Here at HuffPost Taste, we frequently extoll the joys of simple cooking, simple eating and simple entertaining. The idea being that making it simple makes it all more fun, and easier to do lots of times in one week. But sometimes, you want to pull out all the stops. Sometimes, you want to throw together a multi-course spectacle with a theme that will make it feel like an extra-special occasion -- just for fun. Swedish night is here, you guys.

Swedish cuisine is an incredible mix of hearty, luxurious dishes designed to fortify you against the cold, and light, fresh, simple dishes meant to highlight the region's spectacular native foods (especially the seafood). We would hate to reinforce the stereotype that Swedish cooking is all about the meatballs... but they are such great meatballs that we had to include a recipe. Also, for someone whose never tried Scandinavian food before, a meatball is an easily relatable food that will get your kids (or just nervous friends) to go ahead and give it a try.

Food is not the only thing Swedes are great at -- they also happen to make some of the best pop music on earth, in our opinion. In addition to recipe ideas in the slideshow below, you'll find a few tips on the soundtrack.

Last but not least here's how you say "cheers!" in Swedish: skål (pronounced "skohl")!

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  • Elderflower Sparklers (Hyldeblomst Cocktails)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/elderflower-sparklers-hy_n_1061737.html" target="_hplink">Elderflower Sparklers</a> recipe</strong> The sparkling wine in these floral cocktails can be omitted so that the underage party go-ers can enjoy as well.

  • Buckwheat-Cheddar Blini With Smoked Salmon

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/buckwheat-cheddar-blini-w_n_1058256.html" target="_hplink">Buckwheat-Cheddar Blini with Smoked Salmon</a> recipe</strong>

  • Salmon & Cucumber Mini Smørrebrød (Smørrebrød med Røget Laks og Agurker)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/salmon--cucumber-mini-sm_n_1061740.html" target="_hplink">Salmon & Cucumber Mini Smørrebrød</a> recipe</strong> Yes, Smørrebrød is actually Danish. It is still delicious and Scandinavian, so go ahead and cheat.

  • Swedish Meatballs In Dill Sauce

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/swedish-meatballs-in-dill_n_1059498.html" target="_hplink">Swedish Meatballs in Dill Sauce</a> recipe</strong>

  • Roasted Halibut With Pickled Beets

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/roasted-halibut-with-pick_n_1056678.html" target="_hplink">Roasted Halibut with Pickled Beets</a> recipe</strong>

  • Grilled Pork Tenderloin With Aquavit Seasonings

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/grilled-pork-tenderloin-w_n_1061736.html" target="_hplink">Grilled Pork Tenderloin with Aquavit Seasonings</a> recipe</strong>

  • Smorgastarta

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/smorgastarta_n_1061515.html" target="_hplink">Smorgastarta</a> recipe</strong>

  • Apple Potato Salad

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/apple-potato-salad_n_1057176.html" target="_hplink">Apple Potato Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Pea & New Potato Salad (Nye kartofler og Ærte Salat)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/pea--new-potato-salad-n_n_1061738.html" target="_hplink">Pea & New Potato Salad</a> recipe</strong>

  • Berry Pudding With Cream (Rødgrød med Fløde)

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/berry-pudding-with-cream-_n_1061755.html" target="_hplink">Berry Pudding with Cream</a> recipe</strong> Another Danish recipe! They're neighbors, you guys.

  • Raspberry And Fig Cake

    <strong>Get the <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/10/27/raspberry-and-fig-cake_n_1058637.html" target="_hplink">Raspberry And Fig Cake</a> recipe</strong>

  • Soundtrack Ideas -- Jens Lekman

    Jens Lekman -- We think you should check out Jens' record, "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Night_Falls_Over_Kortedala" target="_hplink">Night Falls Over Kortedala</a>"

  • Soundtrack Ideas -- Peter, Bjorn And John

    Peter, Bjorn & John -- "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Writer's_Block_(Peter_Bjorn_and_John_album)" target="_hplink">Writer's Block</a>" and "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gimme_Some" target="_hplink">Gimme Some</a>" will both probably make you dance around in your chairs.

  • Soundtrack Ideas -- Robyn

    Robyn -- We love "<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Body_Talk_(Robyn_album)" target="_hplink">Body Talk</a>" so much more than we could ever explain.

  • Soundtrack Ideas -- Icona Pop

    Icona Pop -- We haven't been able to stop listening to this song since we first heard it. Enjoy this after the kids have gone to bed during the inevitable Swedish Pop Dance Party that will ensue. (Mildly NSFW lyrics, FYI)

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