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Celebrate Bonfire Night in Style

Bonfire night provides the perfect opportunity to gather your friends and family for a little garden party. While throwing a garden party in November may seem a little outlandish, there are many ways to make it a truly memorable event. To impress the guests at your party, you need a delicious menu and some simple, but stylish décor. We’re thinking colourful paper lanterns, beautiful fairy lights and hearty comfort food.

An autumnal menu with seasonal produce and plenty of flavour is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser, while festive sweet treats are sure to delight. If you’re expecting a lot of guests, making a large batch of soup or stew in advance saves a lot of time and effort on the night, leaving you to enjoy the party. Simply reheat and serve in small bowls with warm French bread. This spicy Chipotle and Sweet Potato Soup, is perfect for the occasion.

Toffee Apples remind us of village fetes and country fairs – they are sticky, delicious and just a little bit whimsical. This recipe is a slightly more grown up version of the traditional treat.

Another fantastic dessert option is S’mores. Simply sandwich chocolate and marshmallow between two biscuits before wrapping in tin foil and heating over the fire – the chocolate and marshmallow should melt to create a gooey, delicious snack.

No party is complete without a signature drink. Hot chocolate with chilli and fruit teas are a must at such an occasion, but if you’re looking for a drink that will really warm your cockles, this mulled cider recipe is a winner.

For party décor take colour inspiration from fireworks and go bold and bright. Vibrant paper lanterns strung across the garden always make a statement, especially when intertwined with dreamy fairy lights. Bright and beautiful tissue paper can be used in a number of ways to stylishly decorate your garden, from huge paper pom poms that resemble fireworks to paper streamers and garlands. These incredible fringe garlands are easy to make but are sure to create an impact at your event, hang them from the trees for a dramatic motif.

If you’d prefer to keep things simple, a natural colour scheme with brown and beige hues works particularly well against the backdrop of your garden. Jam jars with candles provide light, while cosy wool blankets thrown over chairs add comfort and warmth.

Whatever your style, no bonfire night garden party is complete without this incredibly stunning Moon piñata. If you can face destroying it, fill it with sweets to entertain guests, or if like me you think it’s too beautiful to destroy, simply use it as an impressive decoration.

Are you throwing a bonfire night party or are you heading out to a big fireworks display? Whatever you do have a wonderful night and remember to stay safe!