Everything You Need to Warm Up with a Bonfire This Winter

If you’re looking to warm up and enjoy the company of family and friends this winter, there’s no better way to do so than by having a bonfire. At first, it might seem like all you need is people and a fire, but there are actually quite a few things you’ll want to have on hand to make the experience as enjoyable and safe as possible.

Food and Drinks

Of course you’ll want to make S’mores, especially if there are children at the bonfire. You can also serve dinner by roasting hot dogs. Don’t forget the drinks as well.

  • Graham crackers
  • Chocolate
  • Marshmallows
  • Hot dogs
  • Hot dog buns
  • Condiments (mustard, relish, ketchup)
  • Soda
  • Juice
  • Water
  • Alcoholic beverages

Bonfire Essentials

You’ll need equipment to start the fire as well as places for people to sit and relax and avoid stumbling around in the dark.

  • Kindling
  • Firewood
  • Chairs
  • Blankets
  • Flashlights

Bonfire Cleanup

After the bonfire, you’ll need to clean up. You can wait until the next morning, but everyone will be gone. Having everyone pitch in only takes a couple minutes.

  • Garbage bags
  • Paper towels
  • Water bucket for hot ashes
  • Cleaning wipes


Even if you don’t use everything on this list, it doesn’t hurt to have it on hand. Make sure everyone is happy and nobody goes home disappointed.

  • Plates, cups, napkins, and utensils
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Bottle opener or corkscrew
  • Skewers
  • Insect repellent
  • Serving tray
  • Music player

If you feel like bringing the fire inside, Blue Water Kitchens & More has a great selection of fireplaces including electrics, inserts, log sets, stoves, and even outdoor fireplaces. Give us a call today at 810-958-3193 or stop by our Lakeport location to learn more.