actually cook on the day of.

 

#2 Easter Egg Hunt

If you have younger children, or you’re inviting family or friends over who do have small kids, why not plan an Easter egg hunt? If the weather is nice enough, you can use your backyard to hide treats, rather than risk the kids tearing apart your home, but if you’re not worried about a couple overturned sofa cushions, the living room is fine, too. Just make sure you write down all the hiding places – you don’t want to forget about any missed pieces.

#3 Table & Centerpiece

Easter is a chance to get creative with your table centerpiece, whether you want flowers, candles, eggs, or even chocolates to form the major motif. If you have a long guest list, you can also use place settings to keep things orderly when it’s time for dinner – not to mention easing over any tensions that might exist between different guests. Check out some great centerpiece ideas for the holiday and decide whether you want to focus on spring flowers, painted eggs, or other spring-themed decorative ideas.

Not enough room at the dining table for the guest list you’ve put together? You’re not just investing in a new dining table for Easter dinner; if you’re always hosting the holidays, an elegant, custom wood dining table that will fit a growing family is essential to opening up your home to friends and family alike. A bigger dining table is a must for couples who love hosting dinner parties and making their home the center of the action during the holidays. A custom wood dining table from Woodcraft will help you open up your home and bring your dreams of big family holidays to life.

You can also complete your kitchen with solid wood furniture like sideboards and buffet hutches as well in a wide variety of woods and stains. You can take a look at our full list of dining tables and other kitchen and dining room furniture, all of which we can deliver and assemble right in your home. If you want your home to be full and busy with the warmth of family and friends through all of the holidays, invest in a Woodcraft table that can host them all comfortably. There’s nothing more precious than seeing your loved ones throughout the year.

Time For A New Cottage Dining Table

The first hints of spring came early to Ontario this year, and if you’re at all like us, the promise of warm weather ahead has you dreaming about opening up the cottage. If spring continues like this, a lot of families will be planning Easter in cottage country, filled with hot cross buns and glazed hams. Others will want to wait until the back country roads are clear of snow and mud, or for the water to really warm up before heading back up to Muskoka, the Kawarthas, Haliburton, or the Rideau Lakes. And with the warm weather comes more long weekends and plans to invite guests up to your summer paradise.

Entertaining can certainly put your cottage in a new light; are the guest rooms as comfortable as you thought they were or are they drab and in need of redecorating? Do you suddenly spot all of the dents and scratches in your dining table when your loved ones are seated all around it, or do you quickly realize that you’ve cramped the seats a little too close together and that there really isn’t enough room to entertain so many people at once? Instead of trying to navigate the forest of wine glasses and fit more plates onto your table, it may be the season to upgrade your cottage dining table.

Fortunately, there’s still time to take advantage of the Woodcraft Winter Sales Event and save on new furniture, including 20% off dining tables, 25% off vintage cherry dining tables, as well as 20% off of dining room chairs. From Windsor Bent Arrow to slat back chairs, we have plenty of wood dining chairs that will fit any cottage environment perfectly, while we take pride in offering a wide range of tables from modern to rustic. For cottages, you may want to consider the natural look of wood and use materials like vintage cherry or wormy maple, with an emphasis on natural patterns. The Woodcraft 40th Anniversary Table is a great example of a Canadiana Harvest table, with its rough sawn, rough cut style.

Entertaining at the cottage doesn’t have to be stressful or embarrassing, especially not if you have all the room you need to host. Get ready for summer hosting in cottage country with some great barbecue recipes like these chili-espresso ribs and sides like roast cabbage with bacon that will truly impress your guests.

There are plenty more tips on hosting at your cottage country home online, but it all starts with making sure you have the furniture to accommodate. Get started with a custom wood dining table at Woodcraft; we also deliver across Ontario and internationally, even to cottage country. All of our deliveries are insured and guaranteed; besides white glove delivery and assembly, you can also save by having it delivered curbside or picking it up yourself at one of your warehouses. You have plenty of options when it comes to custom wood furniture and delivery when you shop with us. We can make the dining table you want.

