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

Table setting for a beautiful midsummer's eve party

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.

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 ambience 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.

midsummer's eve party lighting suggestions with strings of lights adorning a tree

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.

Candles and fresh flowers make perfect table decorations for a midsummer’s eve party. As an added bonus, some candles, like our Repel Soy Candle, help to keep pesky bugs away when you’re spending time outside. Flowers, especially those from your own garden, will look especially beautiful on your 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 specialty cocktail, a glass of Eastern Shore Honey Sangria. It’s fruity, sweet, and great for parties!

sangria for midsummer's eve party

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

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

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

watermelon feta salad with fresh mint tomato onino and olives in plate on table

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.

This honey glazed chicken is so delicious, you'll want to invite friends over for a midsummer's eve party.

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.

Bacon wrapped shrimp make a great appetizer or meal. Goes well with cornbread. Perfect for a midsummer's eve party.

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 for a midsummer's eve party

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

platter of grilled chicken kabobs with zucchini, peppers, onion just off the grill and ready for your midsummer's eve party

Give your guests a jar of Joyce Wallace’s 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 for a midsummer's eve party

For dessert, our 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.

honey and fruit sorbet for a midsummer's eve party
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