10 ways to create a festival vibe (and not a chemical loo in sight)

Top tips for styling your garden like a weekend party zone

Missed out on Glasto tickets again? Don't worry, be happy... re-create that festival vibe in your own back yard using plenty of colour, funky fabrics and a tie-dye hippy look. The grass isn't always greener in our book...


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1. Tree hugger
Take two branches, some old wooden pallets and a length of fabric and conjure up a secluded den. Add snacks and let the good times roll.
Canopy made in Utopia linen in Ottanio, Mark Alexander. Bolster made in Lulu cotton in Coral/Sapphire, Harlequin.

cushions with blue chair

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2. Chill-out zone
Tie some cushions together to make a comfy footstool, then team with a rattan chair. Make sure you're not so relaxed that you end up in the pool, though.
made in, from top, Intaglio synthetic fabric in Turchese; and Intaglio in Rosa, Anni Albers at Christopher Farr Cloth; and Torre synthetic fabric in Blue, Casamance. For a similar chair, check out the range at Bloomingville.


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3. Pow wow
Bring out your inner Sioux by setting up a home-made tepee. Add English edge to Native-American craft with some very British accessories...
Tepee made in Brera Linon linen in Lemongrass, Designers Guild. Bunting made in assorted Designers Guild, Villa Nova and Korla fabrics.

For a quoits set, try Uber Games.

tepee with cushions

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4. Freshen up
Hide away from the noonday sun to enjoy a light lunch. To add to the playful mood, mix traditional fabrics with on-trend geometrics.
I Am Busy quilt, Rice at Selfridges.

Floor cushion, top, made in Intaglio synthetic fabric, as before.

Floor cushion, right, made in Axis cotton-mix in Tangerine/Citrus, Scion.

cane basket

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5. Tempting takeaway
Sneak away from the party for some fizz and sweet delights. Use the empty picnic baskets as an easy-to-assemble diner.
For a coloured picnic basket, try Flamant Home at Amara.

Jungle/Parrot tea towel, £9.99 for a set of two, Zara Home.

bean bag

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6. Tangerine dream
When it's time for a quick siesta, take cover beneath a spreading tree. If you start to feel a little too cool, pick up your bed and chase the sun around the grounds.
Original bean bag in Orange, Fatboy. For a similar upcycled table, visit Little Tree Furniture.

plastic oil drums and table with table cloth

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7. Tribal beat
Recycled oil drums make sleek, custom-built seating - when the meal is over, whip off the cushions and start pounding out the rhythm for the rest of the night.
For both steel and plastic oil drums, visit cupboardsdirect.co.uk. Gradated tablecloth made in India silk, Elitis at Abbot & Boyd. For similar tableware, check out the Wonki Ware range at The Conran Shop.

ice bucket stand

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8. Drinks-à-go-go
Keep refreshments within reach with a handy ice bucket - no-one wants to leave the dancefloor for long...
For an ice-bucket stand in this style, see the Lifestyle Alpine on eBay. Pokal glasses, Ikea.

chandelier decorated with satin faux flowers and ribbons

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9. Night lights
As the sun starts to set, create a few spots for stargazing underneath the trees.

Chandelier decorated with satin faux-flowers and ribbons from VV Rouleaux and MacCulloch & Wallis.

curtain made in india silk and side table

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10. Curtain call
When it's time to hit the hay, retreat inside for the comforts of home. Revelry begins again at the crack of dawn...
Curtain made in India silk, as before. For a similar side table, see the Wire range at & Then Shop.


Tamara was Ideal Home's Digital Editor before joining the Woman & Home team in 2022. She has spent the last 15 years working with the style teams at Country Homes & Interiors and Ideal Home, both now at Future PLC. It’s with these award wining interiors teams that she's honed her skills and passion for shopping, styling and writing. Tamara is always ahead of the curve when it comes to interiors trends – and is great at seeking out designer dupes on the high street.