Let Woodcraft Help You Redecorate This Spring

As the snow melts and the spring buds appear on trees that have lain dormant for months, you’d be forgiven for itching to redecorate. Spring is a time of renewed energy and creativity, and many people focus their excitement for change on their homes. Whether it’s a kitchen renovation, a major landscaping project, or buying new furniture, the impulse to change something about your home is undeniable when the warm weather stirs up new ideas.

If you’ve caught the redecorating bug, let Woodcraft help you furnish your home with custom made, solid wood furniture. Not only do we have a wide range of designs that include coffee tables, dining tables, beds, bedroom sets, desks, cabinets, wardrobes, and more, we also offer insured and guaranteed delivery worldwide. When you buy furniture from Woodcraft, you also get to choose between oak, cherry, maple, and pine, as well as from our extensive variety of stains. If there’s one thing you can be certain of, it’s that when you shop from us, you get exactly what you’re looking for, something that can’t always be said of big box stores. Below are just some redecorating ideas we can help you with.

Coffee Table Nook – With the spring weather comes longer and brighter days and you can make the most of the natural light in your living room by setting up a coffee table nook by a window, especially a bay window that creates a little extra space in your living room. A cozy armchair and a custom wood coffee table can create a miniature sanctuary in your living room, a perfect place to relax with a book and a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning.

Refinish Your Dining Table – If you’re already in possession of a solid wood dining table, possibly one that’s been in the family for generations, consider refinishing it rather than replacing it. If it’s looking a little worn or out-of-date, or if it clashes with the new colour of your walls, get it refinished at Woodcraft. We can minimize the scratches and dents that inevitably form over time and repair loose joints in addition to refinishing by hand, stripping the wood and giving it a brand new look. We also can go from dark to light with a stain like “Butternut,” which can brighten up a previously darker stain.

Update Your Bedroom – Don’t restrict your redecorating to public rooms, your bedroom deserves a face lift, too. Your bedroom environment plays a big role in how well you sleep and relax when you turn in for the night, as well as your frame of mind when you wake up in the morning. A new wardrobe can also help you keep your bedroom better organized, reducing the kind of clutter that can inadvertently keep you up at night.

Farmhouse-Style Wood Cabinets – Add a rustic touch to your bedroom or office with wood filing cabinets or bookcases; we have a great pine country filing cabinet that brings style and warmth to your office. The farmhouse style is in and it all starts with the right custom wood furniture, so check out our designs or ask about custom furniture before you redecorate.

Tips For Hosting Easter Dinner

Hosting the whole family and cooking a great big dinner on Easter Sunday is a tradition for many families. After the kids have found all the chocolate bunnies and dyed eggs in pinks, blues, and purples, you have to start working on a monumental feast. Whether it’s glazed ham or braised lamb in your family, there’s plenty of work to do and plenty of things to worry about. When you invite your guests to join you around your dining room table, follow some of these tips to make your life easier for the upcoming holiday.

#1 Seating Plan

Once you’ve got all your RSVPs back, it’s time to make a seating plan at your dining table. If it’s a small gathering, you can probably get away with a “seat yourself” policy, but you can smooth over any awkward moments or incompatible pairings by planning where to seat everyone and using cards (perhaps with a chocolate attached) to let everyone know where they should pull up a seat.

#2 Wine and Beverages

Make sure you have enough wine and non-alcoholic beverages for everyone; always start by offering someone a drink and ask everyone whether they prefer red or white with dinner. Give people the option, but also make sure you pair with the meal: a rich Cabernet Sauvignon will go well with lamb, Pinot Noir with glazed ham, and a Muscat pairs excellently with a lemon meringue dessert.

