Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget
A few weeks ago I threw my best friend a baby shower. If you haven’t checked out the details, you can view it here: This Little Piggy Baby Shower.
Throwing a party is never a cheap undertaking, but you don’t have to break the ‘piggy’ bank doing it.
Here are a few tips to save money when planning a baby shower.
5 Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget
1. Make your own invitations. You can easily invite all the guests via email these days (unless it’s your grandma who doesn’t have a computer – in that case, you may need to do one hand written). I like paperless post. They have a lot of free options to choose from and you can easily see who has RSVP’d. Another option is to create the invitation on the computer and email it out. Finally, if you want to mail out invitations – there’s still a way to save. There are a lot of free baby shower invitations online that you can customize or print off.
Here’s a really unique and fun idea from Oh Happy Day:
Invitation in a Box // Oh Happy Day
2. Cook your own food. Getting catering can almost double or triple your costs. Yes it takes more work to make the food yourself, but you’ll save a TON and people will appreciate it more because you made it from scratch. Guests may also offer to bring something. Take them up on this offer if you don’t feel like you can handle it all yourself! Ask another friend to help you on the day of also. Getting a few other friends to bring some appetizers or punch can really help with the cost. I like to serve buffet style that way you can arrange all the appetizers on a table. Cold cuts or egg and tuna sandwiches are always a favourite and usually cost friendly & easy to make.
3. Create your own games. Don’t waste money purchasing special cards or papers for games. There are thousands of ideas for games that don’t cost a thing to do but are still fun!
Here are a few low cost game ideas:
– Guess the weight of the mom & dad to be when they were born
– The person with the closest birthday to the due date wins a prize
– Guess the size of the belly using ribbon
– Guess that baby song/celebrity baby etc
– Wishes for baby – guests write out 2-3 wishes for the baby and the mom to be gets to take this home with her
4. Craft the decorations yourself. You can create your own DIY diaper bouquets, tassels, garlands, and pom poms and they can look fantastic!
Here are some tutorials on how to make some DIY decorations:
How to make your own…
Tassels // Little Mommy Nest
Easy Streamer Garland // Oh Happy Day
Fringey Streamers // Oh Happy Day
Pom Poms // Two Twenty One
5. Get Free Printables for the Finishing Touch. You can find a lot of free printables online that you can create to make cupcake toppers, the invitation etc. Just google your theme and “free printables” and you’ll be surprised what you might find. I threw a ‘This Little Piggy” shower-theme and snagged these free printables from Lil Luna.
Here are a few baby shower free sets from Pottery Barn Kids:
Bundle of Bots // Pottery Barn Kids
Pink or Blue // Pottery Barn Kids