Tips on How To Have A Frugal Baby Shower to Save Money

How To Have A Frugal Baby Shower

If you’re lucky enough to have someone else throw you a baby shower and completely fund it, by all means, sit back, relax and enjoy the free food, gifts and entertainment.  For the rest of us who had to plan their own, planning someone else’s, or having a financial part in planning any baby shower, read on for some tips and ideas to help save you money.  After all, you’ll need it when that baby comes!

Choosing a Date 

We all know the best sales are right after the holidays end as inventory is liquidated to make space for the next upcoming holiday.  You can bet that if you plan ahead and choose a date conveniently after a holiday, you will get all the amazing sale prices on some great holiday items that you could use for your baby shower.

Choosing a Theme

It’s always so cute to have a theme for baby showers but you could save some money by:

  • Choosing a theme correlated to a recent past holiday (Ex. Peter Rabbit Theme after Easter)
  • Using a color scheme instead of a specific theme (Ex. Using just blues and greens instead of a Monster’s Inc theme)
  • Choosing generic themes rather than branded themes (Ex. Fuzzy stuffed animals vs Mickey Mouse)
Choosing a Time

It’s important to chose a time that is appropriate for your occasion.  I’ve found that the best times is mid-afternoon between 1:00PM and 4:00PM.  By setting your party between these times you can save money as you will not need to serve full lunch nor full dinner.

Baby Shower Games

Now I’ve never been a fan of shower games and let’s face it, most guests that come to the party are in it to support you and get free food.  At least that’s how it is in my family!  I’d recommend skipping the baby shower games because it will help save money for more important things, like food!  If you insist on baby shower games, keep it simple and keep the prizes simple.

Food Options

Depending on what time you have your baby shower, you can either serve full meals or serve appetizers, desserts, and/or simple hor’ d’oeuvres.  In my family, food is always the most important part of a party so we tend to always serve full meals and it becomes quite costly.  Simple finger foods is perfect for baby shower occasions and also a great way to save money.

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Guest List

Most baby showers are women-only events but co-ed baby showers are becoming increasing popular.  Save money by limiting the amount of guests you invite.  My family parties tend to be quite large.  Not only because we have a large family but also because my parents tend to invite everyone, including people I don’t even know.  I highly recommend inviting just your closest family and friends.  After all, they’re going to be the best ones to get you exactly what you need and want anyway!

Invitations

I’ve stopped using paper invitations as they tend to get pretty expensive for the ones I want.  I’ve found I could design my own invitations and send them for FREE online!  There are so many websites that allow you to do this including evite.com and punchbowl.com.  You can even use Facebook to invite guests to your party!  With all your contacts in one place, its not only convenient, but totally free.  You can even send Thank You cards online though I still choose to do this part by mail.

DIY Diaper Cake

I couldn’t believe how much these costs to have someone else make them!  Save money and make your own!  These are so simple to make and all you really need is:

  • some inexpensive diapers, wash clothes, and/or teething blankets
  • simple string, tape, and/or rubber bands to hold the diapers together
  • 2 inch decorative ribbon to wrap each “cake” layer
  • baby accessories: stuff animal, pacifiers, bows, socks, etc to decorate

See my tutorials for diaper cakes!

  1. DIY Jungle Theme Diaper Cake
  2. DIY Simply Pink Diaper Cake
DIY Favors

If you choose to have favors, making your own will save tons of money and there are so great ideas for baby shower favors that are simple, inexpensive, and easy-to-make!  Here are a few of my favorites:

  • Go to your local craft store and purchase a large sheet of tulle, cut out large circle pieces from the tulle and use to make your own gift baggie for assorted candies! Tie with decorative string and curl ends
  • Make DIY hand/body sugar scrubs using 3 simple ingredients: sugar, olive oil, and lavender essential oil. Decorate empty baby jars to match your baby shower theme and use it as a container for your sugar scrub
  • Decorate empty baby jars and use as a container for your favorite candy mints
Decorations

  • Save time and money by decorating only the main table, a single room, and/or picture area.  Find the focal point of your venue and make this the center of your party.
  • Rummage through your home and/or kid’s rooms and see what items you could find to use as related decor
  • Ask friends and family for unused party supplies
  • Get creative – Visit your local dollar store and buy streamers, balloons, etc
  • Fresh out of ideas? Jump on Pinterest!

Let me know what you think! Please leave me a comment! 

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  • Robin Rue

    My sister in law is pregnant, so I will be able to put these good tips to use very soon. Love your ideas.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thats a great! I’m so glad to hear that 😉 I hope your sister has a healthy, happy pregnancy! Let me know how these ideas work out for you 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  • Janel Berchielli

    These are some great tips and planning a party on a budget. I’ve been to so many parties during the time that you mention never expecting much food and when I get there it amazes me how much food people are serving and a lot of it ends up getting wasted because people eat before they come .

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Yeah I totally agree! In my family, it’s a successful party if everyone leaves feeling like they need a nap but it’s so unnecessary to provide that much food! It does get wasted and it takes a long time to prepare that foo! Thanks for your opinion! Thank so for visiting! I hope to connect with you again!

