Regardless of the season, having a backyard fire pit is a great outlet for hosting lively outdoor parties for friends and family. Whether it’s a cool spring evening, a warm summer night, or a brisk autumn day, a fire pit is a cozy and exciting centerpiece for any get-together.
If you’re looking to plan a backyard fire pit party of your own, here are some fun backyard party ideas to kickstart your creativity and help you plan the perfect party for your backyard fire pit during any season of the year.
Backyard S’Mores (and More)
Everyone loves s’mores. They’re a classic staple of camping trips and are loved by children and adults alike. They rekindle the nostalgic excitement of childhood and fit the mood of any season that allows you and your loved ones to gather around a warm fire.
To make things even better, a fire pit can be used for so much more than just s’mores. S’mores are a classic snack, but if you’re looking to try something new, there’s an eclectic variety of fire pit accessories you can use to cook any number of snacks or treats.
With options ranging from classic marshmallow roasters to hot dog skewers and grilled sandwich cages to popcorn poppers, you can make something for everyone.
If you’re looking for something more substantial than s’mores or snacks, then a fire pit can also be the host of a cozy outdoor dinner party. If you invest in a grill grate, you can create a makeshift grill that allows you to cook just about anything over your gas or wood burning fire pit.
Kebabs are always a popular option for dinner via fire pit, but your options don’t stop there. Cooking over fire is as effective as an oven—if not more effective—so feel free to experiment by cooking all kinds of meals. Everything from soups to pasta to meats to dessert can be cooked to perfection on a grill grate, making them a great, crowd-pleasing addition to any outdoor party.
Movies by the Fire
Movie nights are a classic, nostalgic past time that shouldn’t be confined to the indoors. With a portable projector—or even one of those relatively inexpensive smartphone projectors—and a simple white sheet, you can bring the movies outdoors and enjoy a thrilling adventure, moving drama, or laugh-out-loud comedy by the warmth and comfort of your fire pit.
An easy and reliable option for any party is a game night. Depending on how large your party is, card games, board games, or backyard games like croquet, horseshoes, bocce ball, or badminton are all good options that can get people active and engaged in a fun group activity.
You can even add an edge of competition to the proceedings, and keep score during whatever game you play so the winner can take home a fun prize like a bottle of wine or a freshly baked dessert. Incorporating games into your backyard fire pit party can be a great way to boost the energy of the group and provide everyone with a variety of activities to choose from.
Camping at Home
Camping is usually associated with taking a tent out into the woods or to a designated camping ground, but that doesn’t have to be the case. If your backyard is big enough, invite some friends over and offer to host them for an evening of backyard camping. If you have children, ask another family to come by and join you in a mini-camping trip right in your own backyard.
With a warm fire pit to huddle around, personal tents, and easy access to the comfort of your home, you can replicate the experience of camping in the woods without needing to sacrifice your comfort or privacy. Sleeping outside can be a refreshing change of pace for the young and old alike, as there are few things that can match the relaxation of stargazing or the sounds of crickets chirping you to sleep.
In the end, your fire pit party can be anything you want it to be. There are factors to keep in mind—like the size of your party, the age of everyone attending, the space of your backyard, etc.—but there are so many options for you to pick-and-choose from that you can host a party around your fire pit that’s unique to you, memorable for your guests, and ultimately, fun for everyone.