What is it about Scandinavian culture that is so innately attractive and alluring? Hygge is the latest buzzword, IKEA one of the most popular homeware shops, and our kids eat their meals pulled up at the table on Stokke Tripp Trapps... there is something about the celebration of simplicity, the deep connection with nature and the style and function of their homes that draws us to all things Scandi.
Of course, I married a Scandinavian, so I'm biased!
One of the things I love about Scandinavian culture is their zest for life, and eagerness to celebrate any occasion. And that they will do, pulling out all the stops on simplicity of style and beauty with an earthy, natural feel.
And so, when we were invited by our Swenglish (Swedish/English) friends to celebrate Midsommar (known to us in the UK as Summer Soltice), we jumped at the chance.
Flower crowns, al fresco dining and swedish food... and pretty little girls running around the garden, looking almost elfish...
And my blond haired, blue eyed boys fitting every Scandinavian stereotype!
This is the celebration of the height of summer... of long, light days (that in the far North never turn to night!) and the start of the school holidays.
And, as is the case with any Scandinavian celebration, at the heart of it is a meal...
In this instance, Smörgåstårta, or 'Sandwich Cake'... a cream cheese, bread, meat-filled or fish-filled delight. Delicious!
And hungry children, waiting patiently for the feast to begin!
Finished off with a delicious strawberry cake!
It was a wonderfully fun-filled evening, and reminded me of the many joys of being a multicultural family. I love that rolling three cultures into one gives us every excuse to experience so many celebrations... good food, good friends... and everything lovely that Scandi culture has to offer!
Happy Midsummer to you all!