With a little creativity and planning, it’s easy to plan a baby shower on a budget that will be sure to impress your guests. I threw a baby shower for my sister, and it was super fun. It was my way of showing love and support for her and her baby.
Of course, it wasn’t a celebrity shower, but everything looked beautiful, and we all had a great time. The food was excellent, and the games were fun. There are a lot of ways you can cut back on baby shower expenses without cutting corners. Here’s how to tune into your inner party planner.
Baby Shower Locations
Having a baby shower at a venue can cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. Instead, consider hosting the shower at a free space such as your house or shelter at a local park.
Other options for a venue could be a senior center, recreational center, patio, or backyard. Some churches have parsonages that they allow members to use for free. A restaurant is another option, but you would probably be obligated to buy their food, and that might be too expensive.
Baby Shower Invitations
To keep your baby shower on a budget, send invitations online. Nowadays, you can find a lot of cute digital invitations that can be personalized for any gender or theme.
To save even more time and money the mom to be can send out digital thank you notes after the shower. You can use the following sites to customize your invitations:
If your guests are on Facebook, you can create an event there. Facebook makes it easy for your guests to RSVP and for you to post-shower updates. Remember, the baby shower should take place around the sixth or seventh month of pregnancy, and invitations should be sent out about a month beforehand.
If the mom-to-be created a baby shower gift registry, it’s a good idea to note where it is in the invitation. Be sure to get this information before you finalize the invitations so your guests will have plenty of gift ideas.
If the mom-to-be has not created a registry, you can create one for her. The Amazon Baby Registry makes it easy, so you can have it set up in minutes. The mom-to-be can change the registry as she likes.
The Amazon Baby Registry is popular because most people have an Amazon account. Amazon has a vast collection of baby items that are competitively priced. Prime Members also get a 15% completion discount. Another benefit of Amazon Is that almost anything can be returned, no questions asked. If the mom-to-be is not happy with something for any reason, she can return it.
Baby Shower Decorations
I have a friend who recently spent no money on baby shower decorations or party favors. She made some stuff herself with materials she had on hand. For example, she made pom poms out of coffee filters. She also reused items from a baby shower she attended when she was planning a baby shower.
They were going to throw away all the decorations at the shower she attended, so she asked if she could take the decorations. To keep your baby shower on a budget, consider using decorations that are gender neutral and reusable, like yellow and white shower themes. Here are some more tips for saving money on decorations:
We all have that one friend or relative that never throws anything away, ask around and see if anyone has decorations that you can use.
Before you make any purchases be sure to compare prices online. Here are some deals that I found online:
- Baby Shower Decoration Kit: I found this fabulous kit on Amazon for less than $21. The kit contains banners, tassels, and fans that look good together.
- Baby Shower Prediction And Advice Cards: Use these popular mason jar cards to add a special touch to the gift table.
- Straws: Add a touch of elegance to the baby shower with pink and gold biodegradable paper straws.
I put together a sixteenth birthday party with tableware and decorations from two different dollar stores. I found a small helium tank with balloons at the Dollar General; it was much cheaper than purchasing from a party store.
The Dollar Tree is where I found my tableware and ribbons for the balloons. The last time I was at the Dollar General, they had small bunches of flowers for just a couple of bucks. The flowers were beautiful; I was surprised to see something so nice for so cheap. Put a small bunch of flowers in a mason jar, and you have the perfect centerpiece for a table.
Don’t forget to use sites like Ebates and Retail Me Not to get cash back on items that you purchase online.
One of the best ways to save money is to make your decorations. Here are some easy decorating ideas that you can use for a boy or girl baby shower.
Here is a tutorial on how to make beautiful and inexpensive pom poms from coffee filters. Hang the pom poms from the ceiling or use them as centerpieces on the tables.
If you like the cute cake pop look, but you don’t want the hassle or expense, make Marshmallow Pops instead!
Need a great centerpiece? Mason jars are very popular right now; you can do so many amazing things with them. Here’s a step by step tutorial on how to make painted and distressed mason jars.
These pinwheels would make an adorable party favor or a pretty centerpiece for a baby shower. For just a few dollars, you can customize these pinwheels to complement any shower theme.
These adorable napkin rings add an extra pop of color to an already beautiful table setting. Simple and cheap…that’s what I like.
Here’s how to create party decor that can be used long after the shower is over. Make a beautiful centerpiece out of diapers, ribbon, and flowers. You could also use colorful washcloths instead of diapers for this project.
Make this easy baby shower fabric onesie garland that doesn’t require sewing! This simple to make baby shower decoration looks absolutely adorable.
Make this simple baby banner that’s easy to put together. You probably already have everything you need to make this banner lying around the house, if not, the materials are cheap.
