If you’re looking to avoid the crowds at your local fireworks display on November 5th, then why not host a private Bonfire Night from the comfort of your own garden? Before you gather your friends, family, and neighbours for an evening of entertainment, you’ll want to make sure you have everything prepared, so here's our helpful guide.
No bonfire night is complete without a fire to gather around. If you don’t have an outdoor space large enough to construct a proper bonfire, fire pits are great alternatives. Coming in a variety of styles from bowls to cages, a fire pit will set the right atmosphere for the night and give you somewhere to burn your homemade Guy Fawkes. You can even get them built into outdoor dining tables, providing a convenient surface for drinks and food.
The main spectacle of the night, fireworks are what everyone looks forward to. In recent years, sparklers have also joined the list of bonfire night traditions alongside glow sticks or glowing bracelets, necklaces, or swords, providing plenty of fun for children.
Give your legs a rest with outdoor chairs and be sure there are enough for all your guests. If the weather isn’t looking brilliant, it may be a good idea to assemble the gazebo or pop up the parasol to prevent brief showers from dampening the mood. If you want to add a magical touch to the evening, invest in some outdoor lighting and drape them over fences, decking, or bushes to create an enchanting atmosphere before the big show.
If the traditional sweet-tooth treats like toffee apples and sticky ginger cake aren’t enough, make use of the fire by roasting marshmallows on skewers. For something more savoury, sausages are always a winner. If your fire pit comes with a grill or you can hang a tripod grill on top, then wrap potatoes in foil and place them above the flames for tasty jackets or go for a full BBQ with burgers and buns. Cut a slice down the length of a banana (with the peel still on), place cubes of chocolate inside, then wrap it in foil and cook it for a couple of minutes on each side for a yummy banana split.
Safety should be a priority when planning your bonfire night to keep everything running smoothly and everyone having fun. Position your fire pit away from shrubbery or tall grass and ensure flammable objects are kept away. If you’re using fireworks, read all of the safety instructions and make sure your guests are stood at a safe distance when you light them. Children should be supervised at all times around the fire and with sparklers. For more advice, read our article on how to stay safe on Bonfire Night.
Our fluffy and furry companions might not be comfortable with all the loud noises and excitement. Make sure you think about your pets when planning your evening of fun. Products such as the Beaphar Calming Collar For Dogs and Beaphar CatComfort Calming Diffuser will help soothe their anxiety and keep them calm during yours or your neighbour's firework display.
Enjoy a fantastic night of sparling fireworks, warm flames and delicious food in your own garden with our Bonfire Night essentials - creating a night that you’re sure to remember, remember on the next 5th of November.