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A Midsummer Night’s Dream Picnic

Midsummer Night’s Dream Party: An individual boxed picnic to enjoy Shakespeare in the park, whimsical flower masks, and perfect boho picnic decor.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic: An individual boxed picnic to enjoy Shakespeare in the park, whimsical flower masks, and perfect boho picnic decor.Shakespeare in the park, and the a beautiful picnic to enjoy with it makes for the perfect Midsummer Night’s Dream Party!  We ventured downtown to the Toronto’s High Park this summer to see Shakespeare in the park.  It was our girls first experience with Shakespeare and we had such a wonderful time.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic

We boxed up our picnic early and left it in a cooler in the car while we enjoyed the park’s playground, labyrinth, and free zoo.  Then just around dinner time we headed over to the outdoor theatre  to enjoy our picnic before the play started.  

The whole idea for the day actually came from my girls, and Maddie was all about putting together the perfect picnic.  We went with our friends and truly had the best day together.  Today I’m so excited to share with you the next picnic in our summer picnic series -this one just might be the most beautiful so far. 😉

Midsummer Night's Dream party

The Picnic Boxes

For the picnic we put together the yummiest individual boxes.  We packed up some salad, bread, a little onion and goat’s cheese tart and some rotisserie chicken for everyone.

individual boxed picnic

Midsummer Night's Dream PicnicThe little salad was a made with tomatoes from our garden and bocconcini.  In the bottom of a little mason jar I added a splash of olive oil and balsamic vinegar, and about a 1/4 tsp of homemade pesto.  The on top of it I added some cherry tomatoes and mini bocconcini and finished it of with some salt and pepper.  Just before opening everyone gave there’s a shake and they were perfect.

individual boxed picnic lunch

The chicken was the perfect easy addition for a picnic.  I picked it up at the grocery store, cut it up, and wrapped everyone’s pieces in a little parchment paper.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic in the park

The tarts were made by Maddie the day before -she’s so good at pastry!  If you didn’t want to make your own pastry though, store bought frozen would be fine.  Cook your tart shells and then set aside.  Make caramelized onions on your stove top, and then before serving add to the baked tart shells, and tops with some goat’s cheese.  These little tarts are so easy, and so delicious.

boxed picnic lunch

I added a fresh buttered bun from the bakery too.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic party

Everything got packaged up in these perfect little paper boxes, lined with some parchment paper.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic ideas

We tied ours with twine and tucked in a little menu that Maddie made for the occasion.

how to pack a picnic for the park

We tucked our cutlery, napkins, and menu into some tiny little paper bags and tied them to the top.  It was perfectly portable, and so, so cute.

theatre in the park bring your own picnic

Pansy Juice

In the play, the love potion is pansy juice so we thought it would be fun to make some simple labels for our pink lemonade. Since Shakespere makes us think of books, we used book pages for the labels.

Midsummer Night's Dream Pansy juice

Floral Masks

floral mask

My girls also made a mask for all the girls to wear.  In keeping with the play, they made them out of pretty flower petals and leaves.

diy floral maskThey found a template on-line and printed it on card stock to use as the base, and then added all the pretty fresh leaves and flower petals from our garden, and just hot glued them on.  the perfect finishing touch was a twig handle.  They turned out so pretty and whimsical and perfect for the evening.

diy floral mask


picnic dessert ideasFor dessert, Maddie made some homemade chocolate mousse.

chocolate mousse in a mason jar

We served them in small mason jars.  And along with our mousse our friends picked up some delicious cookies at the bakery on the way.

cookies for a picnic

We also brought along some fresh blueberries.

picnic dessert ideas

I tried to keep the menu manageable, so we didn’t need to cook all day before.  There were a few  good short cuts with the rotisserie chicken and the bakery cookies, and we made just the goat’s cheese and caramelized onion tarts and the chocolate mousse from scratch.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic Party

Setting Up The Picnic

We brought some beautiful blankets to make it cozy and a everyone got a pillow which certainly helped to keep us comfortable after sitting there many hours enjoying the food and then the play.

Midsummer Night's Dream Party

Midsummer Night's Dream in the parkThe girls all managed to stay awake and follow the plot of their first Shakespeare play.  We thought starting out with one that included fairies was a good plan. 😉 The day was a raging success, and I think it just might need to become a yearly tradition.

Midsummer Night's Dream Picnic

With a Midsummer Night’s Dream Party picnic, life really is a party!

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