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Hosting the Perfect Bonfire Night Party

Like Halloween, bonfire night is expected to be big business again this year. Just under £500 million is expected to be spent on everything from decorations to food and fireworks. Whilst fireworks are best left to the professionals, there are also many other spectacular bonfire night events held across Scotland. If you are thinking of hosting your own bonfire night party, just what do you need to think about?

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#1 Food

It may be cold outside but this is the one night of the year that people seem happy to pile outside and enjoy the cold night air. And that means plenty of hot food for people to tuck into.

  • Traditional Scottish beef stew makes for a warming dish and one that can be prepared in advance. Simply leave on the stove or over the fire pit for people to help themselves to a bowl.
  • Another warming dish is soup. Easy to prepare and cheap to make, make more than one flavour of hearty soup for your guests. Keep the vegetables chunky and flavoursome against lean cuts of meat. Serve with hunks of warm bread.
  • Hot dogs also go down well but add an extra layer of warmth with a spoonful of chilli, complete with a little spicy kick.
  • Don’t forget sweet treats like toffee apples (but watch your teeth!) or an easy to make at home dessert like banoffee pie.

#2 Ambience and atmosphere

Bonfire night is associated with the warmth of the fire, the flicker of flames and the colour of fireworks popping and snapping overhead. And that means you need to add plenty of layers of light and, if safe to do so, candles.

As well as battery operated fairy lights in the garden, consider adding some solar lights too although their luminosity can depend on how much sun there has been to charge the panel!

Use candles in safe containers such as storm glasses or tea lights in small, sturdy holders and keep an eye on them at all time. If using indoors, don’t forget to protect your fitted furniture by placing holders on coasters and mats.

#3 Games

Every party needs a game or two to keep everyone entertained. That doesn’t mean you have to be playing games all night long but having a few ideas up your sleeve for when you can feel the party spirit starting to sag.

There are some great ideas online for kids and adult bonfire night party games. Traditional games include apple bobbing, a great way to bring out the competitive spirit in your guests!

#4 Play safe with sparklers

Unless you have loads of outdoor space and no near neighbours, human or animal, it’s probably best to leave fireworks to the organised public events. Sparklers, however, are great when they are used safely. Wear gloves and have a bucket of sand for spent sparklers to be pushed into.

Bonfire night is a great excuse to gather family and friends, whether that is an outdoor party with people gathered around your firepit or a bonfire themed buffet in your home. And once this colourful night is over, the countdown is on to Christmas…

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