With the dark nights drawing in – it’s so tempting to just close those curtains, pour a glass of red, turn up the thermostat and put on your favourite movie. However it can be so easy to miss the contrasts of darkness and light which are so evident outside our homes in abundance this Autumn. These contrasts are often mirrored on Bonfire Night so we believe there’s no reason why the decor inside of our homes shouldn’t reflect Nature’s own décor.
With this in mind – here’s our top tips for bringing the outdoors –indoors this Bonfire Night.
1) Candle, candles and more candles
As with Halloween – candles are a top ‘must have’ for creating the warmth and smells from Bonfire Night. Weather you go for simple tea lights in a colourful holder – our suggestion would be to look for scented candles – such as toffee, pine trees etc. These not only give off the ‘bonfire’ light but also create wonderful scents to fill your home. And once Bonfire Night is over – the candles can always be used again. Alternatively some lovely lanterns placed around the house – might be another way to bring the light.
2) It’s time to relight that fire
If you’re lucky enough to have real fire – you won’t need us to list the benefits of setting a fire on Bonfire Night. However a coal or wood effect fire – not only provides that much-needed warmth but helps create the ideal indoors atmosphere. Alternatively – why not pick up some bonfire themed throws or blankets for snuggling up in front of the TV. A hot water bottle is another great way of keeping warm on the 5th.
3) Get the kids involved
Some kids don’t enjoy the loudness of fireworks, but there’s no reason they should miss out by staying indoors. Why not get them to decorate the house with some crafts. Bonfire collages are easy to make – with twigs and orange/red tissues. Rocket shaped bookmarks are easy to make with ice lolly sticks, card, glue and pipe cleaners. Or the craft we all did back in primary school – with some white card, coloured all over with different bright crayons. Then finished off by covering with black crayon. You then create your own firework scenes by taking an ice lolly stick and scraping away the black crayon. A cheap and effective way to have a bit of fun.
4) French doors are the perfect vista
If you’ve got French doors or a conservatory – why not throw open those curtains, switch off the lights, move the sofa into position and enjoy a free fireworks show. Then you can enjoy the very best of both worlds from the warmth and comfort of your own house. Cheeky but cost-effective!!
5) Go on – you can pop outside
Chiminea's and fire pits are a great alternative and can be enjoyed from the comfort of your home…well your garden. They can be picked up cheaply from most supermarkets and garden centres and mean you can enjoy the pleasures of Bonfire Night without going too far. You could even go the whole hog and toast up some marshmallows if you fancy.
Remember Remember –the warmth, vibrancy and light of Bonfire Night can so easily be brought indoors and well as outdoors this November. However you choose to celebrate – remember to have some fun and stay safe!!
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