Light up bonfires in your backyard the right way.
Entertaining friends more often is easy–all you need is a quick, low-stress way to do it. This summer, I’ll be throwing a bi-monthly bonfire party at my house to gather friends for a night of s’mores and good old-fashioned fun. Here are a few tips that I’ll be keeping in mind:
What to Provide
E-invites. Send a quick email invitation to your friends to let them know about your impromptu bonfire party. Since this is a simple and casual gathering, you can also remind them, through text messaging, of the time and date.
Food and Drinks. Keep your impromptu bonfire simple. Just provide fixings for s’mores. If you want something more filling, go for hotdogs and the like, and let your friends bring side dishes. What you’ll be serving for drinks depends on the crowd. If it’s mostly adults, serve both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. With our friends, we often have a casual BYOB set-up, especially if we already get together often.
Setting up a food and drinks station near the bonfire area depends on the bug situation. In the Midwest, mosquitoes and flies are everywhere at the height of summer, so it would be better to have the food set up indoors.
S’mores. A bonfire party is never complete without s’mores. Arrange the Graham crackers, marshmallows, and chocolate bars on a platter and place it on a tree stump near the bonfire or fire pit. If you don’t have a tree stump readily available, use a TV tray or a low stool.
Where to Place Your Bonfire
Your bonfire or fire pit should be in the middle of the backyard. Surround it with enough lawn chairs and large logs to accommodate your guests. These types of seats are perfect for a casual get-together around a roaring fire. Add a touch of décor by providing blankets on your lawn chairs and logs in case the evening turns chilly.
What to Decorate Your Bonfire Party With
Keep your decorations casual. Surround your backyard or bonfire area with strung-up lights. You can also add candles if you want.
How to Keep Mosquitoes Away
Citronella candles do double duty—they repel mosquitoes and add to your décor. Installing bug lights or using tiki torches also keeps mosquitoes away from the bonfire area. Don’t forget to spray insect repellant (preferably odorless) as well, especially on the kids!
Grab the chance to throw an impromptu bonfire for your family and friends with these easy ideas!by