Hosting an adults-only night in

Spending time with friends is good for the mind, body and soul. But, if you’ve got an increasingly busy schedule, finding the time isn’t always easy. While the typical evening out has its charm, there is something unique and special about hosting an adults-only night in. And it’s a lot easier to get in the diary. 

Here’s how to create an unforgettable evening at home with your closest friends.

Why you don’t always have to hit the town

Nights out at restaurants or in the cinema can be expensive, not to mention busy and sometimes overwhelming. Hosting a night in takes so much hassle out of spending time together and allows for a more relaxed, personal experience. 

You can create an atmosphere that perfectly suits your group, tailor activities to everyone’s preferences and enjoy the comforts of home. Plus, staying in often provides a more intimate setting, helping to encourage deeper conversations and stronger connections.

What do you need to host an evening in?

Hosting a night in requires some thoughtful planning to ensure everyone is catered for. Here are some of the most common elements:

  • A theme or activity: Decide on a theme the evening can revolve around. This could be a themed dinner, game night, movie marathon or even a DIY spa. This can influence everything else.
  • Entertainment: Depending on your chosen theme, get all the essentials ready. For a game night, ensure you have a good selection of games such as online bingo ready. For a movie night, pick a few films in advance and get the streaming services set up.
  • Comfortable seating: Ensure there is enough comfortable seating for everyone. A little rearranging of furniture can be useful. Extras like cushions and throws can enhance the feeling of the space.
  • Snacks and nibbles: Offer a variety of snacks and nibbles that cater to different tastes and dietary preferences. Think beyond chips and dips – instead, consider cheese boards, charcuterie, fresh fruit and gourmet finger foods.

Key things to consider

Before you host your night in, there are a few more things you might want to consider:

  • Guest list: Be mindful of the number of people you invite. A smaller, more intimate group often works best for a night in, allowing for better conversation and a more relaxed atmosphere.
  • Timing: Choose a start time that works for everyone. It’s always worth considering work schedules and other commitments. Starting around 8 PM usually gives guests enough time to arrive and settle in without feeling rushed.
  • Dress code: Let people know the dress code so you can all relax. Don’t be afraid to keep things casual and comfortable. This can help everyone feel at ease and ready to unwind.

Flexibility: Be prepared to go with the flow. The best nights are often those that aren’t too rigidly planned. Spontaneity can be quite fun, after all.

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