Celebrate Bonfire Night Safely

November is approaching, and traditionally we like to kick off the month with Bonfire Night celebrations! It’s a popular way to add a bit of warmth to the early winter, although safety shouldn’t be forgotten in the process. It’s easy to get distracted by the fun of a fireworks display or a bonfire, but there are some general safety tips you have to keep in mind, especially when there are children around.

Firstly, when it comes to actual fireworks, these items are not toys! They are subject to certain laws in the UK, so make sure for a start you only buy legally safe ones and don’t try to customise them in any way. Nominate someone to be responsible for fireworks and their safety if you are hosting your own display. They should have a dedicated area and the correct equipment for launching them, with a bucket of water and first aid kit on hand, plus all the correct wearable safety gear.

Sparklers are another common feature of bonfire night celebrations, and they’re especially popular with kids, although remember they’re far from harmless! In fact, while it may be close to freezing outside, the tip of a sparkler can easily reach 2,000°C which makes it more than capable of giving you a nasty burn. Again you’ll need a bucket of water nearby to put them out if necessary. It’s essential to always wear gloves when handling sparklers, and never to do so in a crowded area.Continue Reading

Halloween Party Theme Ideas

Hosting a Halloween party this year, or maybe just thinking about it? Maybe you’ve been trying to come up with an unusual theme that’s appropriate for your guests’ age group – it can be just as tricky to find something fun and original that’s suitable for adults as it is for kids! Here are a few ideas that you might not have tried yet…

1) Ghostbusters

After the massive reboot movie that launched worldwide in July, Ghostbusters is cool all over again and this Halloween is the perfect time to take advantage of that. You can turn your house into the iconic team HQ and the guests can be your invading ghosts and monsters! This works especially well with kids if the adults take on the role of the Ghostbusters to keep them under control.

2) Comic Book Heroes/Villains

Always a great costume theme for grown-ups and kids alike because of the vast number of choices out there! You may opt for an exclusive villains theme this year if your friends are fans of Suicide Squad and other movies in the same vein. Harley Quinn and the Joker are favourites to appear at a few parties this October.Continue Reading

Planning a Romantic Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is considered by many to be one of the most romantic date nights of the year. Whether you are single, dating or you are half of a married couple, you’ll want to have a special date night on Valentine’s Day. You don’t have to settle for going to an expensive restaurant either. There are many choices to choose from when it comes to romantic date ideas for Valentine’s Day.

One proposal would try recreating your first date or even just one of your favourite dates. Sometimes this is not even an exceptionally costly date, but it can bring back happy memories for the two of you. That first night is the thing that kicked your relationship off developing to where it is at present. Best of all, wherever your first date was, there’s a good chance it will be cheaper and quieter than where most people will be flocking to on February 14th.Continue Reading