When the weather turns chilly, few things are better than cosy nights in as a family, don’t you think?
Here, I’m sharing some of our favourite ways to create an ultimate winter family night in, along with some tips from my favourite bloggers.
1 Good telly
Whether you’re snuggling up in front of some trashy Saturday night TV, binging on your favourite boxset or renting the latest action movie, a good family night starts when you put something great on the telly.
We’re loving animated adventure series, Trollhunters right now. It’s perfect family viewing.
2 Dinner on your lap
Forget fancy food fare or dinner round the table, in our house, a proper cosy family night in means dinner on your lap!
For us, that usually means a 10 minute quick stir fry, some spag bol (don’t forget the napkins!) or as Susanne from Ghostwriter Mummy quite rightly points our, you cannot beat a takeaway!
3 Cosy lighting
Whether you opt for fairy lights like Michelle of Sandy Toes and Scooters or candles like Becky of A Beautiful Space, some low lighting really sets the mood. My kids like to turn the lights down all the way and pretend we’re at the cinema!
And speaking of the cinema, what family night in front of the TV would be complete without plenty of popcorn to go round?
Earlier this year, a survey of 1,500 Brits commissioned by Butterkist found that cosying up on the sofa for a family TV session with popcorn ranks is one of our ultimate happy triggers. Makes sense to me!
Miss J and I agree that our current favourite Butterkist flavour is Tempting Choc Mallow, while Mark loves Rich Salted Caramel, and JD opts for Crunchy Toffee.
It can’t all be about telly, so we love to gather up a few of our favourite games to keep the evening going.
6 Hot chocolate
When it’s freezing outside, it’s wonderful to kick off a cosy family night in with a big pot of silky, sweet hot chocolate bubbling on the stove.
Lately, I’ve even been thickening our hot chocolate with a little cornflour to make it extra thick and luxurious. Try it!
7 Phones and tablets away
Colette of We’re Going on an Adventure points out that a really good family night in means putting phones, tablets and other distracting electronics away and really focussing on spending time together.
8 Family traditions
Perhaps you all take it in turns to take control of the remote and choose what to watch. Perhaps there’s a favourite blanket that always comes out for the occasion. Perhaps you take it in turns to choose dinner (I always vote Thai!) or perhaps there’s an ‘unplug the landline’ rule in your house.
Whatever your family traditions, sometimes it’s the familiarity of a shared routine that makes an evening extra special.
9 Extra cosy comforts
Just like Rosie from Mummy and Boo, we’re suckers for a hot water bottle and fluffy socks to take the cosy factor to the next level.
For Laura from Dear Bear and Beany, a cosy family night really gets started when everyone changes into their PJs.
Throw in some blankets and I reckon we’re talking the ultimate winter family night in
This is a commissioned post for Butterkist.