2016-07-23

A Midsummer Tea Party!



Happy Mad Tea Party everyone!
This year I thought I'd share our little Midsommar celebrations with you.
I had been sick for a week right before, so we kept it small.





 





The herring salad on the left is my grandmother's recipe with potato, apple and dill.
The one on the right is a classic sweet mustard herring. I know, it sounds weird :)







There can be no Midsommar without a Midsommarstång!
I made this miniature one with wild flowers, lavender and birch.




Two things on the Midsommar table always have to be Swedish-grown;
strawberries and fresh potatoes. Imported varieties are considered blasphemous,
and will cause disappointment and, sometimes, serious discord among the guests.







Traditionally there are supposed to be seven different kinds of cookies
at a Swedish tea- or coffee party. There's also an old tradition of maidens
picking seven different flowers on Midsummer's night,
to put under their pillow to dream about their future husband. Lots of sevens :)




The weather wasn't stellar so the images turned out a bit duller than
I would have hoped. But I hope you enjoyed this glimpse in to
our little Midsommar celebrations - thanks for visiting!


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Click the image to visit our wonderful hostess
and the other participants!




 





65 kommentarer:

  1. Ooh my mouth is watering at your deliciously laid out tea table. I'd most certainly enjoy a knob of cheese with a portion of fruit thank you muchly.

    Happy madness day. xx

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Ah, the herring didn't tickle your fancy... ;)
      Thanks for visiting!

      Radera
  2. Oh my, everything in these pictures looks delicious! ♥
    You are so lucky to be able to enjoy this kind of events in your native city. That´s lovely!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Well, we made our own Midsommar this time, but yes, there are always Midsommar events in every little town. You should come over next year!

      Radera
  3. How lovely! And I love reading about your Swedish tea traditions, very insightful. Thank you muchly for this delightful little treat xx

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, but I cheated a bit - Swedes are the second biggest coffee drinkers in the world (after the US) - and the traditions are usually connected to "kaffe-kalas" :)

      Radera
  4. So beautiful! I can't believe I missed participating in the tea party this year, but I shall enjoy the rich delights of other hostesses this year. I would like to sample those sweet mustard herrings.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, I thought you knew... Well, next year!
      I think you know your way around fish, so you might really enjoy many of our sweet herrings :)

      Radera
  5. Delightful !!!! Love the tradition of seven flowers on Mid Summer night!!, food looks sooooo goood!!!! and very pretty! Please visit my tea too!!
    http://plumfieldhousegardens.blogspot.com/
    thank you Celeste

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Sweden has tons of old myths and traditions, but since we are very secular none of them are practiced anymore. But they're fun to read about!

      Radera
  6. Beautiful and delicious!
    Please visit - I have music
    http://dogsmomvisits.blogspot.com/2016/07/mad-tea-party-2016.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you and thanks for visiting!

      Radera
  7. Oh I'd love a midsummer party! Especially a tea party. I'm really curious about the herring salad. And I can't help noticing the bottle of Hobgoblin. Perfect drink for the perfect meal.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I had a feeling you'd notice the Hobgoblin :) If you want to make the salad yourself, see if you can find 'Matjes' (sill/filé) at a delicatessen nearby - I'll guide you from there :)

      Radera
  8. What a wonderful celebration! Everything is so pretty.
    blessings
    ~*~

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, dear Laura. Happy Tea Party!

      Radera
  9. What a wonderful tea! Hope you are feeling better!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I'm much better now.
      Happy Tea Party!

      Radera
  10. Thank you!!!!

    Tessa
    ....who is off with the faeries

    SvaraRadera
  11. Everything looks so yummy! Loved reading about the Swedish tea traditions. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm glad you liked it, Happy Tea Party!

      Radera
  12. ahhh...a perfect tea party...such a fun party...please stop by my party today...good things to eat...xoxo

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you for visiting, I will drop by soon!

      Radera
  13. Hello and sending wishes for you to be feeling much better soon! Thank you so much for sharing the pictures from your beautiful Midsummer party! I love the idea of the seven different kinds of cookies, but the herring in mustard actually sounds really yummy to me too!

    In the meanwhile, My Little Victorienne and Purple Kitty are waiting for a visit from you at my blog! We hope you enjoy your time there!

    Wishing you a wonderful Mad Tea Party Weekend!

    Betty

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, the pickled herrings are really very good - I just think they take a while to get used to :)

      I feel much better now. I stopped taking the meds that were causing the bad reaction. Thank you!

      Radera
  14. Everything looks divine! I love reading about Swedish Midsommar traditions.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I'm glad you liked it!

