Bonfire Night Bonanza!

Bonfire night is bright, colourful, and exciting...just like our clothes!

So we think it is super important to celebrate bonfire night by sharing with you some bonfire night snacks as well as some tips and tricks on how to keep your little firecrackers safe this year!

Firstly, the bonfire night tradition goes all the way back to the gunpowder plot in 1605 which is 417 years ago! For those of you who don't know what the gunpowder plot is, the whole story is entwined with politics, religion, and treason! Because we're all about light hearted good fun, so we won't be getting into all of that today but if you're interested in the origin of bonfire night then click here to read more. 

What we will be talking about, however, is bonfire night food and tips for keeping your kids and pets happy! 

Bonfire Cupcakes 

All you need for this is some chocolate cupcakes (made or bought depending on how much time you have!), orange buttercream, mikado’s, cocktail sticks and some mini marshmallows. 

  • Step One - Make chocolate cupcakes and orange buttercream! Or if you have bought these you’re one step ahead. 
  • Step Two - Put your orange buttercream into a piping bag and swirl it around on the top of the cupcake. This will act as the flavourful flame to your bonfire.
  • Step Three - Take your mikado’s or some other kind of small chocolate covered breadstick and stick them around the buttercream fire to make it look like sticks on a fire. 
  • Step Four - Now get your cocktail stick and put two mini marshmallows on the end. Pop it on the cupcake and now you’ve got the perfect little edible bonfire to set the scene! 

Fruity fireworks

All you need for this is a kebab skewer, strawberries, blueberries and grapes and some arts and crafts tassels to attach to the end of the skewer. 

  • Step One - Start off by popping your arts and crafts tassel on the blunt end of the skewer and securing with some tape. 
  • Step Two - now put a blueberry on the skewer followed by a grape and alternate until your skewer is nearly full, then cut the top end of the strawberry off where the leaves sit and put the strawberry on the very top of the skewer facing upwards so it looks like the tip of a rocket. And there you have it, some fruity fireworks. 

Tips for the little ones 

Keeping your kids entertained is a priority, but so is their safety. Some quick tips and tricks to keep them safe this year include:

  • If you’re not too keen on sparklers for your little ones, then a good alternative is glow sticks, they’re still bright and super fun. 
  • Hats, gloves, and ear protection. No one wants little hands and ears getting cold, or to cause any hearing issues with the loud noises. 
  • If your little one becomes overwhelmed then you can attend ‘quiet’ bonfire night displays, you can also stand further away from the display itself. 
  • If your children find it too distressing to attend a fireworks display there are so many things you can do to celebrate at home that don’t involve flashing lights and loud noises - Making and playing with firework sensory bottles are a good option with tons of glitter and colours. 

Tips for your fur babies 

Every pet owner knows the struggles of fireworks night for your furry companions. The top tips and tricks we have for you to make this bonfire night pass as smoothly as possible is to:

  • Close windows and curtains to muffle the sounds and block out the flashes. 
  • Put on some music or a movie so that there are other distracting noises around. Classic FM even has a pet classics feature which is a bunch of relaxing music. 
  • Ignore the fireworks yourself, if you don’t pay attention to them, your four legged friend is less likely to get stressed out. 
  • Some doggy daycares also offer a fireworks party where the flashes are blocked out and music is played to dampen the effects of loud bangs.

We hope you have a happy and safe bonfire night!