Everything you need to host a big night in…

We’ve all been there: you want to see your friends at the end of the working week, but you don’t really want to leave the house for a night on the town. But not to worry, you don’t have to force yourself out. Why not bring your pals round to yours for a night in? There are plenty of entertaining options that allow you to let your hair down in the comfort of your own home. Plus, it’s always good to have a bit of a break from the same old routine, right?

Here are a few ideas to try out. These nights might just become a firm favorite taking place at least once a month.

Sports Nights:

Whatever sport you’re into, why not invite everyone around for the big game or match. Most sports are free to watch on your television. Major football and rugby matches are generally as simple to watch as turning on the right channel. But remember that certain sports operate on a pay per view basis. Boxing is notorious for this, so if there’s a notable boxing match on, make sure that you’ve paid up before everyone arrives. This saves time trying to get access to the match last minute. Get the drinks in and cooled in the fridge in advance. You can also get plenty of easy to make snacks ready. Think crisps and finger foods. If you’re feeling hungrier, order food in. You don’t want to miss key moments while you’re slaving away over the stove in the kitchen.

Poker nights:

Poker nights will take a little pre-planning, as you need to ensure that people definitely turn up in order for the game to be a success. You should ideally keep your guest count under ten people for the best game possible. You will also need to ensure that you have all of the necessary materials, such as cards and poker chips (you will need around 35 per person playing). When people arrive, you will need to lay down some ground rules. Nothing ruins a game more than petty fights and confrontations over the rules. So make sure that everyone is clear on everything from the word go. You don’t necessarily have to play for anything more than the fun of the game. This way, nobody goes home a loser. For a little practice beforehand, go here. You’ll be able to brush up on your techniques and understanding of the rules.

Film nights: 

Sometimes seeing a film on the big screen proves difficult, as everyone’s timetables differ and it always seems like nobody is free at the same time. So, once the film has come out on DVD, you may be able to organize a time that is more appropriate for everyone you want to watch it with. Get the popcorn in, have the film ready to go and invite your best buds over to finally get around to watching it.


These are just a few different options for relaxed nights in with your friends. Who said that socialising and bonding necessitates heading out and splashing a whole lot of cash?

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