Wrap up warmly. It can get mighty chilly at this time of year and even if you plan to have a merry bonfire burning, it’s important to pile on plenty of layers to keep shivers at bay.
Make a cosy clothing pile. Pick somewhere dry in the garden as a clothes pile, that way if you’re taking gloves off while eating or putting scarves aside while playing with sparklers, they can easily be found and put back on again after.
Light up your garden. Make sure your garden shines all night long by stringing some fairy lights between tree branches or along the top of a fence, walls and patio canopies. Solar or battery powered LEDs give off a nice amount of light and are fabulously fuss-free.
Pick glowing accessories. Who doesn’t love adding a bit of bling to their accessories? Kids of all ages will enjoy brightening up their cosy outerwear with some glow in the dark jewellery. Glow sticks make especially eye-catching bangles and necklaces – perfect if you decide to have a little boogie round the bonfire too.
Bonfire Night is very exciting for young kids and we’ve got a few crafty ideas to help them feel like part of the fun.
Sparkler rings: Pick up some glittery pipe cleaners and twist several together to make simple star shapes with a loop at the bottom and – bang – you’ve got sparkler rings.
Cardboard rockets: Put empty toilet rolls to good use by combining with tissue paper, coloured cardboard and plenty of glitter to make super-safe rockets.
Paper Guys: Traditional Guys tend to be life-sized and crafted from old clothes and newspapers, but if you’re sticking to a smaller bonfire this year, why not draw and cut out a paper figure instead?