Contrary to what you may hear from some of your rowdier friends, there’s nothing wrong with staying in for the night. Far from copping out, or giving up, staying in is a valid—sometimes superior—choice, and, more importantly, it’s also something you can actually be good at. Whether you’re circling the wagons with a few close friends, settling in with your significant other—or, why not?—flying solo, there’s a right way and a wrong way to do a night in.
After all, spending the night at home puts you in control of the playlist, the guest list, the menu, the schedule, and the dress code (which can range from casual to... pajamas). There’s a lot to get right. Below you’ll find a collection of ideas, tips, and must-have items for staging the ultimate indulgent night at home, whether it involves a small group of friends, your S.O., or some well-earned “me” time.
Read on, and turn even the most acute Fear of Missing Out (FOMO) into Joy of Missing Out (JOMO).