Getaway Dinner Party

Our getaway party (with a Danish spin) is a great way to try exotic foods and traditions from the comfort of your home. With tons of free downloads for decorations, recipes, and party favors, it won't be long until you're up, up, and away with your nearest and dearest.

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    • Plan Your Getaway Party

      Fresh off the plane from Copenhagen? Dreaming of croissants in France? Whether you've just returned with photos to share or you're dreaming of a far-off vacation, use the recipes, decorations, and chic favors in this party to take you and your guests on an at-home getaway.

    • Enjoy Traditional Desserts

      "Kransekake" may sound intimidating, but the traditional Danish cake is totally worth the pronunciation mistakes. Guests will devour the layers of almond cake, jam, and royal icing.

    • Deck the Table with a Handmade Runner

      Add a ribbon of color to your dining table with a DIY table runner. Light shades of green act as neutrals against brighter colors like bubble gum pink and lemon yellow.

    • Serve Chic Sandwiches

      Open-faced sandwiches are traditional in Copenhagen, but the idea is easily translated to other countries, too. Use malty crackers and fresh spring veggies for the sandwiches here, or try fresh cheese and ham to mimic a French tartine.

    • Line Trays with Pretty Paper

      Accent clean, glass serving dishes and modern trays with our simple tray liners. They're gorgeous paired with ruby red elderberries, and they make cleaning oh-so easy.

    • Serve Local Appetizers

      Serving local cheese is a great way to get to the heart of a country's palate. For our Danish party, we chose tangy rye sour breads and tangy cheeses, such as Castello, Beemster, and Molbo.

    • Craft Strawberry Party Favors

      Transform simple strips of paper into a charming party favor. Fill the sweet strawberries with candies for guests to enjoy on the ride home.

    • Arrange a Simple Bouquet

      Add life to your tablescape with a colorful bouquet in pinks and yellows. For this arrangement, we used:

      • Pink naked ladies or resurrection lilies (Lycoris squamigera)
      • Goldenrod (Solidago)
      • Pink snapdragon (Antirrhinum)
      • Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium)
      • Billy Buttons (Craspedia)

    • Serve an Authentic Cocktail

      Sip on bubbly lingonberry rose to set the mood. The sweet-tart berry flavor is similar to that of a cranberry.

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      Use Photos as Party Decorations

      Add inexpensive foreign flair with framed photos from the "host country." Use frames you already have, swapping in travel snapshots (or Internet images) for the party.

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      Wrap Up the Party with Favors

      Make every guest feel special with their own gift to unwrap. Give candles or traditional sweets.

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      Share a Photo Album

      If you want to share trip memories with your guests, adopt the old adage, "a picture is worth 1,000 words." Keep a journal on your trip and add photos when you get back. Guests can flip through it on their own time.

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