Are you looking for an excuse to show off your stone tile fire pit? A backyard cookout is a wonderful excuse to bring all your favorite people together and eat delicious food- while featuring your new stack stone fire pit. We have all the tricks and tips you need to host a fun, outdoor party.
1. Create a Guests List
Whether you mail out your invitations, send a group text or reach out via email, the first step is to invite the perfect guests. On your initiations, you can specify if your cookout is kid and pet-friendly and suggest that people bring their favorite dishes to share. An RSVP is very helpful with your planning, so you know how many people to expect. If the season calls for it, encourage your guests to bring sweaters or blankets to keep them cozy on chilly nights.
2. Plan the Menu
The best place to start is with drinks! Fill up some coolers with everyone’s favorite drinks ahead of time and simply add ice on the day of the cookout. A signature cocktail can be a nice way to celebrate whatever season it is. Margaritas are perfect for summer parties, while a hot spiked cider is a delightful way to enjoy a fall party. Make sure to have non-alcoholic options too.
Now focus on the food. If you encouraged your guests to help out by bringing dishes to share, you could focus on the main course and dessert. Show off your cook-out skills with classics like burgers and sausages, or experiment with crowd favorites like grilled pizza. Don’t forget a few appetizers for your guest to munch on throughout your party. For dessert, the classic s’more is a fire pit must. Just make sure you have plenty of marshmallows, skewers and fixings. Try an adult variation on the classic by dipping the marshmallow in Irish Cream before roasting. Go shopping a few days before your cookout to make sure you have everything you need.
3. Round up Enough Seating
The best host or hostess plans ahead and will have a place for everyone to sit. Prime spots are likely to be around the fire pit to enjoy the heat radiated from the natural stacked stone tile, so plan accordingly. If you are lucky enough to have plenty of seating outside you may only need to supplement a chair or two to accommodate everyone. If you are worried about finding a place for everyone you can encourage your guests to bring camp chairs.
4. Decorate the Backyard
Adding a little additional lighting can be festive and helpful. Resurrect last years twinkle lights for a whimsical way to light the area. Tiki torches work double time to keep pesky bugs away. You don’t have to do much because the main feature will be your fire pit, but little touches like lights will help set the mood.
5. Sit back and enjoy
The reason you had a backyard cookout is to enjoy good food and great friends. Prep what you can before and delegate grilling if you must. Simply enjoy the company of your friends and family. Don’t forget to get extra wood for your backyard fire pit to keep the party going all night.