Themed Family Night-in Ideas to do in Lockdown

It’s day 30183 in lockdown. Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating but it certainly feels that way! The ongoing pandemic certainly has taken its toll on all of us in some shape or form, so I think it’s well and truly time for an interjection of fun! One thing I’ve loved doing with my family during this time is organise themed nights. We usually do this on a Saturday night, so that we have something to look forward to during the week. Today, I thought I would share some of my ideas with you to hopefully inspire you to try something similar with your lockdown buddies!

Themed nights are a great way to entertain the kids, escape the news or even celebrate a birthday whilst in lockdown. Let’s face it, we could all do with a form of escapism, it’s a great way to get through the COVID-19 pandemic. For all you highly creative people out there, you could easily go all out with your theme nights. For instance, you can make cocktails inspired by your theme, decorate the living room or the garden, plan activities and little games, or you could even go virtual and get other family and friends in different households involved and organise a quiz on HouseParty or Zoom.

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I have kept my themed nights quite simplistic out ease and laziness. My nights usually surround dressing up – which is a real brain exercise considering we all have to work what’s in our wardrobes and around the house – and watching a few films within our theme, all whilst having a drink or two. So, to help you plan your theme nights, I thought I would share with you all my party ideas!

  • 80’s/90’s/00’s night – You can pick whichever era you like, but I chose these eras as everyone in my household has lived through at least one of the decades.


  • Dress up as each other – pick one member of the family and dress like them using either your own clothing or raid their wardrobe. This idea is such a giggle as it often leads to impressions and someone cry laughing in the corner!


  • Rainbow night – This theme can be taken in two ways – either wear as many colours of the rainbow as you can, or pick on colour and dress head to toe in it, then stand altogether to make a rainbow.


  • Band t-shirt night – each of you has to wear a t-shirt with their favourite band or artist on it. You could even create your own playlist, with 3 songs by each artist combined, which would be great to listen to whilst sipping a gin and tonic!


  • World Book Day night – I know World Book Day was back in March, but unless you are of school age, you likely missed out on all of the dressing up fun. Pick your favourite book character and recreate their look!


  • Prom night – this is one I cannot wait for! Simply dig out your prom dress, or your favourite formal wear and pretend you’re going to prom. Or, if you really want to push the boat out, why not recreate your wedding? That would make for an amazing Instagram post!


  • Beachwear night – As holidays have come to stop for the foreseeable future, why not create the beach in your living room? Get your beachwear out (and by beachwear, I mean beach dresses, shorts & cover-ups, I’m not suggesting throwing on your bikini and heading to the garden!)  and enjoy a nice Pina Colada whilst listening to the waves crash… on Spotify.


Hopefully, this post has given you some inspiration to throw your own lockdown theme night! If you fancy giving any of these a go, please let me know how they turned out, I would love to see your pictures! I hope you all stay safe and try and have fun in the meantime.

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