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5 Brilliant Backyard Party Ideas to Level Up Your Hosting Skills

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Hosting doesn’t have to be hard. With the help of these local event and entertainment services, it’s now easier than ever to be the hostess with the mostess. Here are five of our favorite ways to throw unforgettable outdoor events from the comfort of your own home.

1. AZ Sleepy Teepee

Large backyard tent with balloonsHost the ultimate slumber party right in your own backyard with AZ Sleepy Teepee. From mommy/daughter sleepovers to adult glamping nights and themed birthday parties, the wide array of available teepee setups are sure to take any backyard soiree from ordinary to extraordinary. Each guest gets their very own teepee, and AZ Sleepy Teepee makes the prep work essentially non-existent by delivering all the decor, setting up and even returning the next day for pickup.

2. My AZ Picnic

Boho backyard picnic setupFrom flowers and decor to setup, food and drinks, My AZ Picnic is your go-to for picturesque picnics this spring. Founded during the pandemic, the company reflects founder Madison Edens’ passion for hosting picnics for her own family while social distancing.

“The picnic community has grown so much since then, and it makes me happy to see all these wonderful people back outside enjoying each other’s company safely again,” she says. “I think we all wanted to give people some hope that life could still feel a little normal even when everything around us was struggling.”

Picnic baskets, beverages and flowers are sourced from local purveyors, while the Boho-chic decor features one-of-a-kind antique pieces. Each picnic is also highly customizable with various package options, as well as à la carte add-ons—perfect for date night or intimate gatherings.

3. Southwest Teepee Rental

Southwest Teepee Rental brings Southwest-style teepees with a romantic and modern flair straight to your backyard (or wherever you’d like). With details such as custom light fixtures and accessories, the company transforms its signature 22-by-27-feet, open-air teepees into luxurious spaces perfect for intimate gatherings, weddings and glamping adventures. Its newly launched “Naked Teepee Dining Experience” completes any event, leaving no detail behind. Crafted for gatherings with 18 people or more, this service includes an exquisitely catered meal, signature cocktail, decor and teepee illuminated by delicate twinkly lights.

4. Cloth & Flame Rentals

Known for its destination dinners and weddings, Cloth & Flames Rentals—formerly known as Anomaly Rentals—makes it possible to host equally extraordinary experiences anytime, anywhere. From large corporate events to intimate gatherings, there’s no occasion too big or small. The carefully curated inventory includes thousands of unique pieces to choose from, and custom-made items are even available upon request. Cloth & Flame Rentals also does all the heavy lifting for you—with the help of its seasoned production team, of course. Bonus: locally priced, and oftentimes free delivery, is available in Phoenix, Tucson, Sedona and Joshua Tree.

5. The Slumber Shack

Trailer parked in front of a lakeFor the ultimate slumber party on wheels, look no further than The Slumber Shack. The company’s renovated trailers can be dropped off anywhere, including your driveway, backyard or even right in front of your home. The Slumber Shack offers two trailers to choose from—a kids trailer and a glamping trailer. The kids trailer features bunk beds, party lights, a karaoke machine and more, while the glamping trailer is perfect for kids or adults—and especially popular for bachelorette parties—and can be set up at your favorite campground or your home. Optional add-ons include S’mores, an outdoor theater, crafts, party favors and more. Long-term rentals are also available.


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