A short video of how we put together a Ikea Christmas party right at home!
All parents can attest that parenting is not easy. For us, it’s a daily reality that greet us when we step home: strewn books and toys, unmatched PJs, tears and mucus on bibs, piles of un-ironed laundry beckoning us…Mess is a part of parenting, especially since our children are young and very lively.
I wanted badly to host a small Christmas party to bring the extended family together (especially since we have just lost our maternal Grandma in Feb this year). It’s also a time for the kids to interact and the adults to catch up. We decided that a gathering at home is most ideal as all the children can mingle and play freely and safely without intruding into public space – something that cannot be done in restaurants or cafes.
Then reality struck: our home was just not ready to host and receive guests. It looked more like a tornado-swept child-care center with odd sized furniture and cutleries of all sizes in assorted primary colours. I was determined to make this gathering a reality but do we spruce up the home to make it warm, welcoming, stocked with good food for the great fellowship in less than (gasp!) a week?
Very quickly, with time not on our side, we decided that darting around the island, negotiating the manic pre-Christmas crowds and chalking up hefty car parking fees at shopping malls was not the way to go. We knew there’s only one place with all the solutions we need: IKEA. So in just two afternoons to IKEA Alexandra and Tampines, our home was magically transformed.
“You mean you got all these from IKEA?” remarked one of my cousins that evening at our home as he raised his glass, filled to the brim with IKEA’s sparkling pear juice, for a toast. Before we could reply, his wife asked intriguingly, “and these thick yummy slabs of salmon too?” I beamed as I replied, “Yup, bought frozen from IKEA and just popped it into the oven half an hour before you arrived. Bet you didn’t know IKEA sells them ready to cook right?”
It didn’t take long before the conversations started to focus on the amazing IKEA collection we’ve amassed in our home. Ranging from the live Christmas tree sitting regally in our living room to the fairy lights twinkling on our dining table; from the Christmas ornaments that were gracing our IKEA bookshelf to the yellow palm that springs life to a quiet corner of our living room; from the cutlery sets to the serving wares and even food, they were all conveniently purchased at IKEA. Our guests were visibly impressed that a ‘furniture’ store could be a one-stop solution for all our entertaining needs.
In fact, we love these other value-added experience we were able to get at IKEA as well:
- Décor Inspirations: walking around the displays at IKEA gave us very useful ideas and suggestions how to style our home and organise our party.
- Free Car Parking at the two IKEA stores (no minimum amount spent at Tampines store).
- Purchases can be returned within 100 days with receipt and intact packaging. Regardless of which store you got your items from, you can return it to any of the two IKEA stores. No questions asked (terms and conditions apply).
- No need to pay and exit the store for meals midway through shopping. A boon for parents like us who shopped with our kids. The in-house cafeteria provides a good range of food and beverages. Service wise can be improved though.
- Stylish and well-built European-styled furniture, accessories and food items at very reasonable prices. Perfect for families.
At the end of the party, we heaved a very happy sigh of relief. We pulled off a really jolly Christmas gathering for our extended family where everyone just soaked in the company and the conversations – things that truly matter in life. Thank you IKEA.
A collection of items we bought from IKEA for your inspiration:
1. DORTHY Cushion cover, white $19.90 | 2. SOCKERÄRT Vase, white $22.90 | 3. ÅRSTID Floor lamp, nickel-plated, white $59 | 4. SÖNDRUM Wall clock, white $26.90 | 5. Potted Live Palm | 6. GURLI Cushion cover, red $7.90 | 7. GURLI Cushion cover, green $7.90
1. SÄRDAL LED lighting chain with 12 lights, transparent battery-operated, indoor $4.90 | 2. STRÅLA Pendant lamp, star white $9.90 | 3. Live Christmas Tree $79 | 4. SINNLIG Scented candle in metal cup, Vanilla pleasure, natural $7.90 (12 pieces) | 5. GOTTGÖRA Lantern for candle in metal cup, red $15.90 | 6. SINNLIG Scented candle in glass, Vanilla pleasure, natural $4.90 | 7. VINTER 2015 Decoration for candle in glass, gold-colour $6.90
1. ÄTBART 24-piece cutlery set, stainless steel $23.90 | 2. SMORD Oven/serving dish, grey, white $19.90 | 3. DRYCK BUBBEL PÄRON Sparkling pear $5.90 | 4. POKAL Wine glass, clear glass $2.90 | 5. VINTER 2015 Paper napkin, white, red $1.90 (30 pieces) | 6. OFTAST Plate, white $0.90 | 7. OFTAST Bowl, white $0.90 | 8. FANTASTISK Paper napkin, red $1.90 (50 pieces)
Disclaimer: This post is a collaboration with IKEA Singapore. We received a gift card to purchase some of the items mentioned in this post.
SPECIAL ‘THANK YOU’ GIVEAWAY!
To thank all the readers for your companionship and support in 2015, David and I would like to bless two faithful readers with a SGD50 Ikea Gift Card each so that you too, can spruce up your home for 2016. To participate, simply:
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