Home essentials that will make hosting guests a breeze this CNY
Chinese New Year is one of the most stressful periods of time for homeowners but these home accessories and appliances will make entertaining a cinch
Chinese New Year or the Lunar New Year comes by early this year and the best thing you’d want to do for yourself is to prepare for all the guests who are about to visit you.
Homeowners probably find this period in time some of the most stressful so we’ve gathered some of the best tips and tricks that will help make the experience so much easier, from tools and accessories to keep you organised to the latest appliances to keep your home spick and span.
Your guests will surely be impressed!
Lightweight, stackable chairs
When guests come over, it’s essential that everyone has a place to sit.
Expand your seating options with lightweight foldable or stackable stools that can be put away quickly and easily. We like the KYRRE stool from Ikea for its minimalist silhouette.
Get: KYRRE stool, $19.90, from Ikea.
A practical container for candies
Offer up those New Year goodies in style with this snack container from Style Degree.
They’re airtight, have five separate compartments that can be removed for cleaning, and come in four pretty colours to boot.
Get: Airtight snack container, $18.80, from Style Degree.
Stylish reusable tableware
Go green and avoid using disposable tableware this festive season. Instead, opt for regular dishes like the Solglimtar collection from Ikea, which is inspired by peonies, narcissus flowers and plum blossoms.
Get: Solglimtar collection, from $1.90, from Ikea.
A basket for all those mandarin oranges
You’ll need a place to store all those mandarin oranges that guests are going to bring to your home.
Instead of letting them pile up on the table, stack them neatly in a wire basket. We love the Rhea Wire Basket from Hipvan for its timeless style – it’ll hold fruits at the dining table even long after the New Year is over.
Get: Rhea wire basket, $16.90, from Hipvan.
An innovative steamboat ladle
Steamboats are a staple at Chinese New Year, but the sheer number of utensils needed can be a pain at times.
Save space and washing-up time with this 2-in-1 ladle that lets you both pick up soup and drain it away as you prefer.
Get: 2-in-1 soup ladle, $3.90, from Style Degree.
Customised decor that wows
A cut above the usual generic decor, these plywood or acrylic cutouts by Urban Lil let you customise your home with your family name or an auspicious saying of your choice.
You can even pick the colour and font, and keep this for years to come.
Customise yours, from $55, from Urban Li’l here.
A smart home assistant and speaker
Multitasking is made easy with a smart, voice-activated soundbar that lets you control smart home devices, search for recipes and information, make calls and pump out music at the same time. The voice-activated JBL Link 300, powered with Google Assistant, lets you control the music playlist and more while you’re preparing snacks in the kitchen.
Get: JBL Link 300, $359, from leading departmental and electronic stores, as well as the JBL Sound Gallery at T-Space.
This article was first published in Home & Decor Singapore (www.homeanddecor.com.sg)