Since 1605, Britain has celebrated Guy Fawkes on the 5th of November. This evening typically marked by fireworks and bonfires, is, in fact, a thanksgiving to the failure of Guy Fawkes’ plot. Him and his companions, formed the Gunpowder Plot, planting explosives beneath the House of Lords. King James I surprisingly survived this act of treason and in celebration bonfires were ignited. So, how should we celebrate this night 400 years later?
Would it be the 5th of November without watching fireworks?
There is certainly no shame in attending your local areas annual fireworks event. But if a big fireworks party does not appeal to you, why not host your own smaller gathering? Do not attempt to set off your own fireworks, stick to sparklers to ignite the Guy Fawkes spirit. For a more sophisticated soirée, perhaps a bonfire can mark the occasion and this will keep everyone warm as winter well and truly arrives.
What is a celebration without food and beverages?
Hot chocolate is an absolute essential. Warm your guest with this delicious drink, top with marshmallows and even add a splash of booze for some fun! Offer this as a hand-warmer whilst the fireworks are watched! For food, think hot, something you avoid in the summer. Although a barbecue would be fitting given the idea of a bonfire, it may be too cold. But if you are feeling brave, start with all the meat and for dessert, toast marshmallows. Alternatively, we would suggest a soup to start or serve in cute cups as a canapé. To follow perhaps a big chilli con carne or a pasta bake. Toffee apples is a popular dessert choice, even though this is normally a Halloween treat. Switch it up with toasted s’mores.
Celebrate in style
We know that entertaining is often overwhelming. So, if you would prefer to give the party planning a miss but, would still like a taste of Autumn, don’t hesitate! It is not too late to book an Autumnal menu for a stress-free evening full of fireworks, friends and fun!