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Have a Bonfire

a group of people sits around the fire in the woods on a dark night lit by a starry sky

The summer is ending and it’s taking the warm summer nights with it. Don’t let the end of summer pass by without getting some friends together for a bonfire! In this week’s Wildwood Park Apartments Blog, we’ve got a few tips to help you make the most of a night around a cozy fire here in Arlington, VA. Prepare yourself to have a good time and don’t forget the firewood!


Without something to eat, you’re inviting your friends to sit around and stare into a fire. Invite your guests to bring their favorite fireside snacks — don’t forget to bring some too! Some popular choices of bonfire food are hot dogs and s’mores. To mix things up, you can also try some of Spoon University’s 10 Decadent Campfire Treats that aren’t S’mores. Don’t forget to bring some pokers so you aren’t sticking your hand in the fire.


Consider bringing a Bluetooth speaker or a guitar to have some musical entertainment. Play songs that everyone is familiar with so that you and your guests can sing along and have a good time. Avoid playing any games that involve roughhousing near the fire — fire safety is number one, so take it seriously! The most important part of spending an evening around a bonfire is to make sure you’re having fun. If you still aren’t sure what to do for entertainment, ask your friends what they would like to do while enjoying the evening outside.

Clean Up

When the night is done, work with your group to clean up the mess you’ve made. We recommend bringing extra trash bags to help facilitate a speedier cleanup. If you have enough people, break down the site into zones — each person can be in charge of a specific area, and everybody gets done in a reasonable amount of time. Remember to leave the place cleaner than you found it. Also, remember to put out any remaining embers before leaving to prevent forest fires.

Do you have any tips for hosting a great bonfire? Let our apartment community know by leaving us a comment below. Thanks for reading!