Recently I was a bridesmaid in a wedding and was delegated the simple task of bringing my wireless speaker to play music while we got ready for the big day. Once the hair and make-up people arrived, I busted out my speaker and went to connect my phone - except no matter what I did my phone wouldn't connect to the speaker! I was in panic mode, my one job was turning into a disaster! Luckily, the sister of the groom saw my panicked face from across the room and showed me a trick with her phone that I will never forget.
While I was nervously fidgeting with my speaker and phone, she quickly took a plastic cup from the mimosa station, turned on a playlist and plopped her iPhone into the cup. Suddenly the room was filled with music and no one even noticed that I had failed my one and only job. It was such a cool and easy trick and one that I've used a million times since then. I most often use it while I'm in the shower so my music plays over the loud fan, the running water and my bad singing. It's great for a picnic outside or an impromptu dance party anywhere you have access to a cup. Plus, it's free, unlike the expensive bluetooth speaker I bought that decides at the most inopportune moments not to connect to my phone.
To create your own on-the-go speaker, find a cup and place your smartphone in the cup, speaker side down. Since the speakers are on the bottom, the music bounces off the bottom of the cup and goes out the wider opening at the top, like a megaphone. It's so simple and useful! Plastic, glass and paper cups all work, but with varying degrees of amplification. Surprisingly, paper works the best!
Put on some music like our Classic Summer BBQ playlist, plop your phone in a cup and enjoy!
(all photos, jamie grill photography)