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Fake it till You Make it – Festive Dining for the Undomestic Goddess

Hi, my name is Delphine and I have a confession: I am completely and utterly hopeless in the kitchen. I can’t cook to save my life and the thought of having friends over and having to feed them sends chills down my spine (and not the good sort of chills) and usually makes me reach desperately for the phone to call in a pizza.

It gets a wee bit embarassing during the festive season when friends talk about meeting up and I demur from offering my place as the venue for our gatherings. So I decided that it’s high time I do something about how pathetically un-domestic I am. Obviously we’re not about to have a holiday miracle where I turn into Martha Stewart overnight, so the only way to go about this is to fake it till I make it in 4 easy steps.

  1. COVER UP
    Get a pretty tablecloth and some matching napkins. This instantly makes everything look a lot more fancy and like you have put in a lot of effort. I love the ones from the VINTER 2016 range with a subtle pattern. My daughter was taken aback by how nice the table looked and demanded to know if it was Thanksgiving. LOL.
  2. STACK UP
    If you’re not great with colour coordination, always stick to classy neutrals like black, white, and grey. Honestly, you can never go wrong with white plates. We used white FÄRGRIK plates and side plates and grey ARV bowls on black place mats and everything went so well with the tablecloth and napkins. For serving the food, we used a VARDAGEN pie dish and oven dish.
  3. LIGHT UP
    To make the table look more festive, try some tealights in different sizes (but battery-operated ones if you have small children in the house). Don’t forget to pick up some batteries for the lights! Since my un-domestic nature extends to an inability to put together some flowers for a decent centrepiece, we used a festive garland, some twine, and red wicker balls (can reuse for CNY, yay…)
  4. SERVE UP
    You are probably wondering, ‘What about the food? Are you going to serve pizza when you have such a fancy set-up?’ Of course not! The final and most important step to faking it is to make a stop at the IKEA Swedish Food Market! We transformed frozen meatballs, multigrain bread mix, frozen marinated salmon, and frozen ready-to-bake cinnamon rolls into an EPIC meal. I also harassed my longsuffering sister to bake some cupcakes for the kids and they looked so yummy on the GARNERA serving stand!
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tones of grey and white

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essential meatballs that everybody loves

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multigrain bread and gravad lax

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festive cupcakes by my sister

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tealights

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time to eat

Disclaimer: This is part of a series of posts from our collaboration with IKEA Singapore. All IKEA products seen in this post are sponsored by IKEA. All ideas are mine (and my longsuffering sister’s).   

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage!

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Mister Maker and the Shapes live on stage!

If there’s one programme that my three kids can agree on, it’s Mister Maker. They love watching him create art from anything and everything around him. We’re really excited that we will be able to catch Mister Maker live in his first ever theatre tour in Singapore! There are seven shows only from 10 to 12 June 2016.

During this interactive live show, there’s going to be a big ‘make’ to take part in, lots of opportunities for audience participation and The Shapes! When we watch Mister Maker at home, the kids all get up and bounce around when Circle, Square, Rectangle and Triangle appear on screen.

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the kids will be delighted!

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watch Mister Maker in action

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lots of fun for the whole family

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don’t miss it!

TICKETING AND SHOW INFORMATION

Mister Maker and the Shapes Live on Stage
Season: 10 – 12 June 2016
Venue: D’Marquee Downtown East Paris Ris
Performance Times:
Fri 10 Jun: 6:00pm
Sat 11 Jun: 12:00, 3:00 & 5:30pm
Sun 12 Jun: 10:30am, 2:00 and 5:00pm
Ticket Price: From S$35 (Excludes the booking fee of $4 per ticket) from SISTIC

GIVEAWAY

We are delighted to be giving away one set of 4 tickets for Mister Maker and The Shapes Live on Stage to one lucky winner. The tickets will be for Sun 12 June at 5pm.

To qualify, simply do the following by Sunday, 29 May 2016, 2359H (Singapore time):
1. Like the ‘In the Wee HoursFacebook page.
2. Like the ‘Sliding Doors Entertainment’ Facebook page.
3. Like and comment on this Facebook post telling me why you love Mister Maker.

Terms & Conditions: This giveaway is open to Singapore residents only. Winners will be contacted through Facebook message and will have 24 hours to respond, failing which a new winner will be drawn. All incomplete entries will be disqualified. All entries will be verified before the winners are announced. To be fair to our sponsors, please note that all fake Facebook accounts (e.g. accounts set up purely to take part in contests with no or very few real friends) will also be ineligible to win. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.