The Swedish retailer wants to make holiday entertaining easier.

By Sarah Yang
Updated November 29, 2017
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IKEA is known for its simple, functional, and budget-friendly furniture and accessories, so it’s no surprise that the retailer has some no-fuss tips for celebrating the holidays. We all know how stressful it can get this time of year, so IKEA hosted a Facebook Live a few weeks ago to provide 100 tips and tricks in 100 minutes on everything from setting up your bar cart to gift wrapping to keeping guests entertained. Pros and influencers like YouTube stars The Ballinger Family, singer-songwriter Sam Tsui, lifestyle expert Ann Le, and the Tipsy Bartender founder Skyy John were on hand to share their expertise.

To make it easier for you, we’ve compiled our list of favorites from the segment—and you can take a look at the rest here.

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Set Up Your Bar Cart With All the Essentials

How can you toast to the holidays without a cocktail? IKEA suggests equipping your bar area with essentials like alcohol, mixers, ice, a corkscrew, a bottle opener, and towels—you can even include a bowl with pre-cut garnishes. Add cocktail trays that will not only organize your bar cart stash, but that can come in handy as serving trays, too.

Try These Creative Wrapping Tricks

The retailer suggests wrapping kitchen gadgets and tools in an oven mitt—you won’t need wrapping paper or even a gift bag. Plus, consider the mitt a bonus gift. You can also forgo wrapping paper and use fabric and embellishments to present your gift in a fresh way.

Keep the Kids Entertained

If you’re having little ones at your party, make sure they have something to do so the adults can relax and chat. IKEA recommends setting up an area with toys, crafts, and other activities so kids can keep occupied before and after dinner.

Create Space

Nesting tables are a great investment and versatile pieces to have in your house. Pull them out when you need extra surface space to display drinks and food, and then put them back together when you need extra floor space.

Choose Objects That Do Double-Duty

Remember that some items you already have on hand can be used for other serving purposes. A butcher block or chopping board can work as a serving tray and wine glasses can be used to serve dessert. Look around your kitchen and let your creativity fly.