Our Favorite Bonfire Party Ideas for Fall Entertaining

You have invested in a beautiful outdoor living space with the fire pit at the center of it all. Now that fall has arrived and the cool weather fever has moved in, it is time to celebrate your outdoor living space. To help kickstart your creativity, here are some of our favorite bonfire party ideas to help you throw a fiery bash around your fire pit.

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Start With Food Menu

The food you choose to include at your bonfire can be vary depending on the overall theme of your outdoor living space as well as the type of party you want to have. While there are many different bonfire party ideas for food, the most important thing is to keep it easy to eat. Try finger foods, a taco bar, a chili station, or something else simple to eat around a campfire that won’t have guests dropping food into their laps.

Add Light Decoration for Effect

Your landscape and outdoor living space should do the majority of the work naturally for decorations. However, you can add a few touches to emphasize that fall and campfire feeling for your guests.

  • Add string lights over your patio space. This will provide lighting to see food and drink but not too much to take away from the atmosphere.
  • Emphasize firelight with candles. To increase the campfire and rustic atmosphere, add tealight candles to the bottom of mason jars.
  • Use barrels, baskets, and other rustic items to store your favors like bug spray, blankets, s’more fixins, etc.

Offer Campfire Party Favors

A campfire is all about getting cozy and spending time with friends and family. One of the best bonfire party ideas to meet this request is with cozy party favors! Get your guests involved in the bonfire by providing scented pinecone fire starters they can add to the campfire to create a lovely, woodsy scent. Create a blanket stand with a basket full of blankets that people can use around the campfire. You can buy campfire blankets online and let guests take them home with them if you don’t have enough of your own to offer.

To keep guests cozy, you should also provide bug spray. Most bugs should be gone by the time the first frost hits and smoke from the fire does a good job of keeping bugs away, but there could still be bugs lingering around light sources where your food is set up. Light a citronella candle and offer complimentary bug spray to guests who feel bites.

The Best of the Bonfire Party Ideas – S’mores!

What is a bonfire party without S’mores? There are so many bonfire party ideas to incorporate s’mores in unique ways. Some of our favorites include: