Throw Your Own Festival Party!

It’s that time of year again: festival season. Your Instagram feed is about to be overloaded with silhouetted photos of that iconic ferris wheel, your friends wearing flower crowns galloping through green polo fields, blurry pictures of Local Natives performing a wild set on a desert stage. While it may seem like everyone and their mother is attending Coachella, know that that’s simply not true, and if you can’t make it out to the desert this year, that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun (or the photo ops). Experience the boho vibes of the Palm Springs three-day concert in the comfort of your own home by throwing the ultimate Coachella party! Here’s what you’re gonna need:

1. Bevs & Bites

Make sure your guests are hydrated and well-fed by supplying Coachella-themed snacks. No festival party is complete without watermelon wedges and some fruit beverages. Try a simple lemonade garnished with citrus and mint, or if you’re feeling adventurous, hollow out pineapples and fill them with a tropical slushy. Keep things extra Insta-worthy by supplying swirly straws to sip out of!

2. Feeling Ur Look

Half the fun of music festivals is picking out those hippie-inspired outfits and hair-dos. Enlist the help of a friend to set up a sick hair braiding station complete with glitter and flower crowns to glam up your look. Or, if your budget permits, hire a body painting artist or temporary tattooist to give your friends a (semi-)permanent reminder of the grand ol’ time they had at your party.

3. Selfie Station







Once your friends are all braided and painted, they’re obviously going to want to take pics. Create a makeshift “photobooth” by setting up a cute backdrop with props. Trust us, your guests are gonna love this...these pics will be making great #TBTs straight into summer.

4. Swim Time


A Coachella party isn’t complete without a pool, of course. So whether you’re lucky enough to have access to your own watering hole, or you’re blowing up a little kiddie pool to splash around in, make sure there’s some way for your guests to get a lil wet n’ wild! Amplify the fun with cute floaties (we’re obsessed with this unicorn one and this pizza shaped inflatable)--they make perfect picture props, too. Happy splashing!

5. Here for the Music

Last but not least, you need a killer playlist! After all, Coachella is a music festival! Compile a playlist featuring your favorite songs from every artist at Coachella to make it feel like you’re really there! With hits from Bastille, head bangers from Crystal Castles, and dance beats from Jai Wolf your playlist will keep the party high-energy and exciting.

The vibes of Coachella don’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Throwing a festival-themed party is a great excuse to dress up, chill with your friends, and listen to rad music. Shimmur is throwing our very own Coachella pool party on April 22nd - so make sure you tune into our livestream so we can all party together! Also we want to know: what are YOUR best summer pool party tips?

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Devyn Howard