Wrap your mitts around something homemade this Bonfire Night and not only will you bypass the cost and the queues but you'll be able to nab yourself the best spot by the bonfire too. Pack up anything from steaming soups to brave and boozy punches and you'll be feeling smugger than Simon Cowell after a Christmas no 1.
Sloe mulled wine
Kick off your evening with a sloe mulled wine for a warm glow before you even get near the bonfire. Cloves, star anise, cinnamon and an extra kick of gin will make this a popular pass-around so be sure to pack up a couple of flasks.
Hot chocolate doesn't get more luxurious than double cream, broken down chocolate and peppermint candy canes - kids will fall in love. Remember the sparklers and you might be in for some kind of award.
Packing up the kids as well as a flask this Bonfire Night? Amidst the scarves, mittens and snow suits, remember some sweet and spicy mulled apple juice as a non-boozy alternative to mulled wine or cider, simply delicious.
Hot pear cider, fireworks and sloe gin, these are a few of our favourite things. Add a splash of apple and cranberry juice and you'll have made a winter cocktail to remember.
Dreaming of summer days gone by? There might be a chill in the air, but that doesn't mean that Pimm's doesn't get an invite to the party - especially if it's served warm with cinnamon, apples and brandy.
A pumpkin's not just for Halloween. Keep things seasonal with a silky, pumpkin soup and really impress the crowd by producing homemade croutons and seed toppings from your pocket, do it with a flourish and no one will even notice the fireworks.
Creamy hot chocolate and fluffy marshmallows are simply a match made in heaven and sure to keep the kids happy while you wait for the fireworks to explode. But that's if you let them get a look-in of course, trust us, it's very hard to resist.
Turn sweet potatoes into something spectacular and in no time with this beautiful, seasonal recipe. Tuck in around the bonfire and you'll put all those soggy sausage baps to shame.
Forgotten your mittens? No problem, this recipe will warm you from the inside out. An oldie but a goldie this has to be one of our top winter tipples. And we couldn't think of a better place to enjoy it than in front of a roaring bonfire.
Tomato soup just got sophisticated and this one is strictly for the grownups. Take all the ingredients of the classic cocktail - pepper, Tabasco, and a small bottle of vodka and give this comforting supper a serious hit. We'll take ours shaken and stirred.
What's your favourite flask filler? And will you be packing anything special up this Bonfire Night?