Today marks the longest day of the year. To celebrate the summer solstice, I’m sharing the ‘Scandinavian Summer Party’ I styled last year for a Pinterest contest sponsored by La Crema Winery. Like most people, I love using the virtual pinboard but I had never heard of a Pinterest contest. When I found out I could dream up my ideal summer party and possibly win prizes or the chance to bring my party to life, I couldn’t resist! I ended up being one of their top 10 finalists which was a huge honor.
I decided on a Scandinavian inspired party because their lifestyle tends to be relaxed, peaceful and yet very sophisticated (all the things a summer party should be!). As I was daydreaming and looking at pins that would represent these attributes, I came across one that I knew captured the Scandinavian spirit perfectly.
All the pins for my board followed this “key ingredient”. I chose the gorgeous, rustic tablescape below because the neutral colors on the tables let Mother Nature be the star of the show.
image: at first blush and co
A hand written menu on brown paper bags filled with a baguette continues the clean, natural theme but is still beautiful and effortless.
image: Sacramento Street
Flowers from your own garden fit the elegant simplicity of the Scandinavian lifestyle.
image: Style Me Pretty
Forget Swedish meatballs, salmon is the taste of Sweden. I would serve tapas style appetizers like the ones below.
image: IKEA Magazine
My dessert of choice was this Brita cake which is popular in Sweden and Finland. It has a meringue like crust and is filled with layers of whipped cream and berries. Delicious and light, this is an amazing summertime dessert. Find the recipe here.
image: Martha Stewart Weddings
As I entertain this summer, I’ll be focusing on creating the intimacy, comradeship and contentment that is Hygge. May the spirit of Hygge fill you in every season!