Oh yes! Summer is here. And how better to welcome it than with a midsummer celebration? Gather together the most important people in your life on a warm carpet of soft grass for a wonderful gathering. In the spirit of tradition but with today’s ingredients: flowers, plants, tasty food and drink and love. Love for nature, summer and one another.
Dancing around the maypole
In Sweden people dance around the maypole with friends, family or lovers at midsummer. The tree is decorated with juniper, ivy, daisies and summer flowers, making it the natural centrepiece of the celebration. We’ve gone for a slightly more modest approach, and show you how you can make your own midsummer maypole. If you’re not really a dancer, the maypole can serve as the central place for mingling with your family or friends.
Summer bouquet, snacks and cocktails
Of course you can also chat at the lavishly decked garden table. Need some help with the styling? We’ve got some great tips. You can add the finishing touch with a fragrant summer bouquet to lure everyone to the table. All that dancing and chatting works up an appetite, so snack on bream, smörrebröd, and a tart with climbing fruit and obviously a delectable midsummer cocktail with climbing fruit recipe or hibiscus iced tea. There’s plenty of time for that since it’s the longest day of the year.
Good luck and dreaming about love
It’s a day on which you can sit with grass under your feet and a floral crown or plant comb on your sun-warmed hair, languidly dreaming about everything that the lazy days of summer will bring you. Speaking of which: if you’re single, you should place some flowers under your pillow on Midsummer Day so that you’ll dream about your future lover that night.
Midsummer celebration for your interior
If the weather lets you down, just move your summer party indoors. You should decorate your house abundantly with plants, such as a botanical wreath, because that brings good luck. And if you have any energy left after all that sociability, we’ve put together a list of the best summer festivals. What a great season!
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