Next Tuesday is Firework Night. There’s nothing quite like going out and catching an explosive display, but why should the party end there? We’ve come up with some ideas to continue the firework celebrations in your own home. And don’t worry, it doesn’t involve nailing a Catherine wheel to the living room wall…
No firework party is complete without a soundtrack. Rather than looping a load of swooshes and bangs through your hi-fi though, we’re talking about compiling a musical play list. Need a few ideas? How about Firework by Katy Perry, Firestarter by Prodigy, Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon, or if you’re looking for a bit of pomp and ceremony, Handel’s Firework Music.
Clear the kitchen table and transform it into your own miniature firework display. Okay, indoor fireworks are rarely as impressive as the outdoor ones, but they still provide great entertainment, and kids especially will love them. Naturally, some indoor fireworks are better than others, so you can ‘ohh’ and ‘ahh’ at the decent ones, and have a good laugh at the damp squibs.
As we’ve already said, there’s no substitute for a real firework display. But a wonderful way to carry on from what you’ve seen outside is to put some fireworks on your TV. No, we’re not talking about tipping a bucket of water over the set… instead buy a DVD of an entire firework display (you can get these from sites like Amazon), and play it in the background of your party. These DVDs usually come with their own soundtrack, but you always mute the volume and use your play list instead!
Fill the stomachs of hungry revellers with firework-themed goodies. Firework cookies couldn’t be simpler to make; just create explosion-like shapes on a plain cookie, with multicoloured icing. A dynamite stick cake will go down a treat too. For this, bake a Swiss roll (or cheat and buy one), then cover in red icing, and stick a sparkler in the side. To make it properly crackle into life, sprinkle with popping candy.