I think it would depend on many things… what types of food you all like (Italian, French, Thai, Vietnamese, etc.), whether you want to build the meal around a piece of meat (a roast, a whole chicken, etc.) or would prefer a “dish” (lasagna, pasta, curry, etc.), whether there are any food allergies/dislikes, how much time you want to spend in the kitchen beforehand, and how much that night, how many dishes you want to make, how “special” you want to make it (holiday special, fancy dinner special or just “family dinner”), and how complex a recipe you’re comfortable with.
The last “nice dinner” I did was a roast leg of lamb on a bed of arugula and pine nuts. Appetizers were pate and brie with toast points. Dessert was banana pudding (English pudding, not American) with molasses ice cream.
For “family dinner”, I usually go more along the line of a whole roast chicken or a london broil. Roasted or cheesy mashed potatoes or steamed rice. Green veggie might be sauteed broccoli or rabe, or just a quick salad. Dessert is either a cake and/or ice cream. If it’s cold, I might just do a big pot of soup or chili (from scratch) and a loaf of bread/cornbread.
For “holiday special”, I do 4 or 5 courses, and cook for a week. This year’s thanksgiving was 3 appetizers, a soup course, a pasta course, a salad course, a whole roast duck, 2 desserts plus an ice cream.