Celebrate Autumn with a Backyard Campfire!

kissesIndoor parties are a mixed blessing. Unfortunately you have to tidy your home. Fortunately, your home is tidy.

Outdoor parties are a different ballgame. Hang a sign on the front door and unlock a side gate. The only part of your home that needs cleaning is the path from the back door to the nearest bathroom.

0166b1f3c49ce32c6cee53c9800e9435127965a147In my last post, I laid down some serious Carpe Diem on old, fleeting Autumn. So I took my own advice and threw an impromptu backyard campfire!

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What you’ll need:

– A box of Hershey bars

– Graham crackers

– A bag of marshmallows

– tree sticks (thin, straight and scrubbed down under a yard hose)

– hot dogs, buns & condiments

– hot cocoa (with Kaluha or whiskey to spike it with!)

– firewood and a fire pit

– lawn chairs and blankets

01cc46f775b66cce995e4e6c1c56fbd434956132c6Set the scene! Circle your fire pit with lawn chairs and drape cozy blankets across each one. Have all the sticks ready to go in a metal pail. Load up a nearby table with an ample “Fixin’s Bar” for the roasted weiners, and plenty of liquor to spike the cocoa. How to make hot cocoa outdoors? Fill up a thermos or two with hot water and keep some cream on ice. The marshmallows for the s’mores make a perfect topping.

ttThen, light the fire and RELAX. This type of event is low-key and perfect for Friday nights, when people want to unwind, and not in stilettos screaming over the music during “happy hour.”

014aea944ffc05bec1a63942043d65afaf9a20c021Curl up under your blanket. Tell stories by the fire. Eat marshmallows until your chin is sticky. Autumn will be gone before you know it.

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