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While in the US, the 4th of July is celebrated with fireworks in the balminess of the summer, here in the UK, we celebrate Guy Fawkes Day – a tradition that started because some guy tried to blow up the Houses of Parliment and the government stopped him. Sort of an early version of a thwarted terrorist attack. So they named a day after him and today, people gather round in the freezing cold and rain of early November to light fireworks in their gardens, eat, drink and generally enjoy loud noises and lit up skies that smell of burning sulfer. It’s a good time, promise.

So when Homebase contacted me to see if I’d like to try out some of their products for my very own Guy Fawkes Day fireworks party, I thought, sure, why not. I mean, everyone loves a good party, right?

Homebase sent me a few things to get the party started so to speak – a firepit with logs and a few toasting forks to keep warm, sparklers and a bunch of really incredible fireworks. The rest was up to me so I headed to my local Homebase and loaded up on some autumnal plants in reds and oranges to pretty up the decking and a couple of folding chairs from Habitat and decorated with solar string lights and a few glittery pumpkins.

You’ll note the rain on everything in these pictures – yes the day started out by absolutely tipping it down – I was panicking as I was afraid all day I wouldn’t have enough time to get everything set up before it cleared but thank goodness, the weather gave me a little bit of a reprieve about an hour before everyone was meant to arrive and then by the time everyone got here, it was a lovely clear evening!

The selection of plants I purchased really just dressed the space a bit – I loved the firey reds, plums and oranges and they really brought a bit of an Autumnal look outdoors.

Now my nieces (I have 3 of them ranging in age from 2 to 10) do love fireworks so we decided to make it a (Wayne’s) family affair and just have a small crowd to accommodate our equally small garden. I created a cosy seating area with a faux fur throw on our bench…

… and a little ‘sweets’ table with all manner of sugar to keep the kids awake well past their bedtimes (I’m sure their parents loved us for this).

I also set up a little makeshift area near the firepit to bring an American tradition to the party – good old fashioned s’mores. Of course, we don’t have graham crackers or Hershey’s chocolate here so I substituted with Digestive biscuits and inexpensive chocolate bars. I don’t think anyone really minded to be honest!

Wayne cooked up seasoned roasted chicken thighs and drumsticks as well as a fantastic pulled pork and his sister brought an amazing chilli with chorizo and thick melt-in-your-mouth beef chunks. Let me tell you – there wasn’t a bit of ‘proper’ food left over.

The kids were dizzy on sugar and had a fantastic time watching pale pink and white marshmallows turn into a gooey crispy mess before their eyes.

My night time photography was pretty atrocious so forgive me for not having more of the actual family and friends in attendance. And in this one, my neices look as though they wouldn’t dare touch the chocolate. Trust me, this didn’t last very long.

Of course, sparklers are always fun too. Don’t worry, the kids wore gloves but I’m a risk taker clearly who has no proper regard for safety (ie., don’t try this at home).

I have to tell you as well – the firepit was SO good. I don’t know why we haven’t ever considered one previously but it kicked off such a nice amount of heat – the logs lasted for hours and as the night got colder, we huddled around it chatting and drinking beer (the adults of course, I’m not an animal) until late. I have no doubt that we’ll be bringing it out for future garden parties.

The fireworks were absolutely incredible. I mean, proper fireworks with big bangs and spectacular lights and everything.

Here’s a little video I made sharing what they were like in my tiny little garden, accompanied by very regal music…

All in, it was a great night! Big thanks to Homebase for making it happen.

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Disclaimer: This post is in association with Homebase who supplied fireworks, sparklers, the firepit, toasting forks, Habitat chairs and plants for free. Thanks so much for supporting the companies that allow me to create original content for Swoon Worthy.


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