A Midsummer’s Eve Party: A Guide to Impress your Guests and Palate

The middle of summer can be hot, humid, and frankly a little boring. That’s why you should throw a Midsummer’s Eve party! Bonfires, hot tubs, and twinkle lights all beckon in the summer months, and having your closest friends over always means a good time. To help you put together your gathering, we’ve come up with some ideas to make your backyard a little more special and party-ready.

midsummer's eve party

Setting the Stage for your Midsummer’s Eve Party

Since you will most likely be throwing your get-together at night, making sure that your area is well lit should be a priority. Not only does lighting make sure that people can see, but it adds ambiance and magic to the air. Edison style string lights are big and give off quite the glow. These bulbs also look lovely strung up into trees or into a veranda. Larger lights, like paper or Moroccan-Esque lanterns, also are beautiful when hung above your seating area.

Take a seat

Having lots of seating is also important for any party. If you already happen to have a long dining table, you can move it outside for the night, and use mismatched chairs to create an eclectic style. You shouldn’t worry about everything matching perfectly; have fun throwing together your favorite dishes and silverware to create a table setting that’s unique to you.

midsummer's eve party outdoor seating shot with long table and floral arrangements in the center, placesettings with plates and forks and knives. Olive oil and salt and pepper and a string of lighting in the distance.

Setting the table sets the tone

I take great pride in preparing the table for gatherings. I have different table runners to support a variety of themes. Candles and fresh flowers make perfect table decorations for a midsummer’s eve party. Candles add ambiance as the beautiful fragrance fills the air.

Encourage blooms

Flowers, especially those from your own garden, will look especially beautiful on the party tables. Ask your guests to bring a bundle of blooms from their own garden, and send each one home with a small bouquet from yours. HGTV has lots of great ideas on how to arrange your flowers to make your party look beautiful.

Lilies for a midsummer's eve party centerpiece

Midsummer’s Eve Dinner Recipes that your Friends will Love

Start off the night with your signature cocktail, have a small portion at the ready near the front door on a tray and offer your guests a glass as they arrive. This Eastern Shore Honey Sangria is fruity, sweet, and great for parties!

honey sangria in pitcher with fresh fruit and ice surrounded by fresh fruit

Sangria Wine

We love this Sangria Wine recipe in the heat of summer. The fruit is refreshing.

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If vodka is more to your taste, try one of our Eastern Shore Honey Vodka specialty cocktails.

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka Collins on table with blueberries and a jar of eastern shore honey on the porch table

Eastern Shore Vodka Cocktail Recipe

Start with your favorite vodka and add a little Eastern Shore Honey. Honey adds both an all-natural sweetness and an interesting depth of flavor to your vodka cocktails.

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Drinks for all my friends

Be sure to have non-alcoholic drinks for your friends who don’t drink alcohol. This sparkling strawberry lemonade is awesome!

Eastern Shore Honey Vodka with Strawberry Lemonade in glass on pier surrounded by cut strawberries and garnished with mint

Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade

A perfect beverage for a light lunch, our Sparkling Strawberry Lemonade with honey and ginger is a bubbly mocktail that we know you’ll love.

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This wonderful Watermelon Feta Salad is a perfect dish to make ahead and keep in the fridge for a couple of days of enjoyment. The sweet and savory mix of flavors will be sure to amaze and delight your guests.

watermelon feta salad with kalamata olives onion and tomato on plater

Watermelon Feta Salad

Everything that is perfect about the summer in one salad!

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It wouldn’t be an Eastern Shore soiree if Maryland Crab Cakes weren’t being served. Serve these as party-size crab balls for your guests.

maryland crab cakes prepared and cooked on plate with dipping sauce next to green salad

Maryland Crab Cakes

These are, without a doubt the best Maryland Crab Cakes around. There is NO filler and this recipe is just how my mother made them. They are delicious. Enjoy!

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A Honey House classic, these Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp are crispy and delicious. Light enough to be an appetizer, you should make a whole platter to have snacks for the entire evening.

Honey Glazed Bacon wrapped shrimp served with kalamata olives on a plate

Bacon Wrapped Shrimp Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp Recipe with honey glaze is perfect any time of the year as an appetizer or full meal. Delicious with our Southern Corn Bread Recipe!

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This Grilled Honey-Glazed Chicken is a hearty sit-down meal that your guests will love. Grill your favorite mixed veggies with the chicken to complete your dinner, and serve with your favorite bottle of wine.

Honey glazed chicken on the grill for dinner tonight featuring honey bbq sauce.

Honey-Glazed Chicken Recipe

This grilled Honey-Glazed chicken recipe is ready in about an hour and it's easy to make.

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These Seitan Skewers with Chimichurri Citrus-Herb Sauce would be a great meal for your vegetarian friends! If seitan isn’t your thing, tofu, chicken, or fish would also work well with the sauce in this recipe.

Seitan Skewers with Chimichurri Sauce | Vegetarian

Seitan Recipe with Chimichurri Sauce

Making scratch Seiten is not an easy task. It takes a lot of time (at least a half-day) You knead a dough ball of wheat gluten for at least an hour in ice-cold water to turn it into wheat protein. To make this recipe easier, I buy seitan from my local organic market and strongly suggest you do the same.

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These Grilled Chicken Kebabs could be just the right dinner treat that your guests would love. They’re easy to make, customizable, and portable!

grilled chicken kabobs

Grilled Honey Chicken Kebabs

We created these Grilled Chicken kebabs for you to make outdoors! Kebabs make for a light meal that are packed with protein and vitamins and take less than 20 minutes to cook. You can swap out protein in this recipe, or remove it all together.

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Give your guests a jar of Summer Salsa to take home-it’s packed with summer veggies and herbs, and makes a great dip for chips or a topping for Tex-Mex dishes.

Summer Salsa in wooden bowl with spoon with fresh tomotoes and a kitchen towel on wooden table

Summer Salsa

This is a perfect summer salsa to whip together when the garden is overlfowing and you want to make a dish that can last all winter long (if you preserve/can)

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For dessert, Bumbleberry Pie is a well-loved Eastern Shore treat.

Bumbleberry Pie on flower napkin on porch, shot up close

Bumbleberry Pie with Chocolate

The combination of blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries plus honey make a sweet-tart pie to enjoy!

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Fruit and Honey Sorbet is elegant, sweet, and creamy. Use whatever fruits are available to you to whip up a tub of this icy goodness.

two ingredient sorbet

Process Sugar Free Sorbet

This process sugar free sorbet combines the idea of ice cream with summer fruit into one creamy, healthy treat.

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If you decide to try these fantastic recipes, be sure to take a photo and share them with us using #waxingkararecipes on Instagram. We love seeing your photos!

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