How to Create your Own Mini Burning Man Event or Theme Party

Want to throw your own Burning Man-like event or themed party? In this post, I’ll give you a rundown of ideas for your own journey of inclusion, radical self expression, self reliance, and participation.

Dress the Part

Burning Man is about creativity and expression, and you can see that in the art, fashion and events that make up the week long event in Black Rock City, Nevada. Get inventive and create some amazing looks to rock at our event or party, here are some additional posts with Burning Man Fashion and a tutorial on How to Make your own hat.

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Find a large open space or Make it a house party

We are lucky enough to own a 5-acre property in Joshua Tree where we were able to host our very own “mini burn” event. Alternatively you can book a large campsite or private property on Hip Camp, or just hang in someone’s house or backyard. If you decide to go with Hip Camp, make sure there is at least one bathroom and sink. We only have one bathroom on the 5 acres, so everyone chipped in to have a port-a-potty delivered. We called this the port-a-PARTY, because some mini burners decked it out with colorful flashing lights. If you can rent silent disco headphones that would be ideal to keep the noise down if you want to party late night (or into the early morning).


Create a schedule of events

At Burning Man, camps contribute to the creativity by hosting events. We asked everyone coming to Mini Burn to come up with an idea for food, drinks, or an activity to bring to the table. In this post we’ll go through the myriad of activities you can host or be inspired by to create your own interesting events. You can use these as inspiration for a Mini Burn or just a fun backyard activity with friends. Get creative!

Tie Dye Workshop

What you’ll need to host: Table, painting trays, rubber bands, squeeze bottles, bleach, gloves

Ask attendees to bring: Dark clothing (black, navy, dark purple) that they want to reverse tie dye. You can grab something from a thrift store and repurpose it, or take one of your old shirts and revamp it.

Check out this tutorial on Youtube to see how to create reverse tie dye.

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Want some ideas for Burning Man Fashion? Check out my post The Best Etsy Shops For Amazing Burning Man Fashion.

Flower Power Radical Self Expression & Elderflower Cocktails

What you’ll need to host: Folding table, sleep masks, glue gun & glue sticks, faux flowers

Ask attendees to bring: Any additional embellishments they want to add to their creation (antlers, rhinestones…).

Use the sleep masks as a template and glue your own arrangement of faux flowers onto it. The sleep mask has a good amount of space to do something fun, and it already has a strap attached. See photos below to see how they turned out.

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Miracle Berries Tasting

Miracles berries will temporarily change your taste buds so that sweet & savory become confused in your palette. Be amazed as your taste buds deceive you!

What you’ll need to host: Table, miracle berries, sweet & salty items like lemons, salt & vinegar chips, strawberries etc.

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The Inner Aura and Your Spiritual Potential

Are you a photographer? Take advantage of the evening light and give your friends the gift of a glowing portrait session. Search for your soul in the light of sunset behind the all seeing eye (portrait sessions).

Everyone was all dressed up in their fun Burner attire so it was really fun to photograph.

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Dinner: Tacos & Hot!!! Sauce Tasting

Try a variety of hot sauces and learn about the history of hot saucing.

What you’ll need to host: Different types of hot sauce, ingredients for tacos (shells, meat, cheese, salsa…), don’t forget you’ll need a way to cook it up! If you don’t have access to a stove, use a camp stove with a propane fuel canister. Tacos are easy to make for a large group!


Star Gazing & Cosmos Happy Hour

Host a midnight happy hour and star gazing: Learn to identify important stars, planets and constellations whilst listening to space themed music and drinking cosmos.

What you’ll need to host: Projector and a place to project, a presentation, a bluetooth speaker or some way to play star gazing music, ingredients to make a Cosmopolitan (1 1/2 ounces citrus vodka, 1 ounce Cointreau, 1/2 ounce lime juice, freshly squeezed, 1/4 ounce cranberry juice, Garnish: lime wedge)

This event was my favorite, the hosts really went all out and even printed maps of the constellation from the night we were there in Joshua Tree.

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Dj Sessions (or just bring good blue tooth speakers)

Set up a dance floor with DJ gear or a bluetooth speaker. Include fun lights! We brought a few light rigs to make the party pop and called it “club containers.”

Pro Tip: Rent or buy silent disco head sets, the sound can really carry so we opted for these after hours so we didn’t disturb the neighbors.

High end blue tooth speaker — JBL PartyBox 710

Affordable Blue Tooth Speaker

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French Omelette Station & Drip Coffee

Everyone knows how to make a French kiss. But wouldn't you love to couple that smooch with a delectable French omelette? Our friends set up an omelette station to learn the fine art of French Omelette making and we filled our bellies with a Saturday morning brunch treat!

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They also brought fancy pour over coffee to pair with our brunch.

Sunday Bloody “Mary” Sunday

Host a drink station, there’s nothing like a good Bloody Mary to start the day off right.

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80's Pocket Grilled Cheese Sandwiches/Dance Party

A theme with a nostalgic playlist and food will go a long way. We danced to the sounds of the 80s whilst munching on grilled cheese pocket sandwiches.

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Sunset Walkabout

Explore the desert's inner spirit on a powerful journey to a gorgeous vista. We walked in the glow of sunset to view the surrounding mountains.

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Fantastic Fungi Dinner with some fantastic Fun-Guys!

Our chefs for the evening made a mushroom stew for the group. How fun-tastic!

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