How To Plan A Bonfire Night Party

How To Plan A Bonfire Night Party: Full Guide (Updated)

Last Updated on March 24, 2024 by Kimberlee Johnson

Ah, what an ideal moment for a bonfire evening! This presents the perfect chance to partake in some outdoor fun, such as toasting marshmallows and watching the night sky light up with dazzling fireworks.

Whether you’re a bonfire night veteran or a first-timer, we’re here to help make your planning process a breeze. 

With that, we’ll give you all the tips and tricks you need to plan a bonfire night party your friends and family will soon forget. Read on. 

10 Clever Tips To Host A Bonfire Night Party

1. Choose The Right Location


Select a safe, open, and spacious area for the bonfire, away from buildings, trees, or other flammable materials. 

Make sure it’s legal to have a bonfire in your chosen location and follow any local regulations.

2. Send Out Invitations Early

Invite your guests well in advance to ensure they have enough time to RSVP and make plans. Consider using an online invitation platform for easy tracking and communication. Know how to throw a gingerbread house decorating party here.

3. Look Up The Weather Forecast

Check the weather forecast leading up to the event and have a backup plan in case of rain or strong winds. You should have a canopy, tent, or indoor space if needed.

4. Create A Comfortable Seating Area

Set chairs, benches, or blankets around the fire pit for a successful bonfire night party. 

Ensure you provide enough seating for all your guests and ensure the area is well-lit to ensure everyone can safely enjoy the fire and the evening activities. 

Spice up the atmosphere by providing extra seating options like bean bags or cushions and have some cozy blankets nearby if anyone gets chilly.

5. Gather Firewood & Kindling

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Collect the materials a couple of days before giving yourself plenty of time. Cut the wood into small pieces for a longer-lasting flame, and use twigs and leaves as kindling to help it ignite. 

“The bigger you build the bonfire, the more darkness is revealed.”

Terence McKenna, American Ethnobotanist

Remember to check that all the materials are dry – no damp firewood. It’ll help make sure your fire catches quickly and lasts longer.

6. Plan Fire Safety Precautions

Keep a fire extinguisher, a bucket of water, or sand nearby in case of emergencies. Establish ground rules for guests, like not throwing items into the fire or getting too close.

7. Make A Creative Menu 

Offer a variety of food options suitable for a bonfire party. Toasted marshmallows on sticks, “ghostly” sheet pan pizza, and pumpkin-shaped sweet treats are all great ideas. 

Or try roasted corn with garlic butter, a warm apple cider punch, and sweet potatoes [1] to get into the season’s spirit. 

If you’re feeling adventurous, why not try fire-roasted vegetables and meats? And make hot beverages such as hot chocolate, tea, or coffee to enjoy while sitting by the fire.

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8. Organize Entertainment

Try playing outdoor games like cornhole, ladder toss, and horseshoes. Keep everyone entertained by having a few cards and board games ready. 

If you have the budget, hire a local band or DJ to add live music to the event. Or, set up a movie projector and show a movie outdoors. 

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9. Set The Mood With Lighting

String up fairy lights or lanterns around the seating area to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

10. Dress Appropriately

Man Wearing Jacket

When planning a bonfire night party, ensure your guests dress for the occasion and the weather. Have them bundle up in sweaters, jackets [2], and boots if it’s cold. 

Comfort is key, so avoid anything too revealing or restrictive. And, of course, comfy shoes are necessary for walking around the bonfire area.

Read: What Do You Wear To An Outdoor Party At Night?

What Should You Avoid Doing At A Bonfire?

Never bring combustible items such as aerosols or gasoline near the fire to avoid any hazardous situations. Keep an eye on the flames, and never leave the bonfire unattended. 

Additionally, it’s illegal to consume alcohol in most public places, so avoid bringing alcoholic beverages to the bonfire. 

Next, avoid throwing items such as glass and plastic into the fire, as they can create dangerous sparks. 

Finally, stay a safe distance from the fire to avoid being burned by the heat. 


What is the ideal time to have a bonfire?

The ideal time to have a bonfire is in the late evening, early night, or early morning when the weather is cool, and there is little wind. 

Also, ensure you’re safe, far from any dry leaves or anything else that could catch fire.

What outdoor temperature is optimal for a bonfire?

The optimal outdoor temperature for a bonfire is between 45-50 degrees Fahrenheit. 

What do you do to stay warm when having a bonfire?

Wear layers of warm clothing and wrap yourself in a blanket when sitting around the bonfire. Or you can wear gloves, hats, and scarves to warm yourself.

But what are other tips to keep guests warm at an outdoor party?  

Should you shower after a bonfire?

Yes, you should shower after a bonfire. Removing any dirt, smoke, and debris that may have clung to your skin or hair from the fire is important.

Bottom Line

The night of the bonfire is the ideal occasion for getting together with close friends and family to celebrate the arrival of autumn.

With careful planning and preparation, you can create a night of fun and memories. 

So don’t wait any longer- gather some logs, invite your guests, and get ready to experience a night of warmth and fun. 


Kimberlee Johnson
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