Ever since I was a kid I was brought up to be frugal and to save and budget money. * Disclaimer: I am not a financial planner.
Use a Restaurant
When your friends offer to host a baby shower, consider having it at a restaurant instead. A restaurant can give you a private party room, food options and set menus that won't break the bank, and lots of fun ways to decorate your table. You can have everything from a cocktail party to brunch!
Here are some ideas for how restaurants are saving their customers money while still delivering great experiences:
have everyone pitch in
You can also ask guests to pitch in by bringing the following:
- A dish (food or drink)
- A gift for the mom-to-be
- A gift for the baby (if you know what it is, this will make things easier)
If you're having a larger party and want to save money, consider asking people to contribute their time or talents instead of cash. For example, ask them to help clean up after the shower. You could even offer a prize for whoever contributes the most time!
hold it outside
- Have the baby shower outdoors. Do not hold your baby shower in an air conditioned room. Go outside! There are many ways to do this, but here are some ideas:
- Have a picnic. Pack up some sandwiches and sodas and bring them with you to the park. You could even have a barbecue, with hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. Or if it’s summer, head over to the beach for birthday cake at sunset!
- If none of those ideas appeal to you, look into having your party in one of these places:
- a children’s museum or zoo (free!)
If you want to save money on the baby shower, consider having a potluck. Instead of asking guests to bring flowers and cards, ask them to bring food. This can be done in a number of ways:
- Have a sign-up sheet where guests list what they're bringing. You can have everyone sign up as soon as you announce your potluck plan or at the beginning of the party.
- Decide upon an overall theme for the celebration and each individual dish should fit into that theme (i.e., if your theme is "food," then everything served should be edible).
- Choose decorations that work well with whatever theme you've chosen (i.e., if your theme is "food," then decorate with items that resemble food).
make your own decorations
If you're planning a baby shower, the first place to look for inspiration is Pinterest. The site has a huge selection of ideas for everything from invitations to centerpieces. But if you want something unique and personal, why not make your own decorations?
You can start with simple things like place cards—just write the names on small pieces of paper and tape them to chairs or napkins. For centerpieces, use flowers from your garden or a local florist; just ask what discount they offer if you buy in bulk. If you want to go all out (and don't mind spending some money), look into hiring someone who specializes in wedding/baby showers like Rent The Runway's "Rent The Runway Party."
serve food creatively
Food is the most important part of any party, and especially so at a baby shower. The first thing people remember about a baby shower is what they ate and who they chatted with while they were eating it. It's also one of the most expensive parts of throwing an event, so if you can save money on your food without sacrificing quality or taste, you're off to a great start!
But just because food is important doesn't mean that it's hard to arrange. If you're creative enough—and have some help from your friends—you can find ways to make this aspect of your event painless and fun for everyone involved!
there are a lot of different ways to save money on a baby shower
- Use a restaurant. You can usually find somewhere to hold the shower for free if you ask the manager. The only cost will be for food and drinks, which can be purchased in bulk at Costco or another wholesale store or bought individually from restaurants and local grocery stores.
- Have everyone pitch in. If you have friends who are willing to help out with planning, decorations and even food preparation, put them all to work! It's always nice when someone else does the cooking and cleaning up so you don't have any stress on your plate during this special time (no pun intended).
- Hold it outside! With warm weather approaching fast, hosting your baby shower outside is an easy way of saving money on renting spaces inside buildings that may not even be available anyway due to high demand during springtime months. Allowing nature into your life can also help give birth energy while bringing good luck into play through fresh air exposure—so make sure there's plenty of both before deciding where exactly should host everything within city limits!
The key to saving money on a baby shower is to be creative and think outside of the box. If you want to save money on your baby shower, do it!