Here are some fun and frugal ways to host a baby shower!
Homemade invitations are generally the least expensive way to go when it comes to making invitations for your baby shower. I plan on buying some colorful cardstock and a border punch used for scrapbooking. Other embellishments include die-cut paper (wonderful for dressing up the cardstock), die-cut ribbon, and rub-on borders. For ease of printing, plan on making two or four invitations per 8.5”x11” piece of cardstock. Lay out your wording in Microsoft Word or with a free online template (search for “free baby shower invitation templates”), print, cut, and decorate.
Other inexpensive (or free!) invites include e-mail invitations like those found on Evite.com, or you can buy pre-printed invitations relatively cheaply from a site like Tiny Prints, a personal favorite of mine. Invitations on Tiny Prints start for as low as $0.59 per card.
Baby showers are often held in the hostess’ own home, which is, of course, free. If you’re not so lucky or if you prefer to think outside the home for a baby shower venue, consider having the shower in an outdoor location like a park — just remember to keep the comfort of the guest of honor in mind before planning an outdoor shower in August! Other frugal venue choices include churches, where rental fees are generally less than banquet space at a hotel or restaurant.
You can recruit friends and family to bring a dish or check Costco for great party trays.
Here are recipes we like:
- Baby shower food ideas
- Pink Lemonade Sherbet Punch
- Rice Krispie Treat pops
- Fruit kabobs
- How to make cake pops
- Hawaiian ham sandwiches
- Watermelon baby carriage
- 100 Party Food Recipes
- Baby shower lemonade
For dessert, consider making your own cake or recruit a friend to make the cake. Cupcakes are also fun- baby shower-themed cupcakes at MarthaStewart.com.
The Decorations, Games, Etc.
Here are some fun and cute decorating ideas:
1. Unscented brand wipes
3. Desitin works great too. Skip getting the small tubes – they will need the big one!
4. Baby pain reliever and Gas relief drops – It's always good to have a go-to kit for when your little one isn't feeling well.
5. Instant ear thermometer – Another must-have
6. Munchkin Twisty Teether Ball – Another great teether for soothing baby’s sore gums
7. Target brand baby shampoo – A mild tearless shampoo and body wash that was all of our favorites – especially for the price
8. Onesies. Can't have enough of these!
9. Munchkin snack catcher Cups – Stay neat and organized. I still use our cups daily – they wash and wear great!
10. Munchkin dishwasher basket – By far the easiest way to wash bottle nipples, and bottle components. Who has time to was all that stuff by hand – snuggle that baby and run the dishwasher instead.
11. Board books- my son Cam loved all the board books he got as gifts as a baby
12. Taggies Blanket Toy – An adorable little toy that is baby approved – little tabs keep baby’s attention
13. Books – We each picked a book that was one of our own Children’s favorite first books: Barnyard Dance, Pat the Bunny, and Good Morning, Good Night!
14. Include free samples. I collected free diapers, wipes and more to include in the bucket.
15. Clothes- We pick clothes that were for mostly ages 6months and up. We got outfits from 6 to 18 months to help keep baby clothed all year long. Remember to think about what season it will be when buying clothes in different sizes, and that clothes aren’t always true to age depending on the brand. We went for soft comfy fabrics, with nothing too restricting. Lots of sleepers and onesie outfits without too many layers.