Perfect Bonfire Checklist

Fall isn't complete until you host at least one bonfire get together with your pals. Whether it's a huge blow out bash with a fire in the background, or a simple get together for stories and warmth these are the essentials you need for throwing the perfect bonfire:

1. Friends

Make sure you know how many people are showing up to this thing so you have enough of everything. You can even make the bonfire a potluck if you are inviting a large amount of people, that way everyone can contribute. They need some ideas as to what to bring? Send them this check list!

2. Yummy Stuff

Food and drink are both essential to any get together. Make sure to keep the menu simple, yummy and ultimately easy to pick at around the fire. Some suggestions:


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Campfire Beer Pancakes

Campfire Popcorn Satchels

Pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats

S'mores Bar

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Hot Chocolate

Hot Cider

Hot Apple Cider w/ Rum

Spiced Autumn Punch


3. Supplies

Make sure you have everything that you need from the fire to the napkins!

__bug repellent (SO IMPORTANT)
__forks, spoons, knives
__trash bags

4. Keep Cozy

Keep warm, cuddly and cozy by providing plenty of blankets, pillows or seating. Ask people to bring stuff too! Get creative.

5. Tell scary stories!

6. Game On

Truth or Dare




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7. The Fire

Make sure you build a decent fire whether you're using your own fire pit that you bought at Big Lots or making one out of some sticks and stones. Keep in mind how long you want your fire to go on so you can prepare by buying a fancy long burning log, or stock up on how much wood you'll need. Don't forget to put it out completely!

8. Music

Create a rad fall playlist of your favorite hits to get the cozy mood going. 




Halloween Hoe Down Part 2: Food and Drink

Halloween parties are nothing without a scary amount of awesome food and drink. Here are some really super cool ideas and recipes to try and make your Halloween Hoe down as SWEET as possible!

Meatball Mummies

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Ham and Cheese Spiders

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

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Individual Spooky White Pizzas

Caramel Apple Monster Munch

Dead Man's Finger Sandwiches

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Stack of Bones

Slimy Jello Shots

Candy Corn Quesadillas

Spooky Veggies and Dip

No Bake Pumpkin Cheesecake Squares

Pumpkin Stew

Witch on a Stick

Giant Black Widow

White Chocolate Ghosts

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Ghostly Goodies

Friendly Ghosts

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Ghostly Guzzle

Absolut Halloween Drinks

Blood Red Punch


Have a devilishly delicious Halloween!


Snack Like a Southerner: Nutty Chocolate Thumbprints



3 cups pecan halves and pieces 
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour 
3/4 cup powdered sugar 
3/4 cup cold butter, cubed 
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa 
1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate morsels 
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar 
3/4 cup light corn syrup 
1/4 cup butter, melted 
large eggs, lightly beaten 
1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

"1. Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until lightly toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.

2. Line bottom and sides of a 13- x 9-inch pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil, allowing 2 to 3 inches to extend over sides. Lightly grease foil.

3. Pulse flour and next 3 ingredients in a food processor 5 to 6 times or until mixture resembles coarse meal. Press mixture on bottom and 3/4 inch up sides of prepared pan.

4. Bake crust at 350° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven, and sprinkle chocolate morsels over crust. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 30 minutes).

5. Whisk together brown sugar and next 3 ingredients until smooth. Stir in coconut and toasted pecans, and spoon into prepared crust.

6. Bake at 350° for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden and set. Cool completely on a wire rack (about 1 hour). Chill 1 hour. Lift baked bars from pan, using foil sides as handles. Transfer to a cutting board; cut into bars.


German Chocolate-Bourbon-Pecan Pie Bars: For a spirited kick, whisk 1/4 cup of your favorite bourbon into brown sugar mixture in Step 5."