This weekend is Bonfire Night. One of the most loved traditions of the winter calendar, lighting up the sky with beautiful colours and providing the perfect excuse for an outdoor party.
Whilst it's easy to get deterred by the colder weather and darker nights, a few simple tips can turn your party into an evening no-one will forget - for all the best reasons.
Here are 5 simple, fuss-free ideas for you to try:
1. Light it up
A nice setting to welcome your guests into is a must and sets the tone for the party. For a little added atmosphere, string Festoon lights through tree branches and dot outdoor lanterns around the patio to create a warm ambience.
2. Fire it up
Just because you're hosting an outdoor party in November, doesn't mean you have to struggle through the cold. Fire pits are a lovely addition to any occassion but when the temperatures fall they throw out some much needed heat to keep everyone comfortable.
3. Load it up
A drinks trolley makes it super easy to serve beverages to your guests without running inside all evening for top-ups. Pick a convenient location that's easily accessible to everybody, pre-load with a range of drinks before the party starts and everything you need is to hand for the whole night.
4. Serve it up
Make hosting as easy as possible with sharing boards that people can help themselves to as and when. Prepare in advance, bring out when you're ready and enjoy the time you have with your friends and family without the fuss and hassle of lots of cooking and clearing up.
5. Mix-it up
Try traditional recipes with a little twist to add a little fun to the party. We love the idea of Red Velvet Hot Chocolate or this adult only Hot Chocolate Orange. Serve in traditional enamelware mugs to give that authentic rustic outdoor style.
Outdoor parties are fun, especially when it's a clear, crisp evening. However you choose to spend your Bonfire Night, whether you want it to go off with a big bang, or you're just looking to add a little sparkle, we hope you have a safe and enjoyable evening to remember.