As the temperatures drops to the single digits, it is the best times to get the bonfire blazing in many parts in the north of India, and in hill stations of the south. In fact, winter parties are not complete without one. However, even with a warm fire rolling, special care needs to be taken to ensure that your guests are warm and comfortable. Also, there is the question of combining unstable elements – fun and fire, so you need to make sure that there are emergency kits placed around the party area.
Also, carefully select your location and the date. Select a day when you are sure that you would have clear skies. Plan a dry finger food menu and add a dash of light music. Also pile up scarves and hand gloves for the winter cold, your guests might need it.
Things to do for a Cosy Bonfire Party
Here are a few pointers to keep your bonfire event under the tabs. Remember to plan out a single fire party, since it is easier to control. Make sure that the area is well lit and free from debris. While planning food and refreshments incorporate warm beverages as well, apart from the regular alcohol.
- Starting the Fire Pit
Your fire pit should be positioned in a safe place, away from any overhanging trees or structures. Fires need to blaze up in the open air, so balconies and terraces are still not a good idea. If you have a fire pit specifically constructed in your yard, it is the safest option. If not, dig a pit that is four feet in diameter and one foot in depth at the centre of the circle. This will ensure that the burning logs do not roll out and the fire stays contained.
- Log up the Wood
Stock dry firewood and wood shaving close by if you need to keep your fire going, wrap it in a plastic bag so that it does not catch the chills. You also need to have a small bottle of kerosene or petrol to get the fire started.
- Warm Seating
Make sure you have enough seating around the bonfire for all your guests. If you run of chairs and stools, keep a stack of yoga mats in reach. If you choose metal and plastic seating, ensure that you have cushions and towels to provide some warmth. You can do a bit of online shopping and get the right options, like bean bags and rugs.
- Water Buckets
Place buckets filled with water around the perimeter. This is an extra safely measure in case the flames get unmanageable. However, keep them away from wires and electricity boxes. If you have decked your yard with lighting, music systems and other electrical appliances, choose to fill the buckets with sand instead.
- Extra warmers
Blankets and spare hand gloves for the winter temperature will be appreciated by all guests. Keep additional scarves or caps in hand for guests who might feel the chills as the night progresses. You can do a bit of shopping for many combo deals and offers for surplus winter accessories.
Well it is a party at the end of the day, so be sure to plan your dress appropriately before you start planning your event. You can find a bunch of winter coats and woollen winter kurtis online to keep you warm through the night. If you like alcohol, take a sip of whiskey before the event to keep your nerves warm.