It’s been a long day at work as usual. You’re exhausted. All you want to do is lounge around in your comfy clothes and watch one of your favorite TV series. While you can find plenty of entertainment recipes online, I’ve listed 10 cozy home entertainment ideas that will help you relax.
1. Tea party
The first on our list is a classic – a tea party. Grab a few friends and have a nice afternoon tea. It doesn’t have to be expensive, it can be done just for fun. If you’re hosting the party, you can offer your guests little bite-sized pieces of food, or if someone else is hosting, just drop in for a cup of tea. This is the perfect event for a rainy day or when you want to relax after work. Fancy yourself a foodie? Then invite some friends over for a nice dinner party.
2. Buy a smart TV and stream and rent movies and TV shows (Netflix and Amazon Prime Video)
How you can do it
Each year, we’ve seen a huge growth in the number of people streaming their favorite movies and TV shows. If you haven’t jumped on the bandwagon just yet, there’s no better time than now as the market is getting more competitive than ever between companies offering monthly subscription packages that provide access to thousands of videos to those known as “cord cutters” who prefer streaming their entertainment directly to their TVs.
As we mentioned before, there are multiple services to choose from and it really depends on your budget and preferences as a customer. The cheapest option would be Hulu Plus which costs $7.99 a month and offers access to TV shows and movies from all the major networks. If you want to go big with your viewing options, you may also want to consider Netflix ($9.
3. Have a night of board games
If you’re a fan of games, those old standbys from childhood can now be entertained in a whole new way. Many of those classic games now have apps for smartphones and tablets. You don’t need a big group to play these games, so invite a friend over and engage in a little friendly competition. Here are some of our favorites:
Hasbro Scrabble – Log on to scrabble.com and you’ll find the classic word-building game, but you can also play with friends on Facebook or Twitter. In addition, if you can’t resist any kind of bingo or scratch-off card, here’s your chance.
Bejeweled Blitz – If you’re a fan of match-three games like Candy Crush Saga, you’re going to love this one. Pop gems as quickly as possible, and use power-ups to give your game a boost. It’s a lot of fun and can be played on Facebook, too.
Solitaire TriPeaks – Whether you want to play online or on your mobile device, Solitaire TriPeaks is a fun way to pass the time. Whether it’s just one person playing or you’re challenging another person to beat your score, it’s easy and helps you avoid those pesky old video games that you used to love as a kid. If you want to play this game, it is best to visit solitaire.org
4. Play A Musical Instrument
Playing a musical instrument is not only an excellent way to relax, but it’s also extremely fun. Choose your favorite instrument and start playing.
5. Read A Book
Reading books is another fantastic way to relax. From the latest bestseller to that classic novel that’s been on your list for years, reading is an activity that will never get old.
6. Listen to Music While you Cook
Nothing beats the sounds of music from your favorite Pandora stations while you’re cooking up a storm. This idea is perfect for those who love to entertain and for those who love to cook, as it incorporates both. So grab a glass of wine or a beer, fire up some tunes and start doing your thing in the kitchen.
7. Create an Overnight Oats Ritual
This is one of my favorite things to do in the morning: Prep for the next day the night before. I usually set out all of my clothes and lay out all of my accessories and jewelry in my bag, put my sneakers at the door, and boil the water for my overnight oats. Then I just eat and shower in the morning and I’m ready to go.
8. Painting Night
Host a DIY painting night with your friends and family members!
9. Start a scrapbook
There’s something about the tactile nature of the materials—collecting the photos and memorabilia, cutting and pasting them into a physical album—that makes it easier to recall memories. Plus, as you gather friends and family to help you, it makes for an enjoyable group activity that can be done in a day or over many weekends.
10. Do a DIY photo shoot for your children’s holiday cards using an app like Diptic
The result is sure to be beautiful and original!
Diptic is an amazing app for iPhone and android mobile devices that allows you to create stunning collages and digital wall art.
It’s easy to use, too! Just take a series of photos on your phone of your kids, friends, holiday-themed decor or anything else you can think of that will look good in a graphic collage. Open up the app and start putting your photos into a collage. You can even add borders, text and filters to make the photo shoot more festive.
At this time of year, a Diptic photo shoot is a great way to capture holiday-themed moments—a great craft project for the kids! Once you’ve finished creating your digital collage, use a service like Tiny Prints or Shutterfly to order holiday cards. Everyone will be so impressed with your beautiful DIY cards, you might just have to tell everyone that you’ve been taking photography classes lately