A Birthday Feast For Bonfire Night

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Bonfire night has turned into a big event in our house as it’s also Poppy’s birthday. She was born the morning after our local fireworks display five years ago, and now gets to celebrate her birthday every year with a fun fireworks party in our garden.

As we live near the village park (where our local display takes place), we’re able to sit in our garden and watch the fireworks from the comfort of our garden chairs, with lots of cushions, and blankets on our laps. I also make sure there’s plenty of delicious food ready to serve up during the 30 minute show.

The Menu

Mugs of Creamy Butternut Squash Soup

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A mug of this creamy Butternut Squash Soup is my idea of comfort food heaven, and the perfect way to keep our hands warm on a cold November night.

Bonfire Night Chilli and Rice

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Chilli is Poppy’s absolute favourite dish. I make it very mild (for the kids) and incredibly rich and thick, just the way she likes it. A bowl of Chilli is also ideal lap food on the night, it’s warming and great to enjoy while watching the big display.

Next-level S’Mores

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These next level S’more were initially created as a birthday treat, based on a selection of Poppy’s favourite puddings. By adding small pieces of chocolate brownies, caramel rice crispy cakes and toffee popcorn into the s’mores I think we’ve managed to come-up with something pretty amazing. If you’re going to be naughty… you may as well go the whole way!

You can read more about our Bonfire Night traditions, along with the recipes to these winter warmers on the Marks & Spencer website.



  1. November 5, 2017 / 8:50 am

    Oh my, those smores look incredible! And I agree that the only food to be eaten on bonfire night is chilli. We all love it. We also have a bonfire baby – 7th Nov ?

  2. November 5, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Heledd, the photos in this post are beautiful!! Love the sound of the recipes too. Squash soup is right up my street xxx

  3. November 5, 2017 / 4:56 pm

    Oh Heledd this all looks so amazing I love soup, I think more than anything sweet. and bonfire night is not the same without chilli is it? although the boys would go mad for the Smores they look amazing. Off to the M&S blog to check out the recipes xx

  4. November 6, 2017 / 2:57 pm

    LOVE all this H!!!! We served up a chilli the weekend before for our annual Halloween party — always a winner and so good when you have loads of mouths to feed. Those s’mores look phenomenal. Love the little gold nuggets — they makes them look extra special. Well done you for being featured on the M&S site — fantastic!!! So proud of you xxxx

  5. November 7, 2017 / 1:01 pm

    Your smores look amazing and I am popping them on the list Heledd. And yes we love chilli here to, we add chorizo in. Great post and well done for the feature – amazing x

  6. November 7, 2017 / 4:01 pm

    Oh I am a huge fan of s’mores these are over the top amazing. Wow the photos are stunning too babes. Happy bonfire night happy birthday poppy. #wrc

  7. November 7, 2017 / 6:56 pm

    That chilli looks delicious! I’ve not made chilli for ages – inspired to do it this weekend now. Butternut squash soup is one of my favourites and my girls would adore those s’mores! How lovely to have this little birthday tradition for your daughter – it’ll definitely be something she remembers fondly in the years to come.