How To Celebrate Nationaldagen In Sweden

Every year since moving to Sweden myself, I wonder on how to best celebrate Nationaldagen. You know like Swedes do.

Even though I am married to one lovely Swede myself, we still do not seem to do what is deemed traditional. But you know what? To hell with what is traditional. WIth the weater roaring in the mid 20's (Celsius that is, in the 70's Fahrenheit for my american friends), this years festive activities scream to outside - in your garden, on your balcony, the park. It doesn't matter where, as long as you are outside.

I am going to tell you how to set up the perfect party for one, two and the whole bunch of friends and family. 

 

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONALDAGEN IN SWEDEN TIP#1 ACCESSORIES IN THEME

So blue and yellow! That is basically your theme - the Sweden colors. But I like to add wood and gold and of course a whole bunch of flowers to not just make your porch look like a football fan-club (nothing wrong with being a football fan, but we don't want for Nationaldagen). I am not sure if stores in Sweden actually do cater for the Swedish colors at around the 6th of June and Midsummer, for decoration purpose, but I have a found a whole lot to give you the chance to fully embrace the Swedish look.

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HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONALDAGEN IN SWEDEN TIP #2 FOOD

Right! What do the Swedes really eat on this? You might expect extravagance, but really it's just very lagom (you know nothing too fancy, nothing to shabby - but good enough). And good enough it is for me any day. 

On the menu we have fresh potatoes, herring, salmon (how they love their fish, but no wonder when there is water literally EVERYWHERE) - my personal favorite sour creme (grägdfil) dip with fresh herbs, such as parsley, dill and chives. And the dessert - never forget the dessert - a lot of fresh fruit, like traditionally strawberries, but also raspberries and blueberries do the trick, together with enormous amounts of whipped cream. So...are you convinced yet?

 

HOW TO CELEBRATE NATIONALDAGEN IN SWEDEN TIP #3 TABLESCAPES

What better occasion, then the national day to bring out the fancy table decorations? I love to make a big deal about those things, even if it's just for me or my little family. Fresh flowers, colorful napkins, the good porcelain (yeah, I don't really have any, but IKEA does the trick for me - at least I can afford to change it every other year), fun glassware, candles... You get the idea. For even more clarity, check out those beautiful tablescapes below.