#3 The Meal

The meal itself can be a big source of stress, especially if you’ve only recently taken over hosting your family’s traditional Easter Sunday. If you just can’t get the hang of your mother’s traditional glazed ham, try out a new recipe; racks of lamb, braised lamb, poached salmon, and even chicken can all be great alternatives to ham. Save yourself some effort by asking guests to handle side dishes, especially anything that’s easy to warm up just before the main dish is ready.

#4 The Table

Last, but not least, make sure you’ve got enough room at the table for all of your guests. It can be easy to forget between the holidays how a family grows, as your children find partners and start having children of their own, and before you know it, you’ve far outgrown your dining table. At Woodcraft, we can build any of our dining table designs to size, so you can pick the design you love and make sure it seats your whole family. Whether you’re seating a family of four or a family of twelve, our team at Woodcraft can make the table that will fit your holidays. Besides getting the right size for your dining room and your growing family, you also get to decide the finish and wood we use, choosing from oak, pine, maple, wormy maple, and vintage cherry. Buying a custom dining table from Woodcraft now also means you can take advantage of our winter sale, with 20% off all dining tables and an extra 5% off all tables made in vintage cherry. Get ready for Easter Sunday by browsing our catalogue and finding the one that’s right for you.

Find The Right Dining Table For Easter Dinner

If you’re hosting Easter Sunday dinner for the first time this year, you may be wondering just what you’ve gotten yourself into and how you’re going to manage to pull it off. You have a meal to prepare, wine to buy, seating arrangements to plan – not to mention invitations to send out and centrepieces to create. It can seem a little overwhelming, but you can make things easier by staying focused and giving yourself time to manage the little things. Outsource side dishes and dessert, plan in advance, and give yourself time to get ready in the morning.

Here’s a quick list of little things you can do to make sure that your Easter dinner goes off without a hitch while welcoming everyone and encouraging them to enjoy themselves:

  • Greet them at the door; as hectic as things may be in the kitchen, always open the door for your guests yourself, rather than sending your kid to handle it for you.
  • Always remember to offer a drink once they’ve had a seat, whether it’s wine, sparkling water, or pop, and keep a variety.
  • Decorating your table for Easter with some painted eggs, candles, or Easter flowers (like the Easter lily, tulips, or daffodils) will add a festive but tasteful atmosphere to your dinner.
  • Warm up the plates and bread; a few minutes in an oven set to 150 degrees will give buns and bread a freshness and warmth, while warmed up plates keep food from going cold on the table.
  • You can create place cards to assign seating, an especially useful way to ease seating stress just before the meal, which also makes your guests feel invited and as though their presence has been well-planned.
  • Don’t forget about the temperature in the room; keep it comfortably warm, especially if you live somewhere where Easter still means slush on the sidewalks, but don’t be afraid to crack open a window or lower the thermostat if the kitchen starts to make things feel stifling. Otherwise, people might start to doze off once they’ve had their fill of lamb and potatoes.

But at the heart of any successful Easter Sunday dinner is the right dining table and your home should have a work of craftsmanship that lives up to the role of the table as a place where families gather and make new memories.

A dining table can become a lasting family heirloom, a familiar piece of comfort for everyone in the family, and a constant source of reassurance in your home. That’s why we at Woodcraft put all of our energy into making durable, beautiful tables for our customers, made to order with their tastes in mind. You choose the wood: pine, oak, maple, wormy maple (rich with patterns), or vintage cherry (with a warm, deep reddish brown colour), as well as the finish.

With white glove delivery, we at Woodcraft can make sure you get your brand-new dining table just in time for Easter dinner, without you having to worry or add additional stress to your life. Just check out our website or visit a Woodcraft showroom (we have three across the GTA: in Markham, Mississauga, and Whitby) and find the one that’s right for you. Don’t be shy, we’re happy to accommodate all kinds of custom requests.

