Hosting a fun couples dinner party is a great way to spend the evening! On top of enjoying time with your significant other, you also get to hang out with your friends from the comfort of your own home. But if you’re planning a dinner party for couples, you’re going to need plenty of ideas to get you started.
From fun themes to delicious recipes, here are dozens of couples dinner party ideas to a host a great time for your friends at home!
Couples Dinner Party Ideas & Themes
Coming up with a dinner party theme is a great way to help you organize the decorations and menu for your get-together. Whether you’re hosting a Valentine’s Day dinner party or just inviting your couple friends over for a fun night in, these dinner party themes are a perfect way to frame your evening!
Using the menu as the theme for your dinner party is a quick and easy way to bring everything together. You can use the food’s origin as the theme (Italian, Mexican, Greek, etc.) or make the food itself the star with a make-your-own menu (homemade pizza, taco bar, sundae bar, etc.). We also have a great list of cold appetizers you might like!
Flip your dinner party menu upside down by serving desserts first, then offer the main course to your guests for a fun evening with a group of friends.
Set a color theme for your party, then use the color to inspire your menu. Use only foods in that color (or color combo) to create a feast for the eyes at your dinner party.
Wine and cocktails
Serve up wine or signature cocktails as the main focus of your dinner party, using the menu as a way to accent your drinks.
Progressive dinner party
A progressive dinner party is where different courses are served at each others’ homes. This works great if you’re in a neighborhood!
Murder mystery dinner
Accent your dinner party with a show by setting up a themed murder mystery for your guests to solve. Purchase a pre-made dinner party game or come up with your own mystery if you’re creative.
A time period theme is perfect for birthdays or special occasions! You just use your favorite decade to inspire the food and decorations for your party.
Instead of serving a plated dinner to your party guests, set out all the food as a family-style meal. Allow your guests to serve themselves for a more laid-back affair.
How to Make the Night Extra Special
Dinner Party Invitations
You could also go the extra mile and send out dinner party invitations to the guest list ahead of time! It’s just one of the fun ways to let your dinner guests know what to expect the night of! You can also include on the invite if there is a special dress code or not.
Place Cards or Settings
Unique place cards or place settings are also a way to keep the theme going the entire night!
A photo booth is a great way to remember the night and celebrate any special occasion!
Setting up a mini bar or having several different bottles of wine can be a great choice for guests as they first come into the party. We love to start the evening with a cocktail or glass of wine!
A final note on these couples dinner party ideas:
You can even have a great time having a casual dinner and then playing party games with friends in the living room! So don’t sweat it if you don’t plan an elaborate dinner party!