What are the things that come into your mind when you hear the word “cozy night in?”

Warmth, blankets, layers, softness, flickering candles, a fireplace, warm drinks, togetherness….

Despite the cold weather and social distancing keeping us home, there are still so many fun ways to make those evenings cooped up inside together memorable and enjoyable.

Here are a few tips that I think will help turn those everyday evenings, into cozy family nights we’ll all look back on and remember fondly.

Schedule Your Cozy Night In

Scheduling a cozy night in is basically like planning your own family slumber party! Clear your schedules for the evening, answer any e-mails beforehand, and finish up whatever is on the to-do list.

Whether you want to cozy up underneath the covers for a movie night or relax with a hot cocoa bar and tell stories, the ability to be fully present will make the evening that much more enjoyable.

Plan a Cozy Menu

Comfort food and sweets go hand in hand (in my opinion) with a cozy night-in.

Some may opt for a warm bowl of chili or pop in a hearty frozen casserole. Others may take a break from cooking and order tasty takeout. Whatever your definition of cozy comfort food is, be sure to include it in your menu.

Here are a few local options for tasty takeout; all of which have a kid’s menu or family sharing options:

hot cocoa and popcorn
candles, blanket, fire

Create an Atmosphere for Your Cozy Night In

Lighting is everything when it comes to creating a cozy atmosphere at home. Dim the lights, light a few candles, put on a fire, or even temporarily hang string lights to add instant coziness to your space. Don’t forget to grab a few fluffy pillows and throw blankets for everyone to cozy up with as well.

Unplug Soy Candles, Gratitude Boutique, and Cynthia’s Hallmark are all great local shops to stock up on beautiful candles to really set the “all things cozy” scene.

Plan Your Cozy Night In Activities

Family night’s in are all about relaxing and doing the things you love to do as a family but may not get time to do on a regular basis. Here are just a few cozy ideas the whole family will enjoy:

Scrapbooking: Go through old photos and create a family scrapbook album together.

Build a Fort: Grab all the blankets and pillows, picnic on the floor, and binge watch a family series.

Record Your Own Family Movie: Record a home video, edit with a free app, and watch it together.

Make Cards for the Community: Gather art supplies, get creative, and lay out plenty of snacks.

Camp-Out Indoors: Pitch a tent in the family room, make smores, & tell stories with a flashlight.

In-Home Movie Theater: Pop popcorn, grab some boxed candies, & watch a movie.

Pizza Night: Let everyone build their own personal pizzas and play board games all evening.

Complete a Puzzle: Set up the ultimate charcuterie board and converse over a puzzle.

Ice Cream/Hot Cocoa Bar: Gather ingredients and make your own family board game using recyclables.

family playing game

There’s nothing quite as wonderful as unplugging from the world, being present in the moment, and relaxing with family. I hope these tips will help you create beautiful, long-lasting memories with your family.