my scandinavian home: Happy Midsummer! - and a mini guide on how to create your own

Happy Midsummer! - and a mini guide on how to create your own

Friday, 19 June 2015

Friends and family in Sweden will be staying up to celebrate midsummer's eve today (here's a little pic of my crew on the same day last year). Sadly I'm thousands of miles away (on a photo shoot in Upstate New York), but that won't stop me from creating a small midsummer celebration of my own -  and raising a glass or two! I've put together a quick guide to creating your own midsummer's eve below...wild flowers at the ready!

Photo: Local Milk - check out all the other images in this beautiful series here

Why not throw a mini party this evening to celebrate the longest day of the year (in some parts of the world!).

Pick wildflowers and create your own midsummer crown (and a wreath for your door).

Serve a selection of pickled herrings in pretty jars and serve with new potatoes, boiled eggs and fresh dill. Enjoy with cool beer and ice cold schnapps (you'll need to warm up your singing voice!).

Bake a delicious cake decorated with hundreds of sweet strawberries.

Set up thousands of pretty light bulbs over the outdoor table.

Invite as many friends as you like - and if you don't have enough chairs, how about rugs instead?!I also love all these outdoor party ideas.

And dance the night away under the midnight sun!

Wishing you all a very happy midsummer's eve! Skål!

PS Feel free to add your own midsummer tips in the comment section below...

PPS I'll be back in action here on Tuesday since I have a bit of a tight schedule until then. I hope you have a wonderful weekend! 


  1. Here in Finland we tend to drink until we pass out, no singing involved. Ugh, what a terrible way to spend the night that is usually the most beautiful in a year. Not sure about this year, though, since it's gloomy and rainy.

    But as for spending the Midsummer in a nicer way, a bit of Midsummer Magic is a must! Like pick seven different wildflowers, put them underneath your pillow for the Midsummer night, and in your dream you will see your future spouse. Me, being married and all, won't be doing that one this year, but I will try to make Midsummer magical otherwise - using your tips, perhaps!

  2. bellissimo questo tavolo!!!!complimenti!!!!!

  3. Beautiful! In Finland we travel to the summer cottage and gather with family and friends, preparing lots of delicious things and everyone brings something. We make a bonfire by the lake and enjoy it while grilling. We also love to enjoy sauna with cold beverages on Midsummer :) unfortunately not everything has been possible this year, the weather wasn't really helping us out.

    Hope you've spent a lovely Midsommar!

    Greetings from Helsinki,
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  5. Midsommar, den svenskaste av traditioner, avslappnat och skönt utan några måsten!



  6. Vilken makalöst vacker bild! Vill sitta där, typ nu.

    Ha det gott och tack för inspirerande blogg!


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