11 Dreamy Ways to Spend an Adult Snow Day
When it comes time to trade your snow boots for slippers.
Nothing makes me giddy quite like a snowy forecast. Given, where I live, we only have a few of those each year. On those days, I’m a kid again and my excitement is fueled by each flake that falls. Sadly, my adult snow days don’t quite look like my kid snow days did. My husband (who’s decidedly less enthused by snow) and I don’t own a sled, and although I make him frolic in the fluff with me, I get So. Cold. So. Quickly. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to have a magical snow day in the comfort of your warm home. Read on to learn how.
Host a Snow Day Soup Swap
Watch the forecast closely to plan a snow day soup swap ahead of time. Ask friends to bring their favorite homemade soup or chili, and make a large pot of your favorite, too. Provide a variety of soup garnishes like herbs and cheeses, and offer plenty of bread and crackers. Set out your coziest pillows and blankets, and settle in for a day of relaxation and fellowship.
Do It: Host a Snow Day Soup Swap
Make Snow Day Margaritas + Play Games
H. Camille Smith
Put some of that beautiful white fluff to good use — in your margarita glass. Sip your snowy concoction, and get out a puzzle or board game.
Do It: Make Snow Day Margaritas
Boozy Chocolate-Covered Cherry Hot Cocoa
A magical blending of orgeat syrup, brandy and creme de cacao ensure this warm and creamy cocktail tastes just like decadent chocolate-covered cherries. Get the recipe.
Tipsy S'mores Cocktail
What would fall be without chocolatey, gooey s'mores?! This adults-only sip combines all the goodness of the campfire classic with a soul-warming boozy kick. Toasted marshmallows add a tasty finishing touch. Get the recipe.
Hot Cherry Pie Cocktail
Cherry, vanilla and amaretto give this cocktail all the flavors of a hot-from-the-oven cherry pie. The whipped cream and pie crust crumble make it as pretty as it is tasty. Get the recipe.
Coconut Cream Pie Cocktail
When it's cold outside, warm up with this indulgent cocktail that tastes like rich coconut cream pie. Topped with toasted coconut and graham cracker crumbs, it's a boozy twist on the classic dessert. Get the recipe.
Spiced Cappucini Cocktail
Stir Old Tom gin, Licor43 and Kahlua into strong brewed coffee then top with whipped cream and freshly ground nutmeg for an after-dinner drink that's perfect to enjoy while catching up with family and friends. Get the recipe.
Mexican Hot Cocoa and Puff Pastry Cinnamon Sticks
Spike this traditional, pepper-infused Mexican cocoa with your favorite tequila — or even rum, coffee-flavored liqueur or whiskey — for a soul-warming sip. Get the recipe.
Spiked Hazelnut Hot Cocoa
Add a splash of hazelnut liqueur to this made-from-scratch hot cocoa recipe then top with whipped cream, chocolatey hazelnut spread and chocolate-covered cookies for a chill-busting drink that borders on being a dessert. Get the recipe.
Irish whiskey and a dollop of whipped cream are all you need to turn a cup of coffee into this cold-weather classic. This drink isn't overly rich so it pairs well with dessert yet is tasty enough to serve on its own. Get the recipe.
Warm Apple Pie Cocktail
This apple-cider-based cocktail gets its kick courtesy of Tuaca, a delicious Italian liqueur made with citrus peels, spices and vanilla. Before serving, add a fresh cinnamon stick for an extra bit of spice. Get the recipe.
Hot Buttered Rum
Gather with friends and family around a roaring outdoor fire to enjoy this soul-soothing cocktail. Hot milk, brown sugar, dark rum and real butter give this drink its signature flavor. Get the recipe.
Toasty Hot Chocolate With a Kick
Almost a dessert in itself, this cold-weather cocktail is warm, chocolatey and creamy. For guests with a sweet tooth, it's the perfect late-night or after-dinner cocktail. Get the recipe.
Spice Up Hot Chocolate Mix
Take storebought cocoa from boring to blissfully boozy with a shot of your favorite flavored liqueur — peppermint, cinnamon and butterscotch schnapps are safe bets — or liquor, like bourbon, whiskey, tequila or vodka. Make your cup extra creamy using a combination of half and half and milk.
Classic Hot Toddy
This classic combination of whiskey, lemon and honey not only is good for what ails you but its mellow flavor is the perfect complement to rich Thanksgiving desserts. Get the recipe.
Arm-Knit a Blanket
There’s no better day to learn the super-trendy skill of arm-knitting than a snow day. The best part? You’ll probably be snuggling beneath a chunky, handmade blanket next time snow starts falling.
Get Your Bake On
Do you find yourself making boxed cakes and break-and-bake cookies because you never learned basic baking skills? Maybe today is the day you change that. You’ll be happy you did!
Dive Into Aromatherapy
Read our guide to aromatherapy to discover the benefits of essential oils. If you’re on board, try making your own.
Make a Winter Wreath
Your front door post-holidays can be so sad. Make yours more cheerful with a handmade wreath. Bonus: This one features a snowflake, so it matches the landscaping.
Do It: Make a Snowflake Wreath
Tackle That DIY Project
To me, uninterrupted free time means it’s time to get out my DIY supplies. In fact, I typically keep a list of all the DIY projects I want to complete on a day such as this. Here are three on my current list.
Easy Fabric-Wrapped Storage Bin 01:18
Make a stylish fabric storage bin from an old file box and scrap fabric with this simple project.
DIY Sticky Note Calendar 01:23
Get organized in the new year with this stylish DIY sticky note calendar you can easily change from month to month.
DIY Milk Crate Ottoman 00:58
Convert an old milk crate into a stylish ottoman with these simple tips.
Get an Early Start on V-Day Cards
On the Line
Transform a blank wall into a drying rack with red and white kitchen twine, origami hearts and clothespins. Write the name of each guest onto heart-shaped pieces of card stock, and hang on the line to identify everyone's work. Completed valentine cards display beautifully and create a playful backdrop as they dry.
It’s never too early to start thinking about the next holiday on your calendar — Valentine's Day.
Color to Your Heart's Content
If your days are typically busy and full of stress, spend your snow day relaxing. One great way to do that? An adult coloring book.
Make It an At-Home Spa Day
Or, you could always go the self-pampering route. Hey, sometimes a bubble bath just does a soul good.
Do It: Have an At-Home Spa Day
While I’m not going to recommend going for a run in the snow, I am going to recommend a serious yoga session in the comfort of your home. Endorphins, FTW!
Onion Soup With Sage + Cheddar
Pair beef broth with sharp cheddar cheese and sage for the ultimate flavor boost. You'll want to have extra bread to soak up every last bit of soup.
Make This: Onion Sage Soup
Spicy Pumpkin Soup With Cilantro
This normally mild pumpkin soup gets its kick from chiles. Combine with fresh cilantro and creme fraiche for a flavorful soup that's the perfect appetizer throughout the season.
Make This: Spicy Pumpkin Soup