Gerd from our lodge hosted the party for Laila. She had her house all decked out with the Norwegian flag along with our American flag.
The table(s) were set beautifully in anticipation of the guests arriving. I love the Norwegian napkins as they add a special touch to the setting.
Laila was seated at this special table setting since it was her day to celebrate. All who attended brought a dish to share for the potluck luncheon. It was so nice to be together with friends and enjoy our afternoon.
Before the birthday cake was cut, we (all) sang this Norwegian birthday song. It's a good thing that we have quite a few members from Norway whose first language is Norwegian! Our lodge is planning on having Norwegian lessons for us other members. It should be a fun adventure.
Ta Dah! The special marzipan birthday cake. It was layer cake filled with whipped cream and marzipan; heavenly.
And, to add to the festivities, Astrid, one of our dear members made this kransekake cake. Someone had already nibbled a piece from the top!
Laila enjoyed opening her gifts. Her favorite color is turquoise hence the wrappings.
And, here's the birthday girl opening her gifts. Isn't that plant beautiful? It was one of her gifts, too.
This is one of the gifts Laila received. It's a handmade art card featuring hardanger embroidery. This type of embroidery is very traditional in the Scandinavian countries. It employs counted thread and drawn thread, usually white thread on white even weave fabric. This lovely piece was made by Bonnie, one of our members. Bonnie is so talented in this type of needlework.
Maybe some of you are wondering about Daughters of Norway? I'd love to share a few things about this group...
1. The mission of the group is to unite into a sisterhood those who wish to preserve their Norwegian* heritage.
2. The organization was started in 1905 with the first three lodges being in Washington state. There were a lot of Norwegians who immigrated to western Washington at the end of the 19th century/beginning of the 20th century as there was waterways and they were experts in this field.
3. In those early days, the lodge meetings were held speaking Norwegian. It's quite fascinating to see how things changed as the years went by. Today, we have many Norwegian/Americans whose grandparents immigrated from Norway.
4. The Daughters of Norway are a vibrant and growing organization with over 1,600 members nationwide. New members are joining monthly and lodges are continuing to be formed.
5. If you are interested in learning about a lodge in your area, please check out their list of lodges.
*As you may already know, I'm not Norwegian but Danish. Lucky for me, the Daughters of Norway embrace all with Scandinavian heritage.
As I think back about this organization, I find it quite fascinating that well over 100 years later, this group that began back in 1905 is still flourishing. I'm also a member of the Danish Sisterhood of America. The lodge closest to where I live meets about 60 miles away so I have not been able to attend since moving to California. The Danish Sisterhood has similar beginnings at the end of the 19th century. And, they too are still growing and thriving; getting new members every month.
I hope you have enjoyed this little glimpse into my Scandinavian clubs. I grew up in a Danish farming community and after getting married, I moved to a "new" area where there were no immigrant families. I missed my Danish heritage. When I moved to western Washington about 20 years ago, I found these two organizations and they have brought back so many wonderful memories for me as well as increasing my knowing of my Scandinavian heritage.
Thank you for visiting today and I wish you all the best!
With my best wishes,