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No stress holiday dinner – go potluck!

02 November 2017

Here is our best recipe for an easy to put together dinner, potluck style. Hosting a holiday party can be a test for your nerves, but with some smart planning and a little help from your friends it can be almost stress-free. 

Plan a holiday potluck in your living room! IKEA offers modern dining room furniture, tables and seating options. Why not try NORRÅKER bench in white birch? If you have kids there’s less risk they’ll hit their head as the bench has rounded corners.
Invite friends to a holiday potluck dinner in your living room! Send invites in a mix of colours. IKEA has a lot of stationary products for your work space such as MÅNGFALD card with envelopes in a mix of patterns and colours.

Minimise stress by starting to plan your party early and sharing the to-do list. Send out invitations with ‘tasks’. Our host went for deco and got help with the refreshments simply by asking guests to bring a couple of their favourite tapas and drinks. This leaves the host plenty of time to prepare the theme. It doesn’t matter if everyone brings the same thing, the point is to spend time together rather than striving for perfection.

As the food will be a surprise we went for a modern, light setting that will work with everything. Go for simple deco. Thread a bauble round a napkin for a stylish yet festive place setting. Cover a dried branch with eucalyptus and decorate it with an LED lighting chain for an inviting, cosy atmosphere. Make a feature window by stacking different star lamp shades one on top of the other. Easy-peasy!

Create a warm glow in your dining room window this holiday with Christmassy stars. IKEA has lots of lamp shades such as STRÅLA lamp shade in silver or white with a snowflake motif.
Create a modern setting on your dinner table this holiday. Mix plates and wine glasses. IKEA has lots of modern dining room furniture, dinnerware and glasses, such as IVRIG red wine glasses. The squared bowl gives IVRIG series its special character.
Give your dining table a warm glow and spread the holiday feeling in your home. IKEA offers lots of modern dining room furniture and lighting chains, such as STRÅLA LED lighting chain with 12 bulbs. The LED light source consumes up to 85% less energy.

As guests drop in, prepare the buffet table together then let people mingle. Just put out some tableware and empty bowls for those who brought their dishes in containers or disposables (because hand on heart, how fun is it to have plastic tubs all over your beautiful table?). Then relax, breathe in all the good smells and enjoy eating and drinking your friends’ favourites.

Create a ‘serving station’ for all the drinks your guests brought. Use a table or a cabinet you have at home. We went for a big ‘bar cabinet’ with glass doors (this one is called FABRIKÖR). Then everyone can easily serve themselves during the evening and the host doesn’t have to run around filling glasses. 

Create a buffet table potluck style this holiday! Use a selection of modern furniture and tableware from IKEA, such as DINERA bowl in light pink. All parts are stackable and dishwasher-safe. The dinnerware gives a rustic feel to your table setting.

We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial guarantees and your right to return the products will be lost.

Made by

Interior designer: Anna Cardell
Photographer: Mats Ekdahl
Writer: Anna Blom