Summer is the perfect time of year for a festival themed garden party amongst friends and family. We’ve taken party-planning inspiration from our own beautiful designs, Pinterest and personal festival experiences. We suggest planning this party as a day-to-night, so that people can enjoy your perfectly manicured party pieces in the sunshine and keep the music going until late.
Seating is the most important aspect of the party and certainly something guests will remember. If you’re confident the weather is going to stay clear, then get some strong arms to bring your deeply comfortable Collins & Hayes sofas and chairs outside. Throw your snuggest rugs and blankets onto the back ready for when the temperature drops.
To air on the side of caution and avoid a professional sofa cleaner, collecting pillows and blankets from around your home then arranging them in clusters across your lawn creates a perfect space for your guests to sit and relax.
For tables, we love the shabby chic look of using old wooden pallets. Stacking 2 pallets and then covering with a white tablecloth will create a vintage distressed style, totally in keeping with boho-chic.
Food & Drink
Having a well-stocked bar is an absolute must! Keep it classic with large Mason jars filled with Pimm’s & Lemonade or Sangria, dotting these larger containers around will mean no queues at the drinks table and thus happier guests. Don’t forget to overorder on ice if it’s going to be a hot summers day.
When the sun is shining nothing is more appropriate for a garden party than a BBQ. Festivals are known for having great and diverse food trucks, channel this into your cooking by incorporating a variety of dishes for the BBQ. A popular option is to ask guests to bring a few dishes with them, this way you are guaranteed to have a wide selection of foods.
Music can be changed last minute and in the age of Spotify there is something for everyone. As this is a festival themed party, why not dig out some live recordings of iconic Glastonbury performances? Dolly Parton, the Rolling Stones, Kylie Minogue, even Kanye West! Or go old school with Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock in 1969.
Arguably the most important element to your party, how you decorate will either leave your guests blasé about tea light milk bottles or fuel their Instagram content for the rest of summer… and a few years of throwback pictures too.
Glass jars & bottles: Tie string around the necks of as many glass bottles as you can get your hands on, place a single bold flower in each bottle. We love the bold colours of Gerberas, Sunflowers, Peonies or Chrysanthemums. For glass jars use LED tea lights to add sparkle to your garden, we would advise against real tea lights as a safety precaution. Then hang your bottle and jars from tree branches or create your own bottle bunting using string.
Lighting: You can never have too many fairy lights, so make sure you go all out with these pretty lighting displays. Wrap around tree trunks, hang underneath a gazebo or casually arrange them inside your pallet tables for a sparkling surprise. Invest in some extra large lanterns with tall white pillar candles inside to dot around your garden to add soft light.