With staying at home on everyone’s priority list, we’ve been thinking of ways to inject some magic into our own Bonfire nights, whether they involve staying indoors wrapped up in the warm, or venturing into the garden for a spot of marshmallow melting.
Here are our Top 7 things you can do to help your family bonfire celebrations go with a bang!
1. HAVE A CRAFTERNOON.
To avoid any cold and wet weather, why not grab some old sweet wrappers, pipecleaners, sticky stars and anything else metallic that you can get your hands on, and create a lovely nght sky filled with exploding fireworks! The trick is to use black card as a base, with lashings of PVA glue; every child's dream! Here's one created by Just Jane.
2. SNUGGLE UP FOR A FIREWORKS NIGHT IN
Find the best room in the house for fireworks viewing, and check out everyone else's fireworks, for a warm and cosy evening. Make it a special occasion, by setting up a tent or sleeping bags where space allows, and let the whole family camp in the same room for a bit of fun! This is a great way to introduce little ones to the concept of fireworks, without the fear factor of being outside.
3. MAKE YOUR OWN TRADITIONS
Doing things a little differently this year, means that we have more opportunity to create fun, family traditions at home. Maybe this could be the year to all cook together for Bonfire celebrations, or create your own campfire. Think outside the box. - Kids love to be involved in creating new things, so maybe there's a tradition for them to call their own.
4. BUILD YOUR OWN CAMPFIRE
Whether it's burning some twigs in a chimnea, or lighting up the fire pit, there's something rather heart warming about getting layered up and gathered together in the dark, toasting marshmallows and having a sing song. Just remember to take care and not let little fingers get too close!
5. HOT CHOCCY!
What else is there to do with all the left over marshmallows than to dunk them in some hot chocolate? Reserved for only special occasions, we think Bonfire night is the perfect excuse to indulge in some chocolatey treats!
6. LIGHT IT UP!
If your older children want to use sparklers, make sure they are supervised by adults. Get them to wear gloves, and have a bucket of cold water close by to drop the used sparklers into. Try getting your child to spell their own name in the sky for a little bit of magic!
7. HEART WARMING RECIPES.
Why not get the cookery books out, and try your hand at creating a traditional bonfire night meal all together? Slow cooked brisket chilli with a crunchy jacket potato, a rich vegetable hot pot, cheese or chocolate fondue, and American style hotdogs are all classic dishes that usually go down well!
And there you have it - 7 ideas to help your bonfire night go with a bang!
For more ideas, take a look at our Pinterest board, and most importantly of all, stay safe if using real fireworks in your own garden, and take care at home!