How To Plan A Baby Shower On The Cheap
When you are planning a party like a baby shower a lot of costs may come to mind. But you can plan a baby shower on a budget and still have fun, create memories and feel excited about it without spending hundreds.
Are you ready to plan the perfect baby shower on a small budget and actually stick to it?
We are going to talk about a few ways and planning a baby shower that you can save on the following:
- decor / flowers
- cake / desserts
- games / favors
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How To Budget For A Baby Shower
You want to name your budget before you even begin the planning process. Want to spend only $250, follow the recipe below to budget for a baby shower with what you have.
- Location: 10% of budget
- Food Cost: 45% of budget
- Decor / Games: 15%
- Rentals: 10-15%
- Invites: 0%
- Cake / Desserts: 10%
For me the average cost of baby shower is $250 breakdown looked like this:
Location: 0% (I did it at my moms house)
Food: $110 (for about 90 people)
Decor / Games: $50
Rentals: $58 (most of it was donated by friends and family)
Invitations: $0 (you’ll see how I did this below)
Cake / Desserts: $32
That was my budget and I stuck to it, in 2017 I had a large baby shower and the food didn’t run out. Let me tell you exactly what I did.
How Much Does A Baby Shower Cost?
Depending on a few variables; location, number of guest, and meal it can range anywhere from $100 – $1,000 dollars. That is the average baby shower budget.
We are going to try and keep it well below $250 for this event okay. Let’s see how much you can save with these tips.
Who Should Pay For A Baby Shower?
Traditionally the hostess would pay for the baby shower. However it seems to be more common for families to come together and pitch in to alleviate the costs of a party for parents to be.
8 Ways To Save On Your Baby Shower
1. Create A Baby Shower Registry
Creating a baby registry goes hand in hand with having a baby shower. You have to make sure you make a baby shower registry that your family and friends will buy from.
You also want to make sure you can add a variety of items from different vendors. By making an Amazon Baby Registry you can easily do that!
It’s also my favorite because it takes 3 easy steps to get a Welcome Baby Box. (which is a $35 value) that Amazon sends to its expecting mom!
Create Your FREE Baby Registry with Amazon!
While you register for items, make sure to grab all these free items that stores give to expecting moms: Full List Of Freebies For Expecting Parents
2. Tips To Save On Location
To save hundreds of dollars on a location consider these options:
- Have the baby shower at home
- Have the baby shower at a family friends house
- Do it at a park
Depending on your area a lot of beautiful state parks will let you have parties without needing a permit or without having to put a deposit down.
If you have the baby shower at home you can save again on things like: seating, tables, decorations. Because you can use what you already have at home for these things.
If you cannot do it at your home or at a park, consider asking a friend or family member with a large yard or indoor area.
Just doing this alone will help you avoid baby shower venues costs that can range anywhere from $500-$5K.
3. How To Save On Food For Your Budget Baby Shower
Tips# 1: Have The Baby Shower As A Brunch. This way you serve small snack size foods that can be breakfast-lunch alike. By avoiding the dinner hour or the late party you can save hundreds just on the food alone.
Having brunch as a baby shower can save you hundreds instead of serving dinner or lunch.
Tip #2: Have The Baby Shower On A Time Schedule. This will allow you to serve food from this time to that time. Then you start your party games, gift opening session and so on and so forth. By doing this you give your guest a time limit to get to your location and eat. This way you do not have an open ended serving type shower.
Tip #3: Make It A Snack Size Occasion. If you provide things like pin wheels, cheese and crackers, ham and cucumber sandwiches, pigs in a blanket, nachos, salsa and chips.
Here is a list of 35 cheap appetizers to serve at your baby shower
Tip #4: Do It Pot Luck Style: Ask guest to bring their favorite dish. Or ask as few of people to bring something you love. This way more people feel involved and like they are part of this special event.
Tip #5: Do Not Provide Alcohol – you can ask your guest if they would like to drink to bring a bottle of their favorite drink but you are having a no alcohol shower. It’s been done! It is ok to disappoint some of your friends and family.
Say it with me “we do not need the expense of alcohol at the baby shower”
In the mean time don’t forget to grab your copy of the Financially Prepared For Baby Planner and be prepared and relaxed as you welcome baby home.
Brunch Ideas For Baby Shower
- Bagel Buffet – go and buy different kinds of bagels – have two/three different cream cheese toppings and a little toaster oven. You can also serve coffee and juice with.
- Fruit Bar – cut up different fruits, place in decorative bowls – self serve
- Build Your Own Croissant – buy a few dozen croissants, cheese, meats and have your guest make their own
Time Schedule For A Baby Shower
- Baby Shower Starts At 3
- From 3-5 the food is available
- From 5:30 – 6:45 Games
- From 6:45-7:30 Opening Gifts
- Time 7:30-8 Cake / Desserts
- Clean Up
A Five Hour Time Block can be done, and it will help your guest know what to expect. Keep you on track, and only have food available for a short time.
