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How to Celebrate Bonfire Night At Home

The big displays may be looking unlikely (thanks, 2020), but all it means is that we’ll just have to conjure up those ‘oooh’s and aaah’s’ ourselves. Those moments of magic to appreciate all the more.

Because, you know, there’s still plenty of magic to made. The crisp bite of the air on rosy cheeks and reddened noses as you snuggle down into big scarves and piles of coats. Curling your cold hands around a piping hot drink (something with lots of cream and marshmallows). The charred scent of burning wood and bonfire in the air.

And knowing, of course, that the Christmas countdown can now officially begin. (Yes, we said it).

To help get you started on your Bonfire Night from home, we’ve got some helpful tips and suggestions to make the most of every little moment.

Decorate Your Home

We’ll take literally any excuse to string up the bunting and whip out a cake stand, so we’ve designed some special downloadable Bonfire Night decorations to get your rooms ready for the sparkly wonder. We also suggest thinking about setting the scene with scent, by investing in a candle or two with nice, spicy notes and a crackling wick.

Download your decorations here.



An occasion isn’t really an occasion without the right tasty treats. Toffee apples really only get one crack of the whip for their time in the spotlight, so we’ve whipped up a quick and easy recipe that doubles up as a fun activity for the kids.

Hot chocolate is also a strict necessity, so why not have a ‘pimp your drink’ station with lots of lovely ways to spice them up. We’re thinking ginger and cinnamon, maybe some caramel syrup, or a few drops of mint extract. Lots of whipped cream (of course), grated chocolate and mini marshmallows.

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Toffee Apple Recipe

What you need:

6 Apples

400 grams caster sugar

100ml water

4 tbsp golden syrup

1/2 tsp ground cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground ginger

6 wooden lolly sticks

How to make them:

  • Prepare your apples by removing any stalks and pushing in the lolly sticks until they're firmly wedged right in there.
  • Put your sugar and water into a pan, cook on a low heat until the sugar is dissolved. Making sure not to stir it, but you can give the pan a gentle jiggle if you need to move the sugar around.
  • Once dissolved, add your golden syrup and allow to boil until it reaches 140 degrees. Working quickly, take it off the heat and stir through the ginger and cinnamon.
  • Dip your apples in the toffee making sure to cover them all. Feel free to sprinkle on any toppings that take your fancy like chopped hazelnuts or hundreds & thousands.
  • Place on a tray of baking paper to set - once cooled and set they're ready to eat.
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Although the big fireworks are probably best left to the professionals and admired from a safe distance (as determined by a clever someone trained in that kind of thing), supervised sparklers are a cheap and cheerful way to bring Bonfire Night to your back garden (not to mention lots of fun).

Try popping your camera on a long exposure setting and play around with making shapes and words with your sparklers. Or record it on a slow-mo video setting on your phone. It’s a good one to get the whole family involved in.

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When they pop up, it’s important that we grasp these opportunities of celebration with both hands, and go a bit overboard with them. To not so much focus on what we’re missing, but what we have.

So hug hard, and often. Be together, where you can, and make each other laugh. Have fun with sparklers, play games, eat too much.

And have a very happy and bright Bonfire Night.