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Just an Extra Chair

Spread the festive cheer!

Just an Extra Chair

The festive season can be a lonely time for city dwellers, but it does not have to be.

Fourth year in the running, Just An Extra Chair is something that we want to do for you. We want to connect people who have nowhere to go during festive seasons such as Chinese New Year, Hari Raya, and Deepavali, with people who have an extra place (or maybe five) at their dining table.

Ramadan — the most important month of the Muslim calendar, leading up to Hari Raya Aidilfitri is here. We know that some of you are curious about fasting and the Hari Raya celebrations, and some of you are excited to share about your culture and customs, so we’re bringing back Just An Extra Chair!

If you are open to hosting some guests over at your house for Hari Raya, please be in touch. If you’d like to find out more about Muslim culture, please sign up too. We will match you up with someone and get you acquainted so you can have a great time together.

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An artifact of our hurried city life is that people don’t usually get a chance to stop and look at someone in the eyes, let alone have a proper conversation. We want to spread some cheers and create real, meaningful connection among people.

People who know they will be spending the festive occasion alone can sign up as guests. We will match you up with people who have offered to share a meal. When you fill up the form, tell us a little about yourself and the dinner party (for hosts) so we can find you a good match.

We know that people in Singapore are naturally reserved and shy, so if you think you’d prefer to invite a friend along, we have included that as an option in the form. Similarly for hosts, if you think having a stranger at your dining table is awkward, host two! Simply indicate it on your form.
 
For a match to happen, a number of factors are considered, including date/time available, number of guests, dietary preferences, interests and more. Please don’t be discouraged if we aren’t able to find you a match. We will do our best to make sure everyone has someone.

15 and 16 June, Lunch or Dinner
22 and 23 June, Lunch or Dinner

Hosts who are opening up their homes may be concerned about safety. Vice versa, guests will also wonder if it is safe to step into someone’s home. Well, it’s definitely not a good idea to invite a random guy off the street, so use caution on that one.
 
What we do is that we will look through our participants’ details, get to know you and also get you acquainted with each other before your party.
 
You can get creative in the way you host! Besides inviting guests to your house, you can also host them at a public eating place. What about a picnic in the park?
 
You can also consider reaching out to known neighbours or students in your area!

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