Get your sofa ready for Rio

Get your sofa ready for Rio

13th July 2016

It's less than one month until the biggest festival of sports kicks off again in Brazil. We all remember enjoying those fantastic moments from London 2012, and we're all hoping for similar highs to celebrate this time around. In addition, these big sporting moments are the perfect opportunity to bring friends and family together, to experience the action in one place, sharing all the emotions. 

For most of us, that one place is going to be our living room. If you're looking at your living room right now and thinking 'How am I going to host a big group of people here?', DON'T WORRY. We've got you covered, with five top tips to get ready, get set and go when the action kicks off on August 5th. 

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1. Make sure you've got enough seats: pretty much the biggest factor. How many people are coming? How many can you squeeze on the sofa? What other chairs or objects can you make use of? Think bean bags, think cushions, think garden furniture, think footstools. If you need anything extra, check out our range of fast delivery products here. One of our favorites is the Zinc from our exclusive French Connection collection.

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2. Make sure everyone is comfy: time to take a look at your team. Who is going to sit where? Who has special requirements? Who won't mind squeezing in and cuddling up? You want everyone in their right place. Those marginal gains helped Team GB in 2012, and they'll help you this year 

3. Test out the angles and perspectives: success in sports is all about practice. It's no good getting your seats sorted and getting everyone comfy if they can't see the TV and end up missing Adam Peaty crushing it in the pool. Get the team over for a warm up, try out different layouts, think about height differentials. Leave no stone unturned in your quest for sporting perfection

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4. Analyse the most efficient routes to refuel: if you're packing people in, make sure your supply lines stay clear - and make sure you've got someone up to the job of keeping your team refueled. We don't want to see anyone nodding off as Laura Trott comes round the bend and into the final straight 

5. Make sure your re-hydration stations are well distributed and can be replenished: as with any high performance athlete, keeping properly hydrated while involved in sports is paramount. Even if you're only watching on the TV. Spread the drinks around, get those coasters laid out, and make sure the team's fluids point person is well trained and on it. Practice those tea rounds in advance if possible

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

Why not try a bar tray for your all party needs. We love this one from Honestly Yum!

There you go. Our ultimate guide to getting your sofa (and living room) up to scratch to enjoy the best of Brazil this summer. And of course, we're on hand to provide design inspiration throughout August if you need to freshen up your approach before the summer's out. 

Now's your chance to win £50 dwell vouchers with #GameOn - tweet us a picture to @dfs your of best 'sofa celebration' and include #GameOn. T&Cs: dfssof.as/tcs

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The DFS Culinary Heptathlon

The DFS Culinary Heptathlon

13th July 2016

Right, so you've got your sofa and your living room all sorted (if you haven't, you obviously didn't read our last blog post - Sofa Ready). Now it's time to focus on the catering. Making sure your guests are adequately refueled to keep their energy levels up is super important. With our simple, athletic-themed guide, you'll be guaranteed a gold medal, personal best reaction. 

  • Cheese and pineapple javelins: PLEASE DON'T ACTUALLY THROW THE STICKS. Just enjoy this heptathlon themed party classic. Any hard cheese will do; we go classic cheddar, nice and strong, but hey, it's your party!

Step up your cheese game with these Caprese Scewers from Iowa Girl Eats

Step up your cheese game with these Caprese Scewers from Iowa Girl Eats

  • 10cm dip 'n' chip freestyle: choose your dipping style - are you full loader, getting as much as you can on, dicing with the danger of dropping dip on the sofa? Or are you all about the chip, and it's only a tiny bit of dip to get you through? Or are you stickler for neatness - no crumbs left behind, no dip smeared up the sides? Whatever your style, you must obey the golden rule: NO DOUBLE DIPPING. And the silver rule: NO DIP ON THE SOFA

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  • The last mini pizza dash: there's never enough to go around, and how brazen you are with your pizza consumption may depend on how well you know your guests. Close friends and family? Go all in. Winners take all. Second place (in this event) is nothing. Make sure your sofa position is as close as possible. Preparation is everything 
  • Cucumber and carrot baton relay: probably best to keep the baton passing restricted to passing the dip to your mouth. Much more sanitary that way
  • Mini sausage-put: again, how you tackle this event is up to you - you COULD throw mini sausages into each other's mouths. But that could end up wasting sausages. Or end up with sausages down the back of the sofa. Might be worth keeping it simple and classic and 'shot put' them in your own mouth 
  • Mini sausage forward rolls: instructions: move forward, pick up sausage roll, sit back on the sofa, relax, eat sausage roll. Repeat until all the sausage rolls are gone 

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  • Hula hoop rings of win: take a trip down memory lane by adding as many Hula Hoops to your fingers as you can. Wave your crisp fingers in the air like you just don't care. You're a winner. Gold medal standard

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Get that heptathlon of party food sorted, and everyone will be winner. Especially you. Bravo you!

