28 Jun 2011

Swedish Midsummer Bonanza in Hyde Park

Happy belated Midsummer's or "Glad Midsommar" as it's called in Swedish! I had a blast with my friends who came over from Sweden for the weekend.
The Midsummer celebrations in Hyde Park was bigger than ever before this year! There were loads more people than last year, around 800 Swedes came to eat, drink, dance and have fun!
My lovely friend Sofia.
Arman and James looked cute in flowers too!
We had a picnic with potatoes and sill (herring) which is a traditional Swedish food to have on Midsummer...
fruit...
and blueberry cheesecake muffins, which is not Swedish at all, but it's Sofia's favourite!



On Midsummer's all the girls look so pretty, it is tradition to wear these kinds of flower wreaths.
And this little girl looked so adorable in a traditional Swedish folk dress.


Time for the Swedish dancing around the flower pole (which I didn't photograph because it wasn't very impressive this year).

James was getting into it...
And so was I! We danced with lots of people we didn't know because everybody has to hold hands. Next to me was a bunch of Korean girls, they were really excited and confused at the same time :) So much fun!

23 Comments:

rebecca said...

Great pics, Lisa! I want to make flower wreaths.....they're real flowers, right?

Claire said...

Beautiful flowers, beautiful photos :)

I had the same question! How does one make a wreath like that?

nicsnotebook.com said...

Oh wow your photos are amazing, looks like a really good day! My uncle married a Swede and I have 2 beutiful Swedish cousins as well. I am yet to go over to visit them though! xx

Lisa {A Piece of Lisa} said...

Hey girls!
The flower wreath I wore in these photos is not a real one, I didn't have time to make one so we bought these in a shop called primark, the flowers are made of fabric.
But if you want to make a real one (as you should do for Midsummer really:) you make the base of either wire or you can use thin leafy branches and bind them together with wire. Then you take flowers and attach them with wire. There's a guide here, you can look at the pics :)
http://www.blomsterlandet.se/Gor-sa-har/Kunskap/10861/15573

xo Lisa

Cas said...

Beautiful photos!

HazelandMare said...

These are such wonderful pictures! I love all the girls (and gentleman) with flowers in their hair! ;) It seems like such a happy festival!

Krista said...

Eeep! I love these gorgeous festive photos, what a blast it looks like you had. What was the temperature? How far is this from your house?

Your blueberry cheesecake looks divine and I adore your flower headbands!

Em {Emerging Em} said...

Aww, that looks like such a great time! And the blueberry cheesecake looks so yummy. You should post a recipe!

BeautyBabiex said...

the first picture is stunning! looks like you had an amazing time! :)

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xx

Amylou said...

I always thought it would be so neat to see someone dance around a flower pole! We don't have anything like that here. Wish we did!
Looks so fun and the flowers in your hair are gorgeous!

Ruzu said...

Cute!! I wish to da that :3 around the may pole

take care

cb said...

soo cute! looks like such a great time and i adore those flower wreaths!!

xo,
cb

Stephanie Passon said...

Wow!!!!!!! I love all the flowers!!! An especially the little girl in the traditional dress! Why don't we have that in Germany?
lol

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sécia said...

How fun! Love the flowers.

♥ sécia
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Amber Blue Bird said...

you all look like you had a blast. The boys should always wear floral head wreaths, they look great in them :)

Nena said...

Such a fun party! I'm loving all the wreaths of flowers... I was just talking to a client about making wreaths like these for a wedding. Also Blueberry cheesecake muffins sound yummy, Do you think she would share the recipe?

Kirsty said...

oh my gosh those flower wreaths are so gorgeous!!! What an awesome thing to do!

PaisleyJade said...

Beautiful photos - and those cheesecake muffins look amazing!!!

Janette said...

HOWWWWWWWWWWWWWW FUUUUUUUUUUUN! AND HOW ABSOLUTELY CHARMING YOU LOOK LISA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Janette, the Jongleur

Little Lo Hood said...

looks like a lot of fun! all so many happy faces! i love those flower wreaths! :) -Lo

internodiciotto said...

how cool is this! i always wanted to be part of midsummer...i didn't knew they have it in london too! cool!

Ashley said...

I wish we had festivals like that around here. It looks like a blast. By the way, you're super cute! :]

A Lost Feather said...

i looooove the floral crown wreaths.. sooo pretty! i really want to celebrate this holiday next year :) my best friend's family is norwegian and her husbands family is swedish.. i am deeeefffinitely making them celebrate with me next summer.. or maybe even a belated celebration this summer hehe

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