The only thing better than a great night out is a perfect night in. It’s cheaper than going to expensive bars, you can eat, drink and wear whatever you want, and you can decide on the evening entertainment.
Inviting guests over will mean extra work for you, however, but in return you get to fill your home with chat and laughter from your favourite people in the whole world. If you want to plan a perfect night in for you and your friends, here are some useful tips.
Get the food (and the drink) right
The food that you prepare for your night in will largely depend on what sort of evening you’ve promised. If your friends are expecting a dinner party, then you may have to get those recipe books out and a cook a three-course meal. If, on the other hand, you’re having some friends over to watch the big match, a few nibbles may be all you need. In any case, a little food helps the evening tick along.
Likewise, you’ll want to make sure that your drinks cabinet is well stocked. Guests may bring a bottle of wine with them, but it’s good to have a backup of your own.
Don’t forget about the outside space
In the cool evenings of the summer months, especially, outdoor space can make a great area for an evening get-together. In particular, you may want to transition from the living room to the garden for a change of scenery or to host some entertainment.
If you are going to move outdoors in the evening, however, make sure you’ve got your lighting in working order. Decking lights will help ensure that you and your guests aren’t stumbling around and knocking over your garden furniture.
Thank you for the music
Music is so important for a night out, so why should a night in be any different? It is crucial, however, that you choose the right tracks to suit your evening.
Are you inviting friends over for some karaoke or a boogie? Well, then turn the ABBA up. Are you having a sophisticated dinner party? Then maybe some light, background noise is in order.
The preparation that you will need for your big night in will depend on how much effort you’re going to. If you’re cooking a meal, remember to check the list of ingredients thoroughly and make anything you can in advance so you aren’t rushing around at the last minute. Also, make sure you’re aware of any special dietary requirements that any of your guests may have.
Even if you’re not cooking, think about whether you have enough chairs for everyone and how the space is going to be used during the evening.
The most important thing to remember on any night in is to have fun! Have some entertainment ready, whether it’s a board game or a cocktail making session. Don’t be too stressed about whether or not your evening is going to be a hit with your guests. You know your friends better than anyone, so relax and enjoy your perfect night in!