At a Neighbor Party, the hosts, organize the entire evening for us. There are the games that start the evening off, then we retire to indoors for a beautifully laid buffet. After the meal comes desert along with coffee, then godis (candy snacks) and snaps and cognac. There will be active conversation from the recent harvest, to hat or straw bales to tractors. Information is shared and everyone, up and down our table is engaged in a conversation. After tractors, our end of the table was relegated to discussions about goats, then the soap making business, then tractors again. Our hosts were kind enough to arrange for a mini bus to pick us all up at preplanned locations. This was so kind and allowed everyone to be free to drink as much as they wanted and not have to worry about the drive home. When we arrived at our host’s Inn (Värdshuset) in the woods just minutes away from Gullringstorp, our hosts greeted us outside in the garden. We were told of the events of the evening. I am pretty sure that this tradition is only in our neck of the woods, but there are outdoor activities well planned out for all the guests to participate in. Everyone enjoys the fun , no matter how silly. It’s great to see all of our hard-working neighbors leave the worried of the world behind and just have FUN! Our Planned evening:
Station 1 : Drinks! We walked through the beautiful woods and came upon the first station. There we had our choice of drink, beer, whisky etc.
Station 2: Driving! We were all wondering what we would be driving. We soon found out.
Station 3 : Tossing Frogs ! Oh dear, I all could think was, poor little frogs!
Station 4: Hot Air Balloons! We had no idea. We soon found out.
Station 5: Up to our waist in water !!! Oh dear! Station 6: Tire toss! Tire toss???? Oh dear.
Station 2: Driving!!
Station 3: Tossing Frogs Luckily they were NOT real frogs, but jelly frogs!
Station 4: Hot air balloon Object of the game was to hold a balloon between your legs and walk around a chair 3 times
Station 5 : Up to your waist in water ! We weren’t actually! there was a glass of water on a piece of paper and the object was to pull the paper without spilling the water. What fun we had and so many laughs
Station 6 : Tire Toss For some reason, I was picturing tractor tires and this would be an event for the men. What a surprise to find out that it was a bike tire to be tosses over the back of a wooden lawn chair. It was a lot of fun for all. I made it twice!
All our event photos are only of my other team mates. The other teams were ahead of us and we didn’t really see them except at the end when al got together at the end. After all the teams had completed all the events, we waited for our hostess to welcome us inside to sit for our meal and drinks.
We enjoyed the beautiful meal and then it was time for a traditional Swedish event, Snaps Songs. We each got printed out song lists with lyrics and even the name of a familiar song that was the tune for this Snaps Song. We had lots of fun and everyone participated, even my husband.
After the songs we had desert and coffee.
It is a Swedish tradition for someone to stand up and say a special toast of thanks to our hosts. Our hosts were thanked not only for the wonderful time, but for the food , drinks and good company. This evening it was my husband.
After some time has passed and we have all had plenty to eat and drink, it’s time for an all time favorite at our neighbor parties, Grilled Korv ( Hot Dogs) ! To our hosts, Ann-Marie och Carl-Eric, we send a warm THANK YOU for such a lovely evening ! To our neighbors we send a warmTHANKS for the evening’s enjoyable companionship. To our neighbors who were unable to attend, you were MISSED, but please enjoy the fun here.
June 6th was Sweden’s National Day along with the launching of my new business!
I decided to have my launch at Bosse’s Pub since this community is very close to our hearts. We have a neighbor who supplies our hay and straw. Another neighbor supplies oats for our goats. All love to purchase our Gullringstorp Äggs (eggs).
In short, we have had a lot of interest in our little herd from our closest neighbors so they were the first to see the products of our hard work and their contributions.
I presented my new business and offered snacks of fresh cut veggies and dip with delicious fried chicken wings. Beverages were also available including snacks such as chips and cheese balls.
We had a wonderful evening and I really was pleased with my presentation. I was made to feel very much at ease in front of my neighbors who really enjoyed hearing of my new business. I answered many questions and I felt very good about the interest in my new products.
I have since been asked to speak in front of important meetings in our kommun and political meetings to speak about starting a business as not only a woman but an immigrant in Sweden. One of our local newspapers has done an interview at Gullringstorp about my new business and our goats. There are at least 3 other publications who are scheduling interviews.
If I can contribute and give support and encouragement to other immigrants, especially women to help them start their own businesses, I will be happy.
Welcome to Li’l Sis Goat Milk Soap. My website is still under construction but will be up soon: As of July 8, 2012 my website is now live: www.lilsisgoatmilksoap.com
One of our neighbors built his own pub. Kjell. Kjell came to our rescue with his big machinery, when we had a terrible storm a few years back that took most of our trees out front. They don’t live very far away, so in true country Swedish style, we walked to the new pub.
When we arrived, it was absolutely beautiful. We spent a wonderful Spring evening enjoying all of our closest neighbors. We lucked out with nice weather to be able to sit outside and enjoy friends.
It was a lovely evening. We all enjoyed each other’s company and the new Pub was beautiful and really cozy. I hope to spend many more pleasant evenings there.