Planning a baby shower can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. With some planning and organizational skills, you can throw a baby shower that is truly affordable and memorable!
Create a guest list
When it comes to planning a baby shower, the first thing you need to do is create a guest list. Of course, you can do this list differently depending on your budget and preferences.
- If you have time, invite everyone who has ever been part of your life in any way (family members, old colleagues). You should also include anyone who has spent significant time with them (e.g., grandparents) and their closest friends and family members unrelated by blood or marriage (or both).
- If the guest list needs to be shorter or easier to track, consider using an online tool like www.listmakeronline.com. It’s very easy to use – type in all names into its search bar, then click “add event”. Your guests will receive an email invitation from ListMakerOnline once they’re added!
Set the date and location
Once you’ve decided on your theme and colour scheme, it’s time to set the date. You want to ensure your baby shower doesn’t fall on a day when you’ll be in labour or recovering from an emergency c-section. Also, consider whether or not there will be any events going on during this period. If so, choose something different!
Next up: location! Location matters because it affects how many people can attend—and how much money they’ll spend driving there and back again (or taking public transportation). Consider whether the space is large enough for your guests; if not, consider renting another venue. Make sure that parking is convenient as well; if not, consider hiring valet parking services to help keep things smooth sailing throughout the day while everyone enjoys themselves without worrying about finding parking spots before heading home after dinner at nightfall.
Have a party theme
A party theme is one of the most important aspects of your baby shower. However, choosing a theme that fits the mom-to-be’s personality and will not break the bank simultaneously can be challenging.
The first thing you should do when choosing a theme is to think about how much time and money you want to spend decorating your house for your event. For example, if it’s just going to be a few friends over for drinks, then go with something simpler than if it were going to be an actual party with lots more people coming over (like family members). That being said, if this is something important enough for both parents and guests alike. Then consider getting more elaborate decorations like tablecloths, new table linens, etcetera, so they don’t feel left out by having any real décor surrounding them during their visit!
Another factor worth considering is whether or not there are any themes already out there that match up perfectly with what kind of person they’ll become once they become parents themselves.
Make your invitations.
If you have a baby shower, you may wonder how to plan it on a budget. Of course, you have many different options, but one of the best ways to save money is by making your invitations.
Creating personalized invitations can be done using free online tools like Canva or Microsoft Word’s WordArt option (which allows for more creative freedom). These tools make it easy for anyone who wants to create their invitation without having graphic design skills and can easily send them out via email or snail mail.
Decoration ideas for baby shower
- Make a banner: The easiest and most budget-friendly decoration is a banner. You can buy an inexpensive banner kit at any craft store, like Michaels’s or JoAnn’s.
- Decorate with balloons: Balloons are another easy choice for affordable, festive, fun decorations! If you want something more elaborate, consider getting helium tanks from your local party store (the kind where they fill up balloons). You can use them to create some fun effects by placing them around the room in different areas, like over tables or even hanging from the ceiling!
- Use chalkboard paint on walls. A simple way of adding character without spending too much money would be by painting all walls white and then covering them with white paint leaving just one small area where you have left off so that people can write messages on there. Great idea if someone wants their message written down rather than having it printed out somewhere else, as most places do nowadays!
Party favours under $1 each
- Dollar store: $1 each.
- Craft store: $2-$3 each.
- Clearance section at craft stores (or dollar stores): 50 cents or less, depending on how many you buy in one place and how much time it takes to pick out the ones you like best.
The dollar store is your friend when it comes to party favours! You can get some interesting things there, including these cute paper lanterns that hang from the ceiling for a few hours of fun once everyone leaves the shower party area where they were set up earlier in the day. All of these decorations cost about $1 each. If you plan enough so that all your guests have left by then, these simple “favour bags” become gifts!
Food and drinks for the baby shower
- Buy in bulk. You can save money by buying food in bulk, and you’ll have leftovers to last through the next day or so.
- Make your food. If you don’t have time to cook or bake something yourself, consider making some of your food—if it’s going to be an easy appetizer for guests, why not use that as an opportunity for a little DIY?
- Keep a list of what you need, so there are no surprises later on! It’s always helpful to put together a grocery list before heading out shopping because nothing gets forgotten when shopping day arrives (and trust me: there will be plenty of times when something comes up).
Remember the games!
Games are another fun way to keep people entertained; they can play them anytime during your baby shower. You can play charades or memory games or opt for more active ones, such as throwing beanbags between guests. The choice is yours!
If you’re hosting an intimate baby shower and only want the ladies there (or just yourself), that’s okay too! The important thing is that everyone has fun. If you are still determining how much money will be spent on gifts, don’t worry about planning everything else first; just focus on getting as many people involved in your event as possible so that everyone feels included!
It’s easier than you think to plan a baby shower on a budget.
You can find free ideas online or create your decorations. If you want to spend less time working on your party decorations, try Pinterest for ideas! You’ll be able to find tons of pretty pictures that will inspire you as well as help keep costs down by making everything yourself instead of buying it from other people or stores (which will also save some money). Once again: easy peasy lemon squeezy!
With these tips, you’ll be able to throw a great baby shower and save money simultaneously. Planning will help you save money and still have a fabulous party!