Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget {Plus Free Printables!}

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Springtime and babies — they just seem to go together, don’t they? If a new arrival is coming to someone near and dear to you, perhaps you’ll want to host a baby shower for new mama and her little one-to-be. Concerned about the cost and can’t be approved by best buy now pay later apps no credit check? There are ways to have a wonderful celebration without destroying your budget. Decide if your party will focus on honoring new mama and her interests or new baby and childhood joys. Once you have decided on a theme and favored color choices, it’s time to plan a party! Read on for some of my favorite money-saving tips to host a baby shower.

Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget


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How to Plan a Baby Shower on a Budget

  • Coordinate your colors and repeat theme motifs for a cohesive look that only looks expensive.
  • Having a desserts-only buffet will substantially cut down on party costs; just be sure that your party time does not coincide with typical mealtimes. Even with desserts-only, including nuts, cheese or fruit is a thoughtful gesture for guests who can’t/don’t eat sweets.
  • Presentation means A LOT! Don’t just slap down a stack of paper plates and napkins next to a cake; take time to arrange your offerings. A dessert table can set the tone for the entire party.  Put your cake or main dessert on some type of pedestal. If you don’t have a formal glass piece, you can make your own with an inverted bowl or flower pot as a base and a round plate on top (be certain it isn’t tipsy). Another option is a box covered in wrapping paper that matches your theme colors. A variety of heights adds interest.
  • Bake your own or buy a plain, double-layer iced cake from a local supermarket. Customize with sprinkles, a mini-pennant bunting, a special shaped cookie or a mini-figure.
  • Clear glass containers show off inexpensive colored candy and they look terrific; up the oomph by embellishing the containers with ribbon or fabric strips.

Baby Shower on a Budget

  • If you include cupcakes or muffins, wrap them in colorful sleeves. Pop a party medallion on top.
  • Bottled water is usually included at a beverage station. Make yours party ready with themed labels.
  • Fresh flowers add life to a party! Even small bouquets of wildflowers from your yard look sweet arranged in pitchers or mason jars.
  • Vintage toys, stuffed animals, or children’s books are just a few possible decorating pieces you’re likely to already have. Shop your house before going to the store.
  • Tulle and balloons are inexpensive and make great table backdrop décor.
  • Pennants are an easy-to-make, colorful party addition. There are many styles, but for a shower, cute onesies/baby socks look adorable plus serve as a gift.

Baby Shower on a Budget

For inspiration, look at pictures of baby showers to fuel your imagination. My blog has a baby shower category that offers many options. You can also find FREE baby shower printables to help you decorate.

Celebrating a new life is such sweet fun! As with most things, where’s there’s a will, there is a way and you can host a party that won’t break the bank!

What theme will you choose for a baby shower?

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  1. These are great tips Crystal. Baby showers can get very expensive.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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