Soundtrack Your Sporting Summer

OK, so we've got your living room sorted. We've got a smorgasboard of classic party food lined up for you to work your way through. 

What else do every good summer sports party need?

Music of course. 

For the Spotify users amongst you, check out our playlist here

Like a classic mixtape, we've split it into two parts. 

Side A gets you ready for Rio with some handpicked Brazilian classics. 

Side B takes you back four years to London 2012 and Danny Boyle's epic opening ceremony. 

It finishes off with a stone cold classic in Queen's Don't Stop Me Now. 

 

Get it cranked up and get yourself in the mood for Rio! 

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6 boredom busters your kids will love

6 boredom busters your kids will love

11th July 2016

Six fab, fun and fairly cheap ways to make sure your kids don’t utter the dreaded B-word this summer!

The school summer holidays are almost upon us - if not already here for some. And with six weeks of sunny fun, frolics, friendship ahead of us… and endless cries of ‘I’m bored! ’little words that strike fear into the heart of any parent!

But not this summer, oh no, because we’ve channelled our inner child and found six boredom-busting activities that kids of all ages will love… and the best bit is, they won’t cost you the earth!

1. Bring out the ‘boredom jar’

They’ll need A jam jar, some paper and some scissors

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Bored no more

The ultimate boredom buster from muminthemadhouse.com

You know what they say, ‘Fail to prepare and you’ll be preparing to fail’, so this summer get a headstart on the little critters with a ‘boredom jar’ stuffed full of ideas that they can pick at random. Jen Walshaw, über-blogger at muminthemadhouse.com has a great template you can download with loads of activities ranging from Make a volcano and Write a poem to Tidy your room (seriously!). Even better, get the kids to cut them out and it’s a win-win!

2. Working at the carwash

They’ll need A bucket, some warm water and some detergent

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The perfect kids’ activity for a sunny day

Win-win! Clean car and happy kids

Kids love playing around with suds and water, so why not let them? Your car is bound to be a bit grubby after months of school runs and play dates, so give them free rein to valet it inside and then let them loose with a sponge and some warm water on the outside. If you’re not comfy letting them near your pride and joy, they can always wash their bikes instead!

3. Sundae girl (or boy)

You’ll need Ice cream and as many toppings as you fancy

Cost From 50p upwards

The DIY ice-cream sundae bar from hellolittlehome.com

Top toppings for your ice-cream sundae

Set up a homemade ice-cream sundae bar, like this yummy one we found at hellolittlehome.com. Just pick a selection of their favourite sweets and sauces, then unleash them to create the treat to end all treats.

4. We’re going on a treasure hunt

You’ll need Paper to make the maps and clues, and a few treats to find along the way

Cost A few quid (depending on how generous you are with the ‘treasure’!

A treasure hunt is a sure-fire summer holiday boredom buster

X marks the spot in a DIY treasure hunt

The great thing about a treasure hunt is that you can tailor it to the ages of your kids. Little ones will love dressing up as pirates (who doesn’t!) and searching in the house or garden for more clues, while older kids can have their scavenger fun in the local park (under supervision, of course). Activity website handsonaswegrow.com has plenty of ideas for theming your hunt.

5. Bubble snakes (not on a plane!)

You’ll need A water bottle, an elastic band, an old sock, washing-up liquid and some food colouring

Cost About £1

Rainbow bubble snakes

 

Ok, so this is a bit messy but it’s the perfect activity for a hot summer’s day in the garden. Basically, you stick a sock over the cut end of an old water bottle, dip it in soap suds and blow (little ones will need watching in case they suck instead of blow!). For full instructions, check out housingaforest.com.

6. Got lemons? Make lemonade

You’ll need lemons, caster sugar, ice and water

Cost About £2

A tasty craft activity to beat summer holiday boredom

Lemonade – made from real lemons!

To make a pitcher of the zingy stuff, you’ll need about 400ml freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 10-12 lemons) and 75g caster sugar. Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice along with about 200ml of water, then chuck in a load of ice and top up with more cold water. Taste and add more sugar if necessary.

