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Welcome Spring with an Easter spread, Scandi style

Spring is a time for embracing brighter days, celebrating whatever you fancy, and adopting a Scandi Easter sensibility with your flock of nearest and dearest.


by Kate O'Dowd
04th Apr 2021

Melanie Mullan

Welcome Spring with an Easter spread, Scandi style

The cynical part of me, the one wary of postmodernism’s cannibalism of its own cultural values, notes how convenient it is that we, in Western society have ditched many parts of tradition that make life less craic, while grasping firmly onto (if not wildly inflating) those that allow us to scoff a lot of delicious food. Easter is one of the sharpest examples – the most chocolate-based opportunity to bunk off work.

But maybe (and this is the party-loving event stylist in me talking now), we’re not just a bunch of shallow, opportunistic gluttons. Maybe, what it is, is that these are times of the year when we just need a bit of a celebration, in order to keep on keepin’ on… and what’s so bad about that? Whether you’re rejoicing in the fact that spring is well and truly here, following spiritual traditions or pagan rituals, the point is that you’re celebrating life.

Overall our message does seem a little scrambled; somewhere between the Taizé Cross and Stockholm. Though, of course, it’s those handsome Scandinavians who do secular spring best. Mixed with some weird Hallowe’eny stuff (witch children; you get the gist), their Easter week is really a rejoicing of the spring equinox, which you couldn’t begrudge the poor sods after the state of their winter. So, the aesthetic symbolism is not dissimilar to our own – all new life and perky narcissi – but the understanding as to why everyone’s eating painted eggs is an awful lot clearer.

A Scandinavian Easter

Photo: Melanie Mullan

Avoid the Swedish tradition of giving children a “birching” (exactly what it sounds like), and instead:

  • Paint hard-boiled eggs in pretty patterns, to serve at lunch – much more in line with your Keto vows than a dozen Creme Eggs.
  • Don’t actually send a Danish gækkebreve (anonymous love letters written in the centre of a sort of homemade doily), but use the cute format for place cards at lunch.
  • Get on the Scandi hooch, with homemade schnapps by simply steeping herbs or botanicals in some good quality vodka.

All food, flowers and tableware, available at Marks & Spencer. Photography by Melanie Mullan and styled by Kate O’Dowd of Love & Gatherings