While everyone likes to stay indoors during winters, a bonfire party can be a great idea to gather your loved ones around a blazing fire to enjoy the winter breeze. Bonfires are super laid-back and much easier to organise – minimal set-up, no house to clean with easy to prepare food. We have listed down everything you need to know to throw a perfect and memorable bonfire party.
• First of all, you need a fire place. You can use our DIY to make a permanent firepit in your backyard. For a mini bonfire, however, you can use a solo bonfire stove or gather sticks from the surrounding area and set them up the same way you would use larger branches or logs. If you are hosting your bonfire in an offbeat setting, like the woods or beach, make sure you clear the area.
• While a bonfire calls for a minimal set-up, you can still decorate the party area to charm your guests. Light the way for guests with an enchanting glow, using paper lanterns. You do not have to spend a fortune on decor, just choose a tablecloth, napkins, colourful straws, make a banner for the garden fence, some DIY lanterns and you are ready to go.
• Simple seating arrangements on stools, tripods or wooden chairs or even on the floor will be a good idea.
• Marshmallows and s’mores are a classic around bonfires. You can serve both sweet and savoury items but make sure it’s finger food and not a proper three course meal. Also, serve hot chocolate and coffee to keep everyone warm.
• Amp up the cozy factor by providing some blankets, in case it gets chilly.
• If you are throwing a big party, you can even arrange a fireworks show. Keep in mind, you need to have a realistic number of fireworks – people get bored, if you have too many.
• For a smaller gathering, you can arrange a sparkler station and make the night all sparkly and bright for your loved ones.
• Safety should be your topmost priority, when planning a bonfire. Do not forget to keep insect repellents and a fire extinguisher handy at the party place. Always extinguish the fire completely at the end of the party. Your guests will definitely appreciate your thoughtfulness. •
Lay out the bottom ring of stones in the grass where you want the firepit to be. If you are going to use a metal ring, you can use that to build a few stones around to find your circle. Remove a few stones so you have space between them, and use the spray paint to mark where the outside of the stones would hit. Remove the remaining stones and complete your painted circle.
Dig out your circle 6-inches deep. Depending on where you live, this will be an easy or challenging task.
Once you have a 6-inches hole dug out, you’ll want to pour gravel into it until the gravel is at level with the ground. The gravel will give your firepit an important drainage area when it rains.
Place your first ring of stones around the edge of the gravel circle and use a rubber mallet to tamp the stones flat and even with each other. If using a metal ring, you can keep that in the middle to make sure you are fitting your stones right up against the ring. When placing the second row of stones, place some masonry adhesive on the bottom of each stone and stagger the placement of the second row (the middle of each stone should sit on the end seams of the row beneath it). Use the rubber mallet to even and tighten the stone placement. Repeat the process with the third row.
1. Grab a tin can that you are not using anymore, remove the label and any blobs of glue from the can.
2. Mark out where you want to drill holes. You can choose the size and pattern of the holes. You can even create your own patterns, if you want. Draw your design on a piece of paper to fit the size of the can. Tape in place. If you’re drawing your own design, ensure that the gap between holes is at least as large as the diameter of each hole.
3. Drill the holes, using a drill machine. You must also drill holes to attach a string or handle if you want to hang your lamp somewhere.
4. Fill the can with newspaper and spray paint it evenly using the colour of your choice.
5. Attach the handle or string to the tin. Cover it with a ribbon or you can be as creative as you want to be with this part of the project too.
6. Fill in the can with flashing firefly lights and your firefly lamp is ready. You can make this your porch light or use it to decorate your writing table.
Polka-dot Mason Jar Lantern
1. Prep and clean mason jars of your choice.
2. Stick round-shaped stickers on the outside of the jars to make a polka-dot pattern.
3. Spray an even coat of paint of the colour of your choice on the jars and let them dry before touching them again.
4. Once the paint on the jars has completely dried out, remove the stickers.
5. You can now add tea lights, candles or battery-operated lights to light your lantern.
6. You can attach wire handles to your mason jar lanterns if you want to hang them outside or you can place them on your bedside table.