While many people prefer to use their outdoor fireplaces and fire pits during the Spring and Summer, some of us like to use these backyard patio items during the chillier months of Fall and Winter.
Fun and functional decor pieces, outdoor fire receptacles are not cheap. Therefore, it only makes sense to use it as much as possible to get the most for our money.
This article will offer several ways you can not only get your money’s worth from your outdoor fireplace but make some great family memories too.
Have A Family Dinner At The Fire Pit
Designate a weekend evening to have an unconventional dinner right at the outdoor fire pit or fireplace. Use skewers or tongs to roast hot dogs and then follow it up with roasted marshmallows for dessert.
Not the healthiest of dinners, it can be a special treat for the kids and a night off for you of cooking and cleaning up the kitchen. Bundle up in warm clothes and head outside to enjoy an evening meal by the crackling fire.
Squeeze A Weekly S’mores Night Into The Schedule
Families are busier than ever, and finding time to relax and bond with each other is becoming a rarity. Institute a weekly S’mores night by the fire during the Fall and Winter and it will quickly become the most anticipated evening of the week.
After dinner, troop outside with graham crackers, marshmallows and chocolate to enjoy a yummy dessert with all your loved ones. Experiment with different flavors of marshmallows and have a contest to see who can make the most delicious or tallest treat.
Have A Backyard Camping Trip
If you just can’t squeeze in a Fall getaway this year, go no further than your own backyard for some camping fun.
Set up the tent, use the grill to make your dinner and then fire up the pit or outdoor fireplace to gather around for ghost stories and sing along.
Steal A Few Romantic Minutes Away With Your Partner
Turn off the television for a night and head outside to the outdoor fireplace with your partner and a bottle of wine. Bring a cozy blanket and spend some time sitting by the fire just talking.
You will feel reconnected and relaxed by sharing this special time away from the kids and the household chores.
Bring along a baby monitor if you have little ones that frequently wake up during the night, or you will just feel more at ease knowing you can hear any activity inside your child’s room.
Host A Fall Gathering For Family And Friends
If you love to entertain during the chillier months of the year, make your fire pit or outdoor fireplace the focal point of your next gathering. Build a roaring fire and invite guests to have cocktails on the patio or in the backyard.
Provide chairs, extra blankets, and a place to put down drinks and appetizers. Invite those guests who enjoy playing an instrument and singing to get everyone involved in singing along to classic songs and new hits.
End Halloween Night Festivities With A Roaring Fire
After taking the kids Trick or Treating or at the end of your annual Halloween party, make a fire in the fire pit or fireplace and invite everyone to have a drink of hot cider, tea or hot chocolate by the warm and cozy flames.
It is a fun and festive way to cap off the evening and will make the holiday that much more enjoyable.