6 ways to get your cosy on

12th September 2016
Baby it’s (getting) cold outside, so pop on the fire, get comfy on the sofa and test-drive some of our winter-proofed ways to have fun as the nights draw in. Sofa-loafing just got serious…

When it’s cold and dark outside, there’s nowhere better to be than in your own home in front of a roaring fire. To help you make the most of the long nights ahead, we’ve come up with six top ideas guaranteed to get your cosy on – all you’ll need is a comfy sofa or two, and some willing family and friends. Get ready for some fireside living…

1 Settle in for a TV marathon

Get the wine or beer cooling, pop your snacks in a bowl and crash back on the sofa to indulge your TV habit, big time. According to Netflix (and they should know) the shows for autumn/winter 2016 that no TV should be without include:

  • The Get Down Baz Lurhmann’s hip-hop masterpiece set in 1970s New York
  • The Crown Yup, a series about the early years on the throne of our very own QE2
  • Stranger Things What do you mean, you haven’t seen it yet?? Winona Ryder stars in this horror-sci-fi crossover – a must-watch for those cold, dark nights (axe optional!)

Stranger Things - Netflix

Stranger Things - Netflix

2 Bored? Get out the board games

From classics like Cluedo and Monopoly to the new games on the block such as Harry Potter Trivial Pursuit, a games night is always a winner with adults and kids alike.

games night

3 Home-style happy hour

Working on the principle that’s it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere, whip up a jug of something deliciously boozy (non-alcoholic versions acceptable too) and invite the girls round for some classy cocktails. Check out liquor.com for inspiration – we particularly fancy this pretty-as-a-picture strawberry daiquiri made from rum, lime juice, sugar syrup and strawberries. 

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Or maybe you fancy something deliciously sweet? There is nothing better than a mug of hot chocolate on a wintery evening. We love the idea of setting up a 'Hot Chocolate Bar' in your living room - complete with the family favourite toppers to make it a super sweet treat! Pen & Paper Flowers have created the perfect step by step guide to everything chocolate and we LOVE it!

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

Pen & Paper Flowers - Hot Chocolate Bar

4 Set up a slideshow of your holiday pics

Tired of squinting to see your holiday pics on your smartphone or tablet? Then why not hook up your device to your TV (check out techlicious.com for how to do this) then settle back on the sofa and bore your friends in glorious 50-inch technicolour! 

5 Family movie night

Grab the popcorn, the kids and the remote (cos it’s a long way to the TV, right?), snuggle together under a blanket or throw and press play on their favourite film… they’ll love it, and you’ll have earned your parent-of-the-year stripes!

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6 Host a sofa slipper supper

The ultimate casual dinner party, it’s called a slipper supper because your friends or neighbours come round for dinner in their, wait for it… slippers, and each bring a dish with them. So no dressing for dinner, and only one course to prepare as the host. Win-win, we say.

Sofa-loving grub

Here are a few of our favourite ‘one-pot wonder’ recipes, perfect for eating on your lap while curled up on the sofa…

  • Spectacular Spanish chicken with chorizo – courtesy of the ever-tasty Nigella Lawson
  • Cowboy-style chilli con carne – with thanks to the king of the kitchen Jamie Oliver
  • Ridiculously good roasted veg risotto – from the bake-off queen herself, Mary Berry

Jamie chili

Head to our Autumn/Winter e-zine for the latest living room inspiration guaranteed to warm up your season: click here.

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