Our Bonfire Stories


The autumn breezes, shorter days, and cooler nights are starting to sweep in here in Colorado. While I love that I can finally pull out my Patagonia fleece again (only at dusk,) I always morn a little the end of each season. Maybe I am sentimental or maybe I am just not the biggest fan of change, either way each new season is somewhat bittersweet.

Despite the cooler nights, these Colorado kids love to soak up the outdoors. We always joke because we will try to sit on the patio as long as possible whenever we eat ย out – sometimes we even do it in the snow (depending on if we have our puffy coats obvi.) So backyard bonfires in all the seasons are totally up our alley.

There is something about sitting around the fire with friends, the stories you tell, the flying embers, the laughter than can probably be heard by all the neighbors, and theย random trivia games you always end up playing. The other night we gathered around a new fire pit (we love this one fromย hayneedle.com,) grilled kabobs straight on the fire, and roasted smores. We sat late into the night letting our clothes and hair soak up the smoke (gotta love campfire smell) and taking turns sharing our bonfire stories. Sometimes bonfire conversations get super deep and other times you talk about pet peeves, the worst job you had, home improvement plans, and politics. Oh! Maybe also throw “discussion on kale” in there – quick poll: You love it or you hate it? #wearedivided #butnotevenlybecausekalelost

I love that fire pits bring people together and backyardsย can be enjoyed year round. I’m thankful for these friendships and caprese salad made from fresh basil and tomatoes straight out of the garden. I’m going to miss the long, warm summer days but I am not sad as we enter a crisper season. It’s time fore something new, and that is kinda exciting to me.

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Thank you hayneedle.com for helping create memories, warmth, and good food with this beautiful fire pit.

xoxo, elizabeth

Author: Elizabeth Mayberry

  • Gorgeous photos! Just discovered your site from Whit, love it!

    Xo Jessica

    • Jessica! Thank you so much for stopping by! I love her! She did just a wonderful job on this space!

  • “Firepit season” for us is September-May. During the summer it’s way too hot, but we LOVE having bonfires the rest of the year! (Even in the snow….). We just had our small group over for the first time and had a cookout and a bonfire! ๐Ÿ™‚ I love your bonfire pictures, and the lighting as it goes from daylight to dark!!!

    • I love that! Our nights are always kind of chilly so they work whenever it is not raining or snowing ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • that tall cafรฉ lights shot is MONEY. if you’re sentimental, you’re not the only one….just scrolling through these has me missing bonfires (and no one has houses here in SF, so i haven’t been to a bonfire in ages!! ha)

    • Thanks so much! I’m really trying to stretch myself by trying to take more night photos!!

  • Bonfires are great! I love sitting around them and talking for hours with friends. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, and to answer your random poll, I’m undecided on kale. haha. It’s a texture thing.

  • We do bonfires at the beach!

    • That is like WAY cool. I would love to do that one day! It reminds me of the OC and Laguna Beach!

      • hahaha… I actually go to the beach in Orange County. LOL

  • Eryn Ivey

    I love all of these shots!

    • Thanks so much! I have so much to learn on night photography but practice makes perfect!!!

  • This looks and sounds lovely! I am welcoming the crisp air as well. So if a bonfire happens with family we basically get it going and immediately start a game of hide and seek! So there is no campfire sitting really.

    • I love that! I can’t say that I have ever played hid and seek around the fire! We usually just build them to make food, sit, and stay warm!! hahahh. I love family uniqueness!

  • :O Once we move into our new home, we are totally getting a fire pit! Still waiting for cool crisp air though…

    • So fun! Are you moving soon?

      • Not until December, but then that will be prime time for some bonfires here in New Mexico (hopefully!).

  • gentri lee

    I chose the same fire pit! Using it tonight (finally) and am SO excited! ๐Ÿ˜€ I love gathering around the bonfire with friends, it’s definitely one of my favorite past times.

  • Hey! Wanna share what camera & lenses you use most often? I’m in the market for a new blogging one ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Hey lady!!! All these are shot with My Canon Rebel T3i and my 50 mm lens!!! This camera has been so good to me with stretching my photography! Also, the 50 mm lens was one of the best blog investments I made! I love this lens!


  • amy

    first of all, hush, is this your backyard?!?!??! i’m kind of envious ๐Ÿ˜‰
    i love that firepit.
    it’s been stupid hot here still (lows like 74 at night) so still not chilly enough for bonfires – but i’m SO READY for them!
    i love these pictures!
    and i love the conversations that come from bonfires – also i love kale. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Beth! These photos came out so great! I love how many different shots you got! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Oh my gosh! These photos are so pretty. Also, the lights in the trees are exactly what I want for my wedding! So cute. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Oak & Oats

      I know! They are so pretty! And from Cosco!