Bringing the festival vibes to your garden
With many festivals like Glastonbury cancelled again this summer, it’s the perfect time to transform your back garden and host your own magical festival experience with your family and friends.
From blasting the tunes to creating the perfect decorations, we’ve shared a handful of ideas for bringing the festival vibes to your garden and after all, who needs to be stood in a muddy field and queuing half an hour for a tipple to have a good time, right?
Your outdoor setup
In true Brit style we know to expect a shower of rain at a festival, but don’t worry you don’t need your wellies (unless they’re part of your outfit!) as the benefit of being at home is you can be better prepared for all types of weather and a great way to do this is investing in a gazebo to shelter you from all the elements.
If you want the fully immerse yourself into the festival experience, why not camp in your garden in a tent or tipi with your friends or even just add one to your setup for a great place to chill out.
Don’t worry if you don’t have garden furniture just yet, dust off those camping chairs from the loft just as you would at a festival, or even just grab a couple of throws and some cushions and lay them on the ground.
The fun doesn’t stop when it gets dark so make sure you have some outdoor lighting so you can party on into the night. Fairy lighting is the perfect way to brighten up your outdoor space - you can even hang these around your tipi, gazebo and fencing to create a cosy and boho theme.
Festival inspired decorations
Decorations can really help set the atmosphere, so if you’d like your mini-Glastonbury to look even more authentic, be sure to add some bunting, flags, garlands, and other accessories with a bohemian festival feel.
While you can pick up lots of these things online and in supermarkets, if you’re feeling extra creative, you could even try your hand at making your own homemade decorations which would really add to the free-spirited, personalised look you’re going for.
Get creative with your imagination and have a look what you have laying around the house – old clothes can be upcycled into bunting or you could turn an old sheet into a flag or banner with some fabric paint and a little inspiration.
The only rule here is, you can never have too many decorations!
The many tipples and snacks
Having a few pints in the sunshine and snacking on some tasty street food is an essential part of the festival experience, but when you’re planning the party in your own garden, you can say goodbye to spending a fortune on drinks, the endless queuing when you’re parched and the dreaded warm beer.
If you want the full festival effect, why not set up your own outdoor bar to serve up the tipples all night long, just make sure you have a cooler and some ice nearby to keep your drinks cool and save you from making multiple trips to the fridge.
Now for food - If you want the full festival staples think burgers, pizzas, gyros, hotdogs and crisps, but seen as though you’re at home you can whip up anything you like before the festival and serve to your guests whenever you want!
And for the most important part...the music
No festival is complete without great music. While you may not be able to get to see a live band in your garden, you can listen to old live sets from your favourite acts, or even play past performances from previous festivals.
Whether rock is your festival vibe or deep house music, make sure you have some good speakers to blast out the tunes. If you’re in need of the ultimate festival playlist then don’t worry we’ve got you covered with a few of our festival faves to get the party in your garden started:
Or for those DJ out there, if you or one of your guests know how to work the decks then ever better! You can create the perfect DJ setup with your equipment and dance the night away (Maybe just keep it down after 10, unless all the neighbours are invited!)
Either way, once the sun is shining and you’ve got some music playing in your garden, it’ll be almost as good as the real deal.
Let us know how your creating a magical festival experience at home by tagging us on social or using the hashtag #keepmoathomes.