Tripstagram: Danish Summer Birthday Celebration

I have written before about my experiences in Denmark, and thanks to Facebook memories I have a few more photos and experiences to share. While I was there, I had a birthday where I got a sampling of Danish birthday traditions, and then I was “the help” (I was working as an au pair) setting up a birthday party for the youngest daughter of the family.

One cool thing about Danish birthday celebrations is that they start first things in the morning. The family comes to wake you singing the birthday song and waving Danish flags, which double as a birthday celebrations.

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The flag is flown outside when there is a birthday in the house. The red and white colors of the flag can be seen in the gorgeous table setting for the birthday morning.

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One special, traditional dish that was prepared for the party was this meaty roll, which had some sort of cut of meat inside, which was then wrapped in essentially meatloaf, and them wrapped in bread! The mother of the family made two of these, and it was a bit labor intensive to assemble them and roll them up tightly.

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The party took place in the sunny garden with all sorts of family and friends. It was a fun cultural experience to talk with the locals about life in America and life in Denmark.

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This is the special Danish layer cake decorated for the birthday! Filled with pancake-like layers separated only by a creamy frosting, and decorated in the traditional pink color, topped with little Danish flags! This treat is all sugar 🙂

 

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