It's the time of year for hoodies, crunching leaves, chilly mornings, and warm crackling fires. This fall, bring them all together with your friends by hosting a bonfire party.
Having a good bonfire party starts with either awesome weather or a great attitude. You'll need one to pull it off, and I suggest a great attitude, so no matter what the weather the night will be a success regardless.
There's really only 3 parts to a great bonfire. These can serve as a general reminder for you to follow to ensure your night is a success.
The colder the weather, the bigger the bonfire.Plan accordingly so that if the night will be cold you and your guests will be cozy. Keep blankets on hand and at the ready, and a stack of wood to keep the fire going. You'll need seating that caters to the temperature as well. For instance, if it's super chilly you probably should upgrade those lawn chairs to something more comfortable, like a couch!
The amount of space you have will determine The BOnfire You can have.There are lots of outdoor games to be played at your bonfire, but the ones you can play will be completely dependant on how much space you have. With a big field you could have glow in the dark crouqet, boche ball, volleyball, tag, or adult games like drunken softball if you are with adults.
Always roast and toast!When there's a fire, people want to roast food and they want to toast drinks, so always have something for them to a)roast themselves with the fire, and b)toast themselves while around it. Smores are easy and fun, and beverages can be fun like sparkling cider or rich like hot cocoa.
Turns out rakes also double as smore-makers
For those special kinds of bonfires where anything goes and having a good time knows no bounds, a rake is all you need to get the job done. No fancy tools required.
Don't forget the weenies
This may shock you as well -but where rakes really excel is in roasting weenies! This works great for parties of 10 or more, as you can slide on a hot dog onto each prong of the rake and mass-roast them all in one go. CAUTION: You may never cook hotdogs the regular ol' boring way again after trying this.
Add Awesome Lighting
Creative lighting can really crank up the style-factor of your bonfire, and these glow sticks in water balloons inside pantyhose hanging from trees is proof of it. Glow sticks are just one of the popular options for lighting your party (besides the bonfire of course!). You can also use tea candles in jars and even christmas lights draped from tree to tree or around the trunks.
Outdoor Photo Booth
Give your guests a special place to take memorable photos they can keep and share with friends. This particular one uses elements from the indoors outside, which makes it interesting and fun. Depending on your style or tastes, you can use things like bales of hay, pallets, a couch, or even a tractor if that's your thing. The possibilities are endless.
Creative coolers are the best
Why use a boring, regular old cooler when you can use something that adds to the theme of your party? Wheelbarrows have a lot more to offer than just hauling our trimmings and dirt around with. The portability and the capacity of these wonderful tools make them great makeshift coolers. Just dump in a couple bucket-loads of ice, add your beverages, and you'll be giving your guests the thrill of fetching a ice-cold beverage from a wheelbarrow.
Haybales make great seats
Chances are your guests will need a place to sit to enjoy the fire. Why not make it a comfortable and themely seat by adding a dozen haybales around the fire. All that is required to top these make-shift seats off is a comfy blanket over the top of them to keep hay off of guests. You can also omit the blanket if hay on the rear ins't a problem for them, or better yet -you!
Memorable Party invitations
For the planner that really wants to raise the expectations of guests, this idea is a must. You can invite your guests with DIY s'mores kits, which is a clever way to create excitement by getting your guests thinking about what's to come.