Wednesday, 19 October 2016

5 Reasons to Host Your Own Bonfire Night Celebrations

Bonfire Night


November 5th is the perfect chance to organise a get-together and celebrate the evening with a bang

The chances are that most years on November the 5th, you and the family will attend a local fireworks display. Attending one of these crowded events tends to be the go-to for most people, as there isn’t much in the way of an alternative.

But why not create that alternative? You could host your own Bonfire Night celebrations so that your family and friends have a more unique and memorable fireworks celebration this year. Having your own, private party on November 5th comes with plenty of benefits — these five in particular…

1. A More Personal Experience

There’s no doubt that there’s fun to be had at a large, public Guy Fawkes Night celebration, but they will always be packed to the rafters, so finding a good spot can be difficult.

Hosting your own celebrations means you can choose who attends, so by limiting numbers you get a more close-knit, personal experience. Instead of struggling to hear people over the noise of a mumbling crowd, you can have conversations with family and friends over a fire and enjoy some fireworks.

This makes the whole evening a much more social affair and is great opportunity to catch up with friends and family.

2. It’s a Great Night for the Kids

As a parent, Bonfire Night is a great way of spending time with your children and showing them how to celebrate with fireworks safely, in a familiar setting. At a public display, there’s not a whole load going on apart from the fireworks themselves.

By hosting your own celebratory evening, it means you can provide a more fun experience for any children attending. It also means you won’t have to worry about losing them in a huge crowd at a public Bonfire Night event.

While your children are busy filling their boots at the buffet table, marvelling at the fireworks or running around burning off some of that bedtime energy – you’ll have plenty of time to catch up with friends.

3. You Get to Put on a Firework Display

There’s something incredibly satisfying about setting off fireworks. Sure, going to watch a fireworks display is great, but setting off your own assortment of exploding visual delights is by far the better option.

As long as your guests aren’t expecting you to buy fireworks similar to the quality of the Chinese New Year displays, then it’s safe to say you’ll provide more than enough excitement for those who attend. The chances are that you already do some shopping online, and buying fireworks online is a great way to find some gems for a bargain.

If you are worried about the noise being a problem for your neighbours, you may want to look into quiet fireworks, especially if your celebrations will go on a bit later into the evening. You’ll still have a great display — just no loud crashes and bangs to keep angry neighbours awake.

This would also be the perfect opportunity to teach your kids the importance of fire safety, as you would obviously have to adopt these same practices if you plan on having a safe fireworks display.

4. Get Together Before the Holidays

With Christmas right around the corner, this time of year can always be chaotic. There’s so much to organise, as well as a long list of presents to buy, so your personal life tends to be put on the backburner until you have a chance to sit back and enjoy yourself.

Organising your own Bonfire Night celebrations is a great way to get a bunch of you together before the holidays, have a bite to eat and a drink or two, and let off a few fireworks.

Since school has started again for the kids, it will have been a busier time for life as a parent, so this is a great opportunity to catch up with some friends who you may not have seen for a while.

5. You Can Do It on a Budget

Spending money before Christmas is never on the top of anyone’s to-do list, but nobody said you have to put on a professional-quality fireworks display. You can make your evening as low-key or as extravagant as you want.

There are a wide range of fireworks available that are designed with garden-style parties in mind. Not only are the fireworks themselves more low-key, but you also won’t be paying the same prices as large-scale fireworks, designed for public events.

So, it’s time to buy some fireworks and unless you’re planning a full-scale dinner party, your budget for food and drink shouldn’t end up breaking the bank. It might be a good chance to squeeze one more BBQ into 2016.

Attending a public firework display can often become a bit of a palaver. Getting everyone ready to head out for an evening in the cold can be hard work, especially if the heating is on and they’re settled in for the night. So why not bring the firework display to you? Well, not to your front room of course, but organising your own Bonfire Night celebrations could prove to be a great change of pace from the regular November 5th activities.


Jon Culverhouse is the managing director of Fantastic Fireworks — one of the UK’s leaders in professional displays and fireworks you can let off at home. With over thirty years of experience in the firework industry, Fantastic Fireworks has established itself as the go-to vendor for fireworks in the UK.

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