I don’t need to tell you that everything is different this year. I’m sure you’ve worked that one out for yourself already. Events, special occasions, even just heading to the local pub for dinner comes with it’s changes now after COVID. Now it’s Autumn aka. the best month EVER, there will be lots of plans missing from most of our calendars. Tricks or Treating, Halloween parties and firework displays. So today I want to share some cozy bonfire night ideas for those of you staying at home this year!
Which will probably be most of us, to be honest. Which is a shame because bonfire night is one of my favourite times of the year. I just absolutely love fireworks. I love the colours, the smell, the sound and how magical they look lighting up the sky. I can get so lost in a firework display and it makes me so excited for the remainder of the year.
Of course that’s not the case for everyone and fireworks can be an absolute nightmare for pets – which makes me so sad. I’m just so grateful that my dog isn’t bothered at all by fireworks (although if a plastic bag drifts past him, he’ll run a mile!) It’s so important to know how to look after your pets on bonfire night.
That said, I don’t want to miss celebrating bonfire night this year so I’ll definitely be doing some of these cozy at home bonfire night ideas that I mention below! Any excuse to get cozy and comfy with my boyfriend!
Carry on reading for 7 cozy at home bonfire night ideas!
Have a Harry Potter movie marathon
Harry Potter screams Autumnal so this is the perfect chance to have a Harry Potter movie marathon, instead of going out to a bonfire or firework party! I don’t know about you but I can re-watch the Harry Potter series over and over again without getting bored and my boyfriend and I like to do this every once in a while!
Have a bonfire in your garden and toast marshmallows
Now you’ll have to check your local area / wherever you live to ensure it’s safe to have a small bonfire in your garden and the correct protocols for it but if it IS safe to do so and you’re craving that smell of smoke this bonfire night, even if you’re not going out, bring bonfire night to you! And there’s NOTHING nicer than toasted marshmallows!
Create a blanket fort and watch movies on the iPad
Another good idea if you’re after a mega cozy evening is creating your own fort, decked out with fairy lights and snacks and having your own little movie night in there instead! I recently discovered Kelly on Instagram – who has quickly become one of my favourite Instagram creators – who has absolutely gorgeous decor in her home and has created an amazing fort!
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Thinking of recreating our little fort this weekend, cranking up the air conditioning (the weather is set to be absolutely boiling here) and having an ultimate movie marathon. I actually saw someone on TikTok (I can’t help my obsession guys) who watched all the Harry Potter films back to back and filmed it. I’d been thinking about doing this for a long time… maybe I can convince Joe to join me in 20 hours of madness? What do you think, could you watch them all back to back? 💫✨
Eat a buffer dinner with your favourite food
I love a buffet dinner. We usually have one in our house on Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. We rarely have a buffet on a “regular” day. So for food on your at home bonfire night, you might considering a huge buffet dinner of all your favourite foods. Or ordering lots of different bits from the takeaway and doing a buffet that way instead!
Bake lots of yummy sweet treats
Who doesn’t love a day of baking? Well this could be your cozy at home bonfire night idea for 2020! There are tons of fun and yummy recipes you could make. Maybe using marshmallows to mark the occasion or if you have kids, consider different colour food dyes for the different colors of fireworks!
Check out some of these amazing treats that Tiffany, one of my favourite bloggers, makes:
- Mint Aero Brownies Recipe
- Extravagant White Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
- Coffee Cake With Caramel Buttercream Recipe
Decorate your house / fort / garden in colorful fairy lights
You can’t go wrong with fairy lights any time of the year. But if you’re missing some sparkle this bonfire night, bring the sparkle to you and deck out your house / garden / fort in colorful fairy lights. The bonus here is that if you leave them up for long enough, they can double up for Christmas!
Want a fun bonfire night idea? Have a board game night!
I love a board game night. They can be mega fun so this is a great option for a fun bonfire night in with friends or family. Take it old school. No phones, cheesy 90’s music and all the old classics like Cluedo, Monopoly, Guess Who, Twister – you name it!