I don’t know about you, but I love a cosy evening at home, especially at this time of the year. Now that October is here, the autumn weather is slowly creeping in and there’s a chill in the air. The woolly jumpers are out, the heating has finally been switched on, and big snuggly blankets are your new best friend. Evenings are spent wrapped up in a cocoon of
Autumn is the season for embracing your creature comforts and making the most of staying in. So grab your hot chocolate, round up the little ones and enjoy some family time together.
Here are my favourite ways to have a cosy autumn evening in:
Candles, hot drink and a film
October is officially spooky season. Halloween is just around the corner and scary films are cropping up everywhere. Obviously you don’t want to go too scary when you’re looking for a film to watch with your children, but there are lots of family favourites you can enjoy together. Beetlejuice, Casper and The Addams Family are some nice child friendly films you can try. Light some candles, snuggle up, and enjoy some spooky laughs together.
Family game night charades
Growing up, we always played charades at Christmas when we got one of those Joke – Fact – Charade pieces of paper in our crackers. I’ve never been very good at it, and my Mum always talks as she’s doing the actions, but we have a lot of fun playing it. It’s the perfect game for showing off your acting skills or creative side, and the children will love getting involved in it.
It might be wellies and coat weather outside, but you can still pretend it’s summer inside. Instead of giving your little ones dinner at the table, try setting up a picnic instead. Throw down a blanket in the living room and tuck into some picnic food. Scotch eggs, warm sausage rolls, and yummy pies could all work really well. You can even make it Halloween themed with spooky cupcakes and pumpkin cookies to enjoy for dessert.
Living room campsite
If you love camping, you’ll already know that autumn isn’t really the best time to be spending the night out in a tent exposed to the elements. If you’re missing your family camping trip and can’t wait until next summer, then why not bring it inside? Set up a tent in the living room, take all your pillows and duvets downstairs and tell ghost stories with the lights off. When it’s time for bed, you can all curl up together and pretend you’re back on holiday.
Wine and board game
When it’s blowing a gale outside, and the rain soaks through your clothes as soon as you step out of the door then you know it’s time to get the board games out. Treat yourself to a glass of wine while the children try to decipher the rules, and prepare yourself for some good old fashioned fun. There are some great board games you can play that have a Halloween feel to them. Creature C
Create some new flavours
Everyone loves hot chocolate; It’s the staple autumn drink. Instead of having it on its own, try adding some special touches to create a new flavour. Marshmallows, chocolate sprinkles, and different syrups can all work really well. It’s something children are sure to love experimenting with, and you can all enjoy a decadent delight while you try to decide which film to watch.
I hope you have fun trying out these suggestions. Enjoy your