Custom Wood Tables Complete Rustic Restaurant And Café Design

In Toronto and in cities across North America, rustic interior design remains popular with new restaurants, bars, and cafés. It’s an atmosphere that’s not going anywhere soon, as the predominance of browns and soft reds lent by wood elicits a calming and familiar response. It’s a design scheme that will make your clients feel right at home in your establishment, that complements the welcoming environment your staff create, and that will keep guests returning. However, it takes an eye for detail and quality to make an impression, which is why you may want to think about talking to a custom wood furniture company about outfitting your new business.

You can browse Pinterest and design magazines for décor ideas, but when it comes time to furnish your new restaurant or café, if you want to make a mark, get something custom made that will be completely unique. You can look at our Woodcraft table designs and choose finishes and wood type, or you can reach out to us and discuss a truly custom project. Either way, our tables, whether they’re long communal showpieces or individual, are going to get your clientele talking.

When it comes to coffee shops, the communal table has become a common feature, especially in urban settings where shops are often long and narrow and there’s limited room for individual tables. Even cafés with dimensions closer to a square, with more width, have found that using large, square communal tables can still give customers enough space while adding more seating than they might otherwise have. Because they dominate the room, the finish, wood, and shape of these tables will define the rest of the establishment along with the bar. You may want to consider Woodcraft designs like our Lakefield dining table, made out of repurposed barn-beam wood, and harkening back to our own roots, when we were making handcrafted furniture out of a barn north of Toronto.

As for restaurants, introducing communal tables has allowed them to keep the cost of plates down by increasing the number of covers they can seat in a night. Communal dining tables, whether it’s in fine dining or gastropubs, has proven to be a controversial topic, but where the food or the drinks are the highlight, your customers won’t be concerned about bumping elbows. They also make seating large reservations simple and work well with bench-style seating along the walls.

Our dream at Woodcraft is to help our customers find the perfect table for their needs, whether it’s their home dining room or kitchen or furniture for an office, restaurant, brewpub, or espresso bar. Our solid wood furniture is well-made and can handle the heavy traffic and use that it will see in a restaurant setting, and once you have it, you won’t have to worry about replacing it with your next redecoration. They’re made to endure and we can easily repair and refinish them, so that they can keep up with changing design trends and your vision. Browse through our selection of designs or contact us with an idea for a custom design, and we’ll be happy to help.

Find The Desk That Fits Your Work Habits

Your desk should be a personal, professional, and creative place where you can concentrate on the task at hand, control your environment, and improve your productivity. Far too often, people neglect their work space, whether it’s at the company office or at home, but it’s a room that deeply affects your mental well-being and the quality of your work. Many of the most productive people treat their desks as a kind of shrine to their creative process, carefully controlling it to facilitate what’s best for them.

Staying Grounded

In the early days of laptops, later reinforced by tablets and smartphones, the nomadic worker became a popular marketing and workforce myth: with new technology, no one was meant to be tethered to the same, monotonous space day in and day out. They would be free to roam wherever they pleased and the growth of freelancing across industries today has also seen a rise in co-working spaces and café culture geared more toward productivity than socialization. However, even freelance workers have found that owning their own desk, whether it’s in an office or at home, grounds their work and allows them to create a space that reflects their own personality. An office is a very personal thing and when you’re thinking it’s finally time to create the space that reflects your work habits, you should have a custom wood desk or office collection. A Woodcraft desk is handcrafted – we make traditional, executive-style collections as well as contemporary styles that will fit your home office or study.

At the Workplace

Contemporary office design is moving away from individually owned desks and toward a variety of workspaces that promote collaboration – while there have been negative effects on productivity caused by the lack of privacy, round shapes have also been proven to encourage collaborative work and improve team-based productivity. There’s also been a move toward creating collective but different spaces, so that teams and individuals can move through an office to find a space that complements the task at hand. Solid wood makes an excellent signature office piece and a custom design makes a true statement to both employees and the clients who come through your office. Talk to Woodcraft about building furniture for co-working pieces that can improve productivity and create the kind of collaborative energy your company needs to inspire.

