a 100th birthday celebration
Hip hip Hurray for Finland!
Tomorrow it's finally here - the day the whole nation have been waiting for since New Years last time. It feels like every event during the year have been especially dedicated to the Finland 100 campaign, and every brand and their mother have made special Finland 100 limited edition products. Also, the Suomi Finland 100 logo has been showing up everywhere so to the extent that I've almost become sick of it. Now, however, when we're this close to December 6th it doesn't feel more than right - of course we're supposed to celebrate Finland's 100th birthday!
Even though I want to celebrate, I'm not a huge fan of big patriotic parties; the flags and all the wildly color themed table settings and decorations are way too much for my taste. Instead, I wanted my event decor to be more elegant with just a touch of the Finnish colors. I opted for a gingerbread cookie with the country silhouette instead of any flags, and had a subtle strain of blue running trough the decor without it being overwhelming. The blue and white napkins by Finnish Marimekko, the small sprinkles in the gingerbread icing and the blue ribbon around the white candles were just enough.
Instead of going overboard with a white and blue theme, I tried to use Finnish materials such as the wreath made of lingonberry stems. I also used plates and glassware by Finnish designers. I personally think that less is more, and even though there is only one thing in the overall table setting that very clearly says "Finland" I think everybody gets the message.
What about you? Are you a big "Finnish flags all the way" person or more toned down like me? Or do you not plan to celebrate at all? Whatever's the case, I hope you have a wonderful independence day tomorrow!
Grattis Finland 100!