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How to have a baby shower on a budget


Having a baby shower is awesome.

Opening presents, having good company to celebrate the day and yummy food (you’re pregnant, food is always welcome!). Usually a baby shower is held during your third trimester of pregnancy and it’s one thing you can mark off your to-do list.

If you’re lucky, a relative or a close friend may offer to organize everything for the day, and you can sit back and relax.

With Monster, my mom hosted my baby shower and it was amazing. It was a relief that I didn’t need to worry about anything, just rock up on the day and enjoy it.

Gremlin’s baby shower, I arranged everything and I kept it small mainly to the limit of funds, and we had a pleasant day.

My sister-in-law, Marisca, offered to arrange everything for me with Cay’s baby shower. I gave her the budget and what I wanted, and she sorted out all the rest. It was nice to not have to worry about having everything ready for the day and she did an amazing job!

I know every woman has an idea of what type of baby shower she wants, and how she wants the decor done and what food should be served, and so forth. If you’re lucky, *cough* have the budget for it, you can have all that and more.

Unfortunately, sometimes budgets can be super tight and you can’t have the dream day that you really want! It’s disheartening, I know, I was there. I had so many ideas for Cay’s baby shower (damn you, Pinterest); her being my last baby, I wanted to have a day to remember. Money matters didn’t allow it, but I pulled it off anyway.

If you’re busy planning for your baby shower, or you’re hosting a baby shower for someone, this tips will be helpful to you.

I wanted to share my tips for hosting a baby shower on a budget; how you can save on costs and still have an amazing day.

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Location

If you’re looking around at venues and you want to save money, you might want to give a big venue a skip. Most venues charge quite a sum of money to rent an area and decorate it for you, (some places do not allow you to bring your own things), which means you’ll need to use their menus and so forth.

If your budget doesn’t allow it, you can host it at your house or at someone else’s house. It’s easier, and you don’t need to pay for the space.

Entertainment

What entertainment can you think of for a baby shower? Easy! Put on some music, prepare some games beforehand for your guests and make sure you have a couple of treats for the winners (and the loser) of the games.

Pinterest has plenty of ideas for baby shower games and quizzes that you can easily download for FREE!

Invites

Years ago, when there were limited online resources, everything was made by hand. It’s more personal, and you can get very creative. If you’ve done your research, you’ll know that stationery has become quite pricey over the years. Also, handmade invites… take time. So if you’ve got a lot of guests to invite, you’re going to be pretty busy. The age we live in, everything is done online, it’s quicker and cheaper, and you can make the invites from thousands of templates available. There are free resources you can use, and you can download them to distribute via email or other social media platforms.

Food and drinks

If you’re inviting a large crowd, food and drink prices will be high, except that they don’t have to be. Food platters work great because they aren’t as pricey as other food choices. There are many choices to choose from; types of platters as well as sizes and they don’t generally consist of messy food which works well for a busy day. People have different drink preferences so you can offer for your guests to bring their own drinks. Offering infused water is a great idea, and it’s healthy! I offered fruit juice at my baby shower with Cay and a couple of guests brought their own wine, but if I had thought of the infused water earlier, I would’ve gone with it.

Dessert

Cakes have become expensive over the years and it’s tricky with estimating the size because you can’t always get the same sized slice for everyone. So cupcakes and cake pops work great. There are so many designs to choose from and you can regulate how many you need to order, and it saves you costs if you don’t go with the cake option.

Rentals

Renting tables and chairs for the day can spike up the costs so before you set out to find rentals, look at what you maybe already have available. Ask friends if they have tables you can use (fold-up tables work great) and you can ask guests to bring their own chairs (much more comfortable than rental chairs). If you’re hosting on a grass patch, throw out some blankets for alternative seating arrangements.

Decor and flowers

There’s no need to go overboard with decorations; yes, it will make everything look pretty but it also leave your bank account a little emptier. with decor, less is better. You don’t want to clutter the place by not having room for anything else. If you’re planning on flowers, don’t purchase from mainstream stores and avoid florists, you’re going to pay more. Visit a few local nurseries and see what selections they have, you’ll spend less purchasing flowers directly from them.

Utensils

By the end of the day, once everyone has gone home, you’re left with cleaning up. You’re going to be tired (the third trimester is hard) and that will be the last thing you’ll want to be doing. Buy paper plates, plastic cups and utensils (if you go for food that requires them). This tip might not save you money BUT it will save you time later on when everyone’s gone and there’s cleaning up to do.

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4 thoughts on “How to have a baby shower on a budget

  1. I actually didn’t want a baby shower and luckily didn’t get one the second time. First time my colleagues had a surprise one for me so venue at least was covered since it was at work.

    Ps: except things have changed baby showers are actually not common. Usually a baby naming ceremony happens one week after birth and that is when people give you gifts. I have to say I actually don’t like that one week after thing as most times the new mom is too exhausted and now has to put on her “game” face

    1. In the Russian culture, you usually have a get together after the baby is born and everyone brings presents. My dad was so baffled when I said it’s done a little different this side 🤣

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