Bonfire night is one of best nights of the year; an excuse for family and friends to gather together, watch pretty firework and eat hearty, warming food. However, if you’re playing host this year, it’s worth taking the extra time to plan your evening accordingly. Depending on the size of your gathering, you need to make sure you plan what’s happening when; whether you’re having food before, during or after the fireworks, how long the bonfire is going to last, and in what order will the evening’s events be taking place. So in order to make sure your party goes off with a bang, here are some handy tips to help you along.
You want to get the right amount of fireworks; too many and it can get boring or too few can mean the party loses its excitement. Depending on the size of your garden will determine what type of fireworks you have; it’s always better to be too cautious, rather than not cautious enough so if you’re worried a firework will be too big don’t light it. Make sure your guests are at least 12 feet away from the fireworks, even further if there are little ones around. It sounds really obvious but it’s imperative that when handling fireworks, instructions are followed to the letter. It’s a good idea to plan the order of the fireworks so there’s not too much of a gap between explosions. Have some buckets of water prepared nearby just in case they are needed. Have some separate buckets to put sparklers in when they are finished.
Depending on how many people are going to your party will depend on how much food you make. But regardless of how many people are attending, it’s best to stick to simple food which is easy to make but really nice and warming. Chilli is a great example; you can do all the preparations during the day and just leave it to warm on the hob or in the slow cooker until the guests arrive. Another popular choice is homemade burgers and relish – this may require a little more attention in the kitchen, but no doubt it will be worth the wait for your guests! The beauty of a burger is that it leaves a hand free for holding a sparkler. For the kids, some sticky toffee apples will put a smile on their faces (make sure they eat the whole apple!) and keep them occupied in between fireworks.
If you have the space and time to manage a bonfire, then it will be a magical way to round off the evening. Create a fire pit, which should be away from trees and bushes and contain it by building a circle of stones around the pit. Make sure you have plenty of wood to keep the fire burning, and have someone keep their eye on the bonfire at all times to prevent children getting too close. As always with fire, err on the side of caution – don’t make it too big for your garden. As mentioned early, if you don’t feel comfortable managing a bonfire then it’s probably best to avoid it, however if managed correctly it will be a lovely touch to the night. You could always make a guy to throw on top of the bonfire, and remind the children why Bonfire Night has become one of Britain’s most iconic traditions:
Remember, remember the fifth of November
Gunpowder, treason and plot
I see no reason why gunpowder treason
Should ever be forgot!