You may recently have seen this word “Hygge” been mentioned quite a lot recently. There’s been a lot of chatter of it in the blogging world and even the national press.
What is it though? Well, basically, Hygge is to live well. It’s a beautiful way of life practised especially by the Danes and it encourages encourages fluffy socks, cosy blankets, roaring fireplaces, good chocolate, special tea and coffee, time with your good friends and chilling out with a good movie. Anything that encourages ANY of these things in life is a-okay with me. So with that in mind, and also remembering that autumn evenings are creeping in, here’s how I would spend a perfect hygge evening…
I love the feeling of pulling on some big fluffy socks when I get back from work, especially on a cold, dark, chilly evening. My favourites are from Fat Face, they’re just so thick and warm so these would definitely be on the list for a perfect hygge evening.
I’m a sucker for anything woolly and knitted. Especially cream coloured knitted items, so I’d sprinkle my room with chunky woollen cushions, and I’d get one of those ever so cosy looking wolf-fur coloured blankets to drape over my sofa ready for a cosy evening in.
I’d gather my best friends, and some good food – I’m thinking cheesy nachos, some slow cooked meat, tasty bread and cheese – and have one of those evenings you look back on and think “That was awesome, we need to do that again soon”. This kind of thing usually happens at Christmas when I go around to my friend’s Mum’s house, and it’s always a great evening.
Candles are awesome at any time of year and I’m like a moth to a flame with fairy lights, so naturally these would be part of a cosy evening indoors. I’d treat myself to one of those candles that crackle like a fire when you light them and my copper fairy lights always add a bit of much needed warmth into the room.
Chocolate is a staple in my day to day life. But on a hygge evening I think a special treat, maybe something from Hotel Chocolat, like those incredible little chocolate drops they do. Oh my goodness, I’d love some of those right now…
Whether it’s mulled cider – yes please! –, or wine, fancy leafed tea, ground coffee or a delicious tasty hot chocolate, hot drinks would definitely be a part of my perfect hygge evening. Now just to decide between the mulled cider or a hot chocolate with whipped cream and grated chocolate on top?
Have you ever noticed when you don’t use you phone or your laptop, you feel super relaxed? That should be the atmosphere in a hygge evening. Relaxed and free of distraction. It’ll allow everyone to be more present and to enjoy what is happening there and then.
Before a hygge evening, I’d probably spend the afternoon making cake for everyone to enjoy. I guess that’d make it a hygge day? I’m thinking chocolate brownies, my carrot and orange cupcakes with cream cheese icing, a lovely lemon drizzle cake and some gooey cookies that everyone can enjoy.
Whether it’s your favourite boardgame – Monopoly or Trivial Pursuit for me, please! -, or a grabbing a pack of cards that you can play a game with – I can only think of Shithead or Snap… -, getting a game on the go with friends or family is sometimes a really fun way to spend an evening. Even if it does turn into a roaring game of Ring of Fire! Maybe that should be especially when…
Now, I don’t have a fire, but in my imaginary hygge evening (although I’m hoping it will happen one day ) where I can have a fire, my friends and I are in a cute cabin somewhere, a place where there’s either a log burner or where there’s a real fire outside so we can go toast marshmallows.
Okay, snow in itself might not be the cosiest thing but being all huddled up, nice and warm indoors as the snowflakes fall? That would top a hygge evening off just nicely.
Have you heard of hygge before? If you have, what would your perfect hygge evening be?