The very lovely & creative Catherine over at the The Shiny Pebble is throwing a block party today, inviting bloggers to share their ideas and scenes for the perfect party. And here is my little contribution.
Remember this house? I wrote about it earlier in the week.
Well, I am pretty convinced that my friend Pernilla and her husband will soon be the lucky owners of this lovely (or something very similar) vacation home in Sweden. And I am going to help them throw a fun party! Since Sweden hardly gets an ounce of darkness in the summer, the party will kick-off in the afternoon and go into a warm summer night. So welcome to our:
In order to have the perfect touches I am bringing my dear blog friend Erin, from Dandelion & Grey, with me! Erin’s fabulous blog is focusing primarily on weddings. If I was getting married tomorrow, Erin would be the only wedding planner that I would engage and trust with my my big affair!
A fresh Swedish summer drink is awaiting all the guests.
Of course, we will be dining Al Fresco – under the old, giant oak tree. It is summer!
The guests will enjoy a lovely and generous buffet filled with really creative and tasty food. A mix of Swedish and international dishes. (Here are just a few examples).
In addition to the buffet table we will have three separate food-drink stations. Station no. 1 is all about Beverages.
How clever is this set up with wine barrels and a wooden plank! (Admit that you will copy this idea!)
Yes, homemade Swedish schnapps is a given on the drink table!
Station no. 2 is set up beautifully for International Cheeses. Please, I would hang out here all evening long!
When the happy guests are ready to digest all the lovely food they can wander inside and learn more about all the people invited. (All guests were asked in advance to bring 3 photos to hang in the photo garland).
Boule is set up in one shady part of the garden on a well raked path. And the dart board is also inviting guests for some social play & fun!
When the darkness slowly decends upon us, we will light candles in simple mason jars.
Good music and dancing will be an important part of the program. A local, fun jazz quartet will entertain the guests along with a great DJ.
And my only personal song request is “Live Tomorrow” by Swedish Laleh. It is a long time favorite of mine!
Turn on your speakers and take a listen (to the whole song!).
At 2 am, it is starting to get light again. A new, lovely summer day is awaiting us. You can start to hear tweets from song birds and despite the late hour, none of the guests has left! It is one of those rare feel good parties, nobody wants to depart from.
We all need memories like these when winter is hugging us with its cold embrace.