How to Plan a Midsummer Party

How to Plan a Midsummer Party. The more people you can invite to a midsummer party, the better. This is a time when the sun is highest in the sky, at its strongest, and has, for the moment, chased away long cold nights. For this reason, midsummer parties have traditionally been a time of wild celebration, when strictures are relaxed and dancing around a fire is enjoyed by all. Midsummer celebrations are also a time when communities come together to bond in the warmth of summer. These festivals are still seen in the huge Midsummer's Day gatherings in Finland and elsewhere around the world.

Plan and Prepare

Find a way for fire to be a centerpiece of the party. Either plan to have plenty of logs and kindling on hand to keep your fireplace going until the early hours, or else find an outdoor spot to hold a bonfire in the ancient tradition.

Make Midsummer Mead, if you want this traditional drink to be part of your celebrations. This is a traditional honey wine that's easy to make. You'll need to prepare it 2 days before the party for the fermentation process to take place. Boil 3 gallons of water and take it off the heat and stir in 3 pounds of honey. Then add 1 ounce of brewer's yeast. Pour into a clean jug and cover with a cloth. Leave unrefrigerated until the party, and then strain through a cheesecloth into a clean serving vessel.

Stock apple cider in place of mead, if you choose, or even pear cider. Fruits and flowers are ideal symbols of the sun's blessings, so any fruit juice will be appropriate. Add a little sparkle to fruit juices by mixing with sparkling water (kids love this--it tastes like soda to them and they don't know it's good for them!).

Ask everyone to plan, before the party, a sentence or two about what they most love about the sun. At the commencement of the party gather everyone into a circle and take turns sharing these small speeches of gratitude for the life-giving sun.

Enjoy the Revelry

Play lively music for dancing, if the party will be held indoors. If not, ask a musical friend to play the guitar or conga drums to accompany you and your guests as you dance around the fire in the age-old ritual of Summer Solstice, or Midsummer's Day. A radio with batteries playing energetic music will work, too.

Offer flowers to the women to wear in their hair, or have greenery available so they can make garlands. Flowers in the hair is a midsummer tradition that pre-dates Christianity and celebrates the beauty of summer.