      Radera
  15. So you kept it small, huh? I wonder what things look like when you go all big and such. Everything looks delicious. And it made me hungry.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Yes, this is what 'small' looks like for me :) I just normally forget to bring out the camera when I'm enjoying goodies, sometimes on purpose...

      Radera
  16. OOOO what a wonderful idea. Everything looks so delicious and appertising.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, dear Sarah, I'm glad you liked it!

      Radera
  17. Yum! Are the types of cookies as important as having 7 varieties?

    SvaraRadera
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    1. No, just as long as you had 7 different "småkakor" = small cookies. And of course most people served a cake or two on the side :)

      Radera
  18. Ooo! YUMMY! What is that glorious cheese that I see there? Ah, herring. I have such a love-hate relationship with it. I tend to like the dill one. The mustard always reminds of sardines for some reason. :)

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Oh, the one with the blue line is Morbier - one of my favorites. It's made in three layers; the morning milk, crushed cherry pits, then the evening milk. Very fancy :)

      Radera
  19. What a fabulous party! It all looks delicious. I love your Midsommarstång, it's just beautiful and I bet it had a wonderful fragrance, too. Thanks for the entertaining glimpse into your Swedish traditions. Cheers, Sarah

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! Usually the Midsommarstång is at least 20 ft tall and families dance around it, singing folk songs :)

      Radera
  20. Thanks for the tea. I enjoyed the visit.

    SvaraRadera
  21. How delightful! Hope you are feeling much better, Dear!
    Happy Mad Tea-ing!
    Hugs,
    Anne
    http://alittlefurinthepaint.blogspot.com/2016/07/welcome-to-mad-tea-party-2016.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you, I feel much better now. Happy Tea Party!

      Radera
  22. Seven kinds of cookies? Swedes know how to do things right!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Why yes, yes we do - it's all cookies and Snaps over here :)

      Radera
  23. Actually, the sweet mustard herring sounds quite good, but everything else looks delicious too.^^

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! I think our countries share similar food traditions, and you would probably enjoy the sweet herrings :)

      Radera
  24. Oh my. The food all looks so delicious. I wish I could stop by and have a visit!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Teleporting! That's what we're all saying. As soon as one blog friend figures it out - we're all rolling in puppies :)

      Radera
  25. Oh wow, that looks wonderful! Thank you for letting us stop by and see your lovely party!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you for visiting, dear Hannah! Maybe one year we can celebrate together.

      Radera
  26. How wonderful and it gave me a unique glimpse into something out of my daily world. I love that. Thank you for sharing it with me. :)

    I'm a day-late to the fun and just now getting around to each party, but if you haven't already, do drop by and say hi. :)
    ~ Misha
    http://dawaioser.livejournal.com/870467.html

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm late too, so no worries! I'll be sure to stop by, thansk for visiting!

      Radera
  27. What a wondrous feast you have spread for your guests. May all of the maidens dream of their knights in shining armor, or maybe they will have nights with shining stars borne under their pillows! I think that would be more mystical and magical by far!
    Thank you for the mystical muse of the Mad Tea Party. It was divine!
    Please come to my party for more Alice madness.
    Teresa in California
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Haha - most of Sweden was very poor back in the day, so I imagine they were milk-maids dreaming of farmer husbands :) But yes, knights are much more romantic!
      I will swing by very soon!

      Radera
  28. Lovely party in spite of your recent illness. I can relate as I recently had surgery, so I didn't get to do as much as I would have liked.....I'd love some cheese, please! I love a pretty cheese tray. Wow, your flowers are stunning, and the cookies look scrumptious!

    Happy Mad Tea Party!
    xo,
    Ricki Jill

    SvaraRadera
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    1. I'm sorry to hear about your surgery, I hope you too are better now. Thank you so much for visiting, Happy Tea Party!

      Radera
  29. Fantastic post! Everything is so beautiful!! I love your celebration! I have to tell you, my mom's mouth was watering over the herring! Actually, mine too! I would have love to join you with all the food!! Big Hugs!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Thank you! One day, all us blog friends must get together and bring our country's yummies to a great big pot luck :)

      Radera
  30. I hope you are feeling better!!

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Feeling much better now, thank you!

      Radera
  31. Hello, thanks for parting. I love tea party. Everything looks so delicious ! Hope you are going well. Hugs. Monika

    SvaraRadera
  32. I'm running late to several parties as I have worked the weekend and also this week. But I'm so glad to be here and see the lovely food! Such delicious items. Thank you for throwing such a great party.

    SvaraRadera
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    1. Hi Nicole, nice to see you! It's been a while. But maybe we'll visit each other more soon when Halloween season begins :)

      Radera
  33. Oh My! everything looks delicious!! Such a beautiful Tea Party, I would like so much to be a part of it in real and try all those tasty things!)

    SvaraRadera

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