For decorations, I love to fill jars with daisies and wildflowers and make elderflower drinks. I love the garden-party aesthetic and getting to use all my mismatched favorite dishes, glasses and linens. I would say, more is more. You don’t need to tone it down. It is the perfect excuse to go all out with the flowers, plants and all the pretty things you want to use.
I start baking and cooking a whole week before the holiday and try to use as much from the garden as possible. I love that it’s one of those holidays where the more homemade the better.
I keep the traditional menu, but pick and choose what I want to serve. Some of it, like pickled herring, is not my favorite. My menu typically consists of a smorgasbord of treats. I prepare smoked salmon open-faced sandwiches and fresh potatoes with dill and I make a big salad from our garden. My favorite dish is the Swedish Strawberry Midsommar cake. I cover mine in edible flowers, and it is just the prettiest cake.
I like to make special ice cubes with edible flowers in them. Get creative and lean into the nature vibe. Most importantly, have fun with it and don’t take it too seriously. We celebrate it with lots of fun yard games and drinking games. I love that even adults are encouraged to be silly and play games. It’s easy to get really stressed out during dinner parties and planning, just remember to have fun.