The 48th Ikea in the U.S. opens in Oak Creek, Wisconsin on May 16. The Milwaukee area is pulling out all the stops to welcome the Sweden-based store, and the excitement was palpable at a kick-off smörgåsbord offered onsite to VIP neighbors and dignitaries a few days ahead of the grand opening celebration. What a feast it was!

The smörgåsbord was an example of Ikea's annual Christmas julbord, one of four smörgåsbord events they host throughout the year at most locations around the world. May 16 also happens to be the same day Ikea USA releases its latest perk for U.S. shoppers: the Ikea credit card.