As much as I love going out (and I do really love going out), sometimes a night in is just what you need. You can wear your pyjamas, you don’t have to spend ages putting on makeup and getting ready, and you don’t have to waste money on taxis and expensive drinks. When Money Supermarket got in touch about their “Big Night In” challenge, I knew exactly what I wanted to do. I seem to have been really busy lately so instead of inviting my friends round for a wee party or having a girly night in, I decided to have a night in all to myself. So, armed with £50 from the lovely people at Money Supermarket, I started collecting bits and pieces for my perfect night in.
Making little dens with blankets and duvets and various tables and chairs was always a childhood favourite of mine, so last night I transformed the dining room table into a cosy little nest, complete with all the blankets and cushions I could find. I dragged my duvet through from the bedroom to make the floor all squishy and comfy, and adorned my new den with fairy lights. You can never have too many fairy lights in your possession, in my opinion, so these will be beautifying some other part of the living room when not being used for den-making-purposes. It was surprisingly comfy in there once I got all snuggled down, I was tempted to sleep there all night but thought I better not as no doubt I’d wake up with a sore back!
My favourite thing to do on a night in is definitely to watch films. Thanks to Netflix, most nights I usually watch a film or a few episodes of a TV show before bed, but I always end up pausing it loads, getting distracted by Twitter or Facebook, or doing other things whilst I’m watching it. Watching films on a night in always seems like much more of an “event” though (or is that just me?). A couple of uninterrupted hours watching a good film from start to finish – and then probably another one straight after – is just the best. I used to buy loads of DVDs in the days before Netflix, but haven’t really bothered lately. As it was a special occasion I decided to repurchase one of my very favourite films, Garden State. I used to have the DVD but lent it to a friend a few years ago and never got it back, RAGE. It’s such a good film and the soundtrack is the best. I think the last time I watched this film was the very first night I moved into this flat 4 years ago, before we had TV or internet set up, and I fell asleep watching it on the sofa.
To go with a night in watching films, you will of course need suitable snacks. Popcorn is definitely my favourite movie snack, so I got a big bag of popcorn kernels and made my own. Usually I’m a salted popcorn kind of girl, so I made up one batch of that, and then made a sweet version too with a little bit of sugar and maple syrup. The popcorn boxes are so cute and make eating it much more fun than if it was in a boring bowl. The little boxes are actually deceptively large though, one box would definitely have been enough but as it was a “Big Night In” I managed to eat them both! As for drinks, I opted for a strawberry milkshake made with fresh strawberries, a splash of milk and lots of vanilla ice cream. I topped it off with a big squirt of cream and some paper straws.
As I was having a night in all to myself, I decided to treat myself to a little something for my skin too. It’s been really rubbish lately so I thought it deserved a bit of TLC, and I opted for the Trilogy Rosehip Oil. I’ve been meaning to buy this for ages, and have heard lots of good things about it lately, so I thought it was about time I got in on the action. My skin is feeling super soft today, so hopefully it’ll work wonders over the next few weeks.
So, how much did I spend to create my perfect night in?
Garden State DVD · £5.46
Popcorn Boxes · £4.75
Paper Straws · £2.49
Milkshake Ingredients · £7.18
Popcorn Kernels · £2.50
Trilogy Rosehip Oil · £14.85
Fairy Lights · £9.99
TOTAL · £47.22
What’s your idea of the perfect night in?