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How to Throw a Memorable Baby Shower On a Budget

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Looking for Practical, Money-Saving Ways to Throw a Memorable Baby Shower On a Budget?

If you’re looking to save money, by throwing a budget-friendly baby shower, don’t worry — you’re in the right place.

Celebrating at your baby shower should be stress-free, affordable, and enjoyable. We want you to feel proud about your pregnancy, not upset about going over budget.

I’ve gathered up the best money-saving tips to help you have a memorable, and affordable, baby shower. Here we go!

5 Ways to Host a Baby Shower on a Budget

1) Keep the baby shower guest list small

The first step to budgeting for a baby shower is to keep your guest list short and sweet.

Who should really be celebrating this moment with you? Of course you want to have your close friends, family, and coworkers. But, not everyone in your life has to be invited.

Baby Shower Invite List

A few good questions to ask yourself, when debating on who should be invited, are:

  • Did/ Would they invite me to their baby shower? 

If not, don’t worry about inviting them. No harm, no foul, but if they wouldn’t invite you on their special day, you don’t need them on yours.

  • Have they been directly involved in the last 6 months of our lives?

If they weren’t there pre-pregnancy, they don’t need to be there during. I mean, of course there can be exceptions to this. But, we are sticking with a budget here.

  • Will I be upset not having them there?

If yes, go ahead and invite them. You want people there that are supportive and will encourage your happiness. 

  • Will there be added stress if they come?

If yes, go ahead and cross them off your list. Mom doesn’t need any added stress. She is creating an entire being, nonetheless.

Another option, when it comes to baby shower guests, would be to send out an e-mail or Facebook group announcement. You can have a short, virtual “Drop-in” online party.

This is a great option to be able to ‘invite’ more people to celebrate this time with you, without having to actually host them. If you do this, don’t forget to include a link to your registry!

If you didn’t make your baby registry yet, you can make one really quickly online at Amazon or Buy Buy Baby, both easy to make & will shower you with some freebies too!

To do this, you can send something along the lines of,

Hi, ____. As you may know, we are expecting! With this being such an intimate moment, we are only having a very small gathering to stay under our budget. But, we wanted you to know that we are remembering you during this time and including you in the best way we can! Although it’s not necessary, this link will take you to our registry. We would love to grab lunch or dinner to fill you in on all of our excitement!

Lastly, make sure to include a R.S.V.P. in your actual invitations. You can snag a cute R.S.V.P. set online at Etsy like these!

That way, you’ll be able to have an exact headcount of how many people you need to plan for. 

2) Use affordable baby shower decorations

Another way to stay in line with your baby shower budget is to use affordable decorations.

Try to theme your baby shower colors around the decorations in the clearance section of party stores.

Target, Walmart, Amazon, and other retail stores always discount holiday products. You can always combine the affordable decorations together for your perfect theme.

Another option is to check your local dollar stores, thrift shops, and consignment stores. Although you may have to get creative with a few things, this is a great way to stay on (or even under) budget.

You’ll be spending a fraction of the price, while having the best decor.

3) Plan a few EASY baby shower games

Games are one of the best parts of any party, right? So, they are obviously a must-have.

First things first, download these printable baby shower games for free! I created them to help you stay on budget while still having a blast.

You can also create your own games too.

Write up questionnaires asking guests questions on a variety of topics.

Here are some examples:

  • Make a parents game with his/her favorites. You can have “his” and “her” signs for each couple to hold up. You could ask questions like,  “Who is more likely to squeal at a poopie diaper?” Then, each person holds up the sign for who they think (in their relationship) is most squeemish.
  • Have your own mystery puzzle to solve. Either type out your clues or have them posted around your house/venue.
  • Create bingo cards with “Have I ever…” questions

Another way to plan easy games is by searching “baby shower on a budget games” on Pinterest. Millions of pins will come up and you’ll even be able to find some that are done with household items. 

4) Give simple baby shower favors as a thank you gift

The favors you give out at your baby shower are completely your choice. 

Don’t feel obligated to hand out the fanciest cupcakes or bubbles.

You can find cute goody bags like this at nearly any dollar store or grocery store. Then, you can decide what to fill them with. Some ideas include:

  • candy
  • cookies
  • popcorn
  • tealight candles

If you’re feeling real nice, you could always include a short, hand-written ‘thank you’ card with your favors.

5) Consider Planning a Virtual Baby Shower or Drive by Baby Shower

Especially with COVID-19 restrictions, a great way to stay under budget during your baby shower planning is to have it virtually or as a drive by party.

Not only should this help you stay significantly under budget, but you also won’t have to worry about germs, masks, or any of that stressful stuff.

If you live in a home, you can put out a “Baby Shower Here” sign in your front yard or on your mailbox. Then, you can let your ‘guests’ know your address and the times they can drive by. For any gifts, they can drop them at the end of your driveway. During the time you have set for your guests to arrive, you can sit on your front porch to wave.

Despite it being a very socially distanced approach, it really is such a sweet gesture and lots of fun!

To host a virtual baby shower, you can use different apps or even just create a private Facebook group. By creating a Facebook group, you can immediately invite anyone from your friend’s list.

But, if you go with a different website (like Skype or Zoom), you will have to send your guests the link to your chat or video.

Baby Shower Planning

Cheap Baby Shower Ideas for a Tight Budget

Being able to stay on budget for your baby shower doesn’t have to be hard.

Here are some budget-friendly baby shower theme ideas.

1) DIY decorations and games

If you are able to get creative, you can definitely turn any party set into the perfect baby shower decoration.

You can cut out your own decorations, make your own invitations using Canva, and use free, printable games like this.

2) Find themes on Etsy

Since Etsy has a wide range of digital products, you can find different theme ideas, options, and accessories.

Many of these ‘kits’ will come with printable decorations, games, and even party favors — this one is really cute and reasonably priced.

With most of your options being digital, these aren’t sold for expensive prices. Which means you’ll still have your dream theme, while staying on budget for your baby shower.

3) Prepare your own food

You do not need a caterer. 

Even if you aren’t a cook, throw together some sandwiches, cut them in half, and throw them in a cute bowl. 

You can also make a charcuterie board or have different chips and dips.

Keep your food as simple finger foods for easy preparation and minimal clean up.

4) What to Consider When Budgeting for a Baby Shower

Although planning your baby shower on a budget shouldn’t be hard, there are a few things you’ll want to remember when setting your budget.

Before you setting your budget, list out some of the details that include:

  • how many guests you want
  • the theme you want
  • what foods you’d like
  • the venue/location
  • the date

Once you do this, you can start to price things out and set your budget.

If you spend more on your food than intended, considering skimping on decorations or thank you gifts.

If you have more money than previously planned for after making your own invitations, maybe add in an extra game or opt for an extra special dessert.

Treat your planning as a give and take partnership.

You may have to agree to settle for less than your original intentions, but your day can still be perfect.

Baby Shower FAQ:

Can I have a tight budget for my baby shower?

Yes, you can still have an amazing baby shower if you’re on a tight budget.

There are plenty of cheap decorations, affordable food options, and even free games like this.

At the end of the day, it’s about you, not about your party.

What do I wear to my baby shower?

What you wear to your baby shower should depend on when you are having your shower and if you’re going to be inside or outside.

Plus, make sure you plan according to weather, temperature, and comfort.

Check out this post for a more detailed answer (including examples of cute baby shower outfits).

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