While Memorial Day is the unofficial start to summer, the summer solstice was Sunday, June 21, which is a great reason to throw a fabulous Midsummer Night’s Soirée!
Ever since I was a child I’ve enjoyed William Shakespeare’s literature and the vivid images it invokes, such as A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Celebrate midsummer nights with a Shakespeare themed dinner party. Adorn your backyard or outdoor tent in lights and soak up the summer night. Feature simple and fresh food as well as plenty of decadent desserts to celebrate this special season.
Caprese skewers with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil are always a crowd pleaser as well as an artesian cheese board with local cheese, crisp crostinis, prosciutto, olives, nuts, apricots and dates. Severing both of these items on large pieces of rustic wood fits perfectly with the theme.
For the main course, serve a chicken or beef dish with vegetables and potatoes- a very simple dinner. Since Midsummer Night’s is a huge celebration, it is only fitting to have a variety of desserts displayed on a dessert table. I love the idea of having fruit tarts as a featured dessert.
“I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was” – William Shakespeare