How to Plan a Cozy Night in for the Entire Family


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During the winter, there can be days where the weather gets so bad th b at you can’t even go outside, which can start to make you feel a little lackluster after a while. For families, being inside together all of the time can get a little overwhelming; however, to help everyone relax, you can plan a fun night at home  together that everyone can enjoy.

Planning a cozy night in with the family is actually a lot easier than you might think, and it will help cheer up everyone that’s feeling a little bit down from being stuck inside all day. There are loads of cozy ideas that you can use on your nights in with your family, which will get everyone’s spirits up and help to pass the time whilst you wait for the outside world to warm up a little. Here are some ways in which you can plan your cozy night in for the entire family.

Make a meal that’s warm and comforting

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One of the best things you can do to make your family feel good is to prepare a meal that’s both warm and comforting. There are loads of recipes that are perfect to have on your cozy night in with your family. Some great examples include chili or soup, which will warm the hearts of your loved ones and create an atmosphere where you can enjoy a conversation with each other. If you don’t want to make too much effort preparing a large dinner, then you can set up a charcuterie board with your favorite deli meats and bread for everyone to enjoy.

If you don’t want to have to prepare anything at all, then there will be no complaints if you choose to order a takeaway. You can ask everyone in your family what they feel like eating and cater to everyone’s preferences. From pizza to Indian food and Chinese food, there are lots of options to choose from, so no one will be left disappointed.

Serve the best snacks and drinks

If you are planning a long night together with your family, then you are going to need all of the best snacks and drinks to satisfy everyone. You can go to your local supermarket and stock up on your family’s favorite chips, candy, and popcorn so everyone can nibble throughout the night. Don’t forget to also get some soft drinks to help wash down all of the delicious party snacks you are putting out for everyone. It’s always good to buy more than you think people will need so you don’t run the risk of running out and having to go back to the shop to get more supplies.

Choose a fun activity

When it comes to planning the perfect night in together with your family, it is important that you choose an activity that everyone will enjoy. Our busy lives mean that it can sometimes be hard to make time to spend with our loved ones. Here are some great ideas for activities you can do with your family to make some quality memories together.


Scrapbooking is a great idea that gets the family together to look through some of your old photos. You can spend your time reminiscing about all of the fun things you have done together as a family. This will be sure to spark lots of conversation, most likely filled with laughter as you relive some of the best moments of your lives together. Once you are done looking through all of the photos, you can create a scrapbook with the photos from different holidays and special occasions which you can keep looking back on in the future.

Build a fort

Building a fort as a kid was one of the most fun things to do whilst at home, so why not do it as a family, even if you are all adults now? All you need to build a fort is some blankets and pillows and you can create the perfect hideaway to enjoy a picnic whilst you watch your favorite movies together. If you want to make your fort even fancier, you can hang up fairy lights, so it’s not completely dark inside. 

Record your own family movie

This one is great to find out who the filmmaker of the family is. There are loads of apps to create mini-movies that are completely free and easy to use. You can record your home video and edit it to include fun transitions and music. Once you are done you can put it on the family television and watch it back together.

Home movie theater

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This is one of the most popular things to do as a family. Getting cozy on the couch with your loved ones is always a fun time. You can all pick a movie that you want to watch and go through each one throughout the night. Don’t forget to put out all of your snacks for everyone to enjoy whilst you binge-watch movies together.

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LaDonna Dennis

LaDonna Dennis is the founder and creator of Mom Blog Society. She wears many hats. She is a Homemaker*Blogger*Crafter*Reader*Pinner*Friend*Animal Lover* Former writer of Frost Illustrated and, Cancer...SURVIVOR! LaDonna is happily married to the love of her life, the mother of 3 grown children and "Grams" to 3 grandchildren. She adores animals and has four furbabies: Makia ( a German Shepherd, whose mission in life is to be her attached to her hip) and Hachie, (an OCD Alaskan Malamute, and Akia (An Alaskan Malamute) who is just sweet as can be. And Sassy, a four-month-old German Shepherd who has quickly stolen her heart and become the most precious fur baby of all times. Aside from the humans in her life, LaDonna's fur babies are her world.

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1 year ago

Although we have families and each has their own jobs, we should warm up family love with weekends.

1 year ago

In fact, you are right, a home theater is a great solution to spend time with the whole family and enjoy movies. We ourselves are not so long ago considering the purchase of Optoma ZW350ST in order to make our own lounge with a home theater and have a similar opportunity.