Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget


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Everybody loves Baby Showers but the cost can be staggering as anyone who has ever planned a baby shower knows. It isn’t that the guests expect a large bash but we are always so worried there will not be enough we go overboard.

Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget 101

  1. By invitations at the dollar store or take advantage of offers on sites such as VistaPrint, Shutterfly, and York Photo.
  2. Select a theme that allows you to add your own touches without buying “Branded” items.
  3. Purchase Table Cloths, plasticware, plates, napkins, and cups at the Dollar Store.
  4. Create your own centerpieces
  5. Purchase a sheet cake from your local Warehouse Club or make your own cupcakes.
  6. Make Homemade Hand Scrubs for game prizes.
  7. Plan your shower for mid-afternoon, guests will have already eaten lunch and you can go with lite foods.
  8. Do a Salad Style Buffet. Include: Tossed Salad, Pasta Salad, Tuna Macaroni Salad.
  9. You do not need tons of side dishes. The food line will go faster with just a few options.
  10. Buy bread or rolls from a discount bread store – no need to spend what fancy bakery wants.
  11. Let the parents-to-be know that the shower is your gift to them.
  12. Skip hors d’oeuvres and table snacks.
  13. Set up your sides before your main dishes. Guest will fill up their plates with the less expensive items and take less of the entree.

My Favorite Tip when Planning a Baby Shower

Take people up on their offer to help. You do not have to be a superwoman and do everything yourself. Remember when planning a baby shower that 5 people bringing dishes is 5 less dishes you have have to make or pay for.




Hi I’m Gwendolyn and I have been a stay at home mom since 2009. I have been with my husband, James, for 10 years and we are proud parents of Jayme (9) and Nicholas (14). We foster dogs and are also parents to 3 dogs, 2 cats, 1 hamster, 1 fish, and a snake. My father-in-law lives with us so it is always non-stop at our house. I had the honor of becoming a step-parent when I got married and have a great relationship with my step-son. I always used coupons and shopped for bargains but was forced to step up my game when my husband was disabled in 2005. I get an incredible rush from saving money and finding great deals. My life is a constant journey and I look forward to sharing it with you all.

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  1. You have quite a few great suggestions on how to save money when having a baby shower. Thanks for the great information!

  2. I went to a shower not long ago and they made breadsticks wrapped around kebob skewers. They spiraled up the stick and were really neat looking. They put them in the centerpiece vase along with pink stones and other girly stuff. It was such a cool idea.

  3. Interesting ideas. It’s been so long since I’ve had or been to a shower. I like the idea of a mid afternoon shower so you can serve finger foods. I also like the suggestion of going to the dollar store for supplies – they have pretty cute things there.

  4. I can totally relate to trying to be superwoman and do everything myself. We hosted an event this past year and asked for a few people to bring dishes and it was such a blessing because then I was able to slow down and enjoy myself as well!

  5. Great ideas…we shopped at Dollar Tree for table decorations too-they had really cute plastic pacifiers, baby blocks & rattles that we scattered around our buffet table. We held the baby shower after work to make it convenient for all to attend. We bought Tyson chicken strips (BOGO & with coupons) and cooked them in our cookie oven at work. Most people brought a dish/food so it wasn’t a big expensive burden for just one or two people.

  6. I love the idea of giving the shower is the gift. I have thrown quite a few and wish I would have thought of that.

  7. These are some great ideas! I am a crafty person and love making and decorating items for parties, but it is nice to know that these are things that anyone could do to save money!

  8. Great tips! I always get so aggravated and stressed out when doing showers. With these tips, it should make for a smooth event and money saved! Love the watermelon baby basket! Adorable!