Put some of our bonfire party ideas into action and celebrate a special birthday against a backdrop of crackling rustic perfection.
One of the advantages of a bonfire party is that it can be staged during three seasons of the year. The fire should keep your guests toasty in all but the coldest weather.
The very best setting is any place you can build a real bonfire. If you're not allowed to do that in your area, a fire pit or chiminea will do just fine.
Set out lanterns with votives for soft lighting around the outskirts of your party area. String tiny white lights on and around the trees (or fence or bushes or whatever happens to be in your backyard). Large round paper lanterns hanging from trees (but not too close to your fire!) are pretty too and add bright spots of color.
If you're feeling kitschy, cut out large cardboard stars and crescent moons, sprinkle silver glitter over the front and back surfaces, and hang them from tree limbs.
Make sure to provide enough lawn chairs or blankets for seating, and have some small tables scattered around so people can place their drinks and plates down.
Actually, is there such a thing? Who knows, but here's our version of one.