One of the best memories I have about fall is when we would have bonfires. My dad would build a big fire and would gather up lots of branches and sharpen the ends so we could skewer our hot dog weenies and marshmallows. S’mores are my jam, you guys! So, to recreate that fall memory from growing up, I’m sharing how to host a fall bonfire of your own! You can invite some friends over for some beers, hot dogs, and a few s’mores for a fun and cozy night gathered around the fire. We had so much fun doing this last weekend!
How to Host a Fall Bonfire
Plan Out Your Set Up
You have to figure out where you’re going to do your bonfire. Are you going to create a circle out of stones and do your bonfire there, or are you going to use a fire pit? A fire pit is my recommendation because it makes clean up super easy, and it also looks really nice. You can also move it around to where you want it to be. Once you figure out the perfect spot, you’ll want to figure out how people are going to sit. Do you have some lawn chairs that you could cozy up, or some lawn furniture? Are you going to go super rustic with bales of hay with throw blankets on them? These are both great options, but you just have to think about the best options for your guests. If you have quite a few people coming, it might be cheaper to buy several bales of hay that will seat 2-3 people each to mix in with the chairs you already have, rather than trying to gather up enough chairs for everyone.
Cozy Up Your Seating
When I imagine a fall bonfire, I think about crocheted or plaid blankets. Doesn’t plaid just scream fall? To be honest, I wouldn’t normally use plaid in my home decor per se, but I think it works really well in this setting for creating that cozy, lodge kind of feel that automatically comes with a bonfire. You could also use some throw pillows as well, but you may want to use some that can easily be washed, because that campfire smell is going to cling to the fabric. Some people pay good money for those cozy fireplace scented candles, but honestly you just don’t want your throw pillows stinking up the house.haha So, think about fabrics that can easily be washed, or maybe get some cheapos that will look great, but that you can keep those outside with your patio furniture.
Create the Food Spread
Because the food for a bonfire is more of a DIY, you can get creative with the presentation. Of course, you’ll want more of a buffet set up because you want people to easily grab and go. Some ideas would be to use the little hot dog trays to set out your hot dogs. You can also create s’mores kits that include graham crackers, marshmallows, and the mini Hershey bars. Tie these up with some cute ribbon in a cellophane baggy, and you’re guests can easily grab and go.
Add Some Cocktails
And of course, you can’t have a party without the perfect cocktail. One of my favorite cocktails for fall is a boozy cider with Hard Cider like Angry Orchard or Woodchuck served with a shot of fireball. It’s the perfect fall drink that’s super low maintenance, has all the fall vibes, and is really cozy. To serve, I’m placing the glass bottles of Angry Orchard in a galvanized tub to ice them. I have to drink my drinks super cold. Then, I will set up mason jars for people to pour their drinks into. These will have a mini bottle of fireball tied to their jar, so they can just pour in their shot when they pour their beer. So it’s kind of like a DIY cocktail station. You could add garnishes like sliced apples or cinnamon sticks to add a little flair. The great thing about mason jars is you can get a whole pack of mason jars for a super affordable price, which is perfect if you have a big group of friends or family coming over, or maybe it’s a neighborhood celebration. Then, you have a matching set of drinkwear for a large group of people, and you can reuse them for other projects when you’re done.
Hosting a bonfire is a super fun way to enjoy those crisp fall evenings. Something about gathering around a fire with your favorite people makes for great conversation and even better memories. What’s your favorite way to celebrate the arrival of fall?
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