Glastonbury. In the lounge.

So it was Glastonbury this weekend just gone. I used to be blessed enough to play there, which had several bonuses, not least free tickets, and access to slightly less grim loos. (Although, for reference, the backstage loos at V were the best I ever saw, all gold taps and pot pourri, they were nicer than my lav at home…) These days I am not currently in a band, and budgets cannot stretch to Glasto, so will be watching on the old tellybox.

As luck would have it,  Money Supermarket asked if I wanted to take part in their Big Night In competition, where they would give me £50 to spend as best I can on a creative and fun night in, so I am recreating  a little of that Glastonbury feel, but in the lounge….some of these ideas would also work for a festival themed party.

To start with, we are creating a Glastonbury vibe by attempting our own tee pee village. It started off as a simple idea, but has become competitive, with me and my nearly 17 year old battling it out to make the best Fake Glasto building from bamboo and whatever else we could lay our hands on!

She built a stage backdrop, complete with banner and fairy lights….

Whereas I went for a disco glow stick lit tee-pee….

Festival Disco Tee pee

In the interests of the peace and love vibe, we settled on a draw!

Clothes wise it has to be wellies. I bought this gorgeous umbrella festooned pair from Blacks, down to £15 in the sale, and Betsy already had some funky pink ones. Although she is now claiming the umbrella ones are hers…

Festival Footwear

And of course, another vital festival accessory is mud. I don’t have a mud pool in the lounge, so we had mud facepacks instead, oddly they had the same floral scent as the air freshener from my infant school, both overpowering, and memory inducing!!

Muddy Face

Festivals are renowned for having a array of international foods to try. We opted to have nachos, and Indian treats, but noodles, or chips, or tempura veg would also be great festie style options! To get the ‘bought from a counter on a caravan’ feel, we served our dinner in bio-degradable take away boxes.


When it comes to a sweet treat festival style, me and my kids always opt for crepes with chocolate spread. You can easily create a take out style presentation by folding a paper plate…

Crepe serving suggestion

To drink- cider of course!! It is a classic festival tipple, and Glastonbury is in Zummerzet- the heart of cider country.

We have plugged the TV into the stereo so we have great audio, and are ready to rock the lounge…

Glastonbury in the lounge
everybody does this kind of thing right?! Still, it is great practice for a few weeks time when we go to Camp Bestival and do it all for real!

Love Miss Cisco XXX

Here is a breakdown of how I spent my £50:-

Bamboo Poles – £5.00
Welly Boots – £15
Mud packs- £2
Glow Sticks – £2
Plastic Pint Mugs – £1
Plastic Cutlery- £1
Cider – £10
Take Away Food containers – £1.50
Ingredients for nachos – £5
Indian Food Treats – £5
Ready made crepes – £2
Chocolate spread – £2

Grand Total- £51.50



  1. Emily Foran
    July 2, 2013 / 8:24 am

    Amazing idea – surely this is a winner – what fun!! X

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 2, 2013 / 8:28 am

      I think the comp is random, not judged, but as you can see we really enjoyed our night and we will definitely win the prize for who had the most fun!

  2. July 2, 2013 / 9:21 am

    Ha! I did exactly the same thing for my MoneySupermarket Big Night In… well almost, there was no teepee!! Oh and totes agree with you on V-Festival having the backstage toilet thing sussed!!

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 3, 2013 / 3:41 pm

      Look forward to reading about your Big Night In too! 🙂

  3. July 2, 2013 / 10:06 am

    Absolutely nuts and completely brilliant!!! Love it xx

  4. Tas D
    July 2, 2013 / 11:36 am

    Haha i love it! Can I come to your Glastonbury??

  5. July 2, 2013 / 1:07 pm

    That is absolutely epic! Our buggy went to Glastonbury this year as our neighbours and their two little boys went, but we watched a lot of it on BBC3 or the red button. I’d love to go one year, but not until Amy is older. Love your idea of bringing Glasto into your home though. Genius!

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 3, 2013 / 3:40 pm

      hahaha you cannot let it continue that your buggy does more fun stuff than you!! It is a very family friendly festival actually, as long as you avoid the main stages where it can get very busy!

  6. Older Mum
    July 2, 2013 / 8:08 pm

    Genius. This is brilliant – looks like you had loads of fun! What band were you in!? X.

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 3, 2013 / 3:39 pm

      We had a ball! And have been in a few over the years! x

  7. Shiv Ferguson
    July 2, 2013 / 8:49 pm

    I should do a Download one! Although we would have to pee in paper cups and chuck them over eachother, simulate a wall of death by running hard at eachother from each end of the lounge and at the end set fire to the tent… can I do it at your house instead?;)

    • Sonya Cisco
      July 3, 2013 / 3:39 pm

      um…….no! 😉 xx

  8. Nicola Thomas
    July 3, 2013 / 8:31 am

    That is brilliant! Great inspiration for festivals on a budget.

  9. Hannah Brooker
    July 3, 2013 / 9:31 pm

    This is ace!! How do your sticks stand up? Are they in a play tray thingy lol x

  10. Helen
    July 4, 2013 / 6:39 pm

    oh your a Genius how much are your tickets for next year

  11. July 5, 2013 / 6:18 pm

    Just awesome – next year I am so going to do this! The year after I hope to be there in person #40th #gettingold #neverbeentoGlasto

  12. tinkertink2010
    July 5, 2013 / 6:52 pm

    Looks like you all had a fab time! Well jel! xoxo

  13. Older Single Mum
    July 5, 2013 / 9:40 pm

    Brilliant! Such an inspiration… 🙂

  14. The Brick Castle
    July 6, 2013 / 1:32 pm

    Hahaha….that’s brilliant! I have to say you’ve got the complete grumpy rock star look in that bottom left photo 😀

  15. Jean
    July 9, 2013 / 5:10 pm

    Love this idea! I’ve never been to a music festival, but my Teen went to her first one this year – eek!

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