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?
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…
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!
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.
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.