Healthy Living

Hosting a Cozy Night In?

We’re diving head first into winter, with autumn falling behind us and the frostier, colder months closing in. This means one thing for many of us – we’re going into hibernation mode. Rather than facing the elements and heading out on our usual activities where we’ll be rained on, cold or shivering, we want to spend more time tucked up in our own homes. Many of us are also trying to reduce spending, what with us going through a cost of living crisis and with Christmas coming up. But this doesn’t necessarily mean that you can’t have any social life at all. Instead, why not invite your friends over for a cosy night in? You can take turns in rotation so that everyone gets time at home with everyone coming to them. Here are a few suggestions to make this fun and something to look forward to!

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Make Your Home Cozy

First, focus on getting your home nice and cozy. This is what you’re going to want to do for your own sake anyway. Take some time to declutter. Go through your belongings, decide what you need and use and what you don’t. For the pile of items that you don’t need any more, separate out those that have truly sentimental value or decorative value and that what you want to keep. You can declutter the ones that you don’t. Try to sell them, donate them or recycle them where possible. Then, deep clean. Tackle the tasks that you miss in your routine cleaning. Clean the carpets, deep clean the toilet, wipe down the skirting boards, dust the top of the cabinets, clean your oven and more. Then, add rugs, cushions, throws and some lamps for warm, cozy vibes.

Food and Drinks

Decide whether you’re having people over for dinner or just drinks. Dinner, of course, requires more effort but it more appropriate if everyone’s going to stay for a while. If you want to make things as easy as possible, consider a takeaway. If you’re going to cook, make sure you know everyone’s dietary requirements and choose a recipe that can be made mostly in advance and then heated up. This will give you more time to socialise and enjoy yourself, rather than being stuck in the kitchen. For drinks, consider what you and your friends enjoy. Wine could be a simple option. If you want something more fun and interactive, cocktails could be fun. For a non alcoholic experience, consider hot drinks such as hot chocolate or a homemade copycat Starbucks chai tea latte.

Films

Watching a film is a good way to spend time and relax. There are so many different festive favourites that people like to pull out at this time of year. Love Actually, Elf, The Grinch, The Holiday, It’s a Wonderful Life… the list goes on and on. Alternatively, if there are a lot of people heading around, why not hold a poll. Give a few options and see what everyone’s interested in seeing.

These are just a few things to take into consideration when planning a cozy night in with your nearest and dearest this winter!

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Karla Urwitz

As a full-time career oriented mother of one, I love all things travel. I was in the hospitality business for 15 years and loved it. So why not become a travel agent. So I am trying to find my balance in life through being a parent to a teenager, my love of travel, and living the best life possible. Come join me on this bumpy journey of life.
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