10 Tips to Hold a Baby Shower without Breaking the Bank

Ah, baby showers: a celebration dedicated to the new life that’s arrived. The problem is, we sometimes could get carried away with the festivities that we tend to throw practicality right out the window. With that in mind, allow us to help you plan this beautiful day without burning a hole through your wallet!

Affordable Invitations

Try more affordable alternatives. Especially now that we have the internet, you can take advantage of e-vite sites or even a humble, well-written e-mail to serve as your formal invitation.

If you prefer to do in print, then no worries: you can always get creative and opt to craft your own custom invitations, which is even better when you consider that it has that personal touch.

Keepsakes

As a guideline, you may allot around 10% of your baby shower fund to party favors. The thing is, there are a lot of ways to give your guests something memorable without having to spend too much cash on it.

One idea is by cooking your own homemade sweets and pastries, such as cookies, cupcakes, or even candies, all of which you can package in a neat little bag made of cellophane or craft paper.

Again, a little bit of creativity can go a long way.

The Place

Why rent out a restaurant or events space when you can always choose something more intimate? We’re talking about none other than your own home or perhaps a friend or relative’s house.

After all, baby showers are supposed to be a very tight-knit celebration, and nothing makes your family and friends feel more at home than a place that you’re all already very familiar with. The long and short of it is, keep it cozy!

Blooms and Such

Yup, flowers could be very expensive. With the exception of buying those beautiful blooms in bulk, it’s more than likely that you’re going to spend a lot of money on these decorations. That’s not saying much either, since bulk purchases will still cost a lot even if it came with a discount. So, what’s the best alternative to this?

You can try replacing real flowers with wonderful craft paper designs. Aside from the affordability, paper art allows you to choose your own motifs and themes. Not feeling flowers? Try a bowl of paper stars!

Tables and Chairs

The truth is that the only person who actually needs to sit down is the mom-to-be/new mom. We mean, give her a break! Her body just went through a lot.

For the guests, though, you can always try renting out tall, cocktail-type tables to eliminate the need for a chair. Or, if you’re doing it outdoors, why not do it picnic-style and whip out those blankets?

Food and Drinks

If you’re going to allot your budget, make sure that food and drinks get the biggest share. To help you get an idea, it’s a proper amount to set aside anywhere between 40% to half of your overall budget on food. What you have to worry about, though, is choosing ones that are easy to cook or prepare, and of course ones that can easily be served. The best way to go about this: opt for finger foods. Bite-sized hors d’oeuvres are best for baby showers!

Decorations

So, decorating the venue no doubt livens up the mood of the whole event, but there’s no reason to spend more for this than what you just need.

Latex balloons, DIY centerpieces, and festive streamers are all you’ll need. Making sure that the theme and color scheme are right, and you’re good to go!

Dessert

It’s true that everything’s better than dessert, so why not take it a step further and make homemade pastry or cake.

Of course, if you can’t say that you’re quite the wiz in the kitchen, you can always ask for help from your friends and family. Make it a whole event in and of itself as you bake away towards the event!

Music

Go and grab that iPod, hook it to your speakers and you’re good to go! No need to hire a band; you’re there to celebrate the mom and the baby, not rock out to some tunes.

Games

Games and activities could be a bit chaotic if it’s physical, so stick with more low-key games that just make use of pen and paper.

Need ideas for what you could play that way? Go and check out the thousands of sites on the internet for some suggestions.

Evelyne F. Ford
 

Product reviewer & passionate blogger. Besides writing for this blog, I spend my time crafting research based contents for HuffingtonPost, Lifehacker & Forbes!