Guide to the Ultimate Backyard Campfire
When we think summer we think of spending time with friends, enjoying the warm days with refreshing drinks, and our favorite spending cool summer evenings around a campfire roasting s’mores. Although we can’t always go to the beach to have a bonfire or go to the nearest national park to go camping, but for those homeowners out there with yards you can bring this essential part of summer to your homes.
With a simple weekend warrior project, you can mimic this epic summertime activity by building or purchasing a fire pit and adding in a cute seating area. You’ll be the hostess with the most-est when you have all your friends round for dinner al fresco and drinks by the fire. Here are our 10 tips, tricks, and must-haves to make sure you have the ultimate backyard campfire!
1. A Fire Pit
Now you can’t just go starting fires willy-nilly. As a wise bear once said, “that’s how wildfires are started.” A fire pit is the first step and is essential in order to contain the fire. If you don’t have a fire pit you might just catch your grass (or loved ones) on fire. So whether you choose to build your own in or above the ground, buy an already manufactured fire pit or hire a contractor to get one professionally installed into your house you need one nonetheless. Heck, you can start a metal trash can, we don’t judge. As long as there is no potential risk of your house burning down!
Check out our favorite fire pits and DIYs:
2. Plenty of Seating
We wouldn’t want your guest standing the whole time during the campfire, would we? Whether it’s having some folding chairs, a whole outdoor patio set or tossing large blankets and pillows on the ground you’ll need plenty of seating if you’re hosting a backyard campfire.
Check out our favorite outdoor seating furniture and DIYs:
3. Mood Lighting
The light from the campfire isn’t enough to help you and your guests see at night. You wouldn’t want anyone to stumble over your DIY cobblestone walkway and drop their plate of food because they couldn’t see. Plus it makes your backyard something straight off your Pinterest mood boards and is always Instagramable.
Check out these mood lights and helpful DIYs to hang them:
4. Campfire Gadgets + Games
To keep your campfire lit (see what we did there) you’ll definitely need some cool campfire gadgets and fun backyard games. Show your grill master skills off with a campfire cooking grill or get some competition going with lawn darts or cornhole. With spending outside during the summer you are highly prone to getting annoying bug bites. So stock up on citronella candles, bug spray and bite neutralizers just in case!
Check out our must-have gadgets for your backyard campfire:
5. Food + Munchies
We know this is a no-brainer when it comes to hosting any form of gathering, but believe us that it needs to be mentioned. Not only do you need food and snacks to keep your guests from getting hangry, but make sure you have enough of it! And if you’re doubling up with having a campfire and BBQ check out our guide to the ultimate backyard BBQ to make sure gathering is the best it can be!
A party, even a small backyard campfire needs refreshments. The combination of the lingering heat from the day and the warmth of the fire will definitely make your guests parched. Help them quench their thirst with a nice tequila or whiskey cocktail… or if they don’t consume alcohol or you have some kiddos by the campfire check out our favorite refreshing detox water recipes. They are ten times healthier than soda and concentrate juice, but they’re more flavorful than water or to do summer right a big pitcher of fresh squeezed lemonade will do the trick!
S’mores are an essential piece to any campfire, there is no argument about that! No campfire, whether it’s a campfire at the beach, while camping or in your backyard you need the sweet, gooey and crunchy combination of graham cracker, marshmallow, and chocolate! Like we said before with the food and snacks, make sure you have enough to go around because the s’mores will be the hit of the backyard campfire. Don’t want to leave your guests will be wanting s’more!
8. S’mores Accessories
Not only do you need s’mores but you need all the fun accouterments and gadgets to roast and toast your sweet treats. You may need to invest in the Six S’more Maker, S’mores Toaster Warmer, Twig Marshmallow Skewer or two in one hot dog and marshmallow roasting fishing pole to ensure that your backyard campfire is indeed ultimate. And if the s’mores have everyone around the fire pit and it’s getting a bit cramped you might want to have an electronic s’mores maker as back up… just in case!
9. Extra Wood + Wood Storage
You wouldn’t want the party to end by not having enough furniture to last the whole night! When you’re out buying or even chopping your own firewood when you think you have enough stock up just a little more. You don’t want to invite everyone over on a cool summer evening and have to send everyone home early because you didn’t have enough fuel for the fire. Also, you can’t forget a chic or trendy way to display/store your wood. It wouldn’t be the ultimate backyard campfire setting without the rustic-ness of some extra firewood around.
Check out our favorite firewood storage products and DIYs:
10. Fire Extinguisher
We highly recommend having a fire extinguisher handy, just for precautionary measures. Of course, we want you to have fun with all your fun campfire games and gadgets. But, you never know what might happen during your backyard campfire. It’s better to be prepared for the worst than have the worst happen… and you know have your house burn down.
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