Home Office

For some, the desk at their office never truly feels like their own; one study on workplace productivity by consultants Identity Realization found that office workers connect more to their job and employer if they’re given more control over their own workspace. People already feel very strongly about the state of their desks: some work better with a creative clutter or reminders of work in progress, whereas others are fastidious about keeping their space clean and organized so that they can concentrate on the task at hand. If you’re serious about rejuvenating your workspace, consider a unique solid wood desk from Woodcraft that speaks to your work habits and your personality, and helps you get started on what’s important.

The Simple Pleasure Of Solid Wood Furniture

From time to time, we at Woodcraft hear someone ask us why they should invest more in solid wood furniture like a desk, bookcase, dining table, or chair, rather than buy it premade (and mass-manufactured) from a big box store. In truth, it’s a matter of taste, and those who want solid wood furniture, handcrafted by people who have been dedicated to making furniture that their customers come to love, desire something unique, long-lasting, and beautiful. We only use high quality woods and stains, well-made joints, and make everything to fit the dimensions our customers require. You wouldn’t shortchange yourself by purchasing a substandard home – why would you expect anything less from the furniture with which you fill that home?

You can tell that our tables and desks are made with attentive, caring hands as you run your own along the grain, feel the corners, and test the strength of the joints as you apply your weight to them. Woodcraft has been in the business since 1974 because of our multi-generational commitment to quality and a love for what we do, whether that’s building our own unique design of office desk, working with our customers on a one-of-kind, custom wood dining table, or restoring and refinishing a cherished family heirloom.

Our designs are made to make a bold statement in your home but fit a variety of looks, whether you’re looking for darker colours and contemporary shapes for your dining table or traditional styles of office collections and bookcases. We receive orders from across North America from discerning furniture buyers who have come to expect a higher quality than what’s available from mass-manufacturers. We offer turnkey delivery, including placement and assembly, because we want our pieces to arrive safely and soundly in your home.

At Woodcraft, we like to think that we’re making an heirloom for your family – one that will withstand decades of use, that will gather dents and scratches in its role at the heart of a busy family life. That’s why we take restoration and refinishing so seriously, stripping by hand and not by soaking or dipping with acids that can weaken glue used in older joints. We can bring new life to older pieces of furniture by stripping old paints and updating them with a more contemporary look that will match your home, including moving from darker colours to lighter ones. We love bringing new life to old wood because we know what big box furniture retailers don’t – you can’t prepackage memories.

Contact us if you’re ready to invest in solid wood furniture that you will be proud to bring into your home or visit our website and see our one-of-a-kind designs as well as your options for wood and colours. Most of our pieces are available in pine, maple, wormy maple, cherry, and oak and the colours that will best complement both the wood and your own home design. There are hundreds of ways to decorate your dining room, but it all begins with a wood dining table. Your home deserves something made to fit your tastes, home, and family; get solid wood furniture from a company that listens.

How Custom Design Can Solve Your Furniture Hunt

Do you have an image in your head of a coffee table, sofa, desk, or cabinet that you can’t seem to find anywhere, no matter how many antique stores, furniture markets, or design boutiques you visit? When you’re dedicated to interior design, you can spend years searching for that piece of furniture you’ve been imagining to no avail. That is, unless you’ve considered working with a handcrafted furniture company to build a unique piece just for you, whether it’s a grandiose boardroom table or inspired by a designer who’s impossible to find.

At Woodcraft, we offer dining tables, coffee tables, bed sets, office collections, cabinets, bookcases, and more in a variety of our own designs with customization options including dimensions, wood, and finish. For a piece like our Metropolitan Dining Table, you have your choice of five different woods, including vintage cherry, three different textures (rough sawn, ruff cut, random plain), and 16 finishes ranging from white stain to ebony black and everything in between. However, we frequently work with customers who need a piece built from the ground up when they envision something that cannot be found in stores.

