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It was even fun taking the family van out to pick up the kids from the sitters'!
We'll put the kids to bed and then either pop open some wine or my husband will make mixed drinks and we will rock the night away. It makes me feel like I've "gone out" without leaving the basement, and we always end up laughing a ton and having a great time. A glass of wine and snuggling up watching an episode of a favorite 22-minute TV show on the ipad cozy in bed. The first anniversary after our youngest was born was tight for various reasons.
Because the food takes longer to eat, it stimulates converstation, as does the special cocktail he invented for me.
Also, seriously, is there any better comfort food than melted cheese and melted chocolate?
I swear, I think doing this every few weeks has saved my sanity after having my last baby. Some of our best nights have been spent sipping port (to remind us of our honeymoon in Portugal! We had enough in the budget for either a dinner for two or a babysitter, not both.
So I bought a romantic music CD, cooked a great dinner, and sent the kids to the sitter.