How To Have The Perfect Cosy Night In


For those of you who know me well, I'm a little bit of a homebody. Don't get me wrong, I do like to socialise and attend events, and I like to get out and do things with my life - because there are so many things to do, see and explore.
But I do like a cosy night in. I'm not a party animal and I don't like to go clubbing. I don't like to go out late at night. On a Friday night you're more likely to find me in my bed or on the sofa, eating pizza or fish and chips - yay for Fish & Chip Fridays! - and watching Corrie and Gogglebox! If you're a Corrie fan and/or you love Gogglebox then let me know in the comment section below this post. I tend to watch TV on my tablet but I'd love a proper TV for my room, like one of the Panasonic Oled Televisions.

On a Saturday night my routine is similar: in bed or on the sofa, watching a bit of TV or reading a magazine, book or blog post, or resting after attending an event. If I were to go out on a Friday or Saturday night, chances are I'll go out  with a friend for dinner or to watch a film earlier on in the evening. Then I'll be back home and in bed by 10pm or 11pm.

Wanting to spend a night in doesn't mean I'm boring or sociable. It's just a preference. I remember being judged at university because I wasn't keen on going out to nightclubs and parties, and because I'd rather stay in. No-one's got the right to judged or pick on anyone for how they choose to spend their time. You do you! If you want to stay in then that's okay. It's a great way to chill out and relax, especially when it's in the comfort of your own home.

In fact, staying in can be a lot of fun! Here's how to have the perfect cosy night in.

Invite your friends
It's great to go out and meet up with your friends but having them come round is even better. You can chill out and spend precious time with your BFFs.

Order a takeaway
It's okay to order a takeaway once in a while, whether that's fish and chips or pizza. Order a takeaway and snuggle up on the sofa. Alternatively, cook a meal that won't take a lot of time (Jamie Oliver's 30 minute meals anyone?) or... bake!

Have a pamper party
Put on some comfy pajamas - I love Primark's PJ sets - invite your friends around and have a serious pamper session. Make sure you're equipped with face masks, nail polishes, skincare samples, foot cream and eye pads.

Watch some telly
A good night in watching TV or a film doesn't have to be so boring, especially with TV subscription services such as Netflix, Amazon Fire and Now TV. With these kind of services available you can find plenty of shows or movies. I recently downloaded the Hayu app and I love it - I like watching reality TV. If that doesn't take your fancy then you could always stick to local or national TV. Also, you could always watch YouTube videos.

Listen to music
Sometimes it's good to switch off and listen to music. I personally find listening to music to be a little bit theraputic and it's a part of my self-care/me time routine. I like to put on a Spotify playlist - soul and funk are my favourite genres - or listen to the radio. I like to listen to Jazz FM, Smooth Radio, Heart 80s and Magic FM.

Sometimes it's good to switch off digitally and pick up a book or a magazine to read. If you can't switch off digitally, then you can read blogs instead.

Do you like to have a cosy night in? What are your tips for the perfect cosy night in?

*This is a collaborative post.