Despite early stumbles in America, twenty years later, the store has
so ingrained itself into our society that a trend amongst urban hipsters
is to host dinner parties at the stores. A meal of lingonberry jam and
meatballs at the cafeteria for the host and guests, and the living room
displays make perfect venues for a round of Taboo and Pictionary. A blog
posting chronicling the first party in Sacramento led to a string of
copycats across the country. So far, IKEA management doesn’t seem to be
complaining.— Mac Carey [author of the article: 5 Things You Didn’t
Know about Ikea, but (Should) via Mental_Floss]
The IKEA Fancy Dress Dinner Party
Oh! Those IKEA room displays! Entire rooms full of furniture,
lighting, rugs and notions. Any one of those rooms would be a great
place to sit and entertain friends. They look so comfortable and
It was an invitation that Jason Adair couldn’t pass up. He decided to
have a Fancy Dress Party at IKEA.
Before the pary, he invited me along to a
mission-planning/brainstorming session. We scoped out which rooms would
work best for a large gathering, checked the location of employee
kiosks and established the availability of electrical outlets.
The West Sacramento IKEA is a huge store with tons of merchandise,
but shoplifting is apparently not a concern, because the upper level is
left pretty much unsupervised. The possiblilities were amazing! We
were both fairly confident that a group, particularly a well-dressed
group would not be kicked out… but you never know.
As insurance against getting thrown out, Jason made up
The party was scheduled to start at 7:00 pm on Saturday, on the
second floor of the West Sacramento IKEA. It would start at the
cafeteria. After dinner, guests would retire to one or more of the
living rooms for games.
The attire was semi-formal, and guests were encouraged to bring board
On the evening of the party, I arrived a little early and picked up
some wine goblets and a corkscrew on the first level sales floor. I
ran upstairs and found an open table. Within minutes, guests began
arriving. Right away there were 10-15 of us, ready to eat.
opted for the meatballs and potato for $5.99. We must have looked as
if we were a wedding party, in the buffet line.
Guests continued to arrive during dinner, and by 8 p.m., there were
about 28 people.
Dinner was over, and we streamed out of the cafeteria and headed to
Jason was at the lead and paused briefly to get his bearings. When he
stopped, a very helpful employee noticed he was lost and asked him
what he was looking for.
This conversation with an employee didn’t look promising, but it
didn’t stop anyone other than Jason.
Most of us just walked past them and found rooms to occupy. Five of
us sat at a large glass table in a kitchen/dining room showcase. I
dustributed wine glasses and we busted out letter tiles for a rousing
game of BananaGrams. Other guests were in a model living room playing
Scott’s Boggle! game, and some others were gathered in a third room,
lounging around a television set.
Jason downplayed our real intent, but let the very nice man know that
we were here to play board games, and that we had chosen IKEA for the
location because it was so much nicer that any of our own
To his credit, he could not have been friendlier or more relaxed
about the situation. This guy was pretty much the opposite of all the
shopkeepers/management that Improv
We sat and talked for a few rounds.
IKEA shoppers drifted into the kitchen, but no one asked any
questions. They seemed a little perplexed by our presence, but not
enough to ask us what the hell we were up to.
At one point, two casually-dressed friends of Jason needed to leave,
and they asked him for directions out of his “house”.
“Oh, just turn left at my second living room, down the long hall, til
you hit my third kitchen. Go through the second master bedroom and
downstairs to the warehouse.” was the reply.
As with any good dinner party, the time flew by. Bananagrams was
interrupted by an announcement – IKEA was closing in 30 minutes!
It was, by now, obvious that we would never be kicked out.
The party was really rolling at this point, so I recruited as many
people as I could for a boisterous game of electronic Catch Phrase.
We split into two teams for a 12-person contest of electronic beeping
and feverish clue shouting.
Nine O’clock arrived and the intercom announced that IKEA was now
We proceeded with a disorganized exit.
Gathering outside, we were pleased to discover a well-stocked garden
area, inviting us to stay a while.
Many of us stayed, joining Jason’s impromptu patio quiz show.
What a terrific time! I highly recommend having your next formal
event at IKEA. Before you get started, you should be aware of some
shortcomings with this location:
- IKEA doesn’t serve the kind of beer that I like.
- Hors d’ouvres were impossible to track down.
- We had to assemble the whole thing by ourselves
- Not enough GULLHOLMEN in the VORDAGSRUM