5 Affordable At-Home Date Night Ideas and What to Wear for Each

Planning a romantic date night doesn't need to involve fancy restaurants or big budgets. These date night ideas will help you create memorable moments from the comfort of your home, especially if you're wearing these incredibly cute outfits from Walmart.

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A woman wears a yellow floral print maxi wrap dress from Walmart photo

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Date Idea #1: Cooking Class

Light some candles, throw out a tablecloth, and create a five-star meal (that doesn't require reservations) with your S.O. Ahead of dinner, we suggest slipping on a sultry dress like this one to get the full date-night experience at home. The floral pattern, body-hugging wrap silhouette, v-neckline, and spaghetti straps all combine for a romantic, flirty look that's sophisticated yet comfy. Strappy heels would really take this look to the next level—but we also wouldn't judge if you opted for something more comfortable.
To buy: $30; walmart.com

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A woman wears a green utility romper from Walmart photo

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Date Idea #2: Paint Night

Let your creative juices flow by setting up blank canvases, paints of your choosing, and plenty of newspaper for a fun paint night. Pour a glass of wine and create an abstract painting—or try to paint portraits of each other for a hilarious challenge. To dress for this date, you'll want to wear something a little utilitarian that definitely isn't fussy (in case a spontaneous paint fight breaks out). This olive green romper features a flattering belted waist to hug your curves, keeping the cargo-style pockets and collared button-down from feeling too casual. Pair with dark slip-ons that will cover any accidental paint splatters that might occur in the process.
To buy: $28; walmart.com

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A woman wears patterned flare pants from Walmart photo

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Date Idea #3: Movie Night

Whether you choose the newest blockbuster or an old favorite, an at-home movie date is always a good idea. Pop some popcorn, pour glasses of wine, and use the movie as an excuse to cuddle up close on the couch. While pajamas are the traditional outfit choice for this date, we suggest resisting the urge and instead dressing in clothes that are just as comfy as loungewear, but a whole lot cuter. These printed flare pants are plenty stretchy, and their high waist hugs your curves, so they're flattering, too. With four pattern options to choose from, you might just want to permanently trade them in for your basic PJs.
To buy: $28; walmart.com

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A woman wears a jumpsuit from Walmart photo

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Date Idea #4: DIY Photobooth

If your Instagram feed is craving fresh content, who are you to deny it? This date idea involves bringing the party into your home. Set up a fun backdrop, gather props, get dressed up to the nines, and strike a pose with your date while blasting pump-up music in the background. Whether your loved one is the photographer or you're both the stars of the show, a photo booth is a great way to bond and relieve stress while getting some silly pics you'll treasure for years to come. For this outfit, we recommend a look that'll impress, like this leopard-print jumpsuit. It features fashionable puff sleeves and a smocked top, as well as a forgiving wide-leg bottom to ensure you can easily hit any angle you'd like.
To buy: $36; walmart.com

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A woman wears a chambray belted midi shirtdress from Walmart photo

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Date Idea #5: Backyard Picnic

Pack a lunch, grab a bottle of wine, and snag a blanket to spread out, even if the farthest place you're going is out to your backyard. Your picnic can be as fancy or as low-key as you please, with a full cheese platter or just a couple of sandwiches. To soak up the sun (and this precious moment), wear a classic, summery look like this midi chambray shirtdress. It's practically made for lounging on a blanket, eating fresh fruit, and sipping a warm-weather drink. Its tie-waist design cinches your waist, and its collar and button-down detailing feel cute and summer-ready. We suggest pairing your picnic look with a cute straw bag.
To buy: $12 (was $26); walmart.com

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