Pools and Barbecues – Our #MSMbignightin

As a large family, going out for an evening is quite an expense, just as finding a babysitter so that Asa and I can go out is also expensive, before we start!!
 
So when MoneySupermarket challenged Bloggers to have a big night in with £50 to spend, we all sat down to discuss what we should spend the money on!!
 
My first thought was a lovely romantic meal with my husband, good food, candlelight, a bottle of wine chilling in a bucket of ice, then reality kicked in….
 
The children are never all asleep until 11pm, I am 32 weeks pregnant with constant heartburn and it wouldn’t be a family night!
 
So, what did we decide….
 
The weather has finally started to resemble summer, much to the disgust of my ever expanding bump, but good for everyone else!!
 
Therefore, something in the garden was the favourite choice. The two things the children enjoy doing in the hot weather is splashing in the paddling pool and having a barbecue, so we decided to combine the two.
 
A Pool Party and Barbecue.
 
The £50 was spent on a new Paddling Pool, as ours was well past its best, at a cost of £30 and the other £20 we spent on food and drink for the barbecue
 
Burgers, Sausages, Chicken Wings, Rolls and Salad
 
and for dessert
 
Marshmallows, Strawberries and Chocolate.
 
and drink
 
Fizzy Coke
 
And here are the results
 
 
 
As you can see, they all had a wonderful time, and it was great to spend an evening as a family, I am pleased to say it also wore them out, and every one of them went up to bed without any fuss and quickly fell to sleep!
 
Top Tips For A Family Night In
 
– Ask each member of the family what they would like to do, try your best to include it all
– Try something a little different
– Check the weather forecast before attempting outside activities.
– Be resourceful, the paddling pool will now be used all summer.
 
And above all HAVE FUN !
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