Throwing a Bonfire Night bash this year? It’s a fantastic way to catch up with friends and family, as well as enjoying all those things we love about this time of year – from the crisp autumn weather to spiced wine and warming food.
There’s not long to go until the big day, so start planning your party prep right away! Here are 10 things to do now, then you’ll be super organised for the big day.
- Pick a spot for the bonfire and get hold of materials for burning. You should choose a spot that is comfortably away from the house and any trees or shrubs, as well as from fireworks if you’re having them. Make a firepit, using a ring of stones or a dug out circle of turf to contain the fire. Then all you need is wood to burn (wooden pallets are a great idea) and someone who knows what they’re doing to build and manage the bonfire.
- Get your Guy made. You’ve got to have a Guy to burn on your bonfire, it’s tradition. Commission the kids to make him or her, but start doing it now as it takes time to put one together.
- Plan a fireworks display. Not every bonfire night party needs fireworks, as the sky will be full of them on 5th November, but it can be nice to set some fireworks off to add a little extra excitement to the evening. Choose and buy your fireworks now, even if it’s only sparklers. Then remember to keep them somewhere secure, safe and dry.
- Choose some delicious autumnal recipes and get ready to cook up a storm. There are hundreds of recipes to be found online that are perfect for Bonfire Night, from spicy pumpkin samosas to ginger cake, as well as hot dogs, toffee apples, treacle toffee and many other delicious treats. Start making your shopping list now!
- Order your party supplies. This is another way to be organised and get ahead, by ordering your paper plates, napkins, cutlery, tablecloths and other party supplies from The Event Experts in advance.
- Brush up on Bonfire Night safety. This may not be as fun as browsing Bonfire Night recipes or making a Guy, but it really is essential. You’re in charge of proceedings, so you need to make sure the bonfire and fireworks are 100% safe for your guests.
- Buy lots of candles and outdoor lights. Flickering candles and atmospheric garden lights help to set the perfect tone for a Bonfire Night party.
- Cosy up your home. This means putting out extra blankets, cushions and throws to make your home extra cosy and welcoming ready for the big night, when it may very well be a chilly one.
- Plan some games. This is particularly important if you’ll be entertaining younger guests, and you can even make a kids corner where they can enjoy toys, games and colouring in while the grown-ups enjoy a few drinks.
- Practice your hot drinks. A spiced cider or mulled wine is a great choice for Bonfire Night, as is hot chocolate with all the trimmings. It’s important to get these things just right though, so you may have to do some practice batches to test beforehand – but we’re sure you won’t mind!