Many people don’t first think of custom furniture because they believe that it’s too expensive; however, as this article all about finding someone to bring your custom design to life in the New York Times explains, it can be just as affordable as buying from a high-end store and less expensive than finding a vintage piece online or at auction. Whether you have a completely unique plan in mind or there is a particular style you want to imitate, request a quote from us and find out if we can help make your vision a reality.

Details matter when you’re having your own custom design built by a wood furniture craftsman and it can help if you use resources like images from magazines that illustrate what’s in your mind. You don’t need to be able to draft blueprints of the piece that’s in your head, but you do need to be able to give the craftsman a concrete image; they will consult with you as they proceed and make sure that you’re satisfied with the end result. It’s also important to supply exact dimensions: make measurements of your home and the room where the piece will live; in the case of a cabinet, give us the dimensions of the drawers and doors you want. Leave nothing to chance – but rest assured, if you’ve missed something, we at Woodcraft will ask the right questions.

The last step is to compare samples of finishes and stains in your home or condo so that you can make sure it matches. Having your own wood table or desk built by Woodcraft is about seeing that dream piece of furniture in your head become a reality and you have the opportunity to make sure that everything fits perfectly in your home, from the size to the colour. Great design and superior construction will travel with you for the rest of your life, so stop hunting for that impossible piece and have it made custom.

Take Advantage Of Our Cherry Wood Sale For A Rich Colour

Cherry wood, harvested from the broad-leaved, eponymous tree, is a hardwood that you will frequently found used to make panels, hardwood floors, cabinets, drawers, dining tables, bookcases, and more. Because of its natural properties, it’s been a popular material among craftsmen for centuries, and markings such as gum streaks lend even more to its characters. It’s not only been a popular material among carpenters and furniture makers, it’s also a treasured material in flutes as a sound conductor that can rival mahogany.

Despite its sonic qualities, we here at Woodcraft mostly turn to cherry for making furniture (that is, after all, what we’ve been doing since 1974), and it’s one of our favourite materials to use. If you’re unfamiliar with the material, these are some of the reasons that we love it so much:

Colour – When it’s freshly planed, the sapwood is a pale, creamy colour, but the heartwood is a pale pink, almost as though it’s blushing. The most striking quality of cherry is the way it ages; over time, the pale pink deepens and darkens into a ruddy brown with an undertone of amber, a depth and complexity that’s impossible to replicate with finishes. The sapwood, meanwhile, takes on a darker brown hued with gold, a combination that’s earned the material plenty of fans, many of whom believe it’s too rare an effect to be stained.

Pliability – Cherry is generally more pliable than some of the other materials we use, including maple and oak, while still retaining a remarkable strength that’s made it popular in both furniture and flooring.

Density – A moderate hardwood, strong, and falling somewhere in the middle of the pack in terms of weight, it’s not just beautiful but a practical choice for solid wood furniture. In addition, it’s finely grained and features a smooth texture, another reason woodworkers love it. Plus, it’s highly resistant to rot and fungi, which can make it suitable for cottage furniture where you may not have the same kind of humidity control you enjoy at your home in the city.

These qualities mean cherry commands a higher price than other hardwoods because it’s in such high demand, but its colour is simply irreplaceable. Fortunately, if you shop for your custom solid wood furniture at Woodcraft, you can take advantage of our cherry wood sale.

Before our fall promotion is over, get any piece of furniture in cherry and we take 5% off the price, including items that are already part of our table sale such as the Arcadia, Metro, Avenue, Long Island, St. George, or Strata tables. Combined with our table sale, you can save anywhere from 25 to 35% from your purchase, and still take advantage of all the customizable options we offer on dimensions and stains. While some admirers insist that cherry should never be stained and allowed to darken naturally, certain colours can help accentuate its natural properties. It’s a great opportunity to introduce a wood with a lot of personality, a rich and complex colour, and many admirers into your home.