Planning Guide

10 Tips for Budget Baby Showers

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If you are honored with hosting a baby shower don’t let the headache of paying for it spoil such a happy celebration. With our frugal baby shower tips you will be able to throw a great shower without going for broke. From the favors to the food, we’ll show you the ways how to save money on your baby shower without looking cheap. Here are our baby shower tips that will help you plan your baby shower party on a budget.

1. Location

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

Of course you may host the event at a restaurant or club, but if money is the issue consider organizing a baby shower at your home or ask a relative or a friend to do so. If your prefer an outdoor party, you may have a baby shower in a park, but before planning the event make sure to inquire whether the park requires a permit. Planning an outdoor shower don’t forget to think about plan B in case it is going to rain.

2. Invitations

Average Cost: 10% of your overall budget

 Instead of sending invitations by mail, invite your guests online. It will be convenient to your guests to RSVP via email, and you will save money and trees.But when inviting mom-to-be’s grandma and great auntie you might opt for sending invitations by mail. Skip the idea of a guest book, and cut out dozens of stars from heavy card stock. Ask guests to write their well wishes to the baby and then paste these stars into a charming baby’s book under the heading “A Star Is Born” or “When You Wish Upon a Star.”

3. Decor

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

Obviously bulk buying is one of the best ways to save money. But before you buy anything do spend some time comparing online warehouse prices with the prices in your neighborhood store. Skip mylar balloons and buy latex ones. Dozens of monochromatic balloons of different colors will make a big statement. Check out online stores for inexpensive tableware as well as quick and easy baby shower decorations.

4. Flowers

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

Purchase the flowers at a local farmers’ market and make your own party table centerpieces. Choose a signature flower and stick to it if you want to make your amateur floral arrangements look refined. For example, you may purchase white calla lilies or orange tulips and drop the generous bunches in monochromatic vases in varying heights to inject personality into the overall look. Another option: You can search for cheap crafting paper multipacks online and make unique paper floral arrangements yourself.

5. Rentals

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

If you decide to throw a baby shower party at a home you won’t need any furniture to rent. Getting ready for an outdoors shower, be creative about the seating options and consider spreading out blankets on the lawn. But make sure to fetch a comfy seat for the expectant mother. Bring with you large picnic baskets full of finger foods such as tea sandwiches, strawberries, and homemade cookies.

6. Food/Drink

Average Cost: 40% of your overall budget

The best way to save on food is cook yourself. Purchase discount ingredients at your local bulk grocery store and make your favorite homemade apple pie or cookies. You may also search for easy chocolate cupcake recipes online to delight your guests. If you don’t feel like cooking or lack some cooking experience, you may treat your guests with finger sandwiches, cheese, fruit, and crackers. To save on hired help let guests serve themselves at a buffet.

7. Cake/Dessert

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

Engage family and friends in helping with the dessert bar. If mom-to-be’s aunt is known for making best homemade cookies ever, get her to bake a few batches of her mouthwatering masterpieces.

8. Eentertainment

Average Cost: 10% of your overall budget

You may skip this point entirely as a baby shower isn’t a wedding and doesn’t require strolling musicians to entertain the guests. All you need to do is make a fresh playlist that would please guests of all ages and plug in the iPod.

9. Games & Prizes

Average Cost: 5% of your overall budget

Choose simple baby shower games which require only paper and pens. As for prize ideas for games consider awarding the winners with your floral table decorations.

10. Favors

Average Cost: 10% of your overall budget

Gourmet homemade cookies will be the ideal parting gift. It would be also nice to package them with inexpensive cellophane bags and a lovely ribbon.