Our bespoke experts at Mask explain how to bring this classic comedy to life for summer celebrations.
Take inspiration from Shakespeare's unparalleled tale of love, betrayal and desire for a Midsummer Night’s Dream party theme.
Dark fantasies and nightmarish visions unfold with this bold summer party style. To create the perfect ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ setting look for a venue with plenty of atmospheric outside space, like a secluded London garden or better yet, a hidden nook in a forgotten forest.
This theme works best for evening parties; as the sun sets the magic of the night will help to put your guests in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ mood.
Keep the furnishings rustic, taking inspiration from nature for those all-important design details. Your decorations should focus on natural beauty. Think nature-inspired accents like tables topped with moss, ferns, smooth stones, and branches.
There’s nothing quite like candlelight to create the perfect summer party atmosphere. Use tea lights throughout your chosen space and set your tables with tall candelabras entwined with floral arrangements for an otherworldly look. You could even hang your candles from tall willows or suspend glass lanterns from tree branches.
If you’re planning to recreate this look indoors, lighting is your friend. Cloaking a blank canvas space in a warm, green light brings the outside in. Add dramatic floral decorations throughout the venue and your guests will be transported to the world of Oberon, Titania and Puck.
Fairytale influences like Snow White’s magical mirror mirror on the wall could be used to add a playful twist on this summer look. References to the fairies of Midsummer Night’s Dream give you plenty of options for fairy-themed details to add to this unique summer party theme.
The play’s script is a magical one, so you could play up the ‘magic’ angle, adding optical illusions and lighting tricks such as sparkling lights hung from wire to create a floating effect. Glittered jars full of ‘fairies’ can be scattered amongst your table decorations.
To really get your guests in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ mood you could invite guests to get in on the act and dress in fairy wings, glitter, long flowing dresses and floral crowns. Or, have guests make their own floral crowns and fairy-themed outfits as part of your event’s entertainment.
Tie it all together with a themed menu. The ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ menu is a simple one to create. Focus on natural, seasonal ingredients, locally sourced where possible. You could make a foraged ingredient the star of each dish. Our catering company Create can help you design the perfect foraged menu for your magical Midsummer night.
Take a look at mask.co.uk for plenty of inspiration for your next bespoke event.