In celebration of the best of summer we share our tips on how to throw a festival themed summer party.
Summer is around the corner and with it festival season. Festivals are a great way to bring people together and a celebration of music, food and good times. A festival themed summer party is the perfect theme for a mid-summer event and there’s so much potential for creativity.
Summer parties scream outdoors but the English weather might not be so conducive to an outdoor event. However, with careful planning, even in the heaviest of downpours we can host a successful al-fresco event. Think teepees dotted across a sprawling lawn with a variety of Great British food tents.
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Festival Venues in London
From gorgeous gardens to wide-open spaces that are perfect for setting up stages there’s a great selection of festival venues to choose from. To add another element to your festival think about a venue by the water which gives the chance for added fun such as afternoon dragon boat racing or simply watching the world float by. Some of our favourite locations are the Secret River Garden on the banks of the Thames in Twickenham, Amber Lakes which is surrounded by water or closer to town we also love the rare green city space of lawns and trees in Shoreditch Gardens, or if you’re looking for a larger space you could hire the whole of Dinerama and make the most of their range of food stations.
Festival Food & Beverage
Every festival needs a great range of food trucks and stalls. Food stations could be individually set with different themes Why not take inspiration from the Great British Menu with strawberries & cream with giant meringues, local cider tepee, Pimms tricycle, fish & chip van, mac n’ cheese van, hotdogs & burger vans. Alongside different food station you could have a beautiful arrangement of grazing tables
A main bar should be situated inside a styled marquee (in case the weather doesn’t behave!) but re-hydration stations, including buckets of beer and water on ice should be spread throughout the lawns. We also love pop-up bars such as daiquiri fountains which guests can help themselves to on arrival.
Theming & Decoration
Teepees and wigwams are perfect for festival style parties. Teepees with outdoor seating areas, picnic benches and wooden tables with wild flowers in Wellington boots to decorate. Umbrellas for shade and throws for benches. Glass jars and festoon lighting connecting teepees and suspended inside from the roof.
Each food teepee could be decorated with props intrinsically linked to its theme with festoon lighting, wooden benches and tables and wild flowers connecting all tents together.
Lighting is a great way to decorate an outdoor space and create a magical atmosphere as evening falls. Combine fairy lights with festoon lights as well as hanging lanterns, candles in jam jars along with uplighting to illuminate the venue and large ground torches to light the paths.
Create tempting nooks and dens for guests to discover; we love creating hidden bars serving different drinks. Secret places for relaxing and chatting with hay bales stacked together are a great way to provide somewhere to relax. And finally when the sun sets wooden stumps and open fire pits are great for gathering round.
Festival Style Entertainment
For a full festival experience live music is essential but you don’t need to organise a full-line up of bands. An acoustic act such as one of our favourites, ‘Wandering Hands’ are ideal to mingle with guests and interact with their acoustic instruments. A live band on a stage would of course be perfect for the evening when the party atmosphere goes up a level but you could also hire a DJ to play dancefloor fillers until the sun comes up.
And finally try to include some wandering acts through the day, such as acrobats, caricaturists or glitter artists to complete the festival theme.
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