It may seem like it was only yesterday that we were welcoming in the new year, but winter is quickly coming back around and the temperatures are starting to drop. With summer and autumn well and truly over, the cold winter of 2016 is setting in, and the blankets are coming back out and heating systems are flexing their muscles after a few months off.
With the nights getting longer and darker, it’s no surprise that more people are opting for staying in and wrapping up warm rather than going out and braving the cold. But, nights in can get boring if you’re just watching the same television programs over and over again, so we’ve listed some great ideas for cozy nights in tucked away from the cold.
Throwing a games night is a favorite pastime among many once the colder weather kicks in. Whether you want to host a video game night, have your friends around for a bingo night and play on the great range of games at one of your favorite bingo sites, or even go old-school and play board games for a while, there are so many options to choose from!
Whether you’re playing alone with your partner as a fun and unusual date night idea or even playing on your own online with friends connected, this is an awesome way to pass the time whilst winding down and relaxing too.
If you’re looking for cozy night in ideas with your partner for just the two of you to enjoy, having a dinner date at home rather than venturing out into the cold to go to a restaurant is a great idea that can be lots of fun and even save you some money in the meantime.
Cooking together can be a great way of bonding and strengthening your relationship, and on top of that you can also use the opportunity to improve both of your cooking skills by perhaps tackling a dish that neither of you have ever tried to make before. Dinner dates aren’t just for couples, though – cooking together as a family or even inviting friends around for a dinner party can be a great way to spend a cosy night in.
Preparing for Christmas
With Christmas just around the corner, your cozy nights in can definitely be spent doing all things Christmassy and getting yourself in the festive spirit.
Even if it’s too early to start thinking about putting up your Christmas tree just yet, you can spend time writing Christmas cards, wrapping any presents that you’ve bought and stashed away, or even shopping online for Christmas gifts, decorations and food. Whether you’re working together as a couple or family or are planning to have a festive night in with friends, there’s nothing like mulled wine and festive fun to get you warmed up!
Who says that you have to go to the cinema to enjoy the latest blockbusters – with so many different online services available such as Netflix, which you can use to watch a massive assortment of different films from horror movies to kids’ cartoons, you can enjoy a fun movie night from the comfort of your own home.
With modern TVs now providing even more of a cinema-like experience from your living room and millions of movies available to watch online, don’t forget to stock up on popcorn and nachos this winter!
Rather than going out for drinks, why not make some of your favorite cocktails from the comfort of your own home? With cocktail making kits available to buy, it’s never been easier to put together famous names such as Mojito or Sex on the Beach without having to take a trip to your local cocktail bar.
Or, if you prefer to do it from scratch, there are thousands of different cocktail recipes available online for anybody to try at home, both with and without alcohol!
A favorite among girlfriends who want to have a chilled girls night in, a spa and relaxation night can help you to feel more energized, calm and relaxed – something that’s more important than ever as we begin to feel more cold and tense throughout the winter months.
Bubble baths, face masks, foot soaks and massages are something that everybody can enjoy, whether you’re enjoying a romantic, relaxing night in as a couple or inviting your girlfriends round for a glass of wine and some pampering.
A popular one with the kids, families who don’t want to venture out into the cold this winter can have plenty of fun with indoor camping. Make your living room all cozy with duvets and even a blanket fort, and everybody get under the covers to watch movies, eat snacks, tell stories, and play games! This can provide hours of family fun and is a great way to get all of you to spend more time together, helping to improve the family bond!
If you’d like to get in touch with your creative side a little bit more often, why not consider having a night of arts and crafts?
With Christmas just around the corner, you can spend your time making your own Christmas cards, decorations, and more to save money and give your festive celebrations an authentic and unique touch. A great way to spend a cold winter night in either alone or with others!
How do you like to spend cozy nights in? We’d love to hear from you in the comments.
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