On Saturday, May 27th hygge magic happened. We hosted the third Hygge Dinner on Milston Well Farm in Boulder County, Colorado. 60 people sat at the table and we ate, drank, enjoyed and experienced hygge together. It was a special evening and the memories we take with us will always bring smiles to our faces.
The magic happened on the historical Milston Well Farm owned by the lovely Shutze family. On this charming family farmette, guests were welcomed with a glass of champagne and bites from an elaborate charcuterie board in a sunny, tree-lined field. Baby turkeys and chicks roamed the property and the goats and donkeys entertained the guests. Once all guests arrived we introduced the evening and the Danish concept of hygge and welcomed the guests to relax, enjoy and experience hygge. We then made our way to the beautiful red barn where the Hygge Table was set for a fire cooked meal.
The Scandinavian Pine tables were set with mismatched blue & white plates that we collected from various antique shops and flea markets. On the plates laid a beautiful vellum menu designed & hand drawn by a local calligraphy artist. Napkins from our Hygge Life cotton textile collection rested on the table and gorgeous blooms in handmade ceramic & wooden vases lined the tables. Danish hand-poured white candles glowed beautifully as did the mini alabaster and salt rock candleholders and string lights were strewn between wooden pillars. Natural sheepskins of all different colors, shapes and sizes cushioned the pine benches and gave the barn a Scandinavian rustic & cozy aesthetic. The barn transformed into a hygge dreamworld with a warm, rustic yet refined ambience.
Throughout the evening the talented Mackenzie of the Flobots and her brother-in-law, Rob played beautiful music and bartender Nick Touch, a cocktail craftsman, mixed up his perfectly paired cocktails. Chef Kevin Grossi of The Regional began cooking early in the morning over a large stone fire pit in the field behind the barn. Guests had a view of the fire cooking beauty from the table where lamb legs were hung and dripped over a pot of small potatoes, beautiful mushrooms sizzled, golden trout crisped, and strawberry rhubarb pie bubbled over the fire. This scene of the team cooking these fresh, locally sourced, gorgeous ingredients outside over an open flame fire pit was pure hygge. All five courses were warm, delicious and beautifully presented.
Setting a hygge table at home...
Setting a hygge table is about taking the time to create a warm, comfortable and safe environment for you and your guests. We suggest setting the table with the dinnerware, linens and decor that you truly love. Use items that evoke emotion and interest from your guests, such as a vintage tablecloth you found at a French flea market, a handmade vase from a local artist filled with beautiful flowers or place a handwritten menu at the center of the table. Break out the good wine and be sure to serve dessert, even if just enjoying dinner by yourself or with one other. Always light candles, a key element of a hyggelig ambience. Setting a hygge table is not about pursuing perfection but being thoughtful and conscious about the ambience, food, drinks and company you bring to the table.
The perfect team came together to create a truly special experience. We are so grateful for everyone who contributed their time and talents to make this dream a reality. This will not be the last Hygge Dinner and we hope that new and returning guests will join us for more special evenings this year. We will announce the next dinners on our website, instagram @hyggelife and in our newsletter. Make sure to sign up for our newsletter in order to receive updates.
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