On Autumn nights there is nothing better than planning a super cozy night in to make you feel relaxed and contented. Here’s my favourite things to do when I want a snuggly night at home.
1. Get the Fire going
Be it gas, electric, log burner or a traditional open fire. Light it up and dim the harsh electric lamps for that natural, warm glow. In my opinion one of the best bits about the nights drawing in and the temperature dropping is being able to light the fire and feel the glow on my face, hands and feet!
2. Make a mug of hot cocoa
My personal favourite is the Whittard’s White Hot Chocolate made up with warm milk. As this isn’t exactly slimming world friendly, I tend to stick to a sachet of Options, which is almost as good and definitely guilt free. Of course if you really want to indulge, melt your favourite chocolate gently in the microwave or on the hob and mix with milk. Topped with mini marshmallows and whipped cream you’ll feel so warm inside after drinking this (and hopefully not too sick!).
3. Grab a Blanket
I always keep a furry blanket on the back of the sofa for ’emergencies’ during these cold dark nights. I currently have a faux fur one bought last year which the cat also loves because it feels like real fur and he loves to paw at it whilst sat on my lap. It’s also really thick to keep me toasty warm whilst curled up on the sofa. Find a few you like and alternate depending on mood and how thick/thin you want the blanket to be at the time. Sometimes I switch a thinner one so I don’t spontaneously combust!
4. Put on an Autumnal Film
This time of year my absolute favourite film has to be ‘You’ve got Mail’ closely followed by ‘When Harry Met Sally’. I have said it before and I will say it again, the colours of the trees combined with the thick coats and scarves worn by the characters makes me feel so pleased to be wrapped up in my little house in front of the fire with a hot drink. Find a film that you can watch over and over without getting bored and you’re sorted for the next few months until it is socially acceptable to watch Christmas films!
5. Crack out a Board game
In our house we have a large flat foot stool, which also doubles up as a fantastic surface for playing games in front of the fire. A classic for us is scrabble (and one of these day I am bound to win!) but any game that is good for two people to play and doesn’t involve exerting too much energy is great for a cozy night in. Invite some friends around and open a bottle of red wine if you fancy being sociable but only within specific limits!
What do you like to do when it’s cold and dark outside? I would love to hear your suggestions so I could give it a go myself.