Bonfire Night is the perfect opportunity to get your friends and family together for hot chocolates (or white mulled wine!), an impressive bonfire and sparklers while you wait for the fireworks to light up the night sky!
As November 5 approaches, why not get your garden ready for your very own Bonfire Night – we've got some canny ways of creating an atmosphere, even if you don't fancy a big bonfire in your back garden. Whether you're hosting friends or want to celebrate bonfire night with your family, here's how to add some sparkle to your garden.
Keep guests warm outdoors with a little log burner, (or go all out with this log burner), outdoor firepit, heater or chiminea, and make sure there are plenty of blankets or throws! These 'mini bonfires' will not only keep your guests warm, but they'll also add an instant ambience to your garden. And of course, it means you can toast marshmallows to your heart's content.
Alternatively, if you can't get your hands on a firepit in time, try using an old flower pot instead for a miniature version.
Once everyone is gathered outside around your bonfire (or firepit, chiminea or swedish torch), drape a few blankets or throws over chairs and bring out cushions to keep warm and cosy as you enjoy the display.
Satisfy the lumberjack in you (or your man) with this simple DIY Swedish torch. All you need are some logs!
Decorate your outdoor space by placing tea lights (or battery operated ones) in jam jars, and dot them round the garden. They are an easy and pretty way to light up paths as well as tabletops. You could even pick up a few gorgeous hanging jam jar lanterns filled with a string of battery operated fairy lights.
Don't just place them on the ground, hang them from tree branches too!
For an autumnal look, line a jam jar with pretty autumn leaves and insert fairy lights for a warm orange glow.
Get crafty by cutting open a glow stick and shaking its contents into a jar. Add some glitter, seal the top with a lid and shake for a glow-in-the-dark starry effect.
Save a few tin cans, rinse them and poke holes through the tin (but be careful of your fingers!) to make a starry projector.
There's nothing that beats the sound of crackling leaves and branches or the warming flames of Bonfire Night so if you are able to have a bonfire in your garden, just make sure that any animals and wildlife are safe out of harms way and ensure your bonfire is far away from fences, sheds, dry grass and your house. Check out these safety guidelines before you get started.
Last but not least, create a little extra magic by giving all guests a sparkler or two. They make great photos, too!