How to plan a glamping-themed party

By Eleanor Stanesby

A glamping party setup from Hostess with the Mostess.

Planning a glamping-themed party can be made simple with a few key items, a pinch of inspiration, and a dose of creativity. All you really need is an outdoor space—no matter whether your own backyard or out in the wilderness—to nail the nature element. As for the rest? There are no specific rules. You just need to be inventive and resourceful, and all of the party elements will come together! Keep on reading for some top tips on how to plan the most perfect themed event for both adults and children this year.

Rent a tent

Five-meter bell tent rental from Boutique Camping.

Renting a tent will truly transform your garden into the ultimate glamping site, and your level of commitment is sure to impress your guests. Boutique Camping allows you to rent a tent and get it delivered right to your front door. They ship worldwide, so no matter where you're located, you'll be able to have the perfect set-up to make it really feel like you've gone glamping.

Theme the food

S'more station from Sunset.

A s'mores station is always a good idea. Make sure to buy a plethora of marshmallows, Hershey chocolate bars, and graham crackers, as these are sure to be a big hit with guests. You can even add some extra ingredients to the station for a fun twist, allowing people to create their own special "glamping" s'more. Try anything from Reese's Peanut Butter Cups and other chocolate-based candies or cookies to other sweet treats like Nutella or honey.

A s'more trail mix recipe from Sprinkledwithpaper.

Why stop at s'mores when you can also have other s'mores-flavored snacks? This s'mores trail mix is just another easy way to stick with the party theme—same as a s'more—just mini!—but way easier to eat on the go. Check out this recipe, complete with free, printable tags in case you want to put this treat in separate little bags for each guest.

Find more glamping food ideas here, courtesy of Sunset Magazine.

Make invitations

Invitations are a vital step in party prep so that everyone knows you're throwing the best glamping gathering in town. If you're feeling creative, making your own invitations is the most wallet-friendly and thoughtful way to go. Make sure they stay on-theme and include all necessary information, especially if you'd like your guests to bring anything along.

Glamping invitation example from Etsy.

If designing isn't your forte, check out Etsy, where you can choose from a number of designs and edit them to personalize it for you and your guests. Our favorite route, however, is the eco-friendly, tech-savvy one—send an e-vite! The website Evite allows you to send the invitations directly to your guests' phones...for free!

Get creative

Glamping garden game from Linentablecloth.

Get the party started with some glamping games that everyone can participate in. Set up multiple stations, so all of your guests can play at the same time. If any of your guests have a competitive streak, Twister is a sure winner! A can of spray paint is all you need for this acrobatic garden game, which is definitely going to pull in some laughs.

Dominoes D.I.Y game from Linentablecloth.

Another great game with a fun DIY element is dominoes. The fun, pre-party twist is you need to collect and paint stones like dominoes before you play. Most often lost on younger generations, this well-known game will bring back some great memories for you older guests and allow everyone to bond over teaching the rest of the group.

D.I.Y cornhole game from Linentablecloth.

One last DIY game that is perfect for a glamping party is cornhole, a lawn game that will keep your guests competing and entertained all party long. The best part? With all of these different, interactive games and tasty snacks, your guests are sure to be off their phones and really creating some lasting moments with loved ones.

Our party picks

If you want to have your glamping-themed party go the extra mile, make a weekend out of it! Check out these perfect accommodations for the big event.

Located in Quathiaski Cove, British Columbia, this safari tent glamping site has the capacity for a group of 14 guests. This rental sits amid stunning woodlands and comes with a private hot tub to kick back and relax in when the games have finished and the night is winding down.

For an even larger event, this stunning vacation rental holds a staggering 34 guests. Set at the base of the Ruby Mountains in Nevada, your glamping party will have the most impeccable backdrop. What's more? With a food and beverage service to help you out, your job as a host just got even easier!


Have these accommodations inspired you to throw the ultimate, glamping-themed party? Find more options in your area on Glamping Hub!

Staff Picks: Our favorite summer traditions

By Jackie Dreyer

As we ease into July, we asked Glamping Hub staffers what their favorite summer traditions are. With 78 people from 17 different countries, we got a lot of fun answers that we wanted to share with you.

Maria

UX/UI Developer

"Going to music festivals around Europe!"

Caroline

Director of Business Development

"Strawberries, Pimms, and Wimbledon!!! Just kidding—glamping, of course!"

Talal

Co-Founder

"My favorite summer tradition is definitely to connect with nature in a new destination and do different activities that involve movement, like trekking, hiking, and cycling, as well as my two favorites, skateboarding and surfing."

Haitam

Business Development Intern

"Go as deep as possible in the sea in Tangier by boat and then swim for hours!"

Pablo

Product Analyst

"Music festivals or non-touristy places."

Maria C.

Financial Controller

"I'm very simple. My favorite summer tradition is going to the beach with my friends or family and spending all day swimming and rolling around in the sand. My favorite time of day is sunset—that moment when the whole world seems to stop and the sea is reflecting the pink and orange lights. For me, those days at the beach are the ones I feel most alive."

Lauren

Business Development Manager

"Barbecues!!"

Marta

Social Media Manager

"It's not very unique, but for me, the summer means the beach! There is nothing better then spending days at the beach swimming in the ocean and spending nights eating dinner, playing board games, and laughing with the people you love!"

Ross

SEO Content Writer

"The obligatory summer festival—music, mates, BBQs, and everything in between."

Inés

Growth Assistant

"Healthy food and drinks, sports, and the beach."

Alexa

Business Development Manager

"Summer in Miami is really hot, so we spend most of our time at the beach. Most locals have both mango and avocado trees in their backyards, and summer means that both are available in extreme abundance—lots of tropical meals and drinks! On weekends, we visit Key Largo or Key West, but typically spend most of our time at Miami's beautiful beaches because, let's be honest, it's Miami (and summer is actually our low season tourism-wise, so less tourists on the beaches and at the best restaurants!)."

Rocio

Operations Manager

"Celebrating my niece's birthday together with my family in Galicia."

Jessica Armstrong

PR Partnerships Manager

"Beach and BBQs."

Caitlyn

Host Specialist

"I'm from Martha's Vineyard, and a really special summer tradition is visiting the old fishing village, Menemsha, at least once a summer. You can order whole lobsters and fresh seafood at one of the fish markets and then enjoy it with some white wine at the nearby beach—all while watching one of the prettiest sunsets there is! People come from all around the world to enjoy this unique summer tradition."

P.S. You can tell we love the beach, right?


For more Glamping Hub staff favorites, check out our Staff Picks blog series!