In William Shakespeare’s Midsummer Nights Dream, he captures the spirit of the summer season! The story follows four Athenian lovers who find themselves immersed in an enchanted forest. Unbeknownst to them, this world is inhabited by fairies, love, desire, butterflies and a mischievous sprite named Puck. Who can often lead wanderers astray and into romantic misadventures. Yet, for this party the plot thickened as GSP Events combined the theme with ‘Burning Man’ festival. As a result ‘Midsummer Madness’ was born.
“Where the wild thyme blows” & “oxlips and the nodding violet grows”
A Word from the Party Planner
“Our client’s picturesque country estate was the perfect location for a fabulous ‘Midsummer Madness’ inspired summer party. In celebration of a joint father and daughter 70th & 40th birthday celebration. The style and design was inspired by ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ meets ‘Burning Man’ festival. An abundance of wild, whimsical and unstructured floral. As well as an eclectic mixture of vintage furniture, incredible lighting design and non-stop entertainment. As a result, it created the perfect scene for an unforgettable evening.”
The “Merry Wanderers of the Night”
First, there were entertainment surprises around every corner. Upon arrival, guests were chauffeured to the entrance by bespoke flamingo-themed tuk-tuks and golf buggies. As they approached the entrance, stunning floral aerial acrobats were suspended from the trees. While a nomad saxophonist performed jazz melodies…
Also, a mysterious fortune teller invited guests into her vintage gypsy wagon, while other guests were having their photo taken in front of an eccentric foliage photo wall. Which combined our clients love for flamingos alongside real life Dalmatians! Another surprise included a performance from Jamie Cullum, setting the precedent for the rest of the night.
Midsummer Madness Style
A swarm of gorgeous ‘butterfly’ dancers and drummers lead the way to dinner where guests dined beneath a spectacular foliage canopy which stretched across the ceiling of the tent.
“An abundance of tapered candles adorned the ethereal woodland floral table-scapes. As a result the combination of candlelight and vintage filament bulbs, suspended above each table, made the most magical midsummer setting.” GSP Events
The Fantastical Feast – By Rhubarb
“Our creative and culinary team instantly embraced the client’s vision, committed to bringing the theme to life through the food with bespoke points of difference, elevation and surprise.
For this ethereal occasion the food had to be vibrant, beautifully presented as well as utterly delicious to ensure guests were wowed. To complement the surroundings, we brought our creative touches through two spectacular food stalls; the eclectic garden stall showcasing fresh, seasonal and forage garden bites as well as an effervescent sushi pond stall serving delicious rolls from a dream-like boat stall.
The garden stall highlights included savoury bites presented as orchard fruits (cherries filled with chicken liver parfait and apples filled with crab) flower beds of vegetable panna cottas and ceramic flower pots filled with pumpkin in mushroom soil and cauliflower in red pepper soil. Whilst the sushi boat featured California rolls filled with fresh crab, spicy salmon, asparagus & pickled burdock, alongside sashimi and bright tapioca crisps.
With copper tones, vintage carts and tea crates intertwined with bundles of jasmine and ivy these stations were the perfect platforms for the food to do the talking and entice each and every guest.”
Midsummer Madness After-Party
After dinner, guests were entertained by an amazing party band as well as a surprise performance from Jess Glynne. Following these acts, guests moved back to the reception area which had been transformed into a ‘Burning Man-eqsue’ after party with LED lighting, fire dancers, a neon water drummer and an incredible DJ set from Dan Browne. In conclusion, every last detail of the evening fully immersed guests amongst the madness.
Even the bar staff wore prosthetics animal faces while they served guests mid-summer martinis until the early hours…
With inhibitions low and spirits high, in Shakespeare’s words; “a merrier hour was never wasted there”