Summer Festival Fun At Home

How to create summer festival fun in your own garden

Haven’t got a Glastonbury ticket? Well don’t despair! Far from it, in fact. You won’t have to contend with the obligatory traffic, mega crowds, smelly loos, no proper showers and most importantly - mud. Lots of mud. And thanks to a plethora of creative suppliers out there it’s now easier than ever to create an imaginative and impressive festival setting at home – from fabulous food and flower garlands, to incredible props and gorgeous tents to chill out in.

Glastonbury is done and dusted for another year but there's plenty more festival frolics to come - from Wireless to the final Secret Garden PartyBestival and many more, there's a genre for for everyone. But if you can't quite make it to your favourite this year, here are TOAST’s top tips for creating a fabulous festival party at home…

TOAST's Top Tips for Creating Festival Style at Home 

Dressing Your Festival

Over the past decade, the creative geniuses behind the legendary festival that is Bestival have built up a huge stock of weird and wonderful, beautifully designed props, drapes, sets of furniture, lights, bars, micro-venues and more. After years of being asked, they have launched House of Bestival – an event consultancy and prop hire business. If you want some seriously unique props to take your festival party to the next level – then this is the place for you. Their dressing and décor from the worlds of Bollywood, Lucky Cat, Reggae Roots and HMS Bestival are particularly impressive and guaranteed to give any event some serious wow factor.

House Of Bestival Props

House Of Bestival

To see more about The House of Bestival, take a look at their profile on our Little Black Book.

Festival Flags 

Speaking of awesome props – big, colourful flags are an instantly recognisable feature of festivals, and The Event Flag Hire Company designs, creates, hires and sells beautiful handmade flags and bunting that are perfect for any festival party. Their amazing silk flags (which you can hire or buy) are over an impressive 4m long and add immediate festival style to any event – pop a few at the front of your home to let your guests know they’ve arrived at the right place! As well as flags and bunting the Event Flag Hire Company can also create large sculptural installations, décor for stages, bars, children’s and VIP areas, entrance ways and illuminations – for real festival wow factor.

Event Flag Hire

Event Flag Hire Lanterns
The Event Flag Hire Company flags start from £30 per Festival Flag (including self install poles & ground fixings) plus delivery, Take a look at their profile in our Little Black Book.

We're also huge fans of Lark Decor's collection of large triangular flags that create a real impact when suspended.  You can install them as sets or hang the large flags and the fringing separately around the venue. You can also mix and match styles too which will finish off the perfect garden look. 

Birds Of Pradise Lark Decor

To get in touch with Lark Decor and to see more of their collection, take a look at their profile here

Hay Bale Huddle

If you’re hosting your party outdoors then why not hire some festival friendly hay bales* for your guests to sit on? Tilly's Garden Party Hire use bales from farmers near to them in Lincolnshire and make sure that they are fresh, clean and smell great (unlike Glastonbury, I might add). The bales can be used as simple benches or sculpted into 3 piece suites! They can be used on their own or covered with blankets, sheets or rugs (that can also be provided by Tilly’s) so you can create whatever style of festival furniture you’re after.

Tillys Garden Party Hire Props

12 Single Bales with rugs & blankets as benches from Tilly's Garden Party Hire start from £200. 24 Bales made up as a 3-piece suite complete with standard lamp and coffee table - £350.

Add a Little Signage  

For an authentic festival layout why not assign one area of your home or venue as the ‘Main Stage’ - a room with a TV showing all the big bands and live coverage on the BBC, and then have another smaller ‘Chill Out’ zone featuring bean bags, fairy lights and some lower tempo tunes. Make up some small festival–esque signs indicating each area, or these vintage style black board versions by Ginger Ray are great and can be used over and over again for a variety of occasions. 


£2.99 each http://www.gingerray.co.uk/af-702-chalkboard-arrow-vintage-affair.html

Pitch Up 

Of course, a festival wouldn’t be a festival without a tent – but the reality is not all of us can fit a big top in our garden! Honeybells Tents and Events however, hire their beautiful and compact bell tents for weddings, corporate events, parties, festivals, glamping and more, and Honeybells’ ‘YouPitch’ concept means that they can send one (or more) of their standard, empty bell tents anywhere across mainland UK, providing you with the perfect blank canvas for your festival do. All you need to do is pitch it in the garden, fill it with cushions and you’ve got the perfect chill out zone, as well a cosy spot to sleep under the stars…


Honeybells Tents

For more information on Honeybells's tents, you can see their profile in our Little Black Book.  

