Summer means the arrival of festival season- with live music, street food and lots of glitter! However, we all know that festival tickets can break the bank, not to mention all the added costs from travel, camping and refreshments.
This year, why not enjoy festival season in the comfort of your own home and garden? Not only will you save yourself some money, you’ll also be able to enjoy clean bathroom facilities, electricity and your own food/drink. To help you pull it off,we’ve come up with a list of everything you could need to create the perfect festival atmosphere at home!
A camp set-up
If camping is one of your favourite parts of festival living, then a tent set-up is the perfect way to recreate this. Pick up a tent that’s suitable for the size of your garden and how many people it needs to host, then set about making it cosy! Even if you don’t plan on spending the night outside, a tent is a great place to relax during the day and makes for a great photo opportunity!
If you don’t own a tent or don’t want to buy one, a den or cosy nook can be created with a mosquito net hung from a tree, or some sticks and a blanket for a make-shift tepee.Finish off with a throw and cushions for the ultimate relaxation zone.
Is a festival really a festival without the smell of campfire? A campfire is a great centre for your party, where your friends can gather, roast marshmallows and keep warm as the evening sets in. Guidelines for a safe garden campfire can be found online.
Street food is almost always available at a festival, but the cost can mount up if you’re buying three meals a day. At home, you can pre-prepare street style food that you know you and your friends will love, or you could ask people to bring a dish each to split the cost.
Everyone knows that drinks at a festival can be expensive. At home, you can stock up on drinks from a supermarket for almost half the price, and if you’re feeling adventurous, you could even create your own festival cocktail to keep your group refreshed.
To really recreate the festival vibe, get plastic cups and set up a ‘bar’, with ice buckets for your bottles to keep them cool throughout the day.
It might be hard, or quite expensive, to get live music for your garden festival, but this doesn’t need to ruin the fun. Why not time your party to match the live showing of a festival on TV? Or, if this isn’t available, create playlists of all your favourite musicians to switch between throughout the day. You can still have a dance and sing as loud as you want (providing the neighbours don’t mind!).
Decoration and attire
Glitter, fairy lights, feathers and ponchos – festivals are all about the fashion. Just because your festival is at home, doesn’t mean you can’t go all out. If anything, it means you can go one step further! Get dressed up in your favourite Summer gear, hang fairy lights and bunting, and take lots of photos.
We hope we’ve given you some inspiration to throw the best stay-at-home festival! Do you have any tips and tricks that we’ve missed? We’d love to here them. Tweet us @ventureprop and let us know.