Bonfire Night Party

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One of the benefits of having a house you own. It doubles as a party venue.

Second party in 6 months this Saturday – yay us.

Yes, it’s Bonfire Night chez nous.

So, having organised very little so far this is my list of what we need to do:


  • Fireworks
  • Sparklers
  • 30 Baking Potatoes
  • Cheese and marg
  • Sausages
  • Metal Bucket
  • Bag of Sand
  • Piece of chipboard/wood
  • Wine & mulling syrup
  • Ice (for chilling)
  • Foil
  • Non-alcoholic pop for drinking whilst dealing with fireworks*


  • Mulled wine
  • Pumpkin Soup

Find in house:

  • Biscuit tins (for storing fireworks)
  • Disposable cutlery, crockery and glasses
  • Torch
  • Torch batteries
  • Bucket (to fill with water)
  • Gloves


  • Sanctuary for cat
  • Set up litter tray
  • Feed her early and get her indoors

And remember:

  1. Only buy fireworks marked BS 7114.
  2. Don’t drink alcohol if setting off fireworks.
  3. Keep fireworks in a closed box.
  4. Follow the instructions on each firework.
  5. Light at arm’s length, using a taper.
  6. Stand well back.
  7. Never go near a firework that has been lit. Even if it hasn’t gone off, it could still explode.
  8. Never put fireworks in your pocket or throw them.
  9. Always supervise children around fireworks.
  10. Light sparklers one at a time and wear gloves.
  11. Never give sparklers to a child under five.
  12. Keep pets indoors.

Also – according to the DTI:

can’t set off fireworks between 11pm and 7am except for on 5 November
when you can set them off until midnight and New Year’s Eve, Chinese
New Year and Diwali when they can be set off until 1am.

*Whose stupid idea was it to have a party with fireworks which means I can’t drink?! (Mine.)

3 Responses to “Bonfire Night Party”
  1. Helen Ryan says:

    Impressive! I think I’m just gonna sit on the kitchen roof and watch the ones from the fire station.

  2. Always supervise children around fireworks

    I admit – I do need supervision!

  3. Casey Leaver says:

    Cheers Helen, yes it might be impressive if we’d done any of it yet…

    Ellie – you can have a sparkler with the three other children that are coming.

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