Welcome To My Summer Party – Swedish Style

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:

Dress code: It makes me feel like dancing!

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!

And station no. 3 is all about Splendid Desserts! (Yes, you would  find me lurking here as well!).

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.

I hope you enjoyed the summer fun and that you perhaps found some inspiration for a party of your own. And Catherine thank you for inviting us all along! What a fun way to kick off the summer!

Images: 1, 5, 10, 12, 13, 16 and 20 via Dandelion & Grey, 2+3 via Hemnet, 4 via Skona Hem, 7 via Simple Blue Print, 6+ 8 via Everything Fabulous, 9 via Allt om Mat , 11 Unknown, 14 via Allt om Mat, 15 via Delishhh, 17 via Flickr, 18 via Flickr, 19 Unknown, 21 via Elle.se, via 23 via Flickr, 24 via Flickr
Written by Splendid Willow in: Party Ideas,Simply Swedish Style |


  • Mon, that was a feast for the eyes. I especially love the photo garland, the wine atop the barrels, and the candles in mason jars. Everything is a homerun here for me!

    Beautiful post! Love to you! Donna

  • What a wondeful post! Absolutely engaging. I think the guests would never leave. I envision piles of blankets and pillows around a bonfire for those who need a little rest before joining the party again. Truly a unique experience. You would find me by the food. 😀

    PS: I will have to listen to the song after my little boy wakes up.

  • Marsha says:

    Totally lovely post, you have painted such a pretty & fun picture for us to enjoy. If you would like to see what Catherine will be wearing to the party, please come see my post today.

  • Diana says:

    What a fantastic hostess you are, I just love every singe thing you have done here!! Can you please plan my next party, lol.

    I’d like to invite you to my blog, feel free to drop by any time, darling!

  • You Swedes really know how to throw a party. This was fabulous! Beautiful images. I am so hungry right now. I wish I had recipes. Great ideas. Love the bring your picture garland idea. Everything just perfect. Can I please come join the fun? Hugs to you. Mona

  • Karena says:

    Fabulous Party! You can be sure I will use some of yor ideas. The food, yummy!! Thanks to Catherine for all of us getting together.

    Come see what I have put together for the soiree!
    Art by Karena

  • Piper says:

    Monika – this sounds like the most fabulous party!! All the details are just so perfect and gorgeous – it’s so my kind of party :) You made me feel like I was there!! So please throw this party and invite us all :)

  • It all looks great. I love how you say at 2:00am it starts getting light again. Talk about a long summer day!

  • Carole says:

    I’ve cleared the diary Mon. Waiting for the invite!! x

  • Greet says:

    My friend,
    I love Summer parties!! And I really would love to taste that homemade Swedish schnapps with you sitting under that oak tree!! I want to come over right now!!!!

  • This would be an incredible party, Mon! I don’t think I would want to leave! The food looks so delicious!

    Thank you SO VERY MUCH for such kind words! You’ve just made my day :)

  • Delishhh says:

    What a great party! It brings me so many nice Swedish midsummer memories. Thanks for using my Chocolate Mousse Cake, i will make one for you :) And also bring some Gravlax as well :)

  • Your party ideas are spectacular! See you at Catherine’s later on….Cheers!

  • You can throw a party for me any day… haha 😉 Such lovely creativity Mon!

    Splendid Willow Reply:

    Thank you friends for your nice comments! And hello to all the new bloggers and thank your for visiting! This week is extremely busy for me – but don’t give up on me. I will knock on each and every blog door soon as I can! Hugs to you all!

    And don’t forget to listen to my favorite song!

  • Now that’s what I call a party! It doesn’t surprise me a bit that you would throw the best parties. I just hope I’m in the area the next time you do. :)

  • The Zhush says:

    Actually, thinking after this that I really really want to visit Sweden! Have never been…now dying to go!

  • Monika, after a very loooong day, this felt so fresh and fun to step into for a few relaxing moments! Wonderful ideas and images! You are so creative and I would love to come to one of your parties, for certain : ) Thank you for your lovely late night comment on P&H last night. Funny to think that we were both up, reading and writing at the same time. Your comment was so heartfelt and really meant a lot to me. I hope that you will get to see and spend time with your mom this summer! And throw oodles of parties, too.
    xx Suzanne

  • PS: I did send my Swedish friend a link to this post!
    She is in Croatia for a few weeks, traveling with her family, but I know that she will love reading it when she returns.

  • Joanny says:

    Oh my what a lovely party — the boule, the darts, homemade Swedish schnapps, and oh my the decadently delicious desserts.

    Cheers and please pass the dessert tray thank you very much.

    Came from Catherine’s blog and find your delightful blog.


  • liza says:

    Oh, I’m definitely coming to this party! Ummm, that is if I were invited. 😉 We could hang out together by the cheese. I’d run to fetch some of those salmon pieces for us!

  • Marija says:

    This party is perfection!! The venue is simply stunning and who wouldn’t want to party in beautiful Sweden until dawn?!

  • Charlotta says:

    I love this party Monika – I might just stay for the week!
    The music had me captured for ever this morning. A long time since I listened to dear Laleh – it’s simply gorgeous!

    How exciting that they are getting the house! I am so envious (but happy for them!)!

    Party perfection my dear. Thanks for having us!

    xx Charlotta

  • kelly ann says:

    i LOVE this entire post! it makes me want to throw my own party. :)

    p.s. thank you dearly for the sweet, sweet words you left on my blog — so happy to find another lovely blog friend! <3

  • Julie says:

    How fantastic.. you have given us something to dream about… every detail considered and beautiful images to tempt us… Well that holiday home is a sight for sore eyes.. I wouldn’t mind living there for a bit!!!

    Hope you are well… beautiful post as always.. xxx Julie

  • Sounds like a great party! Wish I could really attend.

    P.S. I’m sorry to hear about your father, but I can tell he was a very special man and you must treasure your memories together. I am also to glad to hear that you have found someone equally wonderful in your husband. :)

  • maryann says:

    lovely celebration, the last photos of deserts just made me rush to the pantry to find some carbs stat! thanks for sharing swedish style! hope you are having a lovely day! verbena cottage

  • mon, could you BE any more fabulous? this party looks to die for — the food stations especially. see you there!

  • Leah says:

    I would LOVE to go to this party! So wonderful, so crazy great ideas here! Lovely blog, glad I found you!

  • Jenna says:

    Ok, your party looks fabulous Mon! So many delish treats, yummy! Oh to party the Swedish way! I will have to take note!


  • Mon, can I come? I’m picturing all of these details in my mind, and yes, it sounds perfect to me! Oh, the most fun Summer party… what a lovely idea to post about!

    Hope you’re having a splendid week :)


  • Mia says:

    Stort grattis till din vän Pernilla, det är ett helt underbart hus! Jag blir hur sugen som helst på mat och vin när jag ser dessa bilder, härlig inspiration. Ha en skön helg.
    Kram Mia

  • ooohh. love summer parties..and hardly gets dark you say..thats even more perfect. you will find me lurking by the dessert table.
    cant wait to party with you for real in nyc…
    ps: hooken on to laleh now. thanks dear.

  • Oh, how wonderful and dreamy..! For a few moments there, you truly transported me. I’d come to any party of yours, my dear. What a beautiful host you are, filled with wonderful ideas and a huge heart. I really enjoyed this virtual summer party… Thank you.

    much love,

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