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A Romantic Dinner Idea – A Trip Down Memory Lane

February is the month of LOVE! With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Cupid is extra busy. Since we will be enjoying Valentine’s Day with the kids and extended family, I decided to surprise my hubby with a romantic dinner a bit early. For the record, I have an amazing husband, and I wanted to show him just how special he is to me.

A Trip Down Memory Lane Heart

I checked the calendar, and when I saw that we had a kid-free Friday night with nothing scheduled, I knew I could pull it off! I quickly sent Gavin an Evite. I decided to Make A Date with Evite! I didn’t want to give away any clues as to what exactly I was planning, but I needed him to save the date. Evite had LOTS of choices.

One thing to know about my husband is that he is not always good about checking his email – I was wondering how long it would take him to find my message sitting in his inbox. Well, to my pleasant surprise he responded within an hour with a resounding, “Yes! I Can’t wait.” The kiss covered Evite had him anticipating a romantic dinner date without me saying a word.

Make a Date With Evite

And the plan?

I planned a Throw-Back Dinner! I decided that we would take a trip down memory lane, and I recreated the first dinner that Gavin made for me when we were dating. You may have read my husband’s post about how we met in: How I Met Your Stepmother . That Christmas party that he talked about? That was not intended to be a date. In fact we drove to the party with three other people just so it would be clear to him that I was not inviting him to the party as a date. Funny, how things work out.


But after that Christmas party, Gavin invited me to his home for dinner.

Without a doubt – inviting me to dinner – well, that was a date. I said, “Yes.”

I was most definitely nervous when I knocked on his front door. He must have anticipated my jitters because after an awkward quick kiss, Gavin handed me a delicious and greatly appreciated Lemon Drop Martini. The icy-cold, sugar-rimmed, tart libation was just what I needed.


I then followed him into the living room where he had appetizers laid out on the cocktail table.  As if the Lemon Drop Martini wasn’t perfect enough, the martini glasses filled with cocktail sauce and jumbo shrimp were impressive!


As was the cheese and crackers. Gavin had thought of everything.


I was being wooed by an incredible man with excellent culinary skills. And – it was working. The entree, yet even more spectacular, was bacon wrapped filet mignon, grilled asparagus, and salad.

Filet mignon

As amazing as the entire meal was that evening – we have never had bacon wrapped filet mignon since! Gavin really put a lot of thought and attention into that first dinner  – I thought how much fun it would be to recreate the exact same dinner menu for him.

Romantic Dinner Menu

DSC05641I planned a trip down memory lane to show my husband just how special that night was to me. It was after all, the beginning of something beautiful.




Our trip down memory lane was a perfect romantic night! Gavin was impressed with how many details I remembered from our first “date”.  But how could I have ever forgotten such an amazing dinner!


How do you plan on spending Valentine’s Day? Do you have a throw-back date that you can re-create? I suggest that you Make a Date With Evite and show your loved one just how much you care. A throw-back date is a fun way to take a trip down memory lane together.


Memory Lane Dinner Menu

A very romantic date!


This post is in collaboration with Evite.com and their Evite Influencer Program. #MakeADateWithEvite #Evite

A Trip Down Memory Lane

OMG! This is such a sweet way to celebrate with your honey! #MakeADateWithEvite #Evite #RomaticDinner

(36) Comments

  1. This is so sweet! How creative! I love that you sent an evite- what a great way to get him excited for something special.

  2. What a sweet idea to recreate the meal. Happy happy Valentine’s Day!

  3. Awww this is such a cute idea! Definitely something that you both remember and cherish and can reminisce about during the dinner.

  4. Awww… This is such a precious way to get romance back into your relationship! I may have to steal this idea!

  5. You two are so cute! Isn’t it fun to bring back the romance of our first dates? I’ve never thought of using evite to send him an invitation. I can’t wait to try that.

  6. That is such a lovely and romantic idea! Everything is beautifully set up, too.

  7. Kacie says:

    What a sweet idea and so thoughtful! Now I want to recreate one of our memorable date nights for my husband. Thank you for sharing! I love the evite too! 🙂

  8. What a lovely idea. I love the setup!

  9. That is such a creative way to use an Evite! I love the at-home date idea and it’s totally unexpected too.

  10. This is so fun! I love taking trips down memory lane with my husband. I never thought to turn it into a date! I also love the idea of using evite to invite him. 🙂

  11. That’s precious! Y’all must have a great relationship. Very encouraging! One thing I love about Valentine’s Day is how creative people get. I’ve used Evite for planning events and really like how they have it set up.

  12. What a romantic gesture! It looks like you both love each other really much and the dinner looks spectacular. I love the idea and I hope I can have a romantic evening like that soon

  13. What a sweet, romantic gesture. You really went all out to create a beautiful evening for you both. I love the idea of sending an evite to your man.

  14. This is so stinkin’ cute! I absolutely love the idea of recreating memories from your relationship into one romantic date. Definitely going to do this soon!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks! It really was a romantic evening recreating a first dinner!

  15. Awww! This is the cutest thing ever! I have been thinking about doing something similar to this, and what a great idea to send him an evite! Now to get that kid free evening…

  16. What a beautiful and fun dinner idea!!! And I love evite! I use it all the time for local meet ups and mom-dates. So handy and they have the best designs to choose from!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks we had a great time! Yes, I have been an Evite fan for years!!! I love how easy it is. But this was the first time I ever sent out an Evite to only one person. It totally got my hubby looking forward to our date.

  17. Now I need to learn a thing or two from you!
    I have been so focused on the kids that I didn’t even think of what I was going to do for the hubby! At least I still have time to pull a hat trick 😉

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, you still have time! Send your hubby an Evite and set aide some time for just the two of you!.

  18. That made me smile – such an adorable idea! I’m very happy for you guys, you clearly are perfect for each other and very much in love!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thank you! We had a wonderful time!

  19. This is lovely! Your post made me realize that I was so focused on finding cool Valentine’s Day kid crafts for my children to make that I totally forgot about doing something for my husband on Valentine’s Day. Hopefully I have time to whip something up a fraction of how beautiful your trip down memory lane turned out!

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, you have time! Send your hubby an Evite and set some time aside for just the who of you – maybe after the kiddos are in bed.

  20. Aw this is adorable and what a kind and thoughtful man your partner was boy did he spoil you/1 I think it is so sweet that you have recreated the whole thing good for you xx

    1. Stacey says:

      He spoils me for sure! He really enjoyed my recreation!

  21. well aren’t you two just so adorable! we used to do things like this and it was always so much fun to remember how we got started 😉

    1. Stacey says:

      It was so much fun! Something about reminiscing about beginnings is a great shared time together.

  22. Robin Rue (@massholemommy) says:

    That is such a cute idea. My husband made me a great dinner when we were first dating. I should try to recreate that.

    1. Stacey says:

      Oh do! He will be so touched.

  23. By far this is the sweetest thing I’ve read all day. What a wonderful idea and a great way to enjoy your alone time.

    1. Stacey says:

      Thank you! It was a memorable night for sure.

  24. This post made me smile the whole way through!! Such a lovely idea – the drinks look absolutely fab!

    Megan X


    1. Stacey says:

      I makes me smile too! Everytime 🙂

  25. Oh my gosh! This is so cute! You two are obviously perfect for each other. I would do this with my fiance but it’s hard when we have a roommate (my sister’s boyfriend) and live in a cramped little trailer. 🙁

    Maybe I can think up something else romantic!

    1. Stacey says:

      Small spaces work well! Light some candles and make a favorite meal. But privacy is important. Like we had a kid-free night, you need roommate free night 🙂

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