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Hold your own Garden Festival

Have your own festival

The sun has been shinning recently and we have been able to leave our Moredales at home, which can only mean one thing, summer is on its way!

With the recent edition of the Joules and Garden Trading range we are all really excited to gather our friends and family and host a fabulous garden party.

The pimms is on ice and the cricket set is out of the garage, but what else do you need?

Setting the scene

Our beautiful Joules prints will transform any garden into the ultimate festival setting. Discover our picnic baskets with all the essentials along with our blankets and chairs we have everything you will need for outdoor dining with family and friends.

We’ve even got all the little details covered with our stunning new range from Garden Trading which will brighten up every garden.  Stylish take-it anywhere box floor cushions allow you to sit comfort on those long summer afternoons.

One of our favourite pieces in the collection is the lantern available in both blue and red. As dusk sets in reclaim the night and turn your garden into a candlelit oasis with our portable miner’s lantern.

Music

Check out the Joules summer playlist for all our summer classics.

Garden games for the whole flock

A little competition never hurt anyone so dust off that Frisbee or croquet set and get a mini tournament going in your back garden.

Garden Croquet is a favourite here at Joules with all ages being able to take part, just make sure you check up on the rules before you play!

After all that….it’s time for some food! Check out our foodie favourite Valentine Warner for some great recipe ideas.

Keep everything in order by using our beautiful picnic hampers, which hold everything you need for the perfect picnic!

Packing the perfect festival outfit

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There’s no certainties with the British weather and the festival season. Remember the famous year of the Glastonbury mud bath?  No matter what the weather though what you can be certain of is that whatever type of festival you attend you will have an amazing time and it will become a life experience you won’t forget.

 

If you can’t prepare for the weather you can however be prepared with your clothing and packing your festival clothing into your backpack or rucksack for the weekend in an effort to create the perfect festival outfit.

First off shoes…you’ll be spending a lot of time on your feet so you need something comfortable, substantial and practical.  No tottering around in sky high heels for me.  I am perfectly at home in a pair of pumps and this year it’s all about cute detail.  These polka dot blue and white pumps with their gorgeous red ribbons to me just scream comfort and practicality and I love the fact that they’ll look equally at home with a pair of cropped jeans and jumper, chinos and a shirt or a floaty pretty skirt, top and denim jacket.

To combat the unpredictable British weather and if you don’t want to pack a bulky coat or jacket then a good lightweight jumper is worth it’s weight in gold.  This relaxed fit, golden cotton jumper with it’s draped hem and beautiful bow on the back is perfect for teaming with a floaty skirt and belt to accentuate your waist.  If you want to take a spare pair of shoes for this that are lighter and less structured than pumps than rope sandals would be a great addition.  I love the bold colour of this jumper, it’s not overly heavy or chunky and the fact you can belt it without looking like a balloon gives it a relaxed but smart appearance.  Perfect for wearing all day you can easily stay cool thanks to its 3/4 length sleeves without feeling the early evening chill air.

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A festival staple I wouldn’t travel without is a jersey dress.  They pack fabulously, don’t crease and can be worn effortlessly from day to evening.  At the moment Breton stripes are a big trend and this indigo stripe jersey dress is a great festival find.  With quirky detailing, such as the turn back cuffs and red zipper that make this more than your average jersey dress I love the fit and feel of this dress on.  Put it with a wide brim sun hat (to ward off that afternoon sun and avoid a lobster face!) and a good pair of pumps and you are set to transition from day to evening remaining stylish, comfortable and on trend.

What makes a good festival outfit? To me, comfort is definitely key. Lots of standing time, hot weather, dirty and often dusty and/or muddy conditions, and walking around from stage to stage for multiple days on end are all factors that must be considered.  For me having two or three key pieces that I can mix and match into outfits is the perfect answer to getting through festivals looking stylish and not sacrificing comfort.

As for my other top tips for festivals….well here are five of my favourites:-

Save £’s on the bacon butties….It’s easy to rely on the on-site catering, but instead take some cereal bars – they’re a cheap breakfast, no milk required. And saves you paying a tenner for a bacon roll.

Follow the light….finding your mates in the dark is difficult. Invest in a good quality torch or even a head torch. Not only can you get to wear them and look like the brilliant guys from Orbital but it will also be handy for finding your mates and the loo in the middle of the night!

Go solar….you don’t want to be without your phone all weekend.  You need to amaze your social buddies with the latest photos and videos direct from your festival so grab a solar charger to keep your battery powered (even when yours may be running flat).

Go off the beaten track….whilst I don’t recommend camping away from the herd in a part of the field so remote, do try to stay away from the main drag and paths. Not only will you not be bothered by an incessant stream of revellers as you try to rest your head, your tent will also most likely escape random acts of ‘good humoured’ vandalism.

Wet wipes…a pack of wet wipes will be your next best friend, especially when the toilets and washing facilities get grim.  If the rest of you is looking a little worse for wear a quick wash with a few wipes will bring your back to a half decent state.

Take a blow up….pillow!  Nothing worse than resting your head after a great day at a festival and finding the ground hard, lumpy and uncomfortable.  A blow up travel pillow can solve the problem and best of all it folds up really flat so it doesn’t take up essential space for that all essential pair of wellington boots!

So remember a little forward planning and some strategic packing will make sure you have a festival experience to remember for all the right reasons rather than the wrong ones.

 

Guest Blog by Charlotte Harborne from http://www.themummyblogger.co.uk/ 

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