Every soon-to-be mama deserves to feel special at her baby shower. While happiness isn’t something you can buy, a celebratory event like a shower allows family and friends to share in the joy for a few short hours with mom. Even if you don’t have the budget of a celebrity, you can still have a gorgeous shower that’s every bit as special. Check out our list of ideas for throwing a baby shower on a budget.
1. Pick a Time In Between Meals
If you select a late morning or early afternoon time for your shower, you will avoid having to serve a full meal. Caterers and multiple meal items will add up and take up a huge portion of your budget. Guests are equally happy eating cake, fruit and veggie trays and light appetizers. You can make your own or purchase inexpensively, saving yourself tons of money on expensive prepared food.
2. Borrow, Borrow, Borrow
If you’ve got friends who are pregnant along with you, chances are they have shower items that you can borrow. Decorations like bunting, baby books or plain onesies are generic enough that mutual friends probably won’t think you’ve shared. Also, see who has servingware such as mason jars, platters and beverage carafes that will save you both money and space after the event. No storing bulky items that you will rarely use!
3. Skip Paper & Mail Invites
Ordering custom invitations can be costly, not to mention postage thanks to our postal service. There are tons of electronic invitation sites (my personal favorite is Paperless Post) where you can select gorgeous baby shower invites that can be instantly sent out. Even better, you can see who’s read your email, RSVP’d and answer any questions all in the same place. If you want to make your own design, I highly suggest checkin out Canva, a free graphic design site that lets you try your own hand at creation.