Get that festival feeling!
Festival themed parties for the summer season
Summer brings with it longer days, better weather and of course festivals. Kim and Kanye West recently held a ‘Kidchella’ festival themed party for their little girl proving that the festival theme is perfect for parties, young or old. With Glastonbury just round the corner we thought you would enjoy some tips to get that festival atmosphere at your event.
With the weather slightly more uncertain than our American counterparts over at Coachella, you need to consider shelter. If you can set-up an unusual marquee or a teepee it will not only be functional but also act as a welcome decorative treat at your event. Nordic Kata structures are available in Northern Ireland and work perfectly for an outside wedding or birthday party.
On a smaller scale, a decorated gazebo could work just as well with the right touches.
Keep the furniture as unstructured and bohemian as possible, think floor cushions, deck chairs or even blanket covered hay bales. Scatter them around the site, creating different areas for guests to mingle.
When the sun goes down, heat things up with a fire pit. It will act as a central area for guests to gather around. Also keep blankets on hand for if guests get a bit chilly. Use string lights, lanterns and tea lights to keep things glowing, and even hand out glow sticks for guests to adorn themselves in and create your own festival of light!
Food and drink
With a festival themed party, keep your food fun and relaxed. Create different food and drinks stations around the site so your guests are encouraged to walk around and make the most of the area.
Display picnic and finger foods that your guests can grab and take to their blanket, deck chair or beanbag. If you decide on outside catering you could hire an outside pizza oven or a hog roast, simple but delicious.
Keep sweet with an ice cream van, cones of flavoured popcorn or bags of candyfloss.
Leave your guests to help themselves at a themed drinks station. Different spirits and mixers as well as bottles of ciders and beers kept on ice on a decorated table. Paper and plastic cups come with the festival territory so keep a look out for pretty patterned alternatives.
Remember that your guests will be outside all day so keeping them hydrated is key. Jugs of flavoured waters or iced tea are perfect non-alcoholic alternatives on s summer day.
When day turns to night your guests might need a pick me up so why not create an evening food station of coffee (Irish or regular), hot chocolate, brownies and marshmallows to toast round the fire.
Your entertainment is key to the festival atmosphere, so you want to make it a main focal point of your event. Book a local rock or covers band to keep things up-tempo and your guests dancing. If you want to save on the budget, try to avoid hiring a PA system or large stage by booking an acoustic singer-songwriter and create a relaxed, chilled-out atmosphere for guests to lounge around to.
If you want to go all out hire fairground stalls and rides or fire breathers and stilt walkers for added excitement and wow factor.
It is the little touches that will pull your mini-festival together. Festival fashion should be compulsory for everyone, with wellies, floral headbands and denim shorts completing the look. Deliver customised wristbands or lanyards with your invitations to get guests in the festival mood.
Guests should be welcomed to the site with traditional festival signage. Create a welcome gate with a banner printed with your festival logo and ensure all facilities such as toilets, bar and stage are highlighted with wooden directional signage pointing the way.
Wild flowers in vintage vases doted around your teepee will give your venue a relaxed festival feel.
If you want to keep the party going until the early hours, set-up a camping area for guests to pitch their tents for the full festival experience. Happy Camping!