Probably our favorite thing to do when we have guests is sit around the campfire with a cold drink, just letting the evening go by with quiet good conversation.
The fire ring from Home Depot was my Christmas present from Brad one year. We gathered small river rocks from roadside (we live near the river and they are abundant here). Dug a small ditch around the ring, placed the rocks, filled the center of the ring with a few inches of decomposed granite, and backfilled the outside rocks with a little decomposed granite too. It worked perfectly.
The firepit is in the center of a clearing in the yard, with lots of open space. I feel very secure. It has four comfortable adirondack chairs with footrests. What a lovely way to while away a summer evening.