Going out has become so expensive these days (babysitter, taxi, dinner and/or movie) so we don’t do it that often. But it’s really important to make the most of our time together so I thought I’d share our tips on how to have the perfect cosy night in.
#1. Make it a movie night
Because going to an Odeon costs roughly the same as two weeks airport parking, we love to have movie nights at home. And the first requirement is obviously a fabulous tv to watch your movie on, like one of these HD OLED 4KTV Panasonic ones for that Hollywood experience with colour and sound. Our current tv is sadly unable to offer this so a Panasonic * upgrade is on our list…
#2. Choose a good film
As there’s three of us, it does mean our film choices are more child-friendly than before. After taking Flora to see the two recent Star Wars film in the local cinema, which she LOVED, we’ve treated ourselves to a box set of the original Star Wars trilogy (parts IV, V, VI in case there’s anyone out there who doesn’t know about George Lucas’ slightly odd film making order). Now Alan and I can relive our childhoods too.
#3. Comfy sofa and squashy cushions
I don’t think I need to say any more here? Apart from needing a big enough sofa to all cuddle up together on, of course.
#4. Snuggly blankets
This is where staying in trumps going to the cinema – because nothing beats snuggling up under some soft fleecy blankets or throws.
#5. Chocolate and popcorn
I bought a popcorn maker about 20 years ago, which was used a couple of times before I realised it was far easier to buy the stuff! And although it comes in a huge variety of flavours, a mix of salt and sweet is still our favourite. And chocolate. Always chocolate.
#6. Wine and hot chocolate
So wine for me and Alan, hot chocolate for Flora and sometimes me too. But only with marshmallows and squirty cream because, y’know, it has to be done properly 🙂
Again, this is where staying in has the advantage over the cinema. I love burning fragranced candles in the evenings, especially my favourite White Company ones, White Lavender or Vervaine. And everything just looks better by candlelight, doesn’t it? While we’re on the subject of lighting, why not drape a few fairy lights around too?
#8. Fluffy socks or slippers
There’s nothing worse than getting cold feet when you’re out and not being able to do anything about it. Not a problem at home, where you can dig out your warmest and fluffiest footwear to snuggle up in.
#9. As many cats as possible
If you follow me on here, you’ll know we have three gorgeous cats: Jester, my old boy, Spooky, Flora’s cat, and Ginger, Alan’s cat. The perfect company on movie nights, even if they do snore rather loudly at times!
Well, these are my must-haves when we’re planning our perfect cosy night in. Are any of these on your list too? Have I missed anything off? I’m sure you’ll have your favourites, so please let me know what you like to do for your staying in at home nights!
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