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Creating a Festival in Your Own Back Garden

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Creating a festival in your own back garden is a low cost way of entertaining the kids this summer. If you enjoy the warmth of the sun on your skin with an ice cold drink in your hand and some popular music to listen to, here’s 10 ways you can do some summer holiday activities to produce those feel-good vibes at home.

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1. Music: Every festival needs tunes so round up the kids to sing their best songs and ask any budding guitarists in the family to perform on your main stage to a capacity crowd. A festival at home is a great excuse to invite your family and friends round to enjoy a free day out! Once the performers have done their set, tune into the radio for non-stop harmonies.

2. Food: Another element to a great festival is savouring tasty street food from BBQ grills to burritos. Appreciate the smell of outdoor cooking in the air and light up the barbie to prepare your feast but don’t forget to leave room for a cupcake or churro for after!

close up cake bunting in background

3. Decorate: A festival wouldn’t look like a festival without bunting, glow sticks and solar lights. Get the kids involved in making some decorative flags and tie them around the trees, fence posts and doorways to dress up your pitch. You can pick up craft items to make the bunting, along with glow sticks and lights, at the local pound shop.

wine pitcher and bunting

4. Fashion: The way you dress at a festival helps you get in the mood so all clothing should be relaxed and fun. Denim cutoffs and wellies are a good choice for true camping style, or you can go with a maxi dress for boho chic. The latest craze for 2015 is ‘tropical beach’ so find clothing in a chaotic mix of colours and be right on trend.

5. Face painting: Festivals are all about expression and anything goes. If your children want to become a butterfly or a spider for the day then do a web search for ‘kids face paint ideas’ and use the images as inspiration for your own designs. You could even put a heart or a star onto your own cheekbone and get into the swing of it.

two wine & bunting

6. Games: There are always frolics at any outdoor music event, so factor some garden games into your plans. A hula hoop display or dance contest gets everyone moving and bubbles are always a welcome sight for kids and adults alike at a festival!

7. Wristbands: Is it ‘access all areas’ or VIP only? Ask the kids to design some wristbands for the family to wear to recreate the true festival experience. Some ribbon cut to fit around a wrist with enough left over to form a knot should do it and let the children decide what colour ribbon indicates your level of access to the festival!

8. Camping: Pitch your tent to enjoy a night under the stars, there’s nothing like being under canvas to make you feel free. Having the comfort and privacy of your own back garden means that you can have snug duvets and fluffy sheepskins if you like – think of it as glamping!

boy blowing bubbles in tent

9. Storytelling: As the night falls, cuddle up in your onesies and blankets to keep warm whilst taking it in turns to tell stories by torchlight. Festivals and storytelling are all about creativity so have a prize for the best story as voted for by the rest of the family.

10. Make memories: Take plenty of photos to remember your summer of love where the whole family got together to enjoy being connected to the moment and each other. Festivals tend to get talked about long after the event has passed and as you are at home, your camera or phone should be fully charged up!

You can easily create a festival in your own back garden with these savvy tips and be glad that at ‘Back Gardenfest 2015’ you didn’t have to queue for the toilets! For more ideas on fun activities for kids this summer, visit SuperSavvyMe

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Comments to Creating a Festival in Your Own Back Garden

  • I love these ideas. Sooo glad we’re heading into summer. The storytelling tip is great.

    Emily @amummytoo 22nd June 2015 1:12 pm Reply
    • You and me both Emily! I wonder if I should have been born into tropical climes sometimes – I love the sun so much!!!

      Nadine Hill 23rd June 2015 9:26 am Reply
  • Great tips Nadine, my girls have great fun everytime we get out the tent in the back garden – we just need to get them used to it so we can use it in a larger field somewhere!

    Jen Stanbrook (@lovechicliving) 22nd June 2015 4:21 pm Reply
    • Thanks Jen. There’s something about tents that gets kids excited isn’t there?!

      Nadine Hill 23rd June 2015 9:25 am Reply
  • Oh wow now this looks like a fun festival – that cupcake looks delicious! x

    Sarah Bailey 6th July 2015 11:13 am Reply
    • hehe… It was! x

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2015 11:43 am Reply
  • Some great ideas, it’s made me want to get out in the garden and get it a bit more summer ready 🙂

    Sonia @ This Mummy Loves 6th July 2015 11:35 am Reply
    • Thanks Sonia! I just hope our lovely weather holds up!

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2015 11:43 am Reply
  • Oh some great ideas here to have some fun in the garden

    Muslim Mummy 6th July 2015 12:48 pm Reply
  • These are such brilliant ideas – think the kids would love this, especially getting the wristbands too to have the proper experience!!

    Sarah Ebner 6th July 2015 2:38 pm Reply
    • Every time we go to Camp Bestival, my children don’t like to take their official wristbands off! They can’t wait however, to get rid of the wristband that has the parent’s phone number written on it!!

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2015 4:03 pm Reply
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  • We love our garden and spending time in it. Lets hope that your festival has good weather – be prepared to dig out the wellies!

    Jen 6th July 2015 6:47 pm Reply
    • I love being in the garden in summer!

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2015 7:59 pm Reply
  • Great ideas! I love sitting in the garden enjoying the light evenings. Last year we bought one of those throw away BBQ’s sat outside eating sausages, corn and marshmallows it was so lovely and magical and spontaneous!

    Joanne 6th July 2015 7:21 pm Reply
    • Those are the best evenings!!

      Nadine Hill 6th July 2015 7:59 pm Reply
  • Fun ideas, I do love summer and with not being able to go to any festivals this sounds like a great idea. Really need to buy a BBQ this year.

    sam@happyhomebird 6th July 2015 9:54 pm Reply
    • Great idea- I think we will crack open the BBQ this week. It really says ‘summer’ when you eat outdoors, doesn’t it?

      Nadine Hill 7th July 2015 6:45 am Reply
  • I definitely want to take the boys backyard camping this summer and have our own mini festival! Great ideas

    Bex @ The Mummy Adventure 6th July 2015 10:20 pm Reply
    • Thanks! At least when you are at home there’s no long walks to your pitch!!

      Nadine Hill 7th July 2015 6:45 am Reply
  • This is a lovely idea, especially if you can’t get to any festivals. It’s good to make the most of it when it’s warm enough to eat outside.

    Mums do travel 7th July 2015 9:03 am Reply
  • OOH what wonderful idea for a lovely lazy afternoon in the sun fab

    Ninjacat 7th July 2015 2:38 pm Reply
  • This is such a great idea, especially with bubbles and strawberries 😉 x

    Rachel 7th July 2015 2:43 pm Reply
  • What a great idea – we have the bunting, tent and solar lights – just need your yummy cakes and some storytelling

    Kara 8th July 2015 8:51 am Reply
  • I am so going to give this a try with my son over the holidays. Great tips x

    VaiChin @RamblingThroughParenthood 9th July 2015 9:27 pm Reply
  • Such fab ideas. I love making memories in the garden x

    mama syder 13th July 2015 6:57 pm Reply
  • Brilliant Nadine, I love the idea of having a festival in the back garden. So many great things to do and it looks wonderful too. Might borrow a couple of these when we have Poppy’s un-birthday this month (her actual birthday is on Christmas Day!)

    Charly Dove 14th July 2015 7:54 am Reply
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  • What a brilliant idea to have fun and ejoy time with family and friends.

    Nayna Kanabar 1st August 2015 9:05 pm Reply
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