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Home visit: host a relaxed lunch with friends

23 August 2017

Make it easy to have spontaneous get-togethers at home. Skip the formalities – with a few easy ideas, you can use your sofa as a venue for a laid-back lunch with friends. Get ideas from Sophie’s Moroccan-inspired mezze meal…

A Moroccan-style meal served on a coffee table.
A living room with food served on a coffee table.

Unplanned gatherings are often the best – it’s easier than you think to put together a last-minute lunch at your place. Set the mood with a low, casual arrangement around the sofa. If you’re short on seating, add pillows that double as floor cushions, stackable stools and a sofa footstool, to create room for extra guests. If you haven’t had time to cook, mix pre-made salads into a few different bowls and give them a boost by adding extra ingredients – try a drizzle of oil and a sprinkle of paprika to spice up plain hummus. Serve it all up on one big tray, so everybody can grab a plate and help themselves!

Moroccan-style food served in bowls.
A sheepskin rug on a footstool.
Moroccan-style food on a turquoise plate.

‘I’m a fuss-free person, so a low-maintenance gathering where everybody feels relaxed (including me as the host!) is great’

Sophie, London

A portrait of Sophie.

‘I love going abroad and often travel light to save money,’ says Sophie. ‘As I can’t fit many objects or souvenirs into my luggage, I bring back inspiration and ideas from different cuisines and cultures to try at home instead. Next on my travel itinerary are Tuscany and Barcelona.’

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: Ashlyn Gibson
Photographer: Benjamin Edwards