Send Out Summer With a Music Festival-Themed Party
Celebrate the best music festivals of the summer with this "good vibes" outdoor party.
As summer winds down, so does the back-to-back music festivals. But even if you didn’t get a chance to hit the road this summer and tackle a slew of music festivals, you can still recreate some of that same festival fun in your own backyard. Here are 15 of our favorite ideas for putting together the most over-the-top, rockin’, music festival party without ever leaving home.
If you’re looking for an inexpensive, easy decor solution and you have a lot of space to fill, try tie-dying some sheets. Again, I would hit up your local thrift store and buy some inexpensive white sheets, then once you get them back home, you can go as crazy as you want with the die. Once they're dyed, you can simply clip them to some string and hang them across your yard.
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Boho Seating Area
If you think you might be short on seating space, create your own boho seating area on the ground. You could even create several seating areas, depending on the size of your group.
Hit up your local thrift store and find some pretty tablecloths or sheets to put down on the ground as a blanket. You can then add some bright pillows and make a big pile for people to relax on. If you don’t have any spare pillows, look for some at the thrift store and simply cover them with some extra fabric or some pretty scarves.
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For an evening music festival-themed bash, nothing sets the mood better than some inexpensive string lights. Either string them all across your yard for a lovely, twinkle effect, or use them to highlight certain areas of your space by wrapping them around trees, tables or other items.
Fun Pool Floats
If you have a pool, a great way to amp up the fun factor is with some large floaties. A unicorn is always a great choice, or throw in some fun food items (like donuts!). Even if your guests won’t be swimming, these floats look great and really add to the party vibe by simply floating in the pool.
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Music + Playlists
You can either get creative and put together your own playlists, or simply use Pandora or Spotify if you don’t feel like playing DJ. You can go to both apps and start using search terms like “Coachella” or “Lollapalooza” and a variety of playlists and stations will come up. You can even Google the setlist from a former music festival (like the original Woodstock) and put together a playlist to completely recreate music from the event.
There are some great choices these days for pretty delish wine options available in either a can or a small portable cup. I’ve been loving Underwood's Wine in a Can. Champagne in a can is also a great choice (and you can pair both with some fun straws!).
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Festival VIP Bracelets
Offer up your guests colorful, VIP bracelets. If you really want to go all out, you can set up a “green room” for the VIPs (or perhaps just for the adults). Block off a special seating area in your yard and add a simple “VIPs ONLY” sign.
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DIY Photo Booth
Putting together a fun DIY photo booth is a great way to ensure that you capture all of the fun (and mischief!) on the day of your music festival party. While renting an actual photo booth can be super pricey, creating one at home can be easy and cheap!
Inspired by women at one of the hottest festivals on the scene these days, Coachella, flower crowns are a must-have item at your bash. But don’t worry about the heat or spending lots of cash on fresh flowers, you can make paper flower crowns that are just as chic as the real thing.
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You could set up a little temporary tattoo station at your event. Simply buy some fun, colorful temporary tattoos before your event and leave them out for your guests in pretty containers, colorful glasses or on small trays.
Product Pick: Tattly Tattoos
Glow Sticks + Jewelry
If you’re planning an evening party (or even if you think your bash might last into the night), make sure you’re prepared with glow sticks. You can go for the traditional sticks and hand them out to the crowd, or get some fun neon glow jewelry like bracelets and necklaces (the kids especially love this one!).
Succulent Party Favors
Set up a table by your back door and put out a bunch of tiny succulents for your guests to take home as party favors. You can find these plants at places like Home Depot or Lowe’s for just a couple of bucks each. You could even use the cacti as decoration for your party, then encourage your guests to grab one on the way out.
Make It: How to Make Mini Cactus Party Favors
You Don't Have to Rough It
Take dining alfresco to a new level by organizing a glamping dinner party. Guests get to spend the night in comfy tents after a scrumptious spread in open air. Glamping is a rather unique sort of experience, so the items you will need to take with you will differ greatly from those you would use on a basic camping trip.
Carry the Theme
Creative labels on water bottles carry the theme of party. Claudia of fig2design designed lovely pieces for invitations, menu cards, favors and food labels that make guests feel welcome and in the party spirit. Place water bottles on beverage stations as well as in each tent.
Setting Up Camp
Whether you are glamping at a designated campground, your family's estate garden, the beach or your own backyard, make sure to pitch the tent on level ground. Clear sticks and stones away beforehand. With so many options available, finding a pop-up weatherproof tent has never been easier. Choose one that best meets your needs in terms of size and portability. This one from Ikea works well because it has a solid structure, movable drapes and is large enough to fit two cots.
Chairs, cots and tables are key elements for creating a comfortable sleep/lounge area. Layer them with plenty of pillows and throws in outdoor fabrics. There's just something about snuggling up under a canvas tent and not having to worry about your air mattress going flat in the night!
Light Up the Night
It's important to think about lighting, especially once it gets dark. The warm glow of candles, string lights and lanterns creates a fun outdoor mood. Tea lights, and many battery-operated lighting options, are available at stores like Target and Home Depot. Hang lanterns from the tent ceiling using ribbons. Arrange some tea lights in cans or votives along the path leading to the campsite.
From Tent to Table
Much like hosting a get-together at home, when setting up a dinner table outdoors, decide on a color palette and chose elements that require minimal fuss. Set up folding tables for the buffet station and dinner table.
Start by covering tables with heavyweight cottons and linen fabrics. Oilcloth is another great alternative. Here the table cover is layered with silicone placemats from Modern Twist. The gold graphic brings a touch of glamour, and it looks chic against the black-and-white stripes. These place mats are easy to clean, nonporous, provide a germ-free surface and are great to wrap fragile items in.
DIY Tin Can Vases
No party decor is complete without fresh-cut flowers. For this look, choose dual-toned ranunculus and pink peonies, then place them in painted tin cans and bud vases. Spray each can in two colors using painter's tape. Cobalt bud vases with single stems pop wonderfully against the black-and-white striped tablecloth.
Melamine plates and tumblers are ideal for such a setting, and with so many designs available, you won't have to compromise on style. These dinner plates are from West Elm and the salad plates are by Jonathan Adler. Hint: Pick up a few sticks and spray-paint them gold to add a bit of nature to the table.