Posted: Monday, 3 October 2016 @ 12:00
Bonfire night is just around the corner, so how will you remember the 5th November this year? There’s the large firework display in your local park which will be overcrowded, or maybe a neighbour has invited you over for a bonfire. Don’t you think you could do it better? Celebrate in style with your only bonfire night party, and invite all your family and friends. After all, fireworks aren’t just for kids!
Hosting a bonfire night celebration is really fun, but requires quite a lot of prep. Follow our top tips to make sure you celebrate in style!
Prepare the Garden
Obviously, to stage your own fireworks display you’re going to have to use the garden – whatever the weather! Even though it will be dark, you still want your garden to look its best. Sweep up any fallen leaves and make sure there are no small pots or other obstacles that people might trip over. Then you need to decide where you’ll be setting off your fireworks and having your bonfire, if you have enough space. Always make sure it’s a safe distance from the house.
Create an Audience Gallery
Once you’ve decided where the dangerous aspects will be (the fire and the fireworks) you can set a place for your guests to stand and watch. It shouldn’t be too close – in fact, unless you have a huge garden, it’s probably best to ask people to watch from indoors. The conservatory is a great place to watch the fireworks with the doors open, as it will also be a bit warmer too. Make sure it looks welcoming and you have drinks and snacks out for your guests.
It’s always freezing on bonfire night, and even if your guests stay inside they will feel the chill with all the doors open. Make sure people feel cosy by having a basket of blankets at the ready, and even spare gloves and hats in case anyone forgot theirs.
Fireworks only last for so long – then how will you entertain the kids? Set up some traditional autumn games, such as apple dunking or a treasure trail where they can find toffee apples. There’s nothing like some sweet bonfire treats to warm you up!
Safety is key when hosting a bonfire night party, but you should also pay attention to the smaller details, too. Have fun!