Festival Fashion

A festival isn’t complete without a bit of fancy dress so pick a theme, tell your guests and go for it! As you’re not actually going to be at a festival – you could always set a festival dress code i.e. wellies, sunglasses, Hawaiian shirts and plastic ponchos – you know the drill.

Alternatively, you could hire a dressing up box for your event from The London Bunting Company and let your guests’ creativity run wild. No cheap stick-on moustaches or moulting feather boas to be seen here – this magical box is filled to the brim with all kinds of wonderful costumes and accessories that range from the ridiculous to the sublime. All of the contents are authentically vintage, and many have had a previous life on the stage or screen.

London Bunting Dressing Up BoxThe London Bunting Company's  Dressing Up Box is £500 for a full weekend plus deposit - see their profile in our Little Black Book for more details. 

For a fun festival activity that doubles up as festival fashion too – why not order a few of Crown and Glory’s DIY Flower Crown Kits and let your guests make up their very own boho chic festival flower crowns?

Crown Gloray DIY Flower Crown

Crown Glory DIY Flower Crown

Crown and Glory's kits start from £20 each (or if you order 10 or more you can get a special bulk order price). Take a look at their profile in our Little Black Book for more details on where to purchase. 

Add A Touch of Sparkle 

Finally, why not tap in to the current trend of face glitter and add some sparkle to proceedings; Shine Shack sells a whole range of shiny hand-mixed glitter blends online, and they also hire out their ‘Angels’ – fully trained make up artists, hair braiders and body painters who can come to your do and make sure you and guests look super sparkly and festival ready.

Shineshack Blonde

Shineshack Model

Shine Shack's glitters start from £5.50 from their website, or to hire their glitter Angles, take a look at their profile in our Little Black Book to see more details here. 

Festival Feasting

Just because it’s a festival theme does not mean serving up greasy burgers and nasty noodles – thanks to the recent explosion of the street food scene festival food has seriously upped its game.

Why not take a leaf out of Glastonbury’s iconic ‘Healing Fields’ and serve up some delicious veggie food; Cashew Catering are one of the UK’s leading vegetarian and vegan caterers and they can whip us their tasty plant based dishes at any event, big or small. You can see TOAST’s recent Spotlight interview with founder John Bayley over on TheEdit now.   

Another popular Glastonbury dish is fresh falafel wraps; listed in Timeout Magazine´s Best London Street Food is Nazari and their brilliant blue van. Their famous falafel is made predominantly using British grown organic fava beans and is served with hummus, baby leaves, lightly dressed cabbage slaw, pomegranate molasses, yoghurt mint garlic tahini and chilli sauce with a scattering of pomegranate seeds on flat bread. Perfect festival fodder! As well their falafel Nazari can also whip up tasty Moorish tapas which is great for parties.


For a more traditional festival feast then burgers it is, but we’re talking about hand pressed, ground dry aged burgers made from choice cuts of beef, courtesy of street food stars Burger and Beyond, and their awesome orange van. Having drawn inspiration from burger joints all over the world, Burger and Beyond know a good burger when they bite one. 

Burger Beyond Burger

Burger Beyond

Festival Tipple

When it comes to drinks, another benefit of celebrating a festival from the comfort of your own home is of course – the fridge. Forget sipping your way through a warm can of cider – instead you can enjoy refreshing, chilled beer, cider, Pimms with The Sweet Tricycle, or wine straight from the fridge freezer or ice bucket. Hurrah! There are no hard and fast rules when it comes to what festival-esque drinks to serve either – anything (and everything) goes! But speaking of cold beer nothing quite gets a festival party started like a keg…and Rent-a-Keg can deliver kegs of beer, ale, cider or wine direct to your door and their technicians can install it for you in just 15 minutes, so there’s no chance of your guests going thirsty! 

The Sweet Tricycle Pimms Line Up


Kegs of lager start at £125 + VAT for 10 gallons (80 pints), plus delivery and tap hire at Rent-a-Keg. 

The Music 

No festival is complete without...Music. Great bands, great entertainment are the core of a perfect festival. You can play coverage of Glastonbury via the BBC or why not hire in your own group to get the party started? We love the guys over at The Function Band, who will get your guests on their feet as will the Festival Vibes Vintage Set, or The Nameless Three.

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For more information on all the vendors featured above and more then have a flick through TOAST’s Little Black Book, and don’t forget to tag @ToastLifeUK in all your fabulous festival celebrations – we would love to see your photos!

*Bales are very flammable! So your guests cannot smoke near them. You should not put them near an outdoor caterer or any naked flame such as fireworks or a bonfire. Tilly’s Garden Hire recommends that fire extinguishers are made available for events with hay bales. You can ask them for a hire price or ask your venue to provide one.


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