Romeo and Juliet

The social distancing dinner date of your dreams

Welcome to fair Corona! I mean…Verona. I dreamt about hosting A Midsummer Night’s Dream for a decade before hosting my beloved Midsummer party last year. Never once did it cross my mind to host a Romeo and Juliet themed dinner but last month I was walking my dog Henry when Taylor Swift’s Love Story came blasting through my headphones and the concept came to me all at once: a Romeo and Juliet themed dinner with separate dining tables.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

We ate a Renaissance-inspired dinner and drank wine from from two rival vineyards in Tuscany. I ate at my Juliet-themed bistro table up on the balcony while my friend Matt ate down below in the garden at his Romeo-themed bistro table. Voila, social distancing entertaining! Here’s how I did it, recipes and all.

Romeo and Juliet Cake, Shakespeare Party Recipes

“What’s in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Best Homemade Pesto Recipe

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

The Ambiance

I hosted Romeo and Juliet at my parents’ house (my childhood home), which not only has a balcony but a pretty old world garden: an iron fence, mint and oregano tumbling out of garden beds, a bird bath, and walls of greenery. The only ambiance I added was the wisteria hanging on the balcony for that Tuscan garden aesthetic. You might recognize the wisteria from Disney Dinners: Hercules!

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes The setup. You can see Romeo’s table down below.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo’s Table

Romeo sat at a white bistro table in the grass by the pool adorned with a white lace tablecloth. I styled Romeo’s table with all things silver: a silver charger, silver goblet (in lieu of a wine glass), silverware, a silver Montague place card, and a silver candelabra (which you might recognize from Disney Dinners: Haunted Mansion).

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

I arranged a dozen red roses in a low vase because what screams Romeo more than a red rose? Not only is a red rose the most romantic flower but also on theme. After all, one of the most famous lines from the play is, “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet.” For this same reason, both Romeo and Juliet had a white napkin (for their youth and innocence) with a red rose napkin ring.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Juliet’s Table

I set up Juliet’s table on the balcony overlooking Romeo’s table. I’m pleased to say, we could see and hear each other just fine! Because Romeo and Juliet are from feuding households, I styled Juliet’s table with all things gold: a gold charger, gold wine glass, gold flatware, a gold Capulet place card, and a gold candelabra (which I’m sure you recognize from Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast).

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Juliet’s bouquet consisted of white roses to signify her purity and brief marriage to Romeo, a mini green hydrangea (since Juliet never reached maturity), and lilies to signify her untimely death.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

The Fashion

I found this Renaissance-esque dress on Amazon for less than $30, can you believe it? I wanted old world vibes and paired the dress with a flower crown I got at Scarborough Renaissance Festival when I was a teenager. I wanted flats since I ran up and down the stairs about a thousand times filming this episode so I wore lace-up rose slip-on shoes.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Matt went for a breezy summer look with brown pants rolled up and a white button-down.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

“For never was a story of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo.”

The Drink

I served sangiovese, a nice light summer red, to go with our chicken dinner. We each had our own bottle from two rival vineyards in Tuscany, which is where Romeo and Juliet is set.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo’s Wine

Romeo drank Boscarelli Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, a complex sangiovese with lingering finish. Personally I tasted a bit of smoke and wood chips with a red current flavor.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Juliet’s Wine

Juliet drank Avignonese Rosso di Montepulciano, an incredibly smooth and enjoyable red that’s perfect for summer. It’s light and easy to drink in the heat with a lovely, floral scent and subtle vanilla flavors. Fun fact: this is one of the oldest vineyards in Tuscany, with a history dating back to the late 1300s, exactly the time that Romeo and Juliet is set.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

The Food

I wanted a rustic, old-world menu that was reminiscent of a noble Renaissance meal: meat, potatoes, bread, wine, and a Tuscan twist! I served a whole chicken with two sauces, rosemary roasted fingerling potatoes, grilled bread with butter sprinkled with rosemary and sea salt, and a rose-shaped bundt cake for dessert.

“Did my heart love till now? forswear it, sight! For I ne’er saw true beauty till this night.”

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Best Homemade Pesto Recipe Romeo sauce

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Cake, Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo & Juliet Menu
Romeo & Juliet Chicken with Pesto and Sun-dried Tomato Pesto
served with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes
A Rose By Any Other Name Bundt Cake

Romeo & Juliet Chicken

Romeo & Juliet Chicken

The ultimate date night dish! A whole grilled chicken is served with two sauces: Romeo sauce and Juliet sauce. Romeo’s sauce is a homemade pecorino pesto because Romeo is, let’s face it, a little green. Juliet’s sauce is an incredible sun-dried tomato pesto because poor Juliet meets a bloody end. Get the recipe here.

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

Roasted Fingerling Potatoes

A delicious compliment to any meal, these old-world roasted fingerling potatoes are divine with both Romeo and Juliet sauce. Get the recipe here.

A Rose By Any Other Name Bundt Cake

Romeo and Juliet Cake, Shakespeare Party Recipes

A cake by any other name would taste as sweet! This bundt cake is shaped like a rose thanks to a specialty pan and has an Italian secret ingredient: Fiori di Sicilia. The “flower of Italy” is an orange vanilla extract that makes everything taste fancy. Get the recipe here and eat this beautiful cake all summer long with whipped cream and berries.

“Give me my sin again.”

Social Distancing Serving

I served Matt bread from up on the balcony via basket tied with a 20′ string. I can’t take any credit for this fun serving suggestion – it was my friend Irene’s idea! I highly recommend this whimsical serving method if you want to stay a safe distance from your friends.

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

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Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

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“Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow,
That I shall say good night till it be morrow.”

Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare Party Recipes

Thus with a kiss, I say goodbye,

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  1. Tammy says:

    The recipes are going to a dead link 🙁

    1. Katie-Rose Watson says:

      Oh no! Will fix it ASAP.

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