A Family Night in with Wentworth Puzzles

I don't know about you guys but my family love a good board game. If we're getting together for a family night in, it's almost guaranteed that a board game will be on the cards - Cluedo, Cranium, The Logo Game, anything but  Monopoly basically...we've not dared play that one in a while (I'm looking at you mum and dad!) We've also been known to tackle a crossword after dinner together and there was a time where we were all a little obsessed with The Chase on TV but something we'd not done until recently was a good old fashioned jigsaw.

So when Wentworth Wooden Puzzles got in touch to see if we'd like to try out one of their beautiful jigsaw puzzles, of course we had to accept the challenge! It ended up being a bit of an impromptu family evening that I decided to bring it out (basically I was waiting until my brother's girlfriend Beth was round because, I'd already got her down as a girl that would be good at jigsaws...and I was right!) Initial impressions of the jigsaw were - this looks fantastic quality, it's got a really authentic, woody scent and finally, how on earth are we ever gonna piece it together because there are just so many bits?!

When we looked a little closer at the jigsaw, we saw there were a number of beautifully shaped animal pieces. I believe these bespoke 'whimsy pieces,' as they're known, are unique to Wentworth Wooden Puzzles and different from one jigsaw to the next. As I had chosen the Woodland Creatures jigsaw* from the New Spring Collection, our whimsy pieces came in the form of forest friends, with everything from stags to squirrels. They were such a lovely addition - my favourite thing about the jigsaw!

'Find the corners and go from there' was our starting plan and it seemed to work. Although piecing the first few bits together was difficult, once you'd done a few, it became a little easier. It took around two hours for my Josh (my other half), Danny (my brother), and Beth to complete the jigsaw...I can't include myself because I hardly contributed. You see, I chose that very evening to put Arthur in his 'big boy bed' for the first time and as I should have expected, it didn't quite go to plan, so I was very much up and down the stairs all evening. Having said that, I did get to piece a few bits together (and enjoy a couple of glasses of Prosecco while I was at it - so it wasn't all that bad!) 

I thought they did a brilliant job and completed it much quicker than I expected them to! I was of course a little jealous that I didn't get to feel the joy of completing it myself but I definitely will be having a go when I next get chance! I don't imagine I'll be completing it in two hours alone though. 

I think there's something quite therapeutic about doing a jigsaw. It makes a nice change from being sat in front of a screen and gives you time to wind down a little. Although board games are often a go-to for family nights, I think piecing together a puzzle like this can be equally as fun, especially as there is an element of challenge and competition involved...despite it requiring a team effort!

If you're looking for something a little different to do for family night, I highly recommend taking a look at Wentworth Wooden Puzzles' beautiful jigsaw collection. There are so many different designs to choose from, which vary in difficulty and you can even make a personalised jigsaw with your favourite family photographs! Their jigsaw puzzles would also make a lovely gift for mums, grandmas or any other family member. It's something traditional, yet a little different and is bound to put a smile on their face, like it did ours.

Do you have 'family nights?' Tell me about them!

Megan x
*PR item sent for the purpose of this review.
All opinions are my own.
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