The theme of any event sets the mood and tone of the evening, and what better way to get everyone into the garden enjoying the sun than a festival themed party? While we may have missed out on all the fun festivals this year, it doesn’t mean that we can’t still get all glammed up and pop on some music. Whether it’s a special occasion or a birthday celebration, no event is too big or small to add a dash of glitter and bohemian chic. So, if you’re planning a garden party with your loved ones to pass the time while in quarantine, or you’re planning to have a big celebration with friends next year, we have put together a guide to planning the best festival themed party you can imagine.

Organising A Festival Themed Party

Summer parties are always best outside with the BBQ blazing and the sunshine keeping you warm, so why not bring Glastonbury to your home with some music and festival-themed decorations? As you can imagine, there is a lot of planning that goes into organising an event, regardless of how big or small it may be. Everything from organising, research and finding decorations to coordinating hire packages to arrive on time, will have to be part of your planning process. So, as professionals in entertainment such as photo booth hire in London, we thought we would lend a helping hand to perfectly plan your festival themed party:

three girls at festival

Who’s Coming?

If your party is going to be during the lockdown, then you will need to consider UK regulations and safety measures. Unfortunately, this will mean that only one household or up to six people can attend. However, there are plenty of ways that you can still create a festival party while staying safe, such as putting gems on your face mask or purchasing a sparkly mask from Etsy. While you may only be inviting those inside your home, you can still make it feel special by designing and sending out invitations. A fun way to design your invitations is to create a lanyard as a VIP invitation. Grab yourself a plain or even personalised lanyard and design a card including your festival name and the invitees name as a personalised keepsake. You can find a range of invitation designs on Wed Fest.

Whereas, if you are planning your event for next year, then you may be able to invite larger groups of people. If this is the case, then inviting your guests will need to be done earlier in the year to ensure that your guests are free for your event. For those that are unsure about when to set their date, Billetto has a helpful guide including 12 things to consider. One thing that you need to plan in advance is the location and venue of your event. As it will be a festival themed event, it is best to make sure that your event is outside in a field. For the boho feel, take a look at MIT Magazine’s list of the best outdoor venues in the UK for your event.

eating in garden

Party Decorations

Decorations play a big part in any event as it helps to create a specific atmosphere as well as enhance your theme. The decoration side to any event is going to be one of the hardest aspects to design and organise, as there is a lot that goes into forming your magical evening. The reason for this is because decorations require you to think about lighting, balloons, bunting, dance floor, seating areas, table decorations and much more, all of which will need to be coordinate.

The first step to designing your decorations is to think about your theme and what you would usually see people wearing at a festival. Most festivals, in the UK at least, tend to be a field with a stage and some music, so instead, try to think about Coachella and the types of outfits and decorations that you can see celebrities such as Vanessa Hudgens rocking. Usually, the theme involves a lot of beading, sparkles, gems and Aztec patterns in pastel colours, so try and find products and decorations that fit with this colour theme. If you are decorating the garden, then think about how you are able to decorate the trees and fence with colourful bunting or artificial flowers. Along with this, you can also create sections in the garden for people to sit by placing bean bags or patterned cushions on the floor. Alternatively, if you have seats or a garden sofa, then purchase some snazzy cushions to brighten up the garden.

Fairy lights are a great way to add some brightness to your event, especially if you are planning on having it in the evening. There are a range of fairy lights that you are able to choose from, but we would suggest getting those with a slightly yellow tint, as it will help to set a relaxing and bohemian mood. You can find a range of fairy light designs on Argos, with some even incorporating leaves to integrate them into your landscape.

Other festival themed decoration ideas include the following:

  • Colourful balloons
  • Ribbons
  • Lots of flowers
  • Teepee Tent
  • Hammocks

festival decorations

Turning Up The Music

You can’t have a festival without music, so be sure to make this one of your main priorities. Luckily, creating a playlist is extremely easy and can either be done using iTunes or setting up a Spotify account. Seeing as not everyone in the family is going to have the same music taste, try to add classic music that everyone will love, or ask for requests to be submitted a few hours before the party. By doing this, you can ensure that everyone will thoroughly enjoy their evening, and the whole family can get up and sing the night away.

If you want to turn the party up a notch, then you could even think about incorporating a DJ booth into your garden. You can either hire out a DJ set, or you place your big speakers outside for a proper festival feel. You can then wrap your speakers in ribbon or flowers to incorporate it into the theme, as every little detail will have an impact on how the evening feels.

The Entertainment

Whether you have little ones to care for or need to cater to teenagers, there are a host of fun entertainment and activities that you can use to encourage them to enjoy themselves and spend time with the family. While you may not be able to currently use our photobooths in London, you are still able to create your own makeshift both by using an iPad and downloading a photo booth app. To make it feel even more as though the Harry & Edge team are there, you can create a prop box including various wigs, hats and goofy face masks – be sure to include a flower crown!

If you are having a small get together with the household, then you could choose to play a few games in the garden such as the following:

  • Water balloon dodgeball – if it is nice and sunny, then why not get the family to play dodgeball with water balloons? The great thing about this game is that you can easily clean up and get changed after as you won’t be far from the shower!
  • Creating art with nature – use leaves, sticks and mud to create masterpieces. For example, use the leaves and sticks to create a paintbrush and then draw a picture with the mud.
  • Fill the bowl – place large bowls at the end of the garden with a line at the top of the bowl. Then, get the family to fill a cup with water from a bucket and run to the end of the garden to fill up the bowl. The first one to get to the line wins.

For those that are planning next year’s birthday or a special occasion that incorporates the festival theme, there are a whole host of fun and creative ideas that you could include. Some of these include the following:

water balloons

Food & Drink

Now, you can’t have a party without some form of food, and a festival themed party calls for a host of fun, quirky and finger food platters on the table. Having specialised in food entertainment services for many years, we have seen our chocolate fountains, candy floss machines and popcorn machines work their magic in various themed events. All of these services are perfect for adding to your party theme and providing you with a fun form of food entertainment.

Other food that you could consider are things such as hot dogs, burgers and other BBQ foods, or sharing platters (as long as its household guests only). You can choose to either purchase part food from your grocery store, or whip up bowls of salads, crisps and nibbles to pop on to your garden table. If you decide to make your own, then Rock Recipes has 45 party food ideas for you to try!

For the drinks, all you will need to do is purchase some fizzy drinks and other cans and bottles of your choosing, ready to be popped into a bucket full of ice. You can even make your very own homemade lemonade to pop into a glass drink dispenser. To make the theme stand out even more, you can even find a host of fancy glasses and cups, along with straws and mini umbrellas.

party food table

Lockdown Festival Inspired Garden Party

There are so many fun ways you can create a festival themed garden party, adding in all of the little touches to make it feel special. It is important during lockdown that we keep our spirits up, and creating a party in the back garden or planning one for a special occasion next year is the perfect pick me up! If you have a festival theme event in the making, then why not contact the Harry & Edge team to discuss how we can help. With a selection of photo booths, food entertainment, gaming and digital graffiti walls, designing and planning your event entertainment couldn’t be easier!