Shakespeare’s Birthday

Published on Apr 19, 2012

Give your party a Shakespeare theme

Monday sees the 448th anniversary of  William Shakespeare’s birth. To mark his birthday, how about giving your stag or hen party a ‘Shakespeare’ theme?



Here’s a few ideas for a ‘Shakespeare’ themed party:

Dress up for the occasion

– Pick your favourite play or get each person to dress as a different character from any play. Alternatively, go with general Elizabethan era style costumes with lots of embroidery, braids and patterns.
– Get masks of the Bard himself and wear these


Shakespeare treasure hunt

Challenge the group to a treasure hunt where the skill is in ‘interpreting’ the list of items to bring back, which might include such things as:
1) “A horse! A horse! My kingdom for a horse” (Richard III)

2) “Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears” (Julius Caesar)

3) “A toothpick from the furthest inch of Asia” (Much Ado About Nothing)

4) “Give me my long sword, ho!” (Romeo and Juliet)

5) “The world’s mine oyster” (The Merry Wives of Windsor)


Themed food

Shakespeare mentioned quite a lot of food in his writing.  To get into the spirit of things, you could serve versions of dishes that he mentioned in his plays. For example, roasted eggs (deviled eggs) dates, quinces, good bread, cheese, onions, and garlic. Of course, all this needs to be accompanied by plenty of ale and wine!


How much do you know about Shakespeare?

Create a Shakespeare trivia quiz to do during the day. Here’s a few questions to get you started!


Q: In which town was Shakespeare born?

A: Stratford-upon-Avon.


Q: In which play would you find this quote? “A pair of star-cross’d lovers take their life.”

A: Romeo and Juliet


Q: In which play would you find this quote? “What angel wakes me from my flowery bed?”

A: A Midsummer Night’s Dream



So if you’re organising a stag or hen do, then tell us your ideas for giving your party a Shakespeare twist. And don’t forget, “All the world’s a stage (As You Like It),” so party like it!


If you’ve a big fan of the bard, you might like to take part in some of the birthday events taking place this weekend. Find out more on the Shakespeare’s Birthday Celebrations website: