Ugh, winter! Isn't that how just about everyone feels around this time of year? The magic of the season is a thing of the past, the cold weather has been happening for far too long, and all we really want to do is cozy up under all the sheets and blankets until it's time for spring.
But that's exactly what is so wonderful about winter — the cozying up! The hiding from the elements! The drinking of hot cocoa! The watching of movies!
We say, embrace hygge with a mid-winter party that's equal parts whimsy and wonderful. We're talking about an indoor fort party. Is it a little bit ridiculous? Yes, we will not deny it. Is it totally fun? Absolutely. You can get back to adulting on Monday.
Here's everything you need to make it happen.
Note: You probably already have everything you need to make a respectable blanket fort. But for the purpose of making things match as much as possible (after all, there was a photographer in attendance!), we did a little shopping. Just in case you need to pick up a few things for your own fort — or if you see something you like for non-fort purposes! — we've included a complete list of supplies at the end of this story.
If you are like us, you have a lot of pillows in your house. You're going to need them all — and maybe a few more, just for fun? We're crushing on this cute hot cocoa pillow. And where would it go if not in a fort?
Go shopping: 10 Food-Themed Pillows So Cute You Could Eat Them
2. Thermoses and Flasks
The idea here is that if you are eating and drinking in your fort (a must!), you'll want to keep your various vessels and utensils at a minimum. Thermoses and flasks are ideal because they're less likely to lead to spills. Plus, they make us feel like we're camping, which just adds to the fantasy.
3. A Menu
What to serve inside a fort? Well, that's entirely up to you, but we have some ideas for filling those thermoses, namely chili and hot chocolate. Slow-cooker lentil chili is a crowd-pleaser, especially if you have friends with dietary restrictions, and our Mexican-spiced hot cocoa is a slightly spicy take on the classic.
Popcorn is always a good call because it's easy to snack on and not too messy (and who doesn't love popcorn?). As for those flasks, fill 'em up with your favorite spirit and encourage your guests to add a glug or two to their hot chocolate.
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4. A Fort
Okay, so you don't really need a fort. You could just collect your pillows and your blankets and move your furniture to the side of the room and have a floor picnic. And realistically, that's what we expect you'll do. But if you want to go all out — and we can honestly say it's worth it — we recruited professional interior designer Megan Hopp to come up with a fort-building plan.
Get the step-by-step: An Interior Designer's Tips for Building an Awesome Indoor Fort
Movies are the natural entertainment option for your fort (or floor picnic), but we also recommend board games. When was the last time you played Scrabble? Or Clue? If all you have is a deck of cards, we highly recommend Rummy or Go Fish!
Suggested films: 7 International Food Movies to Watch in Your Indoor Fort
Our Shopping List
Pillows and poufs
- Hot Chocolate Pillow, $30 at KidRobot
- Sushi Pillow, $45 at Urban Outfitters
- Faux Leather White Mini Pouf, $49 at Land of Nod
- Oversized Moroccan Wool Pouf, $200 at World Market
- Oversized Ivory Mongolian Faux Fur Lumbar Pillow, $25 at World Market
- SKOLD, $30 at IKEA
- Cream Mongolian Faux Fur Throw Pillow, $20 at Target
- Ivory Faux Fur Throw, from $60 at World Market
- Henley Wool Throw, $598 at Serena & Lilly
- Cozy Knit Throw, $108 at Garnet Hill
- Coupe Mint Cereal Bowl, $2 each at Target
- Coupe Mint Coffee Mug, $2 each at Target
- Wood and Marble Inlay Tray, $30 at Target