Because the dining room is the hub of home entertaining, finding the right dining table to accommodate family and friends is a worthy investment. A good table can last decades — it can even be passed down from generation to generation. Besides being above all practical, a dining table also sets the overall mood of the space: a lightly stained wooden set for four exudes an informal, casual feel, while a formal table for 10 evokes sophistication and formality. As you get ready to purchase a new one, consider what works for you and your family.