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Host a Swedish crayfish party with our tips to help you set the table, the menu and simple, Swedish traditions.

Host a Swedish crayfish party

Crayfish season will soon be upon us once again. Crayfish harvesting was once restricted in Sweden to late summer due to overfishing but the tradition of hosting a crayfish party at the end of the summer continues to this day. Crayfish, paper hats, snaps and lots of singing - we have tips to help you host a traditional Swedish crayfish party this summer.
Thursday 7th July 2022
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What is a Swedish crayfish party?

Known as a Kräftskiva, a Swedish crayfish party is a traditional celebration that involves eating mountains of crayfish and drinking copious amount of snaps, all while wearing paper hats and singing silly songs. Want to know more? Follow our tips below to host your own Swedish crayfish party – you won’t be disappointed, we promise!

1. Table setting with inspiration from the sea
2. Scented washcloths for the hands
3. Make your own paper hats
4. The menu for your Swedish crayfish party
5. Drinks to welcome your guests
6. Snaps and songs!

Host a Swedish crayfish party with our tips for the table setting, food and even the really Swedish traditions.

Invite your family and friends to their first Swedish crayfish party and create your own traditions to remember!

1. A TABLE SETTING WITH INSPIRATION FROM THE SEA

A Swedish crayfish party is a playful celebration for the end of the summer. Take inspiration from the sea for this charming table setting. Start with a neutral base and pared back porcelain set that allow the quirky details, like this shell plate from Byon, and the red crayfish to really pop.

Host a Swedish crayfish party and use details from the sea to set the table like this shell plate for Byon, what could be more perfect for a seafood party?

Shell shaped plates from Byon are the perfect playful detail that brings to mind details of the sea.

Bring to mind details from the sea for your Swedish crayfish party with this shell plate from Byon.
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2. A SCENTED CLOTH FOR THE HANDS

The best way to eat crayfish is with your hands but this can get messy, so treat your guests to a damp hand towel with a slice of lemon. Wet the towels before and wrap them up with a slice of lemon, place the towels in a woven basket for your guests to take when they are finished eating. Encourage your guests to rub their hands with the lemon to neutralise the smell and then wipe clean with the damp cloth.

Host a Swedish crayfish party and place wet hand towels with slices of lemons for your guests to wash their hands.
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Host a Swedish crayfish party and place a small basket on the table filled with wet hand towels for your guests to wash their hands.

Put out a small basket like this one from OYOY, filled with damp washcloths so your guests can freshen up during the party.

3. MAKE YOUR OWN PAPER HATS

As we have mentioned the Swedish crayfish party is a playful celebration. Typically, guests will be provided with quirky paper hats and aprons covered in crayfish motifs. These are readily available in Sweden in August, but you can always make your own and keep the playful atmosphere alive!

Read more: Learn how to make your own paper hats.

Host a Swedish crayfish party and make paper party hats for your guests.

Homemade hats for your crayfish party are a fun and simple addition to your table setting.

Host a Swedish crayfish party and make your own paper party hats as a fun and quirky activity for your guests.

Invite your guests to make their own hats as a fun activity.

4. THE MENU FOR YOUR SWEDISH CRAYFISH PARTY

Naturally, for your Swedish crayfish party you will need a good quantity of crayfish. Generally Swedes will serve around 500 g of crayfish per guest. The crayfish is normally accompanied by cheesy Västerbotten pie, fresh, crusty bread and a tasty potato salad.

Read more: Discover our recipes for Västerbotten pie and a pesto potato salad here.

Hosting Swedish crayfish party means mountains of delicious swedish crayfish.
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Host a Swedish crayfish party and serve a tasty and traditional Västerbotten pie.

A classic Västerbotten pie is traditional at any Swedish crayfish party.

Host a Swedish crayfish party and serve a pesto potato salad to go with the crayfish.
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5. DRINKS TO WELCOME YOUR GUESTS

Why not welcome your guests to your Swedish crayfish party with a delicious welcome cocktail? A luxurious glass of prosecco with a dash of elderflower, garnished with mint or a refreshing watermelon and lime cocktail that can be mixed with prosecco or sparkling water if your guests would prefer something non-alcoholic.

Read more: Find the recipes and 5 more refreshing summer drinks that you need to try here!

Host a Swedish crayfish party and welcome your guests with a delicious welcome drink like elderflower and prosecco.
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Host a Swedish crayfish party and offer your guests a lovely welcome drink like this watermelon and prosecco cocktail.

Offer your guests a lovely welcome drink like bubbly watermelon cocktail that can be served both with or without alcohol. Seen here in the Ripple drinking glasses from Ferm Living.

6. SNAPS AND SONGS!

As with any major celebration in Sweden, your Swedish crayfish party would not be complete without a shot of snaps and a round of singing. The alcohol is known by many names and comes in many flavours, but the tradition is always the same – in between courses you’ll find the Swedes raising their glasses and singing in unison to a snapsvisa (Swedish drinking song) before throwing back a shot of snaps with barely a flinch!

Host a Swedish crayfish party and join in the Swedish traditions of taking shots of snaps and singing drinking songs.
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Host a Swedish crayfish party and join in the Swedish traditions of drinking snaps and singing drinking songs.

Raise a toast and sing a verse of your favourite snapsvisa – not sure of the Swedish lyrics? Make up your own!


Raise a glass and join in with your own drinking song. We hope we have inspired you to host your own Swedish crayfish party and to start some new traditions at home.

Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph

Styling: Minna Carlsson

Rebecca Sparling
Writer

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