1. Stick with the traditional. If you've got the space, keeping everybody at one table is an ideal situation. Even if you have to squeeze.
2. Think outside the room. This open space actually offers multiple options for expanding the dining area. Some guests can sit at the island, while the living room table can be converted to a perfectly sized kids' table.
3. Set a fun kids' table. A kids' table is often necessary - so make it fun...so the kids want to hang out there, giving the parents a break!
4. Bench it. If your table is angular enough, replacing chairs with benches makes it easier to squeeze.
5. Head outside. Granted, in most of the country, Thanksgiving dining al fresco is not an option. But if it is, you'll have even more space to extend your table.
6. Play up the linens. Sometimes, you just have to push together a bunch of mismatched tables. Soften the transition with bright tablecloths. Festive and functional.
7. Willfully mismatch. Don't have enough matching chairs for your guests? Don't worry about it. Eclectic is fun.
8. Use every corner. Even if it's only a tiny spot, every corner is a good spot for a table - especially if that corner has a built-in window seat!
9. Work the sofa. This might be a window seat - also a great seating option - but imagine it as a sofa. Your guests won't even have to leave the table for their post-meal naps.