It's officially festival season and people all over the country have been enjoying music, camping and spending time with friends. Despite the inevitable downpours of rain and quagmires of mud, thousands of us love every second of festivals like Reading and Glastonbury each year.
So, why should the kids miss out? Throwing a music festival themed party this summer is sure to make you a hit with your child and their friends. Here are some great ideas.
You can have lots of fun making your festival themed invitations. Why not try:
A great invitation idea is to base the design on festival tickets. You can see an example from Pinterest here. Although this style is commonly used for weddings, it could be easily adapted for a children's party - all you'll need is some coloured card and clever usage of Word.
Alternatively, you could go for a flyer-style invitation - this is basically a mini poster advertising the date and time of your 'festival'. A fun idea is to include a list of the activities you'll be offering (e.g. bouncy castle, karaoke) under the heading 'line-up'. You can see an example here.
What music festival would be complete without some attending rock stars? Get all of the kids to dress up in their best rock attire. Alternatively, you can draw up a list of iconic musical decades, such as the 60s, 70s and 80s, and ask the kids to dress in the style of the era - provide them with pictures for inspiration.
Creating a music festival in your garden isn't as difficult as it sounds. Divide the space into signed areas such as 'campsite', 'main stage', 'dance tent', and 'refreshments'. Borrow some friend's tents to create the camping area and set up a barbecue in the refreshments area.
String flags and bunting around the garden and hang national flags from a number of countries in front of the 'main stage'. Creating colourful chandeliers from fabric, which can then be hung from trees, is particularly effective. A lounging area, made from draped fabric, cushions and blankets also works well.
You're spoilt for choice when it comes to festival themed activities.
Making Flower Crowns
Make sure you supervise this activity - ensuring each child works one-on-one with an adult is a good idea.
Making classic festival flower crowns is a lovely activity for older children, and will provide girls with a memento to take home with them. They are surprisingly easy to make - all you'll need is floral wire, floral tape, fabric flowers and glue - you can see a tutorial here.
Face painting is a festival favourite and is sure to put a smile on the kids' faces. If you want to buy face paints and do the designs yourself, there are lots of tutorials available on You Tube. Alternatively, you can hire a professional face-painter for an hour or two.
Karaoke is the perfect activity for a music festival party. You can buy karaoke games for games consoles, such as Wii and PS3, complete with microphones. Alternatively, if you're on a budget, play some hit songs and let everyone take it in turns to sing along.
Carnival games are a great way to bring added atmosphere to your party. If you've got the budget, you can't beat hiring a bouncy castle or blow-up slide. However, making your own games can be just as fun. Try stacking empty cans and providing the kids with beanbags to see if they can knock them down. You can also make your own ring toss - all you'll need is cut-out paper plates (or embroidery hoops) and filled plastic bottles.
Air Guitar Dance Off
Let the kids unleash their inner rock star with an air guitar dance-off. You can buy blow-up guitars for as little as a pound online. Whoever has the best moves, wins.
No party would be complete without the party bags. Fill yours with outdoor toys perfect for summer, such as:
- These Mini Water Guns
- These Tri-Wing Boomerangs
- This Foam Rocket
A music festival party is the perfect theme this summer, and ensures that the kids get to have just as much fun as the adults.
Do you have any more ideas for a festival party? Let us know in the comments.
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Second Image by abbybatchelder