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a perFect FeStIVal-tHeMed partY at HOMe JULIA SIBUN IS AN EVENTS ORGANISER AND DIRECTOR OF WESLEY HOUSE EVENTS BASED IN WINCHCOMBE. SHE HAS A WEALTH OF EXPERIENCE IN PLANNING WONDERFUL WEDDINGS, PARTIES AND SPECIAL OCCASIONS IN LONDON AND ACROSS THE SOUTH OF ENGLAND. HERE JULIA REVEALS HER TIPS FOR CREATING THE PERFECT FESTIVAL-INSPIRED PARTY.

Nearly every county in the country now holds its own festival to celebrate everything that is good about their region, whether it is food, drink or music. Never before have we been so spoilt for choice! But you don’t have to go any further afield than your home to create a truly inspiring party atmosphere. How about doing it for yourself at home and inviting all your friends and family to a unique party setting in your own back yard? A fun way to send out your invitations is to have them made in the form of a VIP lanyard, which would serve as both an invitation and a programme of events for the party. Festivals are all about music, so aim to make that a focal point in your party. If you have any friends in bands why not get them to do a mini gig mid48

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party? Or for a more relaxed setting, just ask your musical friends to bring their instruments and have an impromptu jamming session so you can have a wonderful sing-along to some great music. If you want to party all night (and we’re sure you will) without getting in trouble then why not have your very own silent disco? Headsets can be rented easily. When inviting your friends and family suggest on the invitation that they wear Festival Chic – this will cover all sorts of outfits and everyone will feel in the party mood if they are allowed to choose their own festival gear! Encourage everyone to bring colourful wellies – whether it is dry or wet – as wellies are an essential of festival fashion! (and while you’re at it, why not host a competition for the best themed dress?)

On arrival, and to help the festival vibe, give your guests a fun, colourful wristband to allow them entry to the festival party – they’ll always have a memento of the occasion! Another fun idea on arrival is to present your guests with a pretty flower garland around their neck to help with the “flower power” atmosphere. You will need a fairly large garden to entertain and to create a central focus erect a wonderful teepee or two. Teepees really do add atmosphere and are great to use if the warm weather should turn to showers. Use wooden tables and benches to eat from – keep everything simple, wooden and rustic! Now for tables - put out hundreds of jam jars and coloured and clear glass beer bottles filled with brightly coloured gerberas, sweet peas and dahlias. No arranging necessary: just pop them in the glass jars for quick, easy and colourful decorations.

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