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So it’s nearly bonfire night already! What will you and the family be doing this year? There are so many wonderful fireworks displays around that it can be difficult to choose. But we hope that you really enjoy whichever display(s) you go to, and that you put your photography skills to good use as well. For tips on fireworks photography check out our Fireworks Tips to Remember this November.
But this year as well as going to the big displays, why not consider a retro style bonfire night party at home? Obviously safety is paramount, so we’re not talking about major firework displays in the garden. But many readers who grew up in the 1960’s and early 1970’s will have fond childhood memories of friends and family gathering together for bonfire night celebrations. Wouldn’t it be good to give your children the same opportunity to enjoy this too?
Here are five of the key elements to a successful retro style bonfire night party, with our suggestions as to how you could adapt them to fit with our contemporary lifestyle:
If your garden is big enough to site a small bonfire - ideally in a bin or pit - then you may decide to choose this option. An alternative would be to light up a chiminea which would provide the warmth and glow to give your party a wonderful ambience but without the risk of an open fire.
A modern day alternative would be for the children to make small guys before the party and have prizes for different categories. Whether or not you then attempt to burn the guys is another matter altogether!
But retro bonfire parties used to feature lanterns made not of pumpkins but turnips. They may have been created for Halloween but would then be brought to the bonfire night party - which in those days was the more celebrated event - and quite probably burned on the bonfire.
But to keep in the spirit of a retro bonfire party you may want to provide something small and safe. Sparklers were always a great favourite: children would make shapes and write in the air with them until they fizzled out a few minutes later. Sparklers are still widely available to buy so could be a good choice. There are also now various indoor fireworks available from suppliers such as Amazon.
All of this food could be replicated for your bonfire party. You may want to add a slightly more gourmet touch: for example home-made soup, oven-baked potatoes and BBQ’d sausages with a variety of dips. This style of food would certainly be hotter and more tasty than the offerings in the past. But stick to the traditional sweet items - we guarantee that children and adults alike would love them!
We hope that the above ideas help you to have a very different bonfire night this year. Enjoy every minute, and do remember to take lots of photographs so that you can capture some incredible #memoriesforever.
If you forget to take photographs - or would rather enjoy the moment than be behind a lens - then why not recreate your retro party at a follow up Venture photography experience? Bring family and friends - and guys! - along for a fun photoshoot. As well as reliving all the fun of your party, you will receive a wonderful framed photograph which will capture the atmosphere of your wonderful evening. Something to look back on for years to come.
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