From everyday traditions like Fika, to annual days, the Swedish love nothing more than sweet celebrations to make the world a more magical and meaningful place. While there’s nothing wrong with a barbecued sausage in buttered bread, if you want to elevate your entertaining, here’s how to do it the Scandi way.
Have a beginning, middle and end
As Anna-Carin explains, what season it is influences the type of entertaining, but a typical summer evening would start with a Vodka Schnapps “to loosen up”, followed by some “sill” herring on rye with dill, then potatoes in some form with more dill, together with salmon. Dessert would be Swedish strawberries with cream and the evening punctuated with more Schnapps. “Each drink is accompanied with a song for each Skål! Swedes love to sing so the evening would end with everyone sitting around singing,” says the Electrolux ambassador. Prepare dishes in advance and store in the Electrolux dark stainless-steel French door – with a fully convertible drawer, FreshPlus technology to help maintain perfect temperatures and an always-ready ice-maker, it’s the entertainer’s ideal refrigerator.
Marry modern with traditional
Bringing a plate is a distinctly Australian tradition that Anna-Carin loves, while Stephanie says modern entertaining is about relaxed formalities. “I love the formality of traditional entertaining, but I prefer the modern way of eating. Sharing plates are my favourite way to serve food,” she says. When it comes to what sets the Swedes apart, Anna-Carin believes it’s taking pride in their homes, while Stephanie likes that they still dress up when going to someone’s house. So make sure your favourite LBD is ready to go. Pressed for time? Electrolux’s 10kg front load washer comes with a handy Vapour Refresh program that freshens and gently revives your garments without washing.
Make food the central celebration
Stephanie admires that the Swedish use any seasonal excuse for a celebration. “I love the strong Swedish identity, reflected in the nature of the various cultural events throughout the year where food is often the centre piece of the celebration like the “kraft skiva” crayfish party,” says the Electrolux ambassador. Her only rules are this: don’t try to do too many dishes and cook food you are comfortable with.
Don’t think entertaining is only dinner
Anna-Carin’s earliest memory of her family entertaining is Fika, the most common traditional way to entertain. “I remember enjoying coffee at 11am with our neighbour, after having spent the morning tending to our animals and foraging in the forest. We’d eat homemade cinnamon buns and biscuits with black coffee in white porcelain cups with saucers,” she says. So don’t limit socialising to after hours.