How to Host a Bonfire Party

Learn how to throw the perfect bonfire party! We cover all the essentials, from bonfire games to menu ideas.

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After long days of swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding at the cabin, my family and I gather around the bonfire before settling in for the night. It has become quite the family tradition. Some nights are for lounging where others are for hosting bonfire parties with our extended family and friends (and depending on the night, the tiki bar comes out to play!). Here are some of my family’s tried and true tips for hosting the ultimate bonfire party.

Bonfire Party Ideas

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My family loves any excuse to bring out the tiki bar, but there are plenty of other fun bonfire ideas to choose from. Some of our other favorites are glow-in-the-dark (with glow-in-the-dark attire, of course), patriotic and an outdoor movie bonfire. No matter which theme you choose, they’re all simple to set up on a whim.

Party ideas we’ve tried (and others that are on our bonfire bucket list):

Tools You’ll Need

No matter which bonfire idea you choose, these tools are essential for any bonfire party.

Host a bonfire party wherever you’d like with this portable bonfire pit. Bring it to the beach or on your next camping trip for an instant bonfire party.

If you don’t have a set of marshmallow skewers, now’s the time to snag ’em. The best part? You don’t need to worry about your little ones getting to close to the fire with their extendable prongs.

Classy and easy to bring on-the-go, these foldable Adirondack chairs are a bonfire party must-have. Plus, they have over 50 colors to choose from.

What to Serve

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Hot dogs, s’mores and brats are the quintessential bonfire foods that you absolutely need around the fire. But if you feel like switching things up a bit, we’ve got your back. Why not try one of these fun twists on s’mores? Or maybe you’re up for a cool summer drink? We’ve got plenty of backyard bonfire recipes for you to try out.

Bonfire recipes we recommend:

Bonfire Games

Depending on the age group of your party, you can choose from a wide variety of bonfire games. Unleash your inner child with a round of hide-and-seek tag or kick the can. Bonus: everyone will sleep great tonight after a round of these. If it’s an adult-only party, try singing some classic campfire songs or playing a round of telephone. Check out these other outdoor games for more ideas, too.

Our favorite bonfire games:

  • Hide-and-seek or hide-and-seek tag
  • Kick the can
  • Telephone
  • Truth or dare
  • Campfire songs
  • Two truths and a lie
  • Charades
  • Mafia
  • Outdoor scavenger hunt
  • Red rover
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Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.