The fifth of November is a big day in the UK, with revellers up and down the country celebrating Guy Fawkes Night. Bonfires blaze, fireworks light up the sky, and everyone has a great time, and while the day’s historical significance (November the fifth, 1605 was the date that Guy Fawkes and his co-conspirators were foiled in their plot to blow up the House of Lords) tends to take a backseat nowadays, Bonfire Night is still one of the biggest and most boisterous events on the British calendar. Families flock to large-scale outdoor firework shows, and the magnificent displays of colourful, tightly-choreographed explosions get more extravagant every year.
But a lot of people prefer to keep the party at home. Hundreds of thousands of pounds are spent on fireworks each year in the UK, and a good chunk of that comes from people who are hosting small firework displays in their own back gardens. A fireworks party is great fun for all the family, but don’t just set off a few rockets and retreat indoors – do it properly and keep the fun going in your garden all night!
So here’s how you do it. First you need to make sure that your garden is big enough for a fireworks display; if your guests are going to be getting their eyebrows scorched every time you let off a rocket, forget about it. Once you’re sure that you’re going to have enough space (at least five metres between fireworks and people at all times), it’s time to purchase the main attraction: the fireworks! Get a decent variety, and make sure you’re buying from a trustworthy supplier because the last thing you want on the night is a firework malfunction. Stock up on sparklers, too – they’re especially good for the kids, but you’re never too old to enjoy writing your name in the air with a sparkler.
Now it’s time to deck out your garden for a really brilliant bonfire night experience. The fireworks will be providing most of the light, but you can still add nice bit of ambience in between with some lights of your own. There’s a great range of garden lighting products on the market, and whether you go for lamps, lanterns, or the flickering flames of an oil torch, a little illumination will take your garden party to another level. And don’t forget the food – you can barbecue it outdoors or just pop it in the oven, but either way you’ll need to make sure that you’ve got enough sausages and jacket potatoes for everyone. Coats, hats and scarves are all well and good, but the only way to really make your guests feel warm and fuzzy at your fireworks night is with a plateful of these classic winter warmers!
And with that, you’re pretty much ready to host your very own fireworks night. Remember to be careful when you’re lighting the fireworks – keep the flame at arm’s length, and clear the path for a quick getaway. As long as you stay safe and use your common sense, your party is sure to go off with a bang!