IKEA Swedish Crayfish Party

August 24, 2015

Anyone who knows me knows that I have a serious obsession with IKEA.

Between the meatballs, endless rooms filled with inexpensive items that I do (and don’t) need, and the design inspiration that sparks from their neat little setups, I can’t imagine a better place to spend time. I mean, do you remember the date scene in 500 Days of Summer?! Swoon.

To celebrate the end of summer, IKEA will be hosting its Swedish Crayfish Party – an all-you-can-eat Swedish crayfish buffet – in the restaurants of participating IKEA U.S. stores on Friday, Sept. 18. A Swedish tradition, the Crayfish Party dates back to the 1800’s when restrictions were placed on crayfish fishing season. August marked the beginning of crayfish season or the “crayfish premier.” To celebrate, families and friends would host late summer parties – congregating in paper hats and colorful crayfish-themed bibs – to enjoy good food and good company.

This season, IKEA is inviting everyone to join in the fun! Tickets are available at your local IKEA store for only $18.99 per person or $4.99 for kids 12 and under (IKEA FAMILY members eat for $14.99 per person or $2.99 for kids 12 and under), for an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring crayfish, cucumber salad, and more.

Crayfish Party

“Food – and all the activity around it – brings people together,” said Patricia Meumann, IKEA Food Manager. “In Sweden, the Crayfish Party or ‘kräftskiva’ is a loved and celebrated food tradition that brings friends and families together, and we are excited to share this piece of our culture with our customers.”

The IKEA Swedish Crayfish Party menu includes:

  • Crayfish
  • Tossed green salad
  • Cucumber salad
  • Hardboiled eggs with mayo and shrimp
  • Rhode Island salad with crayfish
  • Najad Salmon with Horseradish or Gravad Lax with Mustard Sauce
  • Crispbread
  • Crisprolls
  • Soft bread
  • Thin bread
  • Assorted Swedish cheeses
  • Meatballs with lingonberries
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Boiled dill new potatoes
  • Cookies and assorted desserts
  • Coffee, tea, fountain beverages

Seating is limited, so those who are interested are encouraged to purchase tickets early at their local IKEA store. To locate and contact the nearest IKEA store for more details – including local seating times – visit the “Store Locator” page on www.IKEA-USA.com and enter your city/state or zip code.

If you’re heading out to one, send me a photo! I can’t wait for this fun event – and to pick up a few “necessary” items along the way.

XO, Sarabeth

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