Scandinavian Inspired Summer Party

asummerimage: Robert Wojtowicz photography

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.

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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.

tablescapeimage: 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.

amenuimage: Sacramento Street

Flowers from your own garden fit the elegant simplicity of the Scandinavian lifestyle.

flowersimage: Style Me Pretty

Forget Swedish meatballs, salmon is the taste of Sweden. I would serve tapas style appetizers like the ones below.

asalmonimage: 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.

britta cake
When the sun goes down, lights strung through the trees add to the intimate ambiance.

alightsimage: 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!

To see my entire Scandinavian summer party Pinterest board click here.  Thank you to La Crema Winery for sponsoring such a fun and creative contest. Cheers!

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Weekend Bits – Links I Love

I had someone tell me this past week that there are only 7 shopping weekends until Christmas (and that’s counting this weekend friends).  As if a daily countdown isn’t bad enough, this news about sent me into a full on panic attack.  But I’m vowing to stay calm and focus on prep work I can do now to ease stress later.  One thing that helped me last year was buying a few hostess gifts early to have on hand as holiday parties fired up.  This gift list from POPSUGAR Home is a great start and they’re all under $25.

I always have this pipe dream that I’m going to take the time to create beautifully wrapped gifts for friends and family.  I found these gorgeous gift wrap ideas to inspire me this year.  And while I’ll likely still end up wrapping my gifts in paper and stick on bows from Target, I’ll pin these ideas in Pinterest and pledge to try again next year.

Speaking of Pinterest, Pin to Win contests are popping up all over the place. Domino Magazine just announced a holiday contest and the grand prize is a $500 gift card to domino.com. You can check out the details here.

Get ready to deck the halls with these 10 easy holiday decorating tips from some of my favorite design bloggers.

Layering isn’t just a trend for clothing this season; you can apply it to your accessories as well. Here are 8 ways to stack your necklaces from Lucky Magazine.

Having a bad hair day?  A ponytail beats covering up with a ball cap.  Real Simple has a ponytail style for any length of hair.

Booties were on the blog this week.  Wish List Wednesday included my top 5 picks.

Weekend Bits – Links I Love

Hello weekend!  What took you so long?  Here is my weekly roundup of favorite links:

From emerald to army, the color green is huge for fall. I plan to add this Swatch watch  as a fun pop of color to my fall wardrobe.

Cupcakes for Breakfast has me craving carbs with their recipe Pasta with Roasted Tomato, Corn, Spinach and Ricotta.

Halloween is right around the corner.  My daughter and I can’t wait to do try our hand at some of these spooky Halloween projects  from Tatertots & Jello.

If you love the vintage farmhouse look, you’ve got to follow Debbie Dusenberry, founder of Curious Sofa, here on Pinterest.

School is in session with this amazing chalkboard birthday cake from A Subtle Revelry. It would be perfect for the little kiddo who loves to play school.

Hallmark Cards announced this week that they plan to open a specialty store called HMK on the Country Club Plaza in KC.  The store will have a boutique feel and sell greeting cards and trendy little gifts like jewelry, pillows, children’s clothing, candles and ornaments,  This article from the Kansas City Star has all the details. I can’t wait to check it out.

In my quest for the perfect sofa, I’ve become obsessed with the Chesterfield style. Read more about it in my design crush post from this week.

Enjoy your weekend!