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.