Today marks the start of winter. And while it might not feel like it in certain parts of the country (ahem, the East Coast!), trees still need to be decorated, presents purchased, and fun festivities planned. So when the mattress company Casper asked me to share my essentials for the perfect holiday movie night, it got me thinking about a cozy evening.
We all need a little downtime before the holidays arrive. And if you’re like me and waited until this past weekend (as in, the final weekend before Christmas) to start and finish your shopping, then you may be in need of a movie night as well. Go ahead, treat yourself!
My perfect holiday movie night consists of the following:
My favorite mug & and a warm beverage: The gold initial mug from Anthropologie is the perfect seasonal option for holding my beverage of choice. While I love my White Chocolate Mocha from Starbucks, I turn to the soothing Trader Joe’s pomegranate white tea when I want to relax in the evening.
Warm layers: I’m not a cold weather person by any means, but I get excited when it comes time to layer up. Even when I’m in the house, I get comfortable and stay warm with my long cardigan from LOFT or a chunky sweater from Mossimo. They make an evening in bed with your favorite treat and movie seem that much more indulgent.
Cozy throw (and of course, an equally comfy mattress!): You can’t have a movie night without either of these, right? My Restoration Hardware throw is a winter staple and accompanies me when I’m relaxing on the couch, while I’m working from bed, or of course, when watching a movie.
A sweet treat: As any good choc-o-holic knows, a night in is not complete without something sweet. My favorite combination any time of year is chocolate and peanut butter. So why not throw a Reese’s No-Bake Peanut Butter Bar into the mix? This easy dessert takes no time at all, requires no baking skills, and needs few additional ingredients. Everything you need comes in the box, including a handy tray to prepare it all. After it’s chilled in the fridge for 30 minutes, your movie night is ready to begin.
All that’s left is a classic movie! Whether you opt for It’s A Wonderful Life, Miracle on 34th Street, or my personal favorite, A Christmas Carol (the best is the 1984 version starring George C. Scott as Ebenezer Scrooge), you have all you need to spend a quiet evening indoors while embracing the holiday season.
What are you waiting for? Visit Casper to create your own checklist (and maybe gift yourself a new mattress this year). However you decide to spend the last few days before the holidays this week, remember to take some time out to unwind with all of your essentials that make you feel cozy at home.
Thank you, Casper, for creating my personalized holiday movie night checklist!