Bonfire Night is the quintessentially British bridge between Halloween and Christmas. The ideal night for sparklers, fireworks and snuggling up in bobble hats and scarves, takes root in what could have become quite a violent historic event. On November 5th 1605, Guy Fawkes, a member of the Gunpowder Plot, was arrested beneath the House of Lords, guarding a pile of explosives intended to blow up King James I. Londoners lit bonfires in celebration of the foiled plot and ultimate survival of their king, leading to a yearly and national tradition.
In order to host a successful bonfire night, there are a few things that you will absolutely need.
Firstly, no bonfire night would be complete without sparklers. Safe, pretty and completely Instagrammable, sparklers will add sparkle (pun intended) to your celebration. Try drawing with them in the air and capturing the results on camera. Do, however, exercise caution with fireworks as accidents can easily happen. I wouldn’t advise you to use them unless you’re experienced, but the best bet is to enjoy local fireworks, which are safe, impressive and sometimes free.
Other elements you can include are cosy blankets and food, food, food! Decorate your buffet with multi-coloured patterns, to mimic the colours of fireworks, as well as emphasising comfort foods, such as loaded hotdogs, candied apples, popcorn and s’mores. This extends to drinks, such as hot chocolate, mulled wine, etc.
If you have a creative flair, an extra addition to your party can be an effigy of Guy Fawkes, traditionally burned on the top of the bonfire. Make him in the style that you like, dress him in anything from period dress to modern clothes and don’t forget to draw a face on him! If you enjoy making Fawkes, why not make all the members of the Gunpowder Plot and display them throughout your party, to welcome your guests.
When it comes to the actual bonfire, I can’t stress enough how important it is to do this safely in order to avoid accidents. If you don’t feel comfortable setting fire to something, you can easily host a party at home before heading to a community bonfire, either free or with a pre-purchased ticket.
This Bonfire Night, have fun, be safe and revel in the crisp autumn evening! One of many to come over the next month.