Updated: Jun 30
Written by: Caroline Hoffman
For obvious health reasons, festivals are off for this summer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t create your own in your backyard! Here are our tips and tricks to create an epic at-home festival for you and your quarantine buddies.
Step 1: Supplies
Just like any regular festival, you need to come prepared. Even if you are just in your backyard, load up that fanny pack or cross-body with all your necessities. Even though you could just go back inside to get anything you needed, it's fun to dress and act the part! Bring a water bottle, chapstick, sunscreen, portable phone charger, and a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.
Step 2: Theme and decorations
Most festivals have a specific vibe when you are there. It could be anything from neon, to space, to wonderland. My local music festival always has a beach/water theme with big wave statues and lifeguard stands. Beach/luau could be an easy and affordable theme to use for your own festival. You could blow up pool floats and beach balls. You could wear leis or even have a baby pool for a cool off zone.
Step 3: Details
What makes a festival a festival? It is in the details. There aren’t bathrooms, there are porta-potties. Print out a porta-potty to hang on the bathroom door. Festivals also have very cool food options from pop-ups or food trucks. Get creative in the kitchen beforehand, grill out, or order-in food from a unique restaurant! You can also put out fun games like cornhole or Spikeball, and make sure not to forget a cute photo opt!
Step 4: Outfits
This is a great opportunity to show off the outfit you would have worn if you had planned ahead that far and have one ready. If you hadn’t gotten that far in your planning, throw something together. Committing to the festival look will make for some amazing pictures with your friends!!
Step 5: Music
Do any of your quarantine buddies have any musical talent? If so, set up a makeshift stage with a tapestry as a background. Create a setlist of songs you would’ve heard at your fav music festival this summer, and get your jam on. If not, set up a great speaker and rock that aux! Create a playlist of your favorite summer songs or favorite songs you were excited to hear live this summer. If you have a projector, you could hang a white sheet over your garage or a wall on your house and project a concert experience movie or live performances by some of your favorite artists. You can go as big or as small as you want! This is your festival!!
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