Meal Ideas for a Date Night at Home

10 great meal ideas for an at home date night

When you have little kids and money is tight, at home date nights can be the way to go.

Feed the kids a simple supper (they can eat your leftovers for lunch the next day if they are feeling deprived), give them a tasty dessert to make them feel special, and put them to bed a little early. This might mean wearing them out at a trip to the park, taking early naps, or even no nap so they will actually lay down. Then you can enjoy a late dinner with your spouse.

(Another option would be to have supper as a family and have a dessert date after the kids are in bed. Even simpler and more budget friendly.)

I have 10 sample menus for you to use for ideas. Switch the recipes around and I’m sure you can find a combination that you and your husband will both enjoy. (I’ll take one of each dessert, please!)

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Do you have a go to meal for an at home date night?

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32 thoughts on “Meal Ideas for a Date Night at Home

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      So glad that I’m not the only that thinks the sweets all sound amazing! I love bread and oil at restaurants, I don’t know why I’ve never made it at home. Thanks for your recipe!

  1. Gabrielle@MamaGab

    This is a great list for meal planning, period! I love to have a couple of super yummy, restaurant-quality meals at home per month. I find that it keeps us from feeling like we’re in a rut or we’re missing something by not eating out much. Pinned it–this is a great resource!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Thanks! There are so many great recipes. I love how you do some tasty restaurant quality meals each month. I bet your family really looks forward to it. Thanks for pinning too!

  2. Chrystal @ YUM eating

    Our go-to date night meal is a nice (but cheap) bottle of wine with some good cheese, sausage, grapes, apples and dark chocolate. It means no cooking for me and we can just watch some Netflix and enjoy ourselves. Stopping by from the Lets Get Real link party.

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      LOVE your go-to meal! That sounds about perfect to me. When I traveled with a friend in Europe we did about a meal a day like that (plus bread of some sort from a bakery) and they were the best. I’m always for no cooking.

        1. Deanna Michaels Post author

          Oooo, yes! This might become a post. 🙂 Thanks for the question. But in the meantime – buy things on sale, use what you already have, and proportion ingredients so you don’t pile on more than you need. Hopefully I can get it written soon!

    1. Deanna Michaels Post author

      Yeah, when we did an at home date night last month I had to have a snack to last until after our daughter went to bed a little before 8. Definitely a lot later that a normal supper. Dessert date would be a lot easier.

  3. Antionette Blake

    I usually cook every night except on the weekends because I enjoy cooking for my family. I will definitely be using some of these recipes. Thanks for sharing and linking up with us at the #WWDParty – Happy Valentine’s Day.

  4. Nicolette Springer

    Most of our date nights are at home and we love it. It is nice to get out now and again but I like being able to do it anytime without having to worry about a babysitter or the budget. These are great menu ideas. Honestly, any meal is a luxury if I don’t have a kid hanging on me while I eat 😉

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  7. Sarah MSM

    Oh, number 5 sounds fabulous! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with us on our last Weekend Wind-Down Party (I’m late browsing due to a move!) – hope you link up again this weekend! God Bless!


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