A diaper cake is one of those decorations that stands out at a party. A diaper cake is fun to make because there are so many ways to add your personal touch!
I love these balloon flowers, simple to make yet so stylish. These flowers go with any baby shower theme.
For just a few dollars, you can create a stunning balloon arch for the shower. The best part is that you don’t need helium for this project, just an air pump to quickly inflate the balloons.
Balloons are a cheap but stylish way to make a big impact at your event.
Baby Shower Games
Everyone loves a sweet baby, but not everyone loves a boring baby shower game. We certainly don’t! So if you’re looking for games that are fun and budget-friendly, we’ve put together some seriously fun options for you to choose from. Here are our top games to keep your baby shower on a budget.
- Price Is Right: Get free printable baby shower Price is Right game sheets to play at your shower! Everyone will have a good time playing this fun baby shower game.
- Scratch Off Emoji Game: If you want a FUN and UNIQUE baby shower game, try the Emoji Scratch Off Baby Shower Game. A good way to break the ice at your event.
- Bingo: Baby Shower Bingo is a free game and it’s easy to put together. Print out your Bingo cards and your all set.
- Diaper Raffle: The average baby goes through 70 diapers per week. Crazy, but true. That’s why this game is such a great gift for the new parents. When sending out your baby shower invitations include a note to guests to tell them that you’ll be raffling off a surprise at the shower. For each diaper they bring they’ll receive a raffle ticket. The more diapers they bring, the more raffle tickets they receive!
Prizes for Games
You can purchase a lot of inexpensive prizes for winners of the games from The Dollar Store or online. It’s amazing what you can find if you’re willing to get creative. I’ve seen a wide variety of prizes at baby showers, but these are some of the most memorable:
- Scented candles
- Designer soap
- Scented lotions
- Hair clips
- Note pads
- Coffee mugs
- Picture frame
- Recipe Box
Here are some more inexpensive ideas for prizes:
- Create a cute and easy baby shower prize by adding a $5 gift card from a coffee shop to a cute coffee cup.
- Put together a nail kit with a small bottle of nail polish, a nail file, and some cotton balls.
- Wrap a small towel around some spa products such as lotions, shampoo, conditioner, and body wash, and tie it with a pretty ribbon.
- Five dollar gift cards from places like Starbucks, Target, Amazon, and iTunes.
- For the non-coffee drinkers buy some pretty teacups and add some tea bags or hot cocoa mix.
Baby Shower Food
You can’t have a baby shower without a bunch of cute edibles for guests to eat. However, if you’ trying to keep your baby shower on a budget, you might need to cut back on how much you spend on food. Remember, at a baby shower, the food is part of the decor. You can’t just put a casserole dish on the table and call it good.
In order to keep from going over budget on the food, you need to dress up cheap eats so you don’t sacrifice the tone of the baby shower. Keep in mind that fresh fruits and vegetables are always appropriate, and they look pretty on the table.
If you need more inspiration, here’s a list of 55 delicious recipes for a baby shower.
Instead of buying a fancy cake, you could make cupcakes and decorate them yourself. I found this cool recipe where you pour the icing on the cake and top it with colorful sprinkles. Don’t forget to check out all the cheap and easy cake ideas on Pinterest too.
Baby Shower Photos
A professional photographer is probably not in the budget for most baby showers but that doesn’t mean that you can’t take some amazing pictures of the big event. Most cell phones take some great pictures. If you have an iPhone, you’ll want to switch your camera to portrait mode to take the best picture possible.
You can have the most beautiful baby shower ever, but sometimes the pictures look just like everyone else’s. There are pictures of the mom-to-be and the cake. Yes, those are essential shots, but there are many ways to take pictures that will set your shower apart. Take a look at the pictures you’ll want to snap on the big day.
- A picture with dad.
- Take pictures of the food table.
- A group picture of all the guests.
- The gift table.
- Get pictures of all the kids at the shower.
- Take pictures of the mom-to-be as she enters the room.
- Try to get two pictures of each individual guest.
Baby Shower Checklist
A Baby Shower Checklist is your way of making sure that everything gets done in time for your baby shower. Click on the image above to download your free baby shower checklist now!
Who Pays For The Baby Shower
Traditionally the hostess pays for the baby shower. However, it’s okay for the hostess to divide up the costs by asking a few family members or friends to help. You could have someone bring drinks, a few people help with the food, another could be in charge of games, and another in charge of decorating.
If people are unable to help host the shower, they still may be willing to make a financial contribution to help cover costs. When it comes to etiquette, never ask the mom-to-be to help pay for the shower.
Throw A Baby Shower On A Budget
As you can see, you just need some creative thinking and a little help from friends, to create the perfect celebration without going broke. Do you have any tips for keeping a baby shower on a budget? Have you hosted multiple baby showers? If so, let us know in the comments below.