Think food tents in a venue with a beautiful garden serving a variety of Great British Classics such as afternoon tea and strawberries & cream on arrival, combined with food vans such as fish’n’ chips & mac’n’cheeses, drinks tricycles and VW ice cream vans. You could go down the route of a vintage style festival colour palette or make it more contemporary with a bright and bold look. Hydration stations including buckets with soft drinks on ice would be spread throughout the lawn.
Outdoor seating areas, picnic benches and wooden tables with wild flowers in Wellington (or football) boots create the look. Umbrellas for shade and throws for benches. Glass jars and festoon lighting connecting tents or through the trees.
Each food area would be decorated with props intrinsically linked to its theme with festoon lighting, wooden benches and tables and wild flowers. Wooden stumps and open fire pits for the mingling seated areas and giant lawn games for the afternoon. Later in the evening, as it begins to get dark, uplighting would illuminate the house and large ground torches lit to encourage guests to make their way inside.
Depending on space a range of games could be organised from inflatables, a retro schools sports day, archery, soap box derby to raft building on the pool. Alternatively we could create more of a vintage fete vibe with traditional games such as welly throwing.
Alongside any sport activities you could pick some festival entertainment. Choose acts that can move freely through the crowd such as acrobats and walkabout forest creatures. We love acts like ‘Wandering Hands’ who are able to mingle with guests and interact with their acoustic instruments. Stand-out features such an edible Bubble Volcano, an instant Logo pop maker or vintage sweet shop will get guests mingling whilst traditional games such as tin-can alley and a coconut shy are great for bringing people together. The culmination of the festival should be the dancing in the main area with night candles lit, glow in the dark festival fashion provided to guests and fireworks to light up the sky.