How to Throw a Bonfire Night Themed Party That Will Go With a Bang November 1st, 2012
If your child’s birthday falls in November, why not veto a pirate or princess themed birthday party in favour of one with a little more sparkle – a bonfire night themed bash!
With fireworks, sparklers and toffee apples you’ll be surprised at just how easy and fun this will be to achieve, plus it can be tailored to suit boys or girls of nearly all ages.
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Here are some great ideas for your little one’s bonfire birthday party that will bring all the fun of fireworks night, even when it isn’t November 5 th!
- Explosive Invitations
Starting with the invitations, get creative and make them from glittery paper decorated with stars. You could even cut the invitations themselves into star shapes if you feel artistic, or go one step further and use shiny red paper and wooden lollipop sticks to create invitations in the shape of toffee apples.It might also be fun to suggest a dress code for the party, especially if the children are under the age of ten. Try ‘stars and sparkles’ to encourage the kids to put on glitzy party dresses or star-printed shirts, or even ask them to dress up as colourful fireworks and offer a prize for the most explosive costume.
- Dazzling Decorations The sky’s the limit for bonfire night themed decorations too! You could create giant cardboard fireworks and stars to adorn the walls, or even make bunting printed with similar designs. Twinkling fairy lights will also recreate the sparkle of fireworks, plus don’t forget lots of glittering metallic streamers and balloons strung up around the room, star-shaped confetti on the table and colourful paper plates and cups.Why not even decorate the edges of the table with strips of red, yellow and orange crêpe paper arranged to look like flames? It’s sure to add the wow factor to the party room as well as highlighting the centre of any party – the food!
- Flaming Good Food
As with all types of birthday parties, the food and drink is crucial, and you can have lots of fun with a bonfire night themed celebration! Try serving fruity cocktails (non-alcoholic, of course) decorated with brightly coloured plastic star-shaped stirrers, and for food cook up some delicious bonfire burgers with smoky barbecue sauce. Those more confident with their cooking skills may even want to try making the burgers themselves and using a star-shaped cookie cutter to shape the burger patties. You won’t have any trouble getting younger children to eat these fun snacks!
Kids of all ages will love toffee or chocolate-dipped apples (try these toffee popcorn apples)and cupcakes too, and if your baking skills are adept you could whip up some cupcakes with chocolate flakes arranged on the top like a bonfire, with orange sprinkles for flames. They’ll go down a treat.
- Firework Fun
Of course it goes without saying that a bonfire night party will need some real fireworks to mark the occasion, but the age of your child should determine what types of fireworks you buy – if any at all. Your local fireworks dealer should be able to tell you how loud the fireworks are to help with your decision.However if you still feel like your children may be too young for fireworks, why not use sparklers as an alternative if they are over five? It would be a good idea to also have a few spare pairs of gloves handy for children that forget theirs, and of course don’t allow any children to have sparklers unattended. For children under five years old, source sparkling birthday cake candles instead so they can experience the fun of fireworks from a safe distance.
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