How To Bring The Festival Vibe Home
Summer is over and so (pretty much) is the festival season. But fear not, there are ways to bring the vibe home and stay chilled (but cosy) until summer rolls around again.
Festivals are loved all around the globe and are more popular than ever. We love them because of the music and because we just love feeling connected to a tribe of like-minded folks. We love that we get to have fun and be ourselves, with no deadlines, schedules or rules to interfere with our free spirits. Also not forgetting the amazingly tasty food and funky hippy clothing. But, most of all, we love being a hippy – fun-loving and carefree. Especially if we only get to let our hair down on those muddy, musical weekends.
So there is not need to let go of the magical feelings. Here are five simple tips on how to bring the festival vibe home.
1. Flower Garlands and Fairy-Lights
Nothing says festival like bright flower headdresses on long, flowing hair. It may not be flower-power season any more, but you can still go floral in your home. Flower power never leaves us hippie folk. There really is so much that you can do around the home to bring the summer vibe back..
Try filling vintage vases and old jam jars with bunches of bright flowers – real or artificial. Either or works to be honest and both look amazing. The only difference is that real flowers smell beautiful.
Fairy lights are just as important and can really set the mood. Not only do solar-powered lights help you find your tent in the dark, they also look fantastic in the house and garden too. Wrap them around mirrors and doorways or, fill coloured glass bottles with strings of lights for added glow.
2. Bunting, bunting and more bunting!
Bunting is essential for jazzing up your tent or tipi, but don’t pack it away for the winter. Have you ever been to a festival and not seen bunting. It is an iconic part of the event. Drape it across your curtain poles or hang it up in your garden for winter gatherings. Yes – winter gatherings! Sometimes there is nothing better! If you can, invest in a fire-pit for your garden, to keep you help keep you warm. Just think of all the stargazing you can do on crisper nights. All you need is a friend some very warm hippie clothing, a friend with an acoustic guitar, and some mulled mead. Heaven!
3. Be creative
Sometimes the only time we find to get arty, creative and silly is at festivals. Why not play with some of your favourite activities that you would normally partake in. Paint with bright colours, get crafty, buy a giant bubble wand or experiment with face-paints. Why not channel the healing field at your fave festival and meditate, dance, do some yoga or book yourself in for a lovely massage. We all deserve some r&r, especially in the darker months. Give it a go and trust me you will feel great.
4. Wear what you want!
Festies are amazing because they give us permission to wear the clothes we really love. Whether multi-coloured, tie-dye, fringed, vintage, boho, tribal or patchwork. Why do we stop when we come home? OK, so maybe you can’t get away with harem pants at work. But when you’re home you can relive the magic every day of the week in your favourite dresses, hats and comfy jumpers. Don’t forget your poncho! Clothing expresses who you are so where you can, always wear what you like. I will lift your spirits and help you stay grounded and connected to who you truly are.
5. Eat something delicious
We get spoiled with the best food and drink from all over the world. There is no need to miss out now that the nights are drawing in. Get some friends over for an inspired dinner party (you’ll be sitting on the floor of course – colourful cushions and throws are a must). Start with a trendy Indian street food such as aloo paneer tikki, before moving on to an Indonesian or Thai curry with plenty of coconut milk. Finish with warm chai and raw chocolate – you’ll feel like you never left!
There are of course much more that you can do depending on who you are entertaining. You could convert a garden chimnea into a pizza oven and serve fresh stone baked pizzas. It is great fun when you get everyone making their own. The options are limitless!
So there you have it – our guide on how to bring the festival vibe home so that it never leaves you. Summer will soon be here again and you’ll be packing your tent, woolly socks and kaftans in no time. See you there!