Make your Bonfire Night the talk of the town with these practical, stylish and useful picks.
1. Vacuum jug, Berry Red
This bright vacuum flask is glass-lined to keep your hot chocolate, mulled wine, spiced cider or coffee piping hot, ready for when you need to warm up. The screw-on lid means it won’t matter if it gets jostled or knocked over in the excitement. Handwash only. Melamine outer with insulating glass lining. Available in a choice of colours, £15.95 from Berry Red.
2. Flash Harry torch, The Oak Room
A decent torch is always a necessity on Bonfire Night if you don’t want to accidentally set fire to anything! This black aluminium ‘Flash Harry’ travel torch will add a suitably lighthearted note to the evening. Requires two AA batteries (not included). £4.99, The Oak Room
3. Bubblegum beaker, Orla Kiely
Glass or ceramic beakers, children, darkness and the garden aren’t a good mix, but plastic or paper cups can be garish. Compromise with this stylish and durable Orla Kiely Linear Stem Bubblegum beakers, made from melamine in Orla’s trademark linear stem design. £5.50 each, available from Berry Red.
4. Dorso stacking stool, James Uren
James Uren’s three-legged stools are so handy for extra seating, you’ll wonder how managed without them before. Perfect for a Bonfire Night party, they come as a set of two, and can be stacked on top of each other for easy storage. Just keep them under the dining table or in the cupboard until they’re needed. £69 for two from MADE.
5. Recycled check wool blankets, Ellie Ellie
These recycled wool blankets are ideal for throwing round your shoulders to keep warm, spreading over knees if you’re seated or even using as impromptu picnic rugs. At only £24 from Ellie Ellie, they won’t break the bank either.
6. Outdoor lights garland, Out There Interiors
If the British weather doesn’t oblige on the night with a clear, starry display, create your own ambient lighting in the garden with this ‘Hallianna’ outdoor garland lighting. The 14.2 metre garland contains ten LED lights in a weatherproof rubber support, and is available in pink and black. £113 from Out There Interiors.
7. Garden lanterns, Kamla
These elegant garden lanterns are ideal for illuminating a gateway, path, food table or just providing a bit of atmosphere. The recycled glass lantern is contained in a lattice wire holder which has a vintage rust patina and can be spiked into the ground. The lanterns come as a set of two, priced at £13.50, available from Red Lily.
8. Stag’s head serving platter, The Contemporary Home
Add a bit of panache to your outdoor soirée this year with this stylish serving platter and bowl. Ideal for serving wrapped baked potatoes, parkin, treacle toffee and other seasonal treats, there’s also a bowl and napkins available in the same range. £17, available from The Contemporary Home.
9. Blue Duralex glasses, Berry Red
These Duralex Picardie glasses would be perfect for serving cold drinks on the night, such as wine, beer or something soft. Hardwaring and durable, they have a 22cl capacity and measure 8 x 8.5cm. Sold boxed as a set of six for £17.50, available from Berry Red.
10. Black and white stripe paper napkins, Toot Sweet
You won’t lose these stylish paper napkins in the dark! In strong black and white stripes with a scalloped edge, they’re available as a pack of 20 for £4.25, available from Quince Living.