When the weather cools, don’t let the change of seasons push your party indoors. Spark up the fire pit and relax under the stars.
Creating a refuge doesn’t need to be overly complicated. With so many fire pit options from cauldron style (pictured above) to gas or propane-powered, often all you have to do is just flip a switch.
Just imagine warming up around a crackling fire with toasty marshmallows in your own backyard. Your outdoor fire pit space will be a place where people gather.
Ideas to fuel the fun:
- Remove the chill. Get your backyard entertainment area ready by choosing the right fire pit for your space. Determine your type, whether it’s free-standing, fuel-burning or a DIY fire feature. There are so many possibilities, including fire pits you can cook on.
- Mark a path. Lead the way to the fire pit fun with landscape lighting or lanterns. Place the lighting along a walkway, or use them to brighten dark corners on the patio. You could also add string lights around your space.
- Stay seated. Consider a garden bench or deck storage box that’s designed to double as an extra seat. Your family and friends will rock along with the fun sitting in the above glider bench.
- Get cozy. As temperatures drop, your guests will stay warm and cozy with throws or blankets. Try keeping a basket of extra mittens and scarves at hand, in case guests forget to bring their own.
- Quench your thirst. Serve a variety of hot drinks, including hot chocolate, hot apple cider and a sampling of spiced teas and coffees. All you need is a serving tray and drink station. A potting bench can even do double duty as a drink station.
- Eat more s’mores. Set up a s’mores station. Use long-handled camping forks for browning marshmallows over the fire.
- Firewood. Keep the fire going with logs and fire starters within reach. You could also keep a rack of logs ready so all you have to do is stoke the fire. Learn about cutting and keeping your own firewood.
Now all you need to do is spark up the fire pit and enjoy. Of course, you’ll want to keep your fire feature working like new, so keep it covered. Here’s some additional tips on maintaining your fire pit.