Remember, remember the 5th of November… or so the famous saying goes. Bonfire night, coupled with a spectacular fireworks display marks the start of the toasty winter season and begins the countdown to Christmas. As you plan your perfect bonfire night with the family, you may have grand plans of chestnuts roasting on an open fire, sparklers writing out names mid-air in gloved hands, toffee apples sticking to baking trays and toasting marshmallows on the dying embers of the bonfire. Unless you have a garden the size of a football pitch, it can be tricky to successfully complete everything that you envision for a perfect bonfire night. However, with a bit of tactical logistics, you may be able to embark on a more spectacular DIY bonfire night than you think.
If you’re on a bit of a shoestring budget or you just fancy having more of an intimate bonfire night experience with the kids, a DIY 5th November is the way to go. So you might not be able to have a mammoth raging bonfire in your backyard. Who cares? You can still have an awesome firework display, great food, perfect company and even get the kids to make a Guy. Take a look at these top tips to ensure a fun bonfire night for all the family.
The most incredible aspect of bonfire night is the rockets, Catherine wheels, fizzers and poppers that create the beautiful displays lighting up the night sky. If you have very young human beings in the house who aren’t keen on the loud bangs that the largest fireworks produce, you can purchase the more tame fireworks instead. There are plenty of family kits with this in mind, and they are easily purchasable from the high street.
If you fancy something a bit more extravagant take a look at the specialist fireworks shops that tend to pop up a fortnight before bonfire night. The people running these stores are experts on the properties of each and every firework they sell. If you want a green and purple rocket that has a cascade pattern as it explodes, the chances are they will have it.
Even if you are having a relatively mild November, there is no telling what the weather will be like come bonfire night, and it pays to be prepared for every eventuality. Check out some jackets online and choose a style that is well insulated to protect you from the cold but isn’t so cumbersome that you can’t bend down to light the fireworks. It pays to layer up. This way if you get too warm you can simply remove a layer at a time and if you get a bit nippy, vice versa. Make sure the kids are also adequately dressed including gloves for sparklers at all times.
You should always aim for something a little special on bonfire night. Don’t succumb to the idea of a takeaway and phone up the local pizza joint or curry house to deliver a feast. Try and emulate some traditional snacks for the evening. Get the kids involved making toffee apples, cinder toffee or parkin cake. Bake some jacket potatoes, fire up the barbeque and put the marshmallows on skewers ready for toasting. Even though a great big raging bonfire is out of the question, a smaller campfire could be set up away from the fireworks to evoke the smells of the ubiquitous November evening.
If you’re up for the challenge of catering for the masses, why not think about inviting friends and family around. You could turn your quiet little bonfire evening into a Guy Fawkes party complete with music, food and dancing. You may even be able to get to know the people on your street a little better and use the near decimation of the Houses of Parliament as a good excuse for a fun shindig.
As you embark on your first DIY bonfire night, you’ll begin a set of family traditions. You’ll find yourself making the same sticky maple glazed burgers each year, forever attempting to beat the quality of the Guy from the year before and finishing the night with the same spectacular firework each year. By achieving the perfect DIY bonfire night, you are creating something just that little bit more personal and special than venturing out to the local fireworks display. Have fun with your bonfire night experimention and enjoy creating family memories that you can cherish for years to come.
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