Baby showers can turn into an expensive event if you're not careful. Between invites, the venue, food and drinks, gifts, décor and more, expenses can really add up. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to save some money on the event.
When considering your upcoming baby shower, think about what is most important to the parents-to-be. Will it be fun games to bring everyone together? Will it be a yummy spread with all of their favorite foods? By focusing on what is most important, you will be able to decide where you can be more frugal while still keeping the good stuff good!
Electronic invites are a simple and easy way to save up to a hundred dollars or more – depending on how big the guest list will be. With paper invitations and regular mail, you must take into consideration the cost of the invites, time it takes to prep and the postage required to get them all out in time.
With electronic invites there are so many free options online and you can just email or even text the information to your guests! If you have some folks on the guest list who are not tech savvy or who would prefer a more traditional invite, then consider just getting a few invites for those guests while sending an electronic invite to others.
Find a Free Place to Host
Finding a good venue can be challenging, especially if you are expecting a lot of people, but if you're able to, then finding a free or inexpensive place to host the event can save you lots of money.
If your house can host the event, then that will be easy, but if you're place is not big enough, then consider reaching out to friends and family that you know on the guest list. A friend with a big backyard or a family member with a big finished basement may be happy to host!
Other inexpensive places to host a baby shower include a public park, although some places may charge a small rental fee, a community center or library conference room are also options for a low-cost place to have the event.
Save Money on Food and Drinks
Food and drinks can really add up when throwing any big event, but there are ways to save some money.
To cut down on costs for food and drinks, consider having the event late in the morning or later in the afternoon. By hosting the event between big meals, guests will not likely expect a big spread, rather just brunch bites for a late morning event and light appetizers for a late afternoon affair. You may want to include on the invite that "a light meal and refreshments will be served" if you want to be perfectly clear with guests.
If you're planning the event at a park or someone's backyard, then you can opt for having a barbeque! A BBQ is a great way to serve a lot of people in an easy way. Just throw some hamburgers and hotdogs on the grill and you'll be good to go!
If it may not be outside, but will be a casual event, then consider pizza, chips and soda – which is the perfect menu for an all-ages event too!
Make it a Potluck
If it will be a close-knit event, then consider turning it into a potluck and coordinate with guests on what item they would like to bring. People love to bring their favorite dishes to a potluck to share!
To make things easier, you could note that you'll bring the main dish – whether it's the hamburgers and hotdogs or a tray of sandwiches – then ask that others bring sides to round out the menu.
Decorations can get pricey, especially if you're obsessed with Pinterest and can't stop pinning cute baby shower things! To keep costs down, consider only making one or two of the decorations that you're seeing on Pinterest.
The Dollar Store is a great treasure trove of inexpensive party supplies that can make a big impact. Streamers, tablecloths, colored plastic tableware, balloons and other party mainstays can be found for a buck apiece.
If you're able to load up on inexpensive decorations, then you can give yourself those one or two things that you saw on Pinterest that you'd like to create so you can satisfy your crafty itch.
Baby Shower Games and Prizes
Baby shower games can be a lot of fun at a baby shower, and, thankfully, there are plenty of places where you can find free baby shower printables. The most expensive thing about baby shower games may be figuring out the prizes.
If you have unopened gifts lying around, then you consider regifting them if they are universal items, like unused candles, gift cards, notebooks and other little things. Just make sure that the prizes that you choose would be well-liked by most everyone.
When in doubt, yummy boxes of chocolate will always work – who doesn't love chocolate?
Make it a Village Effort
Grand things were never built alone. If you are finding yourself overwhelmed with planning the baby shower, then reach out for help! Enlist your family and friends to help with different aspects of the party.
Is your great aunt the queen of desserts? Put her in charge of treats. Is your cousin a serious Martha Stewart clone? Put her in charge of decorations. By getting others to help with the event, you will share the cost of doing it all yourself and you might find that others are thrilled to be able to help out!