A baby shower is a time to celebrate new life with family and friends and shower the mom-to-be with gifts for her baby, but it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to be successful! In fact, we’re sharing a few simple tips for hosting a memorable baby shower on a budget — as well as 10 fun baby shower game ideas (and a free printable).
Team up :
Having multiple hosts (or hosting with friends) is an obvious way to save money. It also splits up the workload, making it more fun! Plus, if you throw a baby shower at one of your homes instead of renting a venue, you’ll be saving a lot of money, and, it’s easier to set up on the event day.
Go paperless :
Save a chunk of time and money on invitations by using free online platforms like Evite to invite guests instead of spending on printing and mailing. You can send invites by email or even via text message, and you can track RSVPs, send updates to guests, and manage everything all in one place.
Decorate with things you plan to give :
The best and most frugal way to decorate for the baby shower is to use those adorable baby items that you plan to gift to the mom-to-be (gender-specific onesies, socks, hats, plush toys, baby shoes, baby hangers, etc). You can easily display these items on a clothesline with clips, and then the guest of honor can take them all home when her party is over.
Head to the dollar store :
Dollar Tree has a nice selection of balloons, paper plates, napkins, cutlery, gift bags, tissue paper, and other baby-related items for just $1 each!
Keep the food simple :
Don’t overthink this one. Serve simple finger foods (think tea or punch, sandwiches, fruit and veggies, cheese and crackers, etc). If you plan your party in the mid-morning (10-11am) or mid-afternoon (2-4pm) time-frame, nobody will show up expecting to be served a meal.
Skip the fancy cake and serve cupcakes :
When it comes to sweets, a custom-made three-tiered cake can be pricey. Instead, consider making your own cupcakes (or serving fun, colorful cake pops instead!). Plus, cupcakes are much cheaper to make and can be easily decorated yourself with baby shower toppers, candies, sprinkles, etc.
Plan fun games :
Most people expect to play games at a baby shower, and they’re usually tons of fun and get people laughing. Plus, the games don’t have to be expensive to be fun! With a few of our baby shower games below (including a free printable!), you’ll plan a fun yet frugal baby shower event!
Baby-Themed “Price is Right” :
Pick ten baby-related items, ranging from diaper cream to infant formula to diapers, and have guests guess the current retail prices of each item (if you want to make it harder, add that they have to guess the price of that item at a certain national store, like Walmart or Target). The guest who gets the closest to the right price wins a prize!