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If you are hoping to organise the ultimate night in as a family
then here are some suggestions to help you all enjoy it.
It is always nice to consider having a night in with the family when you have a busy week at work. School, nursery, jobs and careers, the thing we don’t often realise is that they all take their toll on feelings and energy levels. This often means the weekends are there to recuperate and rest, leaving you very little time to enjoy each other’s company. Not everyone has busy social lives and play dates to get to, so it might be the ideal opportunity to enjoy a night together.
However, how can you ensure that you all enjoy it? You may have reluctant teens who perhaps think they are too cool now to spend time with their parents. Or maybe you have young children and are a little unsure what would work. If you are hoping to organise the ultimate night in as a family then here are some suggestions to help you all enjoy it.
Organise the ultimate night in as a family
Set the scene
Any living room space will be the ideal setting for the ultimate night in as a family, so why not take some time to really set the scene. Draw the curtains or close the blinds to get the room a little darker and cosy. Bring out all of the blankets and fluff up the cushions. If you have a fire, log burner or stove it could be the ideal time to use some stove fuel to get it lit. Not just for warmth but also for ambience. Light some candles if your children are old enough to not mess with them.
Lower the lighting and really get the room inviting and relaxing. It can make all of the difference to your mood, especially if you are trying to bring down the energy levels of children and have them start relaxing and ready for bed.
Watch something everyone will enjoy
We all have different tastes when it comes to what we watch on TV, but there has got to be something that you will all enjoy. Superhero movies, fun romantic comedies, and a series on Amazon Prime Video or Netflix that everyone will enjoy like Planet Earth. There are some great things that you can watch and enjoy together and it could be a great way to just have everyone concentrating on one thing.
It might also be an ideal time to put all of the phones and smart devices away. This could be especially important for older children, who may sit with you, but not engage in any conversation due to watching something on their phone. It’s time to spend some quality time as a family.
Get rid of the devices and distractions
Another thing you should consider doing is switching off your phones and putting them in another room. That means everyone doing it including your teens and yourself if you struggle to be away from the phone. The thing is, we can all have good intentions to spend time together but if your phone is with you then chances are you could end up mindless scrolling instead of spending time together. The same can be said for everyone. This is your time to enjoy yourself together without any distractions. So get rid of the major ones and just embrace the night together.
Snacks and drinks
Snacks and drinks are very important for a night in as a family, and while you may treat yourself to a gin or a nice glass of wine, what about everyone else? Maybe bowls of popcorn would be ideal, some flavoured water drinks or whizzing up some milkshakes or smoothies as a treat. What would your family like to eat and drink?
You could also consider making your family night a theme. Perhaps each time you could take it in turns to choose a theme. It might be a particular cuisine or even a colour where all the snacks, food and drink must be a certain colour. You could think of some interesting ideas. If you are struggling with snack and food recipes or drink ideas, then Pinterest could be worth a look as there are some great ones that are easy to follow.
Finally, getting comfortable is the key, so encourage everyone to put on their pyjamas or comfiest clothes for relaxing in. The last thing you want is to feel confined with your skinny jeans and shirt on from the day. Relax, maybe take a shower or a bath before putting on some comfier clothes so that you can really relax. Encourage the family to do the same.
Let’s hope these tips help you to enjoy the ultimate night as a family.