As the temperatures drop, stay warm at the beach with a bonfire. Before you start inviting everyone for a bonfire, make sure you are ready to do so. From food to activities, learn how to host a beach bonfire.
How to Make the Bonfire
To start, learn how to make the bonfire itself. Firstly, dig a round hole that is nice and small. Then, find rocks and use them to form a circle around the hole. Next, add three logs along with plenty of kindling. The simplest arrangement is putting two logs parallel with kindling between them and the third log on top.
Once your logs are in position, light the kindling with a long lighter. Remember that the fire may take 15 minutes to reach your desired size. As the kindling lights up, gently blow air on it to encourage the fire.
Pack Everything You’ll Need
Before the bonfire, make a list of what you need, and then confirm you have everything on hand. Your list should include:
- Whatever you need to cook the food
- A cooler
- Paper towels
- Garbage bags
What Food to Make and Bring
For a beach bonfire, you want some prepared food and items to cook on the fire.
S’mores are a classic. As such, you don’t want to forget them. However, you can get creative and swap out graham crackers for cookies or choose a unique type of chocolate.
If you don’t know what to cook, consider salmon. It is easy to make on the campfire with a campfire fish basket. Before putting it over the fire, place the salmon in the basket. Then, add butter, salt, pepper, and lemon juice and put it over the fire until cooked.
Additionally, get ideas from camping recipes. After all, you can cook anything over a bonfire if you can do it on a campfire.
Other Activity Ideas
At a beach bonfire, you’ll spend a lot of time talking and eating. But you also need other activities to do.
Consider campfire songs. Even if you don’t have instruments, this is fun. Of course, if someone can bring a guitar.
Or consider telling scary stories. To level up, have a competition on who tells the scariest story or funniest scary story.
Stargazing is another great option. Of course, you’ll need to get at least a few feet from the campfire to see the stars. If you want to stargaze, download a stargazing app on your phone, so you can identify stars and constellations. And don’t forget to bring a telescope.
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Don’t start the bonfire process until you are sure your beaches allow bonfires, as many require permits, including Fort Walton Beach!