The festive season kicks off on November the 5th with Bonfire night. Bonfire night, otherwise known as Guy Fawkes Day, commemorates the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Today, people celebrate the occasion with fireworks displays and fun-packed evenings with family and friends. If you’re planning on celebrating Bonfire night from home this year, there are a few essential items you’ll need.
First up is the fireworks. Bonfire night is all about watching beautiful displays of vibrant fireworks shimmering across the night sky. And if you want to have a Bonfire night you’ll never forget, you need to put on a worthy display. We recommend purchasing an array of different styles to keep your guests entertained.
When lighting your fireworks, make sure to follow the correct safety procedures and ensure all people and animals are out of harm’s way.
Bonfire night is at the beginning of November, meaning there’s more than likely going to be a brisk chill in the air. To keep enjoying your night and not have to retreat back inside, you’ll want to stay warm. As well as wearing multiple layers, have blankets available for your guests. If they’re sitting back and relaxing whilst watching your display, they’re likely to get chilly. Having soft blankets means they can enjoy the show without shivering through it.
If you’re the host, you need to consider the food and drink available to your guests. Are you going to provide dinner or snacks or politely tell your guests to eat before arrival? If you’re planning on providing food, here are a few tasty treats that suit the occasion:
- S’mores (warm your marshmallow and chocolate delights over an open fire).
- Smoky jacket potatoes (let your guests add their choice of toppings).
- Hot dogs with fried onions, ketchup and mustard.
- Hot chocolate with marshmallows and cream.
- A hearty soup with crusty bread.
Keep your guests warm and provide somewhere for them to melt their s’mores. Set up the fire pit in your garden and place enough chairs around it for all your guests to feel cosy and comfortable. If you have a log cabin, you can have your guests sit in here around a wood burning stove rather than having an open flame. Although it might not be the same for your s’mores, it’s guaranteed to preserve the heat better.
Fun tunes always make an evening more exciting. Set up a playlist of your friends and family’s favourite hits and have them playing through a speaker throughout the evening. Remember to be mindful of your neighbours and let them know about your fun-packed evening beforehand!
Bonfire Night is the first celebration of the season. Kick things off with a night of fireworks, food and good company. These five must-have items will ensure you and your loved one experience a night to remember.