  • Nikki

    These are all really great ways to save money and still have an amazing baby shower! We didn’t really have a theme or anything for mine, just a big party. Guys were invited, too, because I had family come from out of town.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Yes more and more people opt in for guys to join in on baby showers! I personally had guys come to mine! My loved ones aren’t limited to just the ladies! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.oneawesomemomma.com/ Belle Bermudez-Tubel

    These are such great party tips to make sure it’s on budget. I will absolutely send this to my friends who I know will need this.

    Belle | One Awesome Momma

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Aww thank you for sharing this with your friends! I hope they can find it useful as well! Thanks for stopping by!

  • Nikki Arnold

    These are some great ideas for party planning and saving money while doing it. I never had a baby shower for either of my kids, but I would love to plan one for someone one day.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I love baby showers! I had one for both of mine but the second one was just an excuse to have a party haha! Let me know if you ever use these tips to plan a baby shower for someone! I would love to know how it turns out! Thanks for visiting!

  • Karen Yannacio Morse

    Such really helpful suggestions! I think those diaper cakes are the coolest things, even though I know they’ve been around for so many years! And I know new moms LOVE them!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I love diaper cakes too! They are so much fun to make and such a cute gift to an expecting mom! Who ever came up with them is a genius! Thanks for stopping by!

  • HilLesha

    These are wonderful ideas! I’ve always thought diaper cakes were the perfect addition to a baby shower.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked these ideas! I hope you can use them in the future! Thanks for visiting!

  • Nicole Burkholder

    I definitely agree with the timing! Not having to serve a full meal saves a LOT of money when planning any party. These are great ideas for stretching your party funds!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thank you! Food takes a lot of money and a lot of time to prepare! It’s stressful enough when you’re hosting so why not make it easier on yourself and make sure you just have enough food to get by those couple hours right? Thanks for sharing your opinion! I’d love to connect with you again soon! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://everydaymadefresh.com Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh

    These are all great ideas! I am all about throwing parties between meals, to help cut costs. Not once have I heard a complaint.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Exactly! I mean, parties are great when there’s great food but it’s all about the company! Thanks for sharing your opinion! Thank you for stopping by, I hope we can connect again soon!

  • Melanie E

    I’m helping to throw a baby shower in a few months, and these tips will definitely come in handy!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s awesome! I’m so glad these tips will help you soon! Let me know how these tips helped you! I would love to hear from you again! Thanks for visiting!

  • Kristina Pache-Ferency

    These are all great tips! I threw a baby shower for my cousin a while ago and I definitely did it on a budget as well. You never want to spend an arm and a leg on a party. There are so many things you can do yourself to save time and money too!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely, the party is for the company! And it requires nothing else to have a great time! Thank you for sharing your opinion! It’s always nice to throw a party for someone else! Thanks for visiting!

  • Kimberly Stroh

    Now is the season for baby showers! I love throwing a baby shower, but you’re right that it can be expensive. Everyone can cut out the silly games, in my opinion! Ha!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I’m shy so those baby shower games freak me out a little bit lol so needless to say, my baby showers didn’t have any games and the baby shower I had, I let someone else deal with the games lol. Spring is the time for baby showers (and weddings!), it’s great for the pastel colors! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, I’d love to connect with you again soon! Thanks for visiting!

  • Kim’s Cravings

    Love these great ideas!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thank you! Thanks for stopping by! I hope to connect with you again Kim!

  • Amanda Love

    These are awesome ideas! I have a friend who is expecting and I’m definitely sharing this with her!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! Thank you so much for sharing this with your friend Amanda! I really appreciate that! I hope she finds it useful! Thanks for stopping by and I hope we can connect again soon!

  • http://ourhousenowahome.blogspot.com/ Emily, Our house now a home

    I think these ideas are great! It is surprising how the cost of throwing a party can sneak up on you.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! You definitely get caught up in it because EVERYTHING is just so darn cute! Haha, Thanks for stopping by Emily! I hope to connect with you again soon!

  • Shannon Graham

    We throw baby showers often for low income people we work with. It gets pricey but we’ve used a lot of your tips to make it easier on the wallet!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Wow that’s so nice of you! I’m glad these tips will help you with these parties in the future! I hope to connect with you again Shannon, thanks for stopping by!

  • http://www.primebeautyblog.net PrimeBeauty

    Yes, yes, yes to eliminating baby shower games. No one really likes them. Baby showers can get expensive but if you follow some of your tips you can absolutely save money. I highly recommend shopping for food at Costco or Trader Joes. They have very affordable options for appetizers.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      haha, I hate baby shower games! I can easily cut that out to save some money on what really matters! I love love love shopping at costco for party supplies! Talk about quality and quantity! I’ll have to check out trader joe’s next time! Thanks for sharing that tip! That would definitely save some money! Thanks for stopping by, I hope we can connect again soon!

