(in Swedish custom) a break from activity during which people drink coffee, eat cakes or other light snacks, and relax with others.
Fika is often translated as "a coffee and cake break", which is kind of correct, but really it is much more than that.
Fika is a concept, a state of mind, an attitude and an important part of Swedish culture. Many Swedes consider that it is almost essential to make time for fika every day. It means making time for friends and colleagues to share a cup of coffee (or tea) and a little something to eat.
Fika is a ritual. All Swedes consider it important to make time to stop and socialise: to take a pause. It refreshes the brain and strengthens relationships.
We Are Forage & Fika
Creating Memories, Good Vibes & Bespoke Private Picnics and Supper Clubs
Forage & Fika specialises in Seasonal Supper Clubs and Private Picnics for all occasions. It is all within the details, and as a qualified Event and Wedding Planner and Venue Stylist each and every event is styled to your specific taste. A professional Table Faffer, Lauren Alexander brings luxe to your picnic, redefining the term and creating elegance, fun, joy and above all great memories.
Using flowers foraged locally, grown in the UK and working with local producers to bring you delicious seasonal food, Forage and Fika combines both decadent and luxurious food and stunning table detail for your parties. Forget the tupperware and warm potato salad, now is the time to get back to basics, get back to nature, enjoy being outside and doing so with something a little different and special. Picnics are synonymous with a peaceful, pure and above all very British Pastime, but Forage and Fika bring that pastime into the present, bringing with it delicious, honest, authentic and beautiful experiences.
Working with local producers to create the Forage and bringing together friends over coffee, cake and other yummy treats Fika is created.
When you arrive at your picnic you will indulge in delicious seasonal menus created by our wonderful local suppliers. Crisp linen napkins will be folded, the flatware polished, pillows plumped and stunning florals to entice you to stay for a while and chill.
So if you have a Hen Do, Birthday, Anniversary, Special Event, Proposal, Engagement, Intimate Wedding, Baby Shower, Staycation or just want to bring your faves together then this is the perfect set up for you.
Professional Event Planner
I’ve been lucky enough to create a fabulous Wedding Planning and Styling business in the South West of England and Wales through my sister business Lauren Alexander Weddings. Within my Wedding business I was runner up for Best British Newcomer within the Hitched and You and Your Wedding UK Wedding Awards last year and have worked on all size of events in all locations. From working with celebrities on their intimate weddings, to lavish marquees next to the lake at Longleat!
As a certified and qualified event planner and venue designer, my passion is not just within weddings but also in bringing the beauty to smaller and more intimate gatherings. Be that a birthday, anniversary, hen party, baby shower or an everyday catch up - I adore to take away the stress of party planning and hosting, and build a memory that will last. Every little detail is so important, from a stray crumb, to the beautifully displayed local flowers.
Forage and Fika stemmed from my love of picnics and high-end luxury styling. It isn't everyday you use your best china, but for me I think why not?! I believe that every special event deserves to be stunning. With this philosophy in mind I founded Forage & Fika, and have since gained many valuable connections with industry-leading experts and vendors. Sustainable and local suppliers are key to the success of Forage and Fika, working with nature, the seasons and above all love. This allows me to play with high-end luxurious food, gorgeous locations and work with amazing clients like you.
IT'S NOT JUST A PICNIC
From the menu, to location, the style and design to all the other little extras...
Working with some of the most gorgeous produce in the West Country seriously has it's attractions, from delicious cheddar cheese to organic meat and of course fresh fruit and veg. We have a few set menus for your to choose from, but always get in touch to find out how we can create something more bespoke to suit your style and your palette.
From vegan to Greek-inspired, grazing tables, tapas, and of course our Fika afternoon teas (which are seriously good) you have so much to choose from. We always serve sparkling water or flavoured water, but booze and cocktails are certainly possible and are on the add-ons list.
We are always on the hunt for new and beautiful locations to host our supper clubs and private picnics but we already have some beautiful places we can offer. From coastal escapes, to beautiful parks, your back garden or perhaps something a little different, as long as there is some form of access, we can set up wherever your heart desires. Picnics often makes one think of nature and the outdoor, but don't feel restricted as we can transform even your kitchen table.
This is something we have been working on in the background for a while and so excited to announce this. As well as your add-ons that you can have as part of your package for your menu, why not enjoy listening to a string quartet or get bendy at a private yoga session alongside your snacks? Or why not indulge in an indian head massage, an aromatherapy class, life drawing, tai chi, crafting session or wine tasting... Working with some lovely suppliers in the South West, I can hook you up with something special to make your picnic perfect.
Step Out Of The Ordinary
Good Vibes Only
Ready To Know More?
Fancy throwing a posh picnic or supper club? Get in touch to find out more about what we can offer.