The Ultimate Guide to Planning a Bonfire Party

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palm trees near projection screen during nighttime
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Planning a bonfire party is easy and fun when you have the right information. A bonfire can be one of the most memorable times in your life, but it is important to plan for safety first. This post will give you everything that you need to know about what goes into planning an adult bonfire party so that yours is safe and successful!

Here’s what you need to do to plan the ultimate bonfire:

Find the perfect bonfire spot!

You will want a flat, private space that is at least 100 feet away from any other structures. Keep in mind the size of both the fire pit and seating area when choosing where to host your party. Be sure the area around and above the bonfire is clear of any dried brush that could easily burn and cause the fire to spread.

Gather Supplies

Here’s a checklist of what you should consider bringing for the bonfire:

  • Wood (stating the obvious here but it’s kind of important!) Make sure the wood is not too wet and ready to burn. Also remember harder woods like oak burn slower which will keep the party going longer.
  • Matches and lighter fluid – get that fire going quickly!
  • If you want to cook hot dogs or S’mores make sure to bring the food and utensils like long skewers to cook the food from a safe distance. These are usually available in most superstore camping sections.
  • Music source (a CD player or radio) for background tunes. Make sure it’s in an area that is far away enough so as not to be damaged by heat or embers from the fire pit.
  • A cooler stocked with your favorite drinks. Just be sure to drink responsibly since fire and alcohol-fueled decisions might result in a trip to the emergency room.
  • Outdoor games such as horseshoes, frisbees, beanbag toss, etc.
  • Chairs or blankets so you can relax and enjoy your time in front of the fire.

Be Safe!

Don’t forget you are still around a fire which can be dangerous so safety should be a top priority.

Make sure to check with local authorities to see if there are any burn bans in effect. If there are dry conditions or high winds it might be best to reschedule the party.

Be sure to keep an eye on the kids near or around the bonfire. They may need to move back if they get too close to the fire pit, and it’s likely that you’ll have some children who don’t want any part of this party after all. Make sure there are plenty of activities for them at a safe distance away.

Have Fun!

The last step is obvious but now that all the planning is done, take nature in and enjoy the time with friends or family. Bonfires are a great way to reconnect and relax without the technology distractions that might pull you away.

If you’re looking for more quick and easy outdoor activities, check out our party ideas blog. Also be sure to use Invitd to send out those bonfire party invitations by text message so you can get quick responses!

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