If you’re reading this post, there’s a pretty good chance that someone close to you has recently announced their pregnancy. Once the congratulations have been dished out, your thoughts might turn towards throwing a baby shower for the new mom. There is a common misconception that you have to spend a good deal of money to throw an enjoyable baby shower (or any type of party or celebration, for that matter) but this is simply not true. You can easily throw a great baby shower on a budget if you’re prepared to get creative, and here are some tips to help you do just that:
Where to hold a budget baby shower
Instead of throwing a baby shower at a restaurant or other location where you would have to pay to hire it out, give your home over to the event instead. This is a much cheaper option and the guests may feel more comfortable given that it is an informal venue. If your home is out of bounds, ask around to see if any of the other guests are happy to offer up their home as an alternative location. If you live in an area with nice weather, consider having it outside in a shaded area of a nice park.
When to throw a budget baby shower
The timing of a baby shower can make a lot of difference to the overall costs. If you don’t want to have to provide a meal for the guests, throw the party at a time when you can be sure that they will already have eaten (such as after lunch), so that you only need to offer finger food and drinks. Make your own snacks rather than buying prepared options, because this can save money, even if it is less convenient. Simple snacks like vegetable and fruit trays can work well. You can also get some great frozen hors d’oeuvres for relatively cheap at Costco or even Trader Joe’s.
Why not try designing your own baby shower invitations? Don’t worry if you’re not the most creative person around, because this isn’t strictly necessary. Use clip art on your computer for illustrative purposes or have fun with an invitation that is handmade and personalized. A handwritten card can look nice, but it’s probably best avoided if your handwriting isn’t the most legible.
If you don’t want to send invitations by mail, take advantage of an e-card service such as Evite, Pingg and MyPunchbowl. Sure, it lacks the personal touch, but it’s much cheaper than buying suitable printing paper and stamps.
You don’t need to spend money on store cakes for a baby shower. Cake mixes are usually fairly cheap and don’t require impressive baking skills, but if you’re still not confident enough to try your hand at this, think about making some cupcakes or even cookies instead. These can be iced with lettering to spell out specific words such as “Congratulations!” to draw attention to them. Or ask one of guests who likes to bake to bring something. People will be glad to chip in given that you’re putting all the effort into hosting.
You’re on a roll with the cake (or cookies, if that’s the chosen option) so why not spend a bit longer in the kitchen and serve up some homemade favors for the guests to take home? Chocolate dipped strawberries wrapped up or chocolate dipped pretzels wrapped up would be a cool snack for people to bring home with them.
Put A Personal Touch To The Event
Since you won’t be spending a lot of money, try to draw attention to other personal touches like doing something creative with the mom’s baby pictures, getting a scrapbook ready so all she has to do is insert the pictures of the baby, or coming up with some really creative games to play.
Keep in mind that because the real purpose of a baby shower is to celebrate the recipient’s impending motherhood, there’s no need to go overboard. The main thing is that the mom-to-be’s nearest and dearest are on hand to help her celebrate the occasion. Because budget celebrations often require more thought and creativity than their more expensive counterparts, they can be much more memorable in the long run and the mom-to-be is sure to feel touched by your efforts if you can find ways to make the baby shower unique to her.
Have you got any more tips for throwing a budget baby shower? Let us know in your comments below!
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