How to Host a Backyard Bonfire

Crisp, cool evenings call for cozy evenings by the fire. What better way to spend time with friends and family as we creep into November than to host an epic bonfire night? We’ve rounded up some tips for you to host a fun and safe evening out by the fire!

Prepare your property

Before you host an outdoor event, you’ll want to make sure your home is looking great! Chances are, the back of your house doesn’t typically get a whole lot of attention. But as you start to prepare to have company, you may notice that the exterior of your home could use a little love. Go ahead a book an appointment to have your house power washed. It’ll make such a difference! We provide Mecklenburg County, the greater Charlotte Metro area, and Fort Mill, SC with premier power washing, house washing, and gutter cleaning services! To learn more or to get a free quote, click here!

The fire pit: what you’ll need

  • A pre-built fire pit (Home Depot has a nice selection) or
  • A shovel to dig a shallow pit
  • Stones or bricks (to surround the shallow hole)
  • Dry twigs, leaves, wood
  • Fuel logs

The atmosphere: What you’ll need

  • Camping or adirondack chairs
  • A table for the food spread
  • String lights
  • Tiki torches
  • Decor of your choosing.

Backyard Bonfire Food Inspiration

  • S’mores ingredients
    • graham crackers
    • large marshmallows
    • chocolate bars
    • roasting sticks
  • Hot Cocoa & Toppings Bar
    • Crockpot for cocoa
    • mini marshmallows
    • crushed up peppermints
    • whipped cream
    • graham cracker crumbs
    • chocolate chips
    • sprinkles
  • Campfire Hot dogs
  • Chili & Toppings Bar
    • Crockpot for chili
    • your favorite chili recipe
    • tortilla chips
    • Fritos
    • shredded cheese
    • sour cream
    • chives
    • cornbread

Safety Tips

Safety should always come first when you’re dealing with an open flame. First things first, keep a fire extinguisher and a bucket of water handy.

You’ll want to let your neighbors know that you’re planning to light a bonfire. Only burn dry materials–damp materials cause more smoke which can prompt neighbors to call the authorities if they aren’t aware of your plans.

Make sure to keep your fire away from sheds, fences, and trees.

NEVER use fuel or paraffin to get the fire going. These can cause the fire to get out of control quickly.

Don’t ever leave the fire unattended.

Be sure to keep children and pets away from the fire. If you allow the children to participate in the roasting, supervise them carefully.

To safely extinguish the fire at the end of the night, allow the flames to die down then drown the embers with water. Keep an eye on the embers to ensure they’re fully extinguished then mix the embers with dirt or soil.

The last step? Enjoy yourself!