How to throw the ultimate Fireworks Night party!
With the nights starting to draw in and Summer becoming a distant memory, the season of fireworks and bonfires is upon us. This time of year is perfect for spending long evenings outside with friends and family, dressed in coats and scarves and keeping warm with steaming mugs of hot cocoa.
This time of year brings lots of opportunities to light fireworks and bonfires. The first (and arguably the most popular) is Guy Fawkes Night, or fireworks night as it’s often known, observed each year on the 5th of November to commemorate the anniversary of the failed ‘Gunpowder Plot’. In 1605, a group of 13 plotters including gunpowder expert Guy Fawkes spent months planning to assassinate King James I of England with explosives during the opening of Parliament. Their assassination attempt was foiled the night before however, when Fawkes was discovered in a cellar below the House of Lords next to 36 barrels of gunpowder. The country celebrated the failure of the plot the next day by lighting bonfires and burning effigies of Guy Fawkes, and the tradition has been continued ever since.
For many families, celebrating fireworks night means a trip to a nearby park or field to watch a fireworks display hosted by a local council or company. However, if you’re looking for something a bit closer to home, why not consider throwing a bonfire or fireworks party in your own garden? Simply invite friends and family round, put in as much or as little effort as you can, and enjoy a laid back evening in your own home. What’s more, your Indian Fire Bowl is the perfect accompaniment to a fireworks party at home, and will provide a fantastic conversation starter for your guests.
We’ve put together a few tips that will help your bash go with a bang!
Before you’ve thought about the types of fireworks you’ll buy or the food you’ll serve, it’s vital to carry out a thorough inspection of your garden in order to ensure your guests will be safe. As entertaining as they are, fireworks are still explosives, and there needs to be a suitable safety distance between them and spectators. There are some fantastic resources online for ensuring your fireworks party adheres to the recommended health and safety guidelines, so be sure to do a bit of research beforehand to avoid any issues on the night.
What’s a fireworks party without a bonfire? There’s no denying that traditional bonfires made of wood and sticks are a fiery, exciting centrepiece. However, they can also be unpredictable and hard to control, especially if your garden is on the small side. If you’re unsure about having an open fire in your garden or you simply don’t have the space, an Indian Fire Bowl is a fantastic alternative. They bring warmth and atmosphere to a garden and allow guests to have all the fun of a traditional bonfire experience, in a safe, well-contained way. And, once the fire has died down and the embers are glowing, your guests can enjoy toasting marshmallows and making traditional American s’mores to end the evening.
Walk into any supermarket from October to January and you’ll likely be met with a wall of fireworks of every conceivable shape and size. From rockets to catherine wheels, roman candles to fountains, there’s a firework to suit every party or celebration, regardless of the size of your garden. For the children attending your party (and often the adults, too!) sparklers are a really fun way to start the evening. Encourage your guests to make different shapes with their sparklers and offer a prize for the most creative one – don’t forget the old favourite, writing your name!
Food and Drink
Food and drink is an important part of any party, and a fireworks party is no different. Given the time of year, it’s the perfect opportunity to wow your guests with seasonal ingredients and produce. For fireworks night and New Year’s Eve parties especially, it makes sense to prep the food beforehand and cook it slowly on a low heat. This will allow you to be the perfect host or hostess and focus on entertaining your guests, while the food takes care of itself. If you aren’t using your Indian Fire Bowl as a bonfire, you could also consider using this to cook for your guests.
For a starter, your guests will love warming up with a hot cup of homemade pumpkin or tomato soup, along with some crusty bread and butter. For a main course, follow it up with gourmet hotdogs or pulled pork rolls and apple sauce – portable, easy to hold items that will allow your guests to stand outside and enjoy the fireworks and bonfire as they eat. Click here to view our range of authentic indian cooking accessories.
We hope these suggestions have given you some great ideas for your next fireworks party, and we’d love to see how you’re using your Indian Fire Bowl at this time of year! Why not share a photo on our Facebook page so we can enjoy your celebration with you!
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