It’s time to gather your friends, craft a few refreshing cocktails, and share stories over a campfire. Setting the mood for the perfect bonfire get-together takes a little preplanning, but with our help, you’ll be a backyard-blazin’ goddess in no time! Scroll on for some DIYs, recipes, and inspo that will light up your next summertime shindig.

1. DIY Firewood Tote: Forget messing up your outfit carrying firewood! You only need six materials to DIY this crafty tote. (via HGTV)

2. Campfire Cones: Add a sweet treat to the menu your guests will love. Set up a bar with marshmallows, crushed cookies, sprinkles, and whatever you think will give your pals a sugar rush. (via Brit + Co)

3. Blanket Stand: Hosting a summer bonfire doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be prepared for a little chill in the air as the sun sets. If you’re feeling handy, put together a shelf to hold your fave blankets, or just pull one from your house. (via 100 Layer Cake)

4. DIY Built-in Flagstone Fire Pit: Ever dreamt of having a fire pit in your backyard? This DIY will require some heavy lifting and a weekend of your undivided attention, but it will be worth it once you light your first fire! (via Dream Green DIY)

5. Cotton Candy S’mores & Sprinkle Marshmallows: Now here’s a colorful update on a classic. Who can pass up a chance to eat cotton candy, s’mores, and sprinkles all in one bite? (via Aww Sam)

6. DIY Mosquito Repellent: Help your besties avoid bug bites with a natural remedy that will repel mosquitos without the overwhelming stench of bug spray. Pick up some witch hazel, glass bottles, and a few essential oils to make this simple DIY. (via Brit + Co)

7. DIY Folding Camp Stool: An outside party doesn’t mean you have to skimp on decor (or seating!). Grab a few pieces of fabric you love and put your DIY skills to the test. (via How About Orange)

8. DIY Marshmallow Roasting Sticks: There’s no need to search the backyard for the perfect branches when you can make your very own roasting sticks. You’ll be reusing these bad boys again and again. (via I Heart Naptime)

9. Bonfire Popcorn: This movie-night staple definitely won’t disappoint. Not only is making popcorn over an open flame a breeze, but it will be fun to pop over that fire with friends. (via The Cookful)

10. S’more Boxes: Make your bonfire snack prep easy by putting together a must-have sweet treat kit before your gal pals arrive. Grab a few boxes from your local craft store and add the chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers. (via Rustic Roosters Interiors)

11. Sticky Finger Station: Bonfire goodies can get real messy, so make it easy for your friends to get cleaned up with a station just for sticky fingers. Add hand wipes, paper towels, and bug spray, and you’re all set! (via Apartment Therapy)

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