around the world with bash, please: holler for holland

Groet, Design*Spongers! (That means “greetings” in Dutch. We had to look it up, too.)

As seasons change and fall waits just around the corner, what better way to enjoy these last few days of Indian summer than a bike party? We spun our globe and landed in the biking capital of the world, Amsterdam. So brush off your wooden shoes, pack your picnic basket and join us for a bike blow out, Bash, Please style. — Paige + Kelly

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Dutch design is known for being simple yet powerful, so we decided to stick with a neutral pallet, adding a few pops of color when needed. Blue and white layered linens are the perfect backdrop to our mismatched plates. Throw in a few reclaimed bottles filled with colorful tulips, and you’ve got the ideal setting for an afternoon snack with your besties.

To make guests feel as though they’ve traveled the globe without the jet lag, hit up your local international market for some Dutch cheeses, beers and chocolates. The most popular beer from the Netherlands is obviously Heineken, but for those willing to step off the beaten bike path, check out La Trappe beers. Brewed by Trappist monks inside the monastery, De Koningshoeven Brewery offers a wide selection of tasty brews.

After their ride, your guests will gladly sip from a Dutch beer flight, and these mini steins couldn’t be cuter.

Is your fixie in the shop, or is your 10-speed not up to speed? Don’t fret; bike rentals are pretty affordable and easy to find. Check out your local cycle shop, and ask if they’ll rent you a bike. If you’re in a beach city, head to the strand; you’ll find tons of rental shacks along the coast.

Once you’ve had your fill of frothy beers and a little clog dancing, it’s time pack up and hit the open road. One last ride around the block with your pals followed by a traditional Dutch goodbye (the Dutch often kiss three times), and you’re off! A bike party is a great way to introduce new friends to old, and who knows, perhaps a little love connection will be made with all those kisses.

Who said “going Dutch” wasn’t romantic?

For more tips about Amsterdam, check out Design*Sponge’s own Amsterdam city guide here. Thanks to Mr Haack for shooting these pics, and Linus bikes for lending us the sweet rides. Check out Walnut Studio for your very own bike beer caddy.

Karen_E

Wow, gorgeous post! Spellcheck says: “a neutral palette”.

Sarah

I just got myself a Dutch style bike, it’s bright orange and makes me smile every time I go for a spin. And we celebrated our daughter’s birthday with a bike party, loads of fun! And a great way to burn off the birthday cake.

Kim (at www.loveumadly.com)

I have ZERO interest in biking or beer usually and this post makes me what to go ride around in the countryside with a warm baguette and frosty beer in my basket. I want to be invited to their next party or at the very least I want to have those tiny beer mugs at my next party! I love this post!!

Thomas

As a Belgian, I’m offended by the French Fries! ;)
They’re Belgian, not Dutch ;)

You forgot to include milk and mills too! :)

Sarah

I wish the weather was actually this nice right now over here in Holland….
it’s not exactly nice biking weather. Good thing I can still have the cheese and beer :)

ps Groet doesn’t mean greetings, it means (a) greeting. You could say “Goedemiddag” which means Good afternoon :D

kim

Sarah’s right about “groet” – “gegroet” could also work, it would be very formal though.
You could also serve something called “poffertjes”, some kind of small pancakes (I don’t like them very much but they are quintessentially Dutch – unlike the Belgian fries ;) )

lulu

I love this… Everything looks so good and yummy! What a great idea!!!! Where’s my bike??

diana

Ha! When do those clogs really stop haunting us ;)? Love your pictures, especially the bikes! Back home in NL, I only biked to get from A to B, carrying stuff and all, not for fun. Still have to get used to that.
Love the “Stroopwafels” (the wafers you showed), one of my favorites!

Kelly

These photos are awesome. I don’t care what’s in the photo…the colors are so dreamy! Wish I had your lens and editing skills!

Eva de Witte

I’m with Diana. Those clogs are haunting us. If you are going to throw a party like this one I would suggest only using the clogs for display purposes. They make really cute planters. Please don’t try and wear them. They hurt like hell and only people that have been wearing them since childhood can actually walk on them. I remember as a little girl my mom bought me a pair and I had blisters all over my feet. Very few people in Holland still wear them. But they make still make beautiful handpainted clogs that would look great in you house and garden. http://www.letterschilder.com/borden/foto104g.jpg http://www.hollandsouvenirshop.nl/hollandsouvenir/images/B_441629_b.jpg

Sofie

So true about the fries and beer being Belgian! You should have gone for ‘maatjes’ and ‘poffertjes’ and a big glass of milk! I doubt most Dutch can even pronounce La Trappe without a funny accent ;). And the palmtree made me smile a bit. Nice pics though, you sure have captured the cosy (=gezellige) atmosphere that comes so naturally to the Dutch! And their design is second to none as is our beer and fries of course. :). Groeten from Belgium.

