Late Night Campfire: DIY Party

My favourite kind of party always ends with a casual bonfire, roasting marshmallows, singing by the fireside and listening to some good music. This time, however, I decided to start the party that way. As an end-of-the-year, school’s out celebration, my friends and I all spent the night camping out in my backyard. We set up the yard with lights, seating, tents and some great food.  This is the kind of realizing, fun party that anyone can have in their own yard. As for the music, I would definitely recommend my June Playlist. Here are some of our little secrets and how-to’s to throw a classic bonfire party that no one will forget.

The Setup

To set up the lights, we in fact used outdoor christmas lights and paper lanterns and attached them to a thick cord, all held up by four wooden posts. In addition, we took some empty bean cans (a giant three-bean salad was made specially for this part) and poked holes in them to place candles inside. To do so, we had to place water in the cans and freeze them so they wouldn’t break when we poked the holes. Then we wrapped wire in two of the top holes to hang them securely on the cord.

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The Menu

 

 

No bonfire is complete without s’mores, so of course we had to pull out the marshmallows. All you need are graham crackers, chocolate bars and marshmallows. And be sure to grab a bunch of sticks in the backyard, preferably long, with one smaller end to attach the marshmallows. Roast the marshmallows in the fire, then take two half pieces of graham cracker, place some chocolate on one, and sandwich the gooey marshmallow. It works best when the marshmallow is burnt.

As for the drinks, we used mason jar glasses with handles and made an assortment of beverages, the headliners being strawberry daiquiris and piña coladas. Both are easy to make. You can find the strawberry daiquiri recipe here and the piña colada recipe here.

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