I had a bonfire party with some of my girlfriends the the other week and we had a great time! A bonfire party is a fun, and inexpensive way to celebrate life with those you love. I know certain areas of the northern hemisphere aren’t exactly ready for bonfire season, but if not, you can keep this stored in your entertaining archives.
Mandatory Party Items:
- Dry firewood
- Kindling (Dry twigs)
- Tinder (dead leaves and pine needles)
- Matches or lighter
- Lighter fluid (in case the fire doesn’t take)
- Speakers and music
- S’mores Ingredients (graham crackers, marshmallows and candies)
- S’mores roasting sticks
- Blankets (incase the air is chilly)
- Decor to set the mood (I set candles up around my home to create an intimate and comfortable environment)
Step 1: Pick a theme or tone you want to convey
Since this was an intimate bonfire with about 7 ladies, I decided to take more of a relaxed environment with candles.
Step 2: Pick the menu
This this is a bonfire, so I decided to go with a s’more bar. I picked my friends’ favorite candies to add instead of just chocolate (I bought Reese’s, Snickers, Hershey’s with and without almonds, Ghirardelli chocolate with sea salt, Milky Way and Twix)
For beverages, I had white wine, red wine, beer (I love the Shiner Birthday Pilsner) and sparkling water. This covers almost all the bases your guests could ask of. If your guests would like something more specific, I wouldn’t worry about it- they are more than welcome to contribute to the party.
Step 3: Pick the music
This should be consistent with the theme. I chose (my favorite Pandora playlist), Hipster Cocktail Party. It’s a great combination or Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, as well as a nice mix of today’s music from The Black Keys, The Lumineers, Of Monster and Men, and other great artists.
Step 4: Prep the fire
The best (I personally believe) way to build a fire is by building the teepee style structure.
It starts with newspaper, tinder and kindling in the middle. Above this, build the teepee with the firewood and more kindling.
Note: Make sure you have a backup plan for if your bonfire isn’t starting (we ended up roasting the marshmallows over the gas oven 😉 I didn’t have any kindling)
Once your guests start to arrive, just light, turn on some tunes, roast your s’mores and enjoy!