As the nights draw in and the days get shorter, there’s a bit of a lull before the festive season kicks in. Gone are the busy summer evenings, which have been replaced by cosy nights in. You can’t beat hibernating and recharging your batteries in the Autumn. While the temptation to veg out in front of the TV every night becomes stronger and stronger, I thought I’d share 5 simple ideas for a cosy night in.
1) A Night of Relaxation – Head home and smother your body in a relaxing oil (here) before hopping in the shower. If you’re a bath kind of girl, treat yourself to a lush bath bomb and head for a soak. Let that warm water work wonders on your cold and achy muscles. Bundle yourself up in a cosy dressing gown (my favourite) before curling up on the sofa with a hot chocolate and a book or magazine. Light a candle or two and turn on lots of lamps to set the mood.
My favourite hot chocolates are the orange, mint or salted caramel options flavours. Top them with a dash of almond milk and a handful of marshmallows, the Coop make the best ones. For a more indulgent treat melt your favourite chocolate into a milk of your choice on the hob. If you’re a fan of making whip up something tasty. I find baking rather relaxing and who doesn’t love cake?!
2) Grab your friends and have a movie night – You could do this one alone too. Make a list of classic movies you haven’t seen, hunt them down and hit play. Curl up under blankets and munch on some popcorn or sweets. You could go one step further and build a cosy blanket fort to watch your movies in. If you’re not a film girl, get stuck into a new series – I’ve shared my favourites here and here, I’ve been loving the Crown on Netflix lately too.
3) Have an at home pamper evening – You could invite the girls over and make an evening of it or fly solo. Treat that dull autumn skin to a nice pick me up. The Origins drink up overnight mask (review here) is perfect for this. As are the Nip and Fab glycollic fix night pads – these are chemical exfoliant pads that work wonders on brightening and decongesting the skin. Take the time to paint your nail too – you’ll feel a million dollars with a nice manicure. If you’re in need of polish inspo, click here or here.
4) Have a wine and cheese club – One of my favourite things to do is head out to The Wallow and have a glass of wine or two and a charcuterie board. But that involves leaving the house. So why not invite some friends over, get everyone to bring a different bottle of wine, a selection of meat and cheeses. Drink and chow down. If you’re not a wine fan – why not do a cocktail night? If you don’t drink have a board games and food night!
5) Do whatever you’ve been putting off – We all have something that we’ve been meaning to get into. For me I’ve been wanting to get back into sewing. I have the patterns and materials waiting but I haven’t got around to it. So stop making excuses and tackle that project you’ve been meaning to do forever! You never know you may even tick off a resolution before the end of the year!
Do you have any simple ideas for a cosy night in?