It is the time to put your neck out by staring into the sky and shouting “ooh” and “aah” with gusto as fireworks explode above you. Are you hosting a Firework Night shindig this year? We have some ideas and tips for family Bonfire Night parties to make them go with a bang. And, yes, that pun was entirely intended.
Tips for Bonfire Night parties
Yes the most important aspect of hosting your own Bonfire Night party is to keep everyone, including yourself, safe. This means bringing out the metal biscuit tin to keep the fireworks secure, making sure everyone wears gloves when using sparklers, keeping the bonfire away from wooden fences and sheds, and so much more.
We have a handy article about Bonfire Night safety if you want more help.
Blankets for all
It can get chilly when you’re hanging round outside on a November evening. And you know kids, they’re rarely shy to complain when the temperature drops a single degree lower than their optimum. So get in a load of blankets they can wrap up in to watch the firework display in comfort.
Pitch a gazebo
It’s the United Kingdom. It is the cusp of autumn and winter. The weather will not only be cold, but it is likely to be wet too. None of us want to cancel Bonfire Night parties because of a drop or two of rain, so put up a gazebo under which you can all shelter until the storm passes. There’s nothing like tucking into a hot dog whilst staring at the rain bouncing off your increasingly boggy garden.
On a food theme, it’s all about the stodge on Bonfire Night. Burgers, hot dogs, jacket potatoes loaded with cheese and beans. You know the stuff. No one is looking for haute cuisine at a Fireworks Night event.
Provide sugary treats
Yes, we all know the importance of a balanced diet and the dangers of too much sugar. But it’s Bonfire Night. If you don’t serve toffee apples, bonfire toffee and ginger parkin, you’re doing something wrong. Toast some marshmallows as well, for the full great outdoors experience.
Keep the kids entertained
Unless you’ve spent thousands of pounds on the world’s most extravagant and long-lasting fireworks display, it’s likely the kids will get bored at some point. All Bonfire Night parties need a corner dedicated to keeping children busy and occupied.
Provide pens, crayons and paper for them to create their own firework pictures. Seek out some workbooks for other Bonfire Night-related tasks.
Choose the music carefully
The soundtrack to Bonfire Night parties is important too. A nice bit of classical music can give that classy feel. Something like Beethoven’s Fifth or the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky, maybe?
Other than that, try Firework by Katy Perry, Fireworks by Embrace, Fire by The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, Girl on Fire by Alicia Keys…and you get the idea.