  • http://www.cityscape-bliss.com Tereza Cityscape Bliss

    Brilliant ideas! I’ve never been to one but they all seem so silly expensive! Why don’t people just keep the money for the baby? I get that you want to celebrate but don’t spend your kid’s college money before it’s even born, right? x

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      haha I can totally agree with you about this! You’ll need that money for your baby and I just like to think of baby showers as a gathering to see everyone before you dive into parenthood and have no time for everyone haha! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope we can chat again soon!

  • http://analuisadejesus199.wix.com/fadedspring Ana De Jesus

    I like the idea of designing your own invitations especially when you can send them online for free anyway. Definitely a great way of cutting back on baby showers x

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Yeah I prefer to spend the money on the baby announcements instead of shower invitations! Online RSVP is becoming quite popular and if not, I’ve tried to create a graphic and print them easily and inexpensively on photo paper and that’s just as good for a third of the cost! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope we can connect again soon!

  • Theresa

    These are good ideas. I always use online invitations for children’s parties. It saves a lot of money.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      it does! These online sites make it so easy to do! Thanks for visiting Theresa!

  • Reesa at Momma Lew

    Such great ideas! I just started using online invites for parties. I wish someone I knew was pregnant and needed a baby shower!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Haha, i’m sure you will find someone in need of a shower soon! Thanks for visiting!

  • Krystel Seijo

    These tips are great to do a baby shower on a budget. I can’t think of wanting to spend too much on one myself.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Exactly, you’ll need to save up for the baby so why waste the money on expensive decorations? Thanks for your thoughts! I hope to connect with you again soon!

  • CourtneyLynne Storms

    These are some really great tips. I just love helping with baby showers so next time I’m organizing one, I will have to keep these tips in mind

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Aw thank you for keeping me in mind I hope you’ll find these tips useful! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.momnoms.net Mom Noms

    I have started planning my best friend’s shower and I needed this! Thank you!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! I’m so glad you found this in time for your friend! Let me know how it turns out for you;) Thanks for visiting, I hope to connect with you again soon!

  • http://Www.kitstanwood.com Kit Stanwood

    I can see saving a lot of money by sending emails for free! that’s a great idea! Everyone is online now so its even easier to send out instead of finding addresses

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! I dreaded having to ask everyone for their address! Online invites are definitely the way to go! Hassle free! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I hope to connect with you again!

  • TheMummyToolbox

    I love some of these ideas, especially because I am in the process of planning a couple so this will help us stay in budget!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! I’m so glad you will be able to use this guide in the near future! Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for visiting and I hope to connect with you again in the future!

  • Rachel Catherine

    These are great ideas. I love the idea of making your own invite and then sending them through email.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! It saves on paper products and money!

  • http://www.thepeachkitchen.com/ Peachy @ The Peach Kitchen

    I love the idea of a frugal baby shower. They need not be expensive to be fun and exciting. The DIY Diaper Cake looks pretty.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thank you! check out the tutorial if you have the chance! It’s super easy! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://jigsawparenting.com/ Emma White

    oh this has come at the right time as my best friend is due her baby soon and has asked me to arrange her baby shower so will be booking this post for sure

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s wonderful! congrats to your friend! I hope this guide helps! Let me know how it worked out for you 🙂

  • http://foodcnr.com/ Food Corner

    This is a complete guide for planning a baby shower.Really helpful for anyone who plans a frugal baby shower !
    -Amila Wickramarachchi

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! Thanks for visiting!

  • Emily Ann Mercer

    Great ideas!
    I threw a baby shower for a friend a few years ago and ended up spending a fortune
    Wish I had of read this before then

    Will use your tips next time

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! It’s so nice of you to do that for your friend! Hopefully the next baby shower won’t hurt your wallet so much! Thanks for visiting!

  • http://www.blondeseekingambition.com/ Blonde Seeking Ambition

    These are all such great ideas. There’s absolutely no reason to spend an insane amount of money for a party that lasts two or three hours… the whole point is to be spending time with friends and family!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Exactly! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3

  • Victoria

    So cute! I love these ideas, I totally agree with not having to spend heaps of money for a party that lasts a couple of hours. Its about the company not money when you have a party! Love this keep up the amazing work 🙂

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Absolutely! it’s all about the company! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! I’d love to connect with you again soon Victoria! <3

  • http://www.thenewlywedpilgrimage.com/ Jennifer Pilgrim

    I totally agree with the finger foods an diaper cake tips! I am hoping to keep these in mind for my next baby shower!!

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      That’s great! thanks for saving it! I hope it helps you in the future!

  • http://thekrystaldiaries.com Krystal // The Krystal Diaries

    These are really helpful ideas. I don’t believe in over spending on parties & these ideas can apply to almost any kind of party.

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      I agree! I love that you can apply this to other parties as well! Thanks for visiting!

  • Nisha Syam

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this article. Diaper cake looks like a fun idea. Thanks for sharing it.
    Nisha
    http://www.learn2livefully.com
    Nisha

    • http://www.mommyengineering.com Mommy Engineering

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed it!

  • http://www.5minutesformom.com/ Susan (5 Minutes For Mom)

    Such fun ideas… I love baby showers, they are such wonderful times of anticipation and joy.

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