The Sonoran Desert is a wonderfully unique place. You have a clear view of the stars, giving you a front row to the night sky, unique wildlife roams free, and wide open spaces provide a peace of mind you can't find in a bustling city.

This past weekend, we were able to experience the beauty of the desert in a unique way thanks to the folks at Casita De Grimes, who hosted a beer campout, an adult summer camp of sorts. They did such a beautiful job with the details, so we'd thought we would share how to host your very own desert party in your back yard.

1. Invite Local Musicians to Share Their Talent

You can support local musicians and ensure that you have people on their feet dancing. Acoustic bands usually do best at the beginning of the event (during dinner or snacks) and upbeat bands can follow once everyone is feeling comfortable with their surroundings. The after party can bring back the acoustic folks while you sip drinks by the fire! 

 

2. Make Sure There is a School Bus

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PC: @off_kilter_photos

Alright, maybe this isn't required, but it is pretty darn cool. New Orleans based band St. Cinder came with their own school bus which was perfect for ambiance and for camping! 

3. Incorporate Light

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PC: @hhhollylee

String lights, a fire pit and light from the nearby homes made this event warm and glowy. Warmer lighting like candles or a campfire provide a certain touch that floodlights just can't accomplish. Besides, incorporating light into your theme is always a little safer -- everyone can see!

4. Provide Killer Food + Drinks

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PC: @hhhollylee

Pork sandwiches and locally brewed beer were on the menu this weekend, but you can come up with some fairly reasonably priced dishes of your own. Hobo meals can be cooked right on the fire! Of course, we always support local choices for both the food and beer if possible.

5. Be Present

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PC: @hhhollylee

Once the details are all taken care of, make sure to let it all go the day of. By this point, you can't change anything, so you might as well enjoy the day! We can also help with that by running everything the day of -- and the only thing you need to do is put your feet up and namaste.