Looking for more fun things to do with the kids during the summer holidays? Then check out our recent blog – DFS Dens – and get them building their own hideaway… using a DFS sofa, of course!

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Wannabe is 20! We know, right!

Wannabe is 20! We know, right!

8th July 2016

Spice up your life (and your home) with our fab, fun tribute to the most iconic girl group ever! #girlpower

 

Twenty years ago, when we said posh we meant plummy, sporty was reserved for athletes, calling someone a baby was an insult, and as for scary and ginger, well, go figure…! But that changed overnight when the Spice Girls burst on to our Walkmans (sorry kids, iPods are still a way off)… five cool-as girls with a penchant for pop and an attitude to match the lyrics of their hits.

Love them or hate them (come on, no one can really hate the Spice Girls!), you can’t deny their girl power. Their debut single – Wannabe – rocketed to the top of the UK charts, staying there for seven weeks, and was pick of the pops in another 30+ countries as well. Spice, the album, went on to sell over 28 million copies, and without doubt, they are the best-selling girl band of all time, and the most successful British band since, wait for it, The Beatles.

Since then, the famous five have gone their separate ways... for now! Excitingly 3 members earlier this week hinted at a reunion to thank their fans and celebrate 2 decades of 'spice'. Head over to this article on the Daily Mail to watch the announcement and discover the latest spice news! But whether it’s for marrying footballers, launching fashion lines, hosting radio shows, fronting TV programmes, dancing with the stars, judging talent shows churning out hit singles either solo or with rock grandees like Bryan Adams, or arriving at the London 2012 Olympics on top of black cabs, Mel, Mel, Victoria, Emma and Geri still know how to make headlines… to which we say, Viva Forever, and don’t, whatever you do, Stop!

Here’s a little reminder of how five brilliant Brits added their own dash of spice to pop…

Who do you think you are… sofa style

Everyone has their favourite Spice Girl… and here at DFS we have our favourites sofas, so in the words of the group, here’s how 2 become 1!

Baby love

If Emma Bunton, aka Baby Spice, is the gal you most admire, you’re probably a lover of the prettier, cuter things in life, with pastels and pinks figuring high on your style spectrum. Well, you’re in luck then, because sofas don’t come prettier or pinker than our Betsy 3 seater. There’s even a cute heart-shaped footstool, perfectly for resting your platform-trainer-clad feet on!

The Betsy 3-seater sofa and footstool from DFS

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Scary stuff

Mel Brown/Mel B/Scary Spice is known for living her life #nofilters, for being the life and soul of the party and for her love of vibrant animal prints. If you’re after a little animal magic in your living room, you can’t go far wrong with the Madagascar Tiger Pattern 4 seater sofa – sleek styling meets retro design for a real walk on the wild side.

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Madagascar – all tiger, no penguins!


Posh or what?

Victoria Beckham. What can you say about the woman who literally has it all… famous hubby, four gorgeous kids and her own fashion label to boot. If Posh Spice is your icon, then you’ll be fond of the finer things in life, and that goes for designer sofas too. We think you and the French Connection Zinc 3-seater, with its button back and stylish lines, are a match made in sofa heaven.

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Classy, sleek and stylish, just like Posh!


Sporty but nice

If Sporty Spice, otherwise known as Mel C, was your go-to girl back in the bands’ heyday, then you’re likely to be a fun, playful person who values quality (she did have the best vocals, after all!) and practicality above everything else. That’s why we know you’ll love the Flip 2-seater sofa bed as it’s definitely the best of both worlds – stylish by day and then, with a move that Sporty herself would have been proud of, it quickly converts to a comfy sofa bed for your fans, sorry guests, to crash on.

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Ginger hail

Ah, Ginger Spice… famous for that spangly Union Jack dress, outrageous platforms and unforgettable hair. If Geri Halliwell (we know, she’s Geri Horner now but we’re being nostalgic) was your spice of life, then it’s likely you’re a born leader, full of enthusiasm and British to the core. Just like our iconic sofa, the Britannia, which is so British it’s even going to the Rio Olympics along with Team GB!

The Britannia 4-seater sofa from DFS

The new icon on the block – the Britannnia

To find out more about DFS and Team GB in the run-up to Rio, see our special online TeamGB section at dfs.co.uk or check out #GreatBrits

'You've stood by us for 20 years, and we wanna say a big thank you,' - Geri Daily Mail

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