Wave Avenue

love the shoe shot! make that all photos! great bike party, they look really content and happy with the party! =)

JenO

Love the romance of this post, but the reality? Seriously, why weren’t helmets included? Is safety still so dorkey that we have to be cool and ride helmet-less? Having landed on my head when my chain broke, I can’t be grateful enough for the goofy thing I wore on my head that saved my skull.

cherie

the waffle cookies…. i had completely forgotten they existed. now i want to eat an entire package of them!!!! they are so delish. lovely photos and a terrific idea for a get together.

e

Groetjes! What a fun post. But what, no bitterballen to go with the beer? The Dutchies here will know of what I speak. ;-) The thing I miss most about living there are the fresh stroopwaffels from the local outdoor market. That and the inexpensive and plentiful flowers. I’d move back if it weren’t for the long, dark, drizzly winters.

e

P.S. Paige, where did you get the mini beer steins and holder? Such a cute idea and I’d like to find some.

alex wijnen

Fun post! For me, no Dutch party would be complete without a couple pounds of drop (licorice) straight from the markt, a nice broodje kroket (roll with deep-fried meaty goodness) and a cold glass of cassis (currant soda) And while french fries may be originally from Belgian, they’re EVERYWHERE in NL so they certainly have earned the right to be included (just don’t forget the mayo and curry ketchup :)

Laura

These pictures are so amazing! It makes me want to go to Holland to experience the real deal :)

Emily

Ah, I’m feeling Dutch pride right now. Yes, warm homemade stroopwaffels are brilliant! It was never Christmas without warm ones made by my oma (grandmother). You could also include banket (a pastry filled with almond paste), speculaasjes (windmill cookies) or De Ruijter brand chocolate Hagelslag (sprinkles to put on bread)!

Julie

Stunning pics, I agree, missing the “bitterballen” here, they are great with beer. And for dessert, “poffertjes”. Tiny little pancakes with powdered sugar and butter…mmm yummie.

I could not live without my bike. Love it!

Great dutchie post!! Thank you

Malinda Kay

I LOVE this post. I don’t care if the “greeting” isn’t perfectly translated, there are no helmets, the fries or Belgium, or that “palette” isn’t spelled correctly. People, get over it. As a photo stylist, I understand that it’s an idea, not something that has to literally be translated.

ANYWAY, really why I’m commenting is because I have to know where that gorgeous flight of beers tray/mini steins are from. I’m in love, and I have to have them!!

Again, wonderful post. I love traveling and I’m always looking for fun ways to bring the world “to me” since it’s little more in my budget :)

MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.8

Great idea…how do you keep the frites warm? They have to be hot..or least warm. Do you serve with aoli sauce? That’s the best…Personally, I’d bring some knitting for a post-beer fiber connection.

The Zia Group

This is absolutely breathtaking!!! Absolutely incredible inspiration for congratulations parties and gatherings for our clients. Wow!!
Beautiful photographs.

Slackerjo

When I visited my brother in The Hague last year, I was pretty freaked out by gridlock on the bike paths. Not a lot of cars on the roads into the downtown area, but bikes, bikes, bikes on the path. I was teased for my Canadian bike helmet wearin’ ways mainly because it’s very safe to bike. The country is as flat as a pancake, there are bike paths everywhere and the drivers are (generally) more attentive to cyclists. I did find it funny that it took me 10 minutes to find a parking space for my bike.

Cassandra Chester

The fries might be Belgium (or French) by decent, but the Dutch devour them by the trays full! Just walking through a mall in Holland (I’m speaking of large cities outside of Amsterdam), it is very normal to see loads of people eating “frites” by the little trays full (covered in mayonnaise!) . Train stations, too. Dutch people, generally speaking, love their “frites”, and you find them all over Holland and on all types of menus.
As for the “clompen” (wooded shoes — think I’m spelling it right, but it’s been several years since I lived there), outside of Amsterdam people do actually still wear the undecorated wooden shoes. My neighbor put his on as soon as he got home from work, and wore them all weekend. As did many of my other neighbors. Amsterdamers forget that the Netherlands is full of beautiful countrysides, which are full of wonderful “less modern” Dutch people. And yes, there are many other Dutch things you could have added to the party/photo shoot, but I agree with Malinda; it’s a creative endeavor, and I hope viewers can enjoy your party for what you *did* add, and not focus on what you *did not* add.

So well done for adding the fries to this party! And i think you captured quintessential Holland and placed it beautifully on an American(?) backdrop. I love it!

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