Make sure your Bonfire Night Party goes with a Bang

You’re really onto a winner with a Bonfire Night party, it’s a night most people look forward to since fireworks are so popular, with young and old alike.  What’s not to love about having friends over, some scrumptious hot food, drinks and a fireworks display to enjoy?

 And if everyone brings a few rockets and catherine wheels along, you should have enough to entertain everyone; too few and it’s a bit disappointing, but then if the show goes on too long with the same old fireworks again and again, it can get a bit dull, not to mention cold when you’re standing outside, and we definitely don’t want your party to lose any of its fizz!


Make it a Whizz of a do


So here are my top tips for a fantastic Bonfire Night Party:


  • Don’t start the party too late for little ones who may end up get cranky and not enjoy themselves; it is dark by early evening now anyway, so why not make it a teatime do.


  • Dish out torches and glow-sticks for children, it makes it more fun and they won’t get scared in the dark.


  • If youngster don’t like loud bangers, then it’s perfectly ok for them to watch through the window – they can stay indoors with your pets!


  • Have a few crafting or colouring ideas set up inside at the dining table to keep non-particpants happily occupied



  • Keep your matches dry in a tin or a jar, read all instructions carefully and follow the Fireworks Code to the letter



  •  Serve hot food and drinks such as mulled wine and hot chocolate, it will be appreciated on a cold or damp night



  • Have plenty of sparklers and a bucket of water to throw them in when they are spent.

Good idea!

  • Think twice about having an actual bonfire if there are young children present, it’s just not worth the risk, so best to stick with fireworks only.


For more important safety advice, I recommend having a look at the mumsnet page here


Serve Up Warming Food & Drink 


Rustle up some tasty hot food to keep guests toasty and warm, a perennial favourite is chilli con carne with baked potatoes.  Tomato or butternut squash soup would go down well, too – serve with a swirl of crème fraiche and crusty bread.  Hot dogs or sausage casserole and cheesy potato skins are other ideas you could try. 

A sweet tooth will be satisfied with a lovely slice of sticky Parkin and some Treacle Toffee, cinder toffee or toffee apples.  Maybe you fancy toasting some marshmallows too – there are lots more ideas and recipes on our Bonfire Night Pinterest Board.

Have fun and stay safe on the 5th November,


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