Snack Ideas For Baby Shower
- Costco Pin Wheels
- Veggies And Dip
- Meatballs On A Stick
- Chocolate Dipped Rice Crispies
- Fruit Bowls
- Chips And Dip
- Salsas And Tortilla Chips
- Build Your Own Sandwiches
Pot Luck Baby Shower Ideas
To avoid guest bringing the same items make sure you plan ahead of time and put together a list of items you’d like people to bring
- Warm Items: lasagna, casseroles, meaty dishes
- Cold Salads: fruit salads, macaroni salad, potato salad
- Baked Foods: cookies, pies, pigs in a blanket
What does your family do best? Ask them to bring those items.
If you are asking your family – do this a month in advance, create a group chat, get people involved and see what they can bring. More than likely they will over bring things and it will work out for you and baby.
4. Invitations (evites please)
I spent a total of ZERO dollars on my baby shower invitations and they were beautiful.
We are going to spend $0.00 on invitations for your baby shower too.
- First Go To CANVA.com
- Create a FREE account
- Do not use the paid version (all you need is the free one)
- Find Invitations in the search bar
- Create to your liking
- Download to your phone
- Send as Evites in texts, Facebook, Email
Here is a quick video on how to edit and use canva to make invitations. It is super simple and will save you so much money.
(I literally use this app to make all my invitations, birthdays, gatherings, bbq invites)
5. How To Save On Decor For Your Baby Shower
Before you start wondering how you’re going to make your baby shower look fantastic check these places out:
- Dollar Tree
- The 99 Cent Store
- Dollar Deals
- Family Dollar
- Target (the dollar section, the sale racks)
- Facebook Market
- Offer Up (app)
- Let Go (app)
Tip #1 Find What You Like On Pinterest: go on the large visual search engine and find things you like for your baby shower
Tip #2 DIY Your Heart Out: after finding what you like on pinterest learn how to make it with the items you can purchase for cheap.
Tip #3: Use What You Already Own: flowers, candles, family pictures, table cloths, rugs. You’d be surprised how much items you can use that no one will realize it’s already from your home.
I used family pictures to decorate the tables along with small vases and flowers that my cousin picked for us. It was simple and looked elegant and costs us almost nothing.
6. Baby Shower Rentals
If you are having a lot of guest and your regular table at home can’t suffice here are a few tips that you can use to save the most out of rental fee’s.
Tip #1 Book ahead of time (to make sure you get them the day you want)
Tip #2 Ask vendors if they have special birthday deals – normally a vendor will jack up the prices on things like an anniversary or wedding but if you let them know it’s a baby shower or birthday party they might have a coupon or special discount.
Tip #3 Ask family members – if you know your cousin has two fold-able tables and your best friend has ten put away chairs. Ask them to bring them to the baby shower. The less items you have to rent the cheaper it will be for you.
I was able to reduce this cost significantly because almost everyone I knew had at least one picnic table that they brought and we covered with beautiful table clothes and used them.
You don’t have to ask just one person, let family and friends feel involved with this and ask for the help. It will save you money that you will need when baby arrives.
7. Entertainment / Games
Baby shower games are some of my favorite things that happen at these affairs.
Have a few set games that can save you lots of time and money and keep your guest engaged.
This is a list of games that you can do for less than a dollar a round.
- Cotton & Spatula Game
- String Belly
- Guess The ‘X’ Jar
- Bottle Drinking Game
Wondering how to do each of these games? Go here and see our list of 34 Hilariously (affordable) baby shower games.
Every winner from a game should be given a prize, don’t worry if you don’t have it in the budget to get everyone new items. Here is what you can do instead:
- Give out small plants you have at home
- New lotions or perfumes you haven’t used
- A purse you never used
- A towel set that is just sitting in the extra storage room
- New picture frames you never used
- The small speaker you have stored away
- Look around for items that you can give away and put them together in little bags or a bucket to have the winners choose the prize they want.
Then to save even further on entertainment make sure you do some of the following:
- Create a playlist on Pandora, Spotify, YouTube, etc..
- As long as you use a free music system you can have a great party during the times that people are eating, opening gifts, or in the back ground while you play games.
- No need to hire a DJ
Who ever guesses or guesses the closest wins a prize and you can give them the mason jar full of items.
8. Get More Help
If you have a few expenses that you didn’t see coming and you can’t afford to get items you really really want to have in your baby shower. Consider asking friends and family.
Now is the time to recruit them and ask what they can help you with. Examples of this include:
- Friend with a high quality camera: ask to be designated photographer
- Cousin who bakes: ask them to make the cake or cupcakes
- Bestie who loves to paint: ask them to DIY some centerpieces
Ask them – you’ll be surprised at how helpful your friends and family want to be and how involved they want to be in baby showers.
That’s it you guys 8 ways to help you save a ton of money while you plan your baby shower. You can have a fabulous baby shower and still be on budget without compromising the comfort of your guest.
Do me a favor, and pin the image below to your favorite Pinterest board, let’s help other moms plan a shower on a budget.
Baby Shower On A Tight Budget
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