Note: I love Rachael’s blog, and this guest post is super helpful for busy couples looking to make date night special with food. Don’t miss her posts over at Fit Marriage where she will show you how to eat more veggies (and like it!), get out of the diet mindset and eat powerful food!

It’s Friday.

You know it’s date night, but the week was so busy, chaotic, and stressful that you haven’t put in any time to think about what you’ll do.

You’ve really been looking forward to spending time with your loved one and you even promised you’d come up with the plan for date night this time. But the truth is that it’s now 3:00 in the afternoon and you haven’t thought of it once since your last date night.

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You’re a little embarrassed and know that you very well can’t reschedule the babysitter, because you’ve had her booked for a month. You just want to stay in and have a quiet evening, but don’t want to seem like you didn’t put in any effort.

Does this sound familiar to you? Are you guilty of this happening maybe once or twice?

Whether you’ve had a stressful week or are just trying to get some quality time with your partner without the distractions of waiters refilling your glass every few minutes, date night can still happen, be personal, and enjoyable without having to put in a ton of effort!

Before you come clean that you haven’t developed an elaborate plan, consider the following date night idea that will keep the conversation flowing. You’ll be certain to have a good time without having to leave the house!

Bring your date night home with a simple tasting date!

Follow these four simple steps to that make you look like you had it planned all along:

1. Determine your food of choice that you’ll serve at your tasting.

Do both you and your partner rave over chocolate? Wine? Cheese? Select one food item you both like and frame your tasting around this.

2. Purchase three to four different varieties of your tasting food.

You can choose different types, like different percentages of chocolate – some milk and some dark. Or three varieties of red wine, like a merlot, pinot noir, and syrah. Or choose to purchase the same item in different brands, like different brands of cheddar cheese or different brands of 60% chocolate bars.

3. Once you have your purchases home, set up a tasting station.

If you’re serving chocolate, break the bars in to bite sized squares and arrange on a serving platter. With wine, set out the glasses, bottles, and bottle opener. With cheese, set them out on a platter with a knife or cut into bite sized pieces.

You can hold the tasting “blindly” or set the packaging out so you know which item corresponds to which package.

4. Start eating and talking!

Talk with your partner about how each one tastes, looks, smells, and the texture. Savor each bite and think about what you enjoy and don’t enjoy about each one.

Use this as an opportunity to connect with your partner and talk about the different properties you like or don’t like about each one. Share your favorites and settle in for an evening of conversation and a full belly.

It can be easy to give up on date night when we’ve had a tough week, but date night doesn’t have to be elaborate or given up on when you haven’t thought it out too far in advance. Taking the time to swing by the store on your way home can have you ready and set for a fantastic date night in even on the hardest of days!

What are some of your favorite last minute date ideas?  Share in the comments!

Rachael is the blogger behind and is the author of How to Cook For Yourself: A Complete Beginner’s Guide. She writes about her passion for food, eating well while saving money, and inspires people to get familiar with their kitchens and cook for themselves.


About the author 


Dustin Riechmann created Engaged Marriage to help other married couples live a life they love (especially) when they feel too busy to make it happen. He has many passions, including sharing ways to enjoy an awesome marriage in 15 minutes a day, but his heart belongs with his wife Bethany and their three young kids.

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  1. The last time we were suppose to go out on date night (my live-in dad was out of town) we were both extremely tired. We were both surprised to find that we both went food shopping for a date night “in”. Keith picked up everything we needed for home-made pizza, and I brought home wine and a dessert – married so long that it was almost like we planned it. We enjoyed a glass of wine while we made pizzas. We made surprise pizzas for each other – using each other’s favorite toppings. When we sat down to eat we were enjoying conversation and most of all we were getting to spend time together – alone – and loving it!

    1. That’s awesome, Donna! Don’t you love when life works out that way?? 🙂 I love your idea of making surprise pizzas for one another – that sounds really fun!

  2. This is a wonderful idea! My husband and I really enjoy trying different foods. Tasting and sharing is something we love to do when we go out. This post has inspired me to set up a tasting night at home. Mmmm!

  3. Very nice article. Simple and to the point, basically giving you step by step instructions for constructing a wonderful evening. Thank you

  4. I love this idea for a last-minute date! I’m a huge fan of cheese tastings but my husband is a homebrewer, so sometimes we have craft beer tastings.

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