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Midsummer crafts for the whole family to enjoy
It would not be midsummer in Sweden without a house full of the sweet scent of summer’s beautiful blooms. Traditionally Swedes pick summer flowers and turn them into table decorations and delightful flower crowns which are then worn throughout the day in celebration of this day. Wild flowers in white and blue are the most traditional but you can choose whatever you like.
Select your flowers carefully, blue and white is traditional but you can choose whatever you have to hand.
Top tip: if you have flowers leftover place them in vases on the Midsummer table or add a small bouquet to each place setting.
Midsummer evenings can still be cool, wrap your guests in the Chevron wool throw from Klippan Yllefabrik.
Midsummer is all about alfresco dining in the sunshine. Traditionally the table is set with blue and white porcelain with hints of red from the summery strawberries. Start with a crisp white table cloth and elegant glasses. Dare to mix and match different patterns and styles which it comes to your porcelain, as long as the tone is the same you can be sure they will complement each other. In this classic midsummer table setting, the timeless porcelain Ostindia and Ostindia Floris from Rörstrand have been used for a flourish of elegance. Add height and greenery to the table with some summery flowers in vases and a pop of colour from bowls of the first strawberry harvests of the year are sure to delight your guests.
Add height to the table with blue and white flowers and a collection of vases.
Celebrating the start of the most fruitful season of the year, no midsummer table could be without a spread of seasonal fruit and vegetables. You are always sure to find a salad made from the freshest new potatoes, dill, sour cream and chives. Gravlax (a sort of cured salmon) is also a must have, along with sill (pickled herring) and the cheesy favourite Västerbotten pie but the pièce de resistance is surely the strawberry cake dessert.
A simple sponge layered with cream and strawberries and a vanilla custard is the perfect summer dessert.
Midsummer is a celebration of the start of the most fruitful season of the year - what better way to celebrate than with a strawberry cake?!
No midsummer celebration could possibly be complete without the obligatory glass of snaps or three. Snaps or brännvin (literally translated to burn wine), served in snaps or shot glasses, is a strong spiced alcohol that is drunk on many celebrations in Sweden, most notably Christmas and Midsummer. A tradition that dates back centuries, in between courses of the midsummer meal you will often hear a someone announcing the start of a snapsvisa or Swedish drinking song. The dinner party guests will then break out in unison into a verse of any number of drinking songs before taking a swift shot of snaps.
Text: Rebecca Sparling
Photography: Angeliqa Daldorph