There’s always an occasion to celebrate something; a birthday bash, graduation party, long weekend or just a unique sleepover for the kids. It’s possible, though, that the usual party ideas just don’t seem all that exciting anymore and you’re looking for something different from the typical backyard barbecue or games night.
This is where hosting a glamping-themed party in a glamping tent comes in; it gives you a way to spend a day, night or weekend in a newer environment while still being able to enjoy the outdoors, good food and awesome company.
Glamping tends to be a relatively new experience for most people, so hosting a party in a glamping tent is definitely something your friends are going to get excited about.
In case you’re not too familiar with glamping, it’s essentially a modern take on traditional camping, with a luxury tent and access to a lot of the amenities and comforts you’d otherwise have at home. That’s also what makes a glamping party more appealing to people attending; it doesn’t require much preparation or prior experience.
Regardless of the kind of experience you’re trying to create in your glamping tent for the party-goers, there are a few areas you need to address to ensure your event is going to be a success:
- Send out thoughtful invites
- Choose the right glamping tent
- Set up your glamping site
- Pick a fun, exciting theme
- Set up a campfire
- Plan the food for the event
- Get a fun playlist going
- Play some traditional games
1. Send out thoughtful invites
Invites are the first step in making this glamping party a memorable event, so it’s worth putting some thought into how you’re going to send them out. Handwritten or nicely designed invites are always more impactful than something like an invite to a Facebook event.
You can even make your invites so they match the overall theme of your party. If you’re planning a sleepover for little ones, you can always make the kids part of the designing process for invites as well, so they feel involved and start to get excited from the get-go.
2. Choose the right glamping tent
Arguably, one of the most important aspects of your glamping party is the high end tent you, your friends or kids are going to be spending time and sleeping in.
Choosing the right glamping tent is important because you need to ensure that it’s durable, has enough space for all the attendees and offers the functionality you’ll need for a successful party. Canvas glamping tents, for this reason, are usually the go-to option for anyone looking to invest in a luxury tent. The 100% duck canvas lends them durability, they’re available in a variety of shapes and sizes and are perfect for accommodating a larger group.
From White Duck Outdoors, for example, you can choose an Avalon Bell Tent as large as 23′, which is ideal for a large group of glampers. Alternatively, you may want to pitch two or three smaller canvas tents for your glamping site, in which case the 8′ Mini Regatta Bell Tent, which accommodates two people at a time, could be a better option. You can also view another post like safari tents for sale.
3. Set up your glamping site
The great thing about setting up your own glamping site is that you probably don’t need any specialty equipment. Most of the time, things you have at home can be repurposed for your glamping tent and surrounding area. With the exception of your glamping tent, which you’re probably investing in, the tables and chairs, furniture, bedding and cutlery can all be the ones you use every day.
Outside the canvas glamping tent, you can set up garden furniture, camping chairs or even tables with a rug to create an inviting atmosphere when it’s time to chow down.
You might also want to think about the activities you’ll be partaking in and set up furniture accordingly; for example, if you’re planning for a movie night, the closest seating you have to cinema-style chairs would be a good idea. You’ll also want to consider the placement of your projector or other screen, and how it fits with the aesthetic of the rest of your setup.
4. Pick a fun, exciting theme
What better excuse to dress up than a themed glamping event? When it comes to picking a theme for your glamping party, there are tons of fun ideas to choose from, like The Wild West, Scary Stuff, 80s Rock Bands or even Hollywood Celebrities.
The overall theme and costumes of the event can also be coupled with other things like the kinds of games you play and the playlist you create for the party. You can always find murder mystery games that will fit well with the theme of your party. The food can also match the theme and a quick Google search should provide plenty of ideas.
5. Set up a campfire
A campfire really is one of the best parts about being in a camping kind of setting with a glamping tent.
You can replicate the same cozy vibe by lighting a fire in a homemade firepit. As evening approaches; everyone will want to gather around it to soak in the warmth. The seating arrangement should be around the fire-pit where guests can lounge after dinner, toast marshmallows, sing songs or just have good conversations. You can also check another post about the best glamping tents.
6. Plan the food for the event
When you’re planning a glamping party, you should plan not just the main meals, but also snacks people can enjoy between meals.
You can have a small table arranged with snacks like popcorn, trail mix, fruit and finger food for your guests to dig into before it’s dinner time. Snacks are also great to munch on when you’re playing games or watching a movie.
As for lunch or dinner, you can cook your own food, have a barbecue going or just get takeout. Barbecuing is probably the activity everyone can enjoy, since you can set up stations for different parts of the barbecue and give everyone a role to take part in.
The benefit of glamping is that the food can be served in style as well. Throwing your party in your backyard means you can use your own table and set it out using fancy cutlery and dishes. Paying attention to details like a flower arrangement, wine glasses to serve drinks and napkins on the table will upgrade your experience of hosting a lunch or dinner outdoors.
7. Get a fun playlist going
Music adds life to any party and it’ll be a good idea if your playlist is complementing the theme of your party. You can play tunes on the guitar or use a speaker to play the music.
The advantage of having a glamping party at home is the instant access to electricity for charging your devices. You can also set up a karaoke night which will make the party more exciting.
If your canvas tent is one from White Duck Outdoors, it’ll also probably have an outlet for electrical wires, which means you can take the party inside the tent as well if you have speakers you want to connect.
8. Play some traditional games
Classic games are never a bad idea and keep things interesting. It’s especially fun when friends start to get competitive, which you can take to another level by creating a tournament-style event with teams and a series of games for everyone to partake in.
Some games that never get old are trivia, Pictionary, charades or Taboo. Cards always come in handy as well, and you can find more active games like mini-golf to set up around the glamping tent.