Valentine’s Day is very popular in English speaking countries but is quite a new fete day in Northern Europe. Generally it is considered as a day of romantic love but in Nordic countries it is also known as Friend’s Day and not only for two persons, who have fallen in love to celebrate this, but also for family members and best friends.
Some small symbolic gifts
Some people – but not all - give each other small, symbolic gifts - children often give something self made to their mothers and best classmates in school; teenagers send romantic notes with lot of red hearts to their loved ones as secret admirers. Young adults give a present depending on the budget, either a necklace or earrings or just some roses or a nice box of handmade chocolates. Nordic people are quite practical so for example the couples who have just married would like to give something beautiful to each other that suits to their new home. Some really cute and natural pure linen napkin sets is a great idea for this occasion.
Dining out or at home
Many restaurants and cafés offer special menus on Valentine’s Day also in Scandinavian countries, but as Valentine’s Day is not a public holiday, lot of families prefer to prepare dinner at home in a bit fancier way than usual. These meals at home are not very special but desserts are (usually made of chocolate) and suitable drinks to go with are red wine or pink champagne.
Valentine’s Day table décor in Nordic Style
The brightness and clarity are the main protagonists of the style of every Nordic style dinner table setting, so we recommend using neutral colors like natural white, beige or light gray tones but yes, do not forget it's Valentine’s and therefore, some red, lavender or pink spots are almost mandatory. But remember Scandinavian design motto is that less is more and the simplest things are often the most beautiful.
Almost every family in Scandinavia has a large pure linen tablecloth, either white or natural linen color. It is not used every day but still quite often for family lunch or dinner with good family friends. And it is linen because it is natural material and characteristic to Europe through times. Cotton is not European material and it is not possible to grow cotton in Europe, but linen is. Not to talk about polyester that is not at all popular among Northern Europeans.
It is good to put some pink or lavender table runners across the table to give specific Valentine's mood to your table setting. White linen napkins are suitable for any festive occasion, but it is also good to use some pink or lilac napkins or just some cute romantic napkin rings of these colors. They go well also with beige or gray.
Candles and flowers
Valentine's Day is in the mid February, this means that at this time of the year in Northern Europe it is quite cold and dark outside. That is why candlelight is perfect for this festive dinner as well. Some small tea candles in transparent or white glass simple form candleholders add Scandinavian romantic light to the winter dinner table.
Flower arrangements follow the same pattern - as this time of a year nature sleeps, some green branches as eucalyptus with or without any white flowers make a festive mood. Hyacinths and white tulips just start to stick their noses out from the ground and suit as well – just these and nothing more. But it would be more stylish not to mix many different flowers or colors in the same bouquet
If you are looking for more inspiration then check it out at our Valentine's Day in Nordic Style board in Pinterest.