Food Relationships

IKEA Date!

August 27, 2018

Why HAVEN’T I gone on more IKEA dates? Tasty food and aesthetic home décor – what’s not to love? Last weekend my boyfriend M and I spiced things up by going out to IKEA.


M and I are classic examples of homebodies. Are you ? We recently came to the realization (well, I did anyway) that we were *GASP* becoming more and more like a pair of couch potatoes. In an attempt to prevent us from fusing with the couch, we decided to change things up. IKEA was a great idea because it’s fun, budget friendly, and isn’t an intense activity.


an accurate depiction of  M and me

Window shopping

We also went to IKEA partially because I’ve been wanting to grab a bag of their Swedish meatballs (to make spaghetti and meatballs) for a while now. The store is fun to walk around. Their aesthetic room set ups and home décor are amazing! It’s interesting to see how IKEA puts together different furnishings and décor for a cohesive, stylish look. If you haven’t been to an IKEA before, it’s basically a large furniture and home goods store. It’s unique because there are tons of rooms designed with their products so you can get a feel for how various lamps, desks, etc. might look together. The store also has nice lighting (which is great for IG photos, 10/10 would recommend).

A girl’s got to eat (again)

We ate before going, but I got hungry about 10 minutes into our walk around the store anyway. I got their meatball platter with mashed potatoes and lingonberry sauce. I was also craving fries so of course I had to get a side of that. Food at IKEA is generally pretty cheap yet tasty. One platter was about $5 and the portions were perfect (although more food is always welcome :D).


A successful mini IKEA haul

What people don’t tell you about IKEA is that it’s like going to Target. You walk in just to look at home decor and walk out having eaten dinner, gotten overpriced, sparkling pear juice, and a new sauce to try out. I didn’t get any furniture or home products but trust me, if I had a house (and money) I probably would’ve gotten at least two sets of bedding, a couch, and several lamps I didn’t need.


Overall thoughts

IKEA is such an underrated date idea. Overall, it was fun and a great way to get our butts off the couch! If you need an excuse to leave the house, I recommend going to IKEA for some window shopping or home décor inspiration. Also going during the week or earlier in the mornings is a good way to avoid crowds. Do you think IKEA dates are a thing? Let me know in the comments!

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  • Reply
    Susan Magee
    August 27, 2018 at 6:16 pm

    Great post! My niece and her friends love to eat at Ikea. They even have breakfast? I never knew this. I buy their frozen veggie meatballs and their cookies and cinnamon buns. I will have to check out the restaurant.

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      Snuggles and Tea
      August 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm

      Their food is great! I recommend ordering a variety of their “kids” menu so you can try a bit of everything they have.

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    Angela Hackett
    August 30, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    Christine, thank you for the new activity idea! I’ve only been to Ikea once, but didn’t have the chance to take in all of what the store has to offer. I didn’t know they sold food products outside of the food court! I’ve been against returning because I’m afraid I would walk out with half of the store but because I think I’m disciplined now, I’m going to go for it!

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      Snuggles and Tea
      August 31, 2018 at 1:13 pm

      That’s great! I recommend trying their meatballs. It’s delicious!

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    October 23, 2018 at 12:57 am

    This is such a fun post! Can totally relate to the nostalgia of ikea. From fun dorm room shopping to going on dates with my boyfriend. Thanks for this post!

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      Snuggles and Tea
      October 24, 2018 at 2:56 am

      Thanks for reading! I just love how fun IKEA is. It kind of reminds me of a fun house for adults haha.

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