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How to throw a back garden festival

How to throw a back garden festival

Make the most of the warmer weather with a festival themed garden party. Learn how to decorate your garden, plus find the best summer cocktails and party food.

So you want to hold a festival at home? The warm weather and light nights are a perfect excuse to turn any back garden into a DIY festival ground! From recipe inspiration, to great drinks deals, to decorations needed to take your garden party to the next level, our guide has it all.

The drinks

Get the drinks flowing to kick off the fun! From cocktails, to beer, to non-alcoholic options, there’s something for every festival-goer.

Rosé mimosa

This floral, bubbly cocktail is perfect for your guests to sup on. Plus, with Co-op Irresistible Prosecco and Co-op Spanish Rosé on offer at Nisa it’s never been easier to indulge in this refreshing summer drink.


Three cheers for beers

Beers and festivals go hand in hand, which is why you won’t go amiss if you stock up on favourites like Corona Extra and Heineken Silver.


Fruit cider

For your guests who prefer something sweeter, offer up a delicious range of Kopparberg fruit cider or Inch's apple cider.


Summer cocktails

With a range of cocktail recipes to choose from on our website, your guests will be spoiled for choice. Opt for quick and easy drinks that bring the taste of summer with tropical Mai Tais or refreshing Long Island Iced Teas.


Zero alcohol alternatives

To make your festival extra friendly, don’t forget to keep the non-alcoholic drinks flowing so guests of all ages can enjoy. Take a classic cocktail like a mojito and remove the rum for a zesty and refreshing zero alcohol tipple.


The menu

Fire up the BBQ because it’s all hands on deck to craft the perfect menu for your festival garden party. These dishes are quick, simple, and delicious!

Halloumi kebabs

Start the spread off right with these flavoursome kebabs, which are ideal if you’re hosting veggies too.


Crispy sweet potato fries

Depending on the number of guests, you might want to batch cook these crispy sweet potato fries as they will go down a treat as a tasty snack. Pair with homemade BBQ sauce for a tangy finish.



Nachos are a firm favourite and will keep your guests entertained throughout the night. Dish up a few bowls of tortilla chips and top with cheese sauce, salsa, and guacamole.


Classic chicken salad

A sunny garden party calls for a lightweight chicken salad, whipped up in a flash. This recipe is easy to scale up, so all your guests can top up their plates with fresh salad.


Vegan pasta salad

Got plant-based festival guests? This easy yet tasty pasta salad will whet their appetite. Plus, find more great vegan recipes here.


The décor

Finally, create the perfect setting for your back garden festival with these inspirational décor ideas.

Pitch a tent

No festival is complete without a perfectly pitched tipi. Set up a corner of your garden with a colourful tipi lined with cosy throws and cushions. This will act as a chill out area for your guests and help bring that festival feeling to your garden party.


String up some lights

Setting the scene with some ambience always adds a touch of magic to any party. Spruce up your trees and fences with layered fairy lights, or opt for lanterns that your guests can carry into the night.


Hang the bunting

There’s nothing quite like some colourful bunting to bring a garden party to life. Evoke that summery, festival feeling with props like bunting, garlands and balloons. This décor will make for a great backdrop for all the photos your guests will be snapping!


Get personal with place cards

You’re already serving up a delicious feast, so why not go a step further and impress your guests with personalised place cards? They will appreciate this little touch and it will add a real ‘wow’ factor to your festival. You could even get creative with it and include party favours like mini plants.


Cue the music

Music is the hub of any festival. So to really recreate that Glastonbury feeling, cue up a showstopping playlist featuring hits that all your guests will want to sing along to.



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