We recently dined with some friends. It was just the four of us with a home cooked meal, wine, and great conversation. I realized it was the first time in ages I had had an intimate dinner with friends, especially without going to a restaurant.
It was such a nice experience, the leisureliness of the evening and the great food led to hours of talking about books, movies, our lives, the future, and everything inbetween. Without the noise, other people, and time restraints of a restaurant, dining at home is one of the most pleasant ways to spend an evening.