We have hosted the family Thanksgiving meal for 30 years. When we started it seemed fine to use a table with home-made particle board extensions and cardboard tubes to help hold it up. A tablecloth made from a length of wide knit fabric worked fine. At some point we probably should have upgraded the table and the table settings, but didn't. As the group grew we just added on card tables and got a longer piece of fabric. This year the 30 year old oven had to be operated with pliers...well, we found channel-locks first. The group has a good time, but Martha Stewart we are not.