Can you believe that it’s just six more Sundays until Christmas? I don’t know about you, but for me it feels like the months fly by quicker and quicker every year! Still, at least it’s nearly the holidays!
Earlier this year I was invited to an IKEA tablescaping event with some fellow bloggers to preview IKEA’s Autumn / Winter range, as well as take a sneak-peak at some of IKEA’s scandi-inspired Christmas goodies. I’m a big fan of IKEA, and always try and fit in a visit before Christmas.
The event was held at 19 Greek Street – a modern white event space in Central London. I was thrilled to join some blogger friends – namely Hannah from Crafternoon Cabaret Club, Tasha from Graphique Fantastique, Rosie and Hannah from The New Craft House, and Emma from Emma Jane Palin.
After an introduction from the IKEA bods who talked us through the four new autumn / winter trends, we were invited to have a leisurely peruse, and get hands-on with our own DIY tablescapes. A credit to the IKEA wares, we soon felt at home, and were all prepared to move in within minutes.
My favourite trend was called Artisan, which is apparently influenced by the handmade trend, and has craft pieces at its core. I loved that it featured lots of natural wood and woven textures, though interestingly, many of us were drawn to different corners. Just how cosy does this scene look…
I also became obsessed with a tiny black bear ornament, and refused to put him down for most of the evening. He is the star of my minimalist tablescape. You’ll notice that I also got distracted by the yummy IKEA food as well – spot the Swedish meatballs, and mini chocolate pastry puds.
As always, everyone’s tablescape looked completely different to everyone else’s, even though we all had access to the same materials, and it was funny seeing the concentration that went into each arrangement, particularly by Hannah who was completing her #100daysofflatlay challenge.
The nature-inspired arrangement above was by Tasha. In hindsight, mine is a bit more of a plate-scape than a table-scape, so I’ll have to get some practice in before Xmas! In my defence though, there were a lot of lovely things to be distracted by, and I was busy planning what I would buy on my next trip!
At the end of the evening we were given an awesome IKEA goody bag to get us in the festive spirit, containing some traditional Swedish festive food, as well as napkins and a trio of cool chocolate / marzipan moulds, which I can’t wait to use. Do you always check out the food court at IKEA?
All in all it was a really fun event, and lovely to see some familiar faces. I do recommend checking out IKEA this Christmas; whether you’re looking for home furnishings, furniture, Christmas trees, wrapping, or decorations, it has it all. Not to mention that you can stop off for some Swedish meatballs too!
As for me, I’m off to buy me a bear! =)