‘Tis the season! To be jolly, sure, but also to have a relaxing evening in with your loved one, plus maybe a warm fire and something to keep you occupied. If you’ve spent the past five holiday seasons longing for simpler times, you’re in luck. These days, cozy nights at home are what we live for.
But when these cherished evenings are one of the only things worth looking forward to, how do you make sure they’re still special? Follow this guide for the best night of cozy comfort with your partner.
Go Above & Beyond
Chances are you spend most nights at home with your partner. All that quality time does wonders for your relationship, but every night doesn’t have to be the same-old. If you’re thinking the usual—Netflix and Chill with take-out from your favorite restaurant—it may be time to broaden your horizons a little.
Even in long-term relationships, date night matters (in or out). Here are a few sure-fire ways to take a night in from blah to ta-da:
- Incorporate a theme – Themes aren’t reserved for elaborate parties and Jeopardy categories. Even the most mundane night can benefit from a little cohesion. Choose a cultural theme, then order or make that kind of cuisine and watch a movie set there. You can take it a step further with silly decorations or accessories—a lei for Hawaiian night, a cowboy hat for Texas barbecue and a wild west-a-thon, or a Santa hat for the holly joy holidays.
- Spruce the place up – So you’ve settled into a comfortable living pattern—toilet seat up, socks strewn about, and sweatpants as your new uniform. But date night (even the home-bound kind) deserves a little tidying.
- Clear your schedules – Quality time done right requires a distraction-free zone. Make time and space for each other by silencing your cellphones, checking out of work for the night, and staying present—even if that means putting your devices in an electronic phone jail for the duration of the evening.
Stock Up on Cozy Accoutrement
The best part of a casual winter night at home is that you can wear whatever you want without feeling awkward or underdressed. Say goodbye to date-night dresses and hello to comfy clothes.
A night spent cuddling just isn’t the same without these must-have items:
- Weighted blanket – Just because you have your partner there to actually hug you doesn’t mean you both can’t enjoy the warm embrace of the best weighted blanket around. It makes evenings at home that much cozier—“that much” meaning at least 10 times over.
- Fuzzy socks – This little piggy went brrrr—until it was covered by a pair of fuzzy (ideally festive-printed) socks!
- Pajamas or onesies – If you love a good matching outfit but are too embarrassed to go full-on dorky couple in public, then a set of adorable matching pajamas or onesies may just be the perfect addition to your cozy nights on the couch.
Plan a Fun but Low key Activity
A “night at home” can be a lot more than a boring old evening of re-runs and leftovers. You can make it special and exciting by planning a:
- Movie night at home – Opt for something romantic or feel-good, and don’t forget the top-shelf movie snacks.
- Game night at home – Games can be as chill and laidback as you and your partner are able to make them. But just to be safe, stick with low-intensity activities like Scrabble, Cribbage, or the fun get-to-know-you starter pack, The Hygge Game, with hundreds of conversation-starting questions (although, if you can get through a cut-throat match of Uno! unscathed, then you know your relationship is solid).
- Spa night at home – Plan something to help you both relax. A good bubble bath, foot massage, or facial never hurt anybody.
These Cheeks Aren’t Nice and Rosy, But Comfy-Cozy Are We
The classic Christmas carol Sleigh Ride only sort of hit the mark for the lovely evening you’re about to enjoy.
Snuggled up together like the birds of a feather would be? Check.
The perfect ending of a perfect day? Double-check.
Lovely weather for a sleigh ride together with you? Now that’s where you draw the line. A cozy night at home, for the win!