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Home visit: an everyday low-fuss feast with friends

21 April 2017

Why wait for a special occasion to get together? Annika’s family often invites friends over for spontaneous dinners. Choosing a simple menu and asking guests to help out means less pressure on hosting and more fun. Annika tells us how they do it. 

Let guests help themselves
THE DIY DINNER PARTY Set up a table or counter as a prepping area so guests can share the effort of cooking. And instead of doing table settings, stack your plates and bowls so that everyone can help themselves. ‘These things save time and become part of the fun,’ says Annika. If you have space, add a bench or extra chairs in the kitchen so that guests can hang out while the food is cooking – dishes that are easy to make and serve are a great option. ‘One of our favourites is pizza made with traditional Swedish flatbread, tuna and onions. It’s simple and tasty.’


‘The best part is when everybody helps. We’re no chefs, but when we cook together, with love, it’s good’

Annika, potter, Sweden

ENJOY TIME TOGETHER Whatever you choose to cook, make time for loved ones. ‘We enjoy weekday dinners because they feel more like relaxed gatherings than planned events,’ says Annika. ‘There’s less pressure, but the conversation and laughter is just as memorable. Small talk about big things is important.’ Annika designed her home for low-fuss, easy living. Take a tour here.

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Interior stylist: Johanna Flyckt Gashi
Photographer: Michael Sinclair