Have you ever done a Progressive Dinner for a Date Night? My brother and my sister-in-law told me about their Valentine’s Day tradition of a Progressive Dinner Group Date that they have done the past few years. I had to learn more! It sounds like such a fun idea not only for Valentine’s Day, but just a fun group date idea! They have been kind enough to share more details about how they organized it and some cute pics from a past dinner they did.
What is a Progressive Dinner?
A Progressive Dinner is a meal on the move, where each course is eaten at a different person’s house. It’s a fun opportunity to get to know others and have a fun night with your spouse (or date;-) )
What You Need:
4 Couples – For this particular group date 4 couples (or 4 locations) works best that live within a reasonable distance from each other.
Babysitters or find a family or friend’s house the kiddos can go to (see step 3)
How To Set Up a Progressive Dinner Group Date:
Step 1: Assign each couple a course for the meal that they will host at their house. Here is just one example:
Couple 1: In charge of Appetizers and a game
Couple 2: Salad
Couple 3: Main Course and a questions type game (see step 2)
Couple 4: Dessert and games
Step 2: Each couple can pick a game to play at their house. Just keep time in mind so you have enough time to eat and the night does not last forever. If you need some game ideas, here are few of my favorite. My suggestion is some sort of ice breaker game (google that) for the appetizers. My sister-in-law mentioned that the she set up a Question Game for the Main Course with sweet questions like “What do you like most about your spouse” and included other questions to get to know the other couples better.
Step 3: Don’t forget about the kiddos! Make sure, if you have kiddos that you find a babysitter or a family members’ house for them to go to. My SIL told me that the first time they did this they hired 4 sitters and had all the kiddos at one house…imagine 20 kids in one house for an evening. As you can imagine, it was crazy!! This time she said they are each going to hire a sitter to come to their house and start the Progressive Dinner after the kiddos are asleep. The babysitter can hangout upstairs with the sleeping kiddos while each couple is hosting their portion of the dinner in their house.
Step 4: Set the mood. Don’t be afraid to decorate or get creative with your meal… or keep it simple. You can use these simple paper decorations to add some fun and color or come up with your own idea. I know my SIL says she still has those fan wheels on the wall in a box to use for special occasions.
Remember to have a lot of fun and get to know the other couples. It’s nice (and important)to get out and have some fun with your spouse and make some good memories.