Friday, December 15, 2017

'Tis the Season for Outdoor Fire Pits

Our attraction to fire is almost primal. It keeps us warm, lights the darkness, and cooks our food. And this time of year when the Florida weather has a hint of coolness, what can be more heavenly than cozying up to a fire pit?

A fire pit is a great way to extend the usable space of your patio and a great place to entertain during the cool, or even occasional cold winter nights. Entertaining around your fire pit doesn't have to be complicated or difficult. Just think about relaxing around a crackling fire and toasting marshmallows in your own backyard.

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

Choose the Right Fire Pit

Decide what type of fire pit you want for your outdoor space. Modern fire pits feature a touch-of-a-button fire pit control, allowing you to remotely adjust the fire to three different levels. Another feature to look out for is an ample service area that lets you accommodate your guests.

tommy bahama island estate fire pit

The Island Estate Lanai Outdoor Gas Fire Pit is as romantic as fire pits can get. The base consists of all-weather synthetic wicker with an intricate woven pattern that will draw the eye and invite the touch.


The Castelle Round Firepit with Coffee Table Extension gives you plenty of room for entertaining. It turns your patio into the perfect space for parties or romantic tete-a-tetes. It imbues any gathering with a sense of warmth and festivity.


A gorgeous piece with graceful details, the Kingstown Sedona fire pit makes the perfect place for family and friends. It features a Spanish café emperador marble top with a square inlay that reflects the glow of the fire. It creates a warm atmosphere where lasting memories are formed.

Ideas for Entertaining around Your Fire Pit

Once you've chosen the perfect fire pit, it's time to start planning the party. Follow these tips to make your evening around the fire pit a roaring success.

  1. Increase the ambiance by lighting the path to your fire pit with luminaries of lanterns. If your fire pit is on the patio, use the lighting to brighten dark corners. Add some string lights around the space for festive flair. 
  2. If temperature drops on the day of your event (even in Florida it can get pretty chilly sometimes), bring out some cozy throws or blankets for your guests. 
  3. Serve a variety of beverages, some hot and some over ice. Hot drinks could include mulled wine, buttered rum and hot toddies. Hot chocolate or cocoa are good alcohol-free options. If the night is on the warmer side, consider eggnog, winter sangria, or spicy Bloody Marys. 
  4. Offer a variety of food: choose a mix of hot and cold finger foods you can easily throw together. I like to have one or two that are more complex and a few that are easier to prepare. And of course, a selection of cookies and treats to finish the party. 


Now all you need to do is light up the fire pit and enjoy!

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