11 Ways to Give Your Fire Pit Holiday Flair

Create a comfy spot outside just in time for the holidays with these quick and easy decorating and entertaining ideas.

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October 03, 2016

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Take the Party Outside

This open and airy spot right off the back deck was transformed into a warm and welcoming place for hot chocolate and s'mores, thanks to easy-to-hang festival lights, simple holiday decor and comfy seating.

S'mores Station

Create a mobile s'mores station by outfitting a serving tray with all of the necessary ingredients. Keep marshmallows in a tall container, and spread out graham crackers and chocolate squares on a platter. Mix things up a bit by adding extra options such as pretzels. Help control messes with color-coordinated cloth napkins.

Sturdy Sipping

Keep things practical outside when serving hot drinks. Set up a spot for enamelware coffee mugs that will keep hot chocolate hot on cold evenings. Plus, they're super durable, so there's no need to worry about breaking them.

Year-Round Use

When adding comfy seating to your fire pit, think about how you can best use each piece year-round, then easily add holiday charm with accents. Instead of choosing red or green upholstery, this area was outfitted with modern rocking chairs with rich, navy upholstery, a color that can mix with a wide variety of accent colors for seasonal looks.

Nice and Knit

When choosing pillows for your holiday gathering spaces, think of textures that remind you of winter. These pillows are made of knit wool, a material that's reminiscent of a warm, winter sweater.

Classic Patterns

Keep your guests warm and comfy with throw blankets that coordinate with the overall look and feel of your outdoor entertaining area. Here, a classic Navajo-patterned blanket plays up the navy blues and deep, burnt oranges of the space, while also ensuring guests stay warm after dark.

All About Overflow

During the holidays, it's likely you'll have impromptu guests whether you're entertaining indoors or outdoors. Instead of splurging on extra main seating, like armchairs, rockers or sofas, simply keep a few stackable chairs on hand to handle overflow for extra guests. Chairs can also be used for extra serving space.

Festival Lights

Save yourself extra labor by installing industrial festival lights around your outdoor space in place of seasonal twinkle lights. These have a classic bistro look that will last year-round.

Pattern Mixing

Add depth and visual interest to your fire pit area by mixing patterns with pillows and throws. To create a collected look without becoming too busy, stick with a tight palette and an arrangement of small, medium and large patterns.

Tone on Tone

One easy way to mix patterns successfully is to stick with a tone-on-tone look. This means staying away from high contrast and, instead, layering different shades and tints of the same hues for a less-is-more look.

Simple Seating

Something that can become tedious once winter sets in is having to move outdoor furniture inside once it hits freezing. Make it easy by choosing lightweight pieces that are simple to move around and store. Here, bean bag chairs were used because of how comfy they are and how simple it is to keep them stacked and stored away.

Pea Gravel

Anytime you're setting up seating around a fire pit, it's important to ensure a fire-safe surface underfoot. Keep the area covered with pea gravel which is readily available, affordable and requires zero maintenance.