A Midsummer Night’s Dream Party Ideas and Tips
We’ve nearly reached the beginning of summer, and though the weather might indicate we’re already there, it’s not officially our favorite season until Midsummer arrives. Midsummer is an international holiday celebrated around the various corners of the globe, including the States, and it is frequently looked upon as “the party of the year” in many countries.
There are many ways to celebrate Midsummer and Midsummer’s Eve, with the two most popular being first, the traditional Swedish Midsummer celebration, and second, a minor twist on Midsummer, compliments of the great William Shakespeare and his play, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. We’re going to discuss the latter and teach you how to throw a Midsummer Night’s Dream party of which Old Bill himself would be proud.
How to Throw a Midsummer Night’s Dream Party:
The ingredients are simple; it’s the degree to which you take each that will be the deciding factor in how “fairytale” your party will be. Here’s what you’ll need in order to celebrate Midsummer like the fairies in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.
Nighttime. This is a simple concept: host the party in the evening so that the magic of nighttime will put your guests in the right Midsummer Night’s Dream-mood.
Nature. The forest set the scene for nearly the entire Shakespeare play, and the weather is most cooperative during the month of June. All signs point to having this event outdoors. If you have the option, choose to host the party in or near the woods, but if that is not a possibility, a backyard will do just fine. Just as it’s important for your venue to be amid the beauty of nature, your decorations should reflect natural beauty as well. Consider decorating with lovely white flowers, putting plenty of them on each table and scattered elsewhere throughout the venue.
Magic. While the play’s script itself is quite magical on its own, the plot involves a slew of real magical elements. Play up the magic angle with plenty of eye-appealing illusions, such as glittered jars that look like they are full of “fairies,” sparkling lights wrapped around trees, candles that don’t go out when you try to blow them out, lights hanging from fishing wire on trees to make it look like they are floating…and there are plenty more lighting tricks that will make the evening appear magical.
Fairy stuff. The play, after all, is about fairies and their mischievous lifestyles. Consider making your party a costumed affair, inviting fairy wings, glitter, more flowers, long flowing dresses and plenty of white garbs. Create a crown of white flowers, which is traditional in typical Midsummer celebrations, that will add to your “fairy-look.”
Cuisine. What’s a party without a themed buffet? Serving your guests at a Midsummer Night’s Dream party doesn’t have to be difficult. No chips, no salsa and nothing deep fried for this light and graceful affair. Think elegant finger foods and natural, grown-from-the-ground or picked-from-the-trees ingredients. Your menu could include tea sandwiches (with the crusts cut off!), fresh fruits, sophisticated vegetable-filled salads and plenty of desserts. Desserts, such as small pies, chocolate cakes and anything fruit-related, are necessary. Fairies love sweets!
Surprises. At a Midsummer Night’s Dream party, surprises are most welcome. Small prizes, hidden treasures, surprise lighting, a secret garden and a dance floor that appears later on in the night are all welcomed wonders as the party goes on. Try to plan on revealing at least one hidden party element during your party to shock, impress and entertain guests at this decorative and elegant gathering.
See some more magical Midsummer event inspiration on our Midsummer Night’s Dream Pinterest board, and view the photos below!
Devora is the Director of Sales at BG Events & Catering.