Throw a Summer Solstice Party! (page 2)

Throw a Summer Solstice Party!

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Updated on Jun 19, 2008

Step 3
Place two more logs down, perpendicular to the first logs and add more kindling as filler. Lay kindling up vertically against this base. Then some longer logs to make a tripod. Lean more logs against the base in this way, making sure to leave a door to light the fire.

Step 4
Finally, light the tinder bundle, then close up the door to the tinder bundle. Wait a few minutes and you’ve got fire! Keep a bucket of water close-by as a safety measure.

Ward Off Evil Spirits
In the Pagan tradition, the Summer Solstice, or Midsummer, was a time of magic, and people wore protective garlands of herbs and flowers to ward off any bad magic that might be lurking around. St. John’s Wort was held in particularly high esteem for its ability to neutralize the powers of evil. But, it’s also a great time to show off summer’s bounty of flowers! Garlands can be made using a large needle and thread, or with string and a glue gun.

Dance around the Maypole
In ancient Sweden, a Midsummer tree was set up and decorated in each town. The villagers danced around it. In the United Kingdom, these were called Maypoles. You can make your own maypole by attaching garlands, flags, flowers - even toilet paper - to a tree in your backyard or nearby park. Wrap several strips of ribbon around the tree and attach them to the bottom of the trunk, then have your child and his friends dance around the pole while unraveling the ribbon.

A return of the summer months means fresh vegetables and fruits, so the idea is to celebrate with food that is in-season in your area. An array of sliced fruit, salads, or grilled veggies makes great solstice fare. The Swedish, after several months in darkness, celebrate their Midsommars Afton  with cheese, bread, pickled herring (okay, you can skip that), smoked salmon, cold cuts and Swedish meatballs!

In Pagan tradition, the first full moon in June is called the Honey Moon, because it is believed to be the best time to harvest honey from hives. This is why mead, an alcoholic beverage made by fermenting honey with yeast, was so popular at this time of year. Mead was eventually replaced by wine, but it’s still a yummy treat. Here’s an easy nonalcoholic version for your Summer Solstice party:


  • Two cups of apple juice
  • Four cups of honey
  • Six cups of water

What You Do
Bring the apple juice, honey and water to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 30 minutes. Add cloves, cinnamon or orange slices to taste. When cool enough to handle, strain the mixture. Refrigerate before serving.

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