The 17th of May, or Syttende Mai, is the Norwegian Constitution Day. It is a huge national holiday in Norway filled with parades, parties and lots and lots of ice cream. My kind of holiday! Here in the NYC tristate area there are many Norwegians who celebrate this great day. My family enjoys traveling to Bay Ridge, Brooklyn for the annual parade. This year, my celebration has changed course due to the rain so we are bringing the party indoors. We aren’t letting this storm ruin our parade!
I’ve set the table in red, white and blue being inspired by a maypole. By garnishing a vase with sparkly ribbons, I’ve created a simple way to add festive details to my centerpiece.
By laying down a simple bandana and a few candles, the table become so bright and cheery.
I’ve found these melamine outdoor dinnerware at Home Goods. They have the look and feel of a ceramic plate, yet it is in durable plastic, a perfect choice for an outdoor meal, even indoors!
I fell in love with these lively straws which I topped with Norwegian flags. It’s the perfect touch to my silver ombre glasses.
It is a great day to show off your national pride by wearing your bunad, traditional Norwegian costume. You’ll find so many different ones, which indicate where your ancestry lies. My son enjoys blowing out the candles on the table as we say
“Gratulerer med dagen, Norge!”
or “Happy Birthday Norway!”
Can’t forget the Viking ship!
Now all we need is a little ice cream to enjoy and our day will be perfect! Here are some family photos of some of our past celebrations. Enjoy!
Tusen takk, thousand thanks, and thank you for coming over!