How To Celebrate Walpurgis In Your Back Yard

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How To Celebrate Walpurgis In Your Back Yard

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Walpurgis Eve is right around the corner, so celebrate Walpurgis in your backyard!

Whether you’re warding off evil or simply praising the fact that the weather is getting warmer, here are a few tips, recipes and ideas for hosting a Walpurgis celebration in your own back yard.

The Eats

Spring nights still can be chilly, especially in Sweden. That’s why nettle soup is a popular dish for this celebration and a recipe that serves as a sign of spring. If the weather permits, enjoy a backyard barbeque or a smörgåsbord of Swedish favorites. Here are a few recipes for inspiration:

And for dessert? These sweet and sugary, bite-sized Walpurgis night doughnut holes are sure to be a party favorite.

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The Drinks

From hard ciders, beers, aquavits or whatever wets your whistle, Umgås has you covered. For a sweeter, lighter and fruitier libation, Rekorderlig offers a variety of flavored ciders and a cider finder to help you locate the nearest retailer. In need of something a bit stronger? Create your own flavored spirit with snaps mix infusion kits from Swedish Sweets and More (just add your favorite vodka or aquavit). If you’re more of a beer drinker, Omnipollo has several collaborations with American breweries (see if any are available at a Total Wine near you). Prefer a signature cocktail instead? Here are some fun recipes that will surely impress.

The Setup

No Walpurgis celebration is complete without a bonfire. If you don’t have a fire pit or a space large enough for a tall, roaring bonfire, a Swedish torch will suffice. Its flame is perfect for roasting marshmallows, and it lets off just enough heat to keep guests nice and toasty.

Now throw on some tunes, play a Swedish drinking game or two and you have yourself a backyard celebration to welcome spring!

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