It’s that time of year when you can rally the fam, embrace those autumnal l feels, and light up the night sky with fireworks and a bonfire that’s hotter than the latest TikTok trend. Public displays are cool and all, but hey, why not make your own garden the place to be? We’re serving up some killer ideas to turn your family bonfire night into a shindig that’ll stick in your kids memories for ages.
Safety First (let’s get it out the way!)
We don’t want to rain on the parade before we even get there, but safety talk is important. Make sure you’re all good to go with permission from neighbours if needed. Equip yourself with an at home fire extinguishers and first-aid kit. Oh, and have a bucket of water on standby (just in case!). This is a great way to teach your future bonfire enthusiast the dos and don’ts of fire safety.
Involve the Whole Family
Bonfire Night is a full-family gig. Get everyone, from the ankle biters to the old timers, involved in the action. Whether it’s gathering dry leaves and twigs from the back garden, creating decorations, or whipping up some tasty treats, teamwork makes the dream work after all (or so we’ve been told). Plus, it’s a prime opportunity for some family bonding.
Burn Baby Burn
Building the bonfire is where the real magic happens. Pick a primo spot and get the kids to gather up some dry wood, leaves, twigs and newspaper for kindling. Then the older kids or adults can help with the hefty logs to keep the fire alive and kickin’. This should feel like a group effort but remember to keep safety in everyone’s minds.
Tantalize Those Taste Buds
Now you’ve got the base of the bonfire down, it’s time we move on to the next best thing – the grub. We’re not just talking about marshmallows; we’re talking s’mores, corn on the cob and hot dogs. Don’t forget to whip up some hot chocolate or bring out the warm apple cider and mulled wine for the grown-ups.
Set the Stage
It’s time to channel your inner Kardashian. String up some twinkling fairy lights, pop up paper lanterns, and scatter blankets and cushions for the ultimate chill-out zone. Think about creating a playlist that’ll get the whole family grooving.
The Bonfire Bonanza
Keep the good times rolling with bonfire games and entertainment. Storytelling is always a winner, but as we’re not long past spooky season, you could even try some ghost stories. Have you got a future Olivia Rodrigo in your family (or someone who thinks they are at least)? How about a family talent show! If you’ve got the space, throw in some garden games like hoopla. And remember, blankets don’t have to just be used to keep warm; they come in handy for stargazing too!
Safety first, but fun second. Fireworks and sparklers can take your bonfire night to a whole new level. Go for fireworks that won’t send your eyebrows to space and follow the safety tips closely. Sparklers are also a blast for the kids, but make sure you have a watchful eye over them. Safety, safety, safety!
Snap up the moments
Don’t forget to capture the madness! Nominate a family photographer or invest in a tripod for your camera or smartphone. Snap those pics and create a scrapbook that’ll keep you smiling for years to come.
There you have it – the ultimate guide to a bonfire night at home. Safety’s the backstage VIP, but don’t forget to let loose and make memories with the whole family. Gather round the bonfire, savour those snacks, and party hard (or soft if early nights are your thing) in your own back garden. Here’s to an epic family bonfire night filled with “spark”tacular fun!