Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas that Won't Break the Bank
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Hosting a baby shower soon?  Don’t break the bank with these budget friendly baby shower ideas for an adorably cute and elegant party!  

To round up the baby shower series this month, I was lucky enough to host my friend’s baby shower.  I was on a strict budget because also this month was my son’s 2nd birthday and my 5th wedding anniversary!  On top of that, I’m still recovering from a week long trip to Colorado and St. Louis!  Did I mention I also repainted my kitchen cabinets and prepared my garden?  Although it was all worth it, my budget was pretty much as stretched as it could get!  Here are my budget friendly baby shower ideas organized in sections to make sure you don’t break the bank!

Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank

Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas that Won't Break the Bank

The baby shower I hosted this month was for a young mother-to-be and I had sent out about 40 invites.  I’m not sure what happened but I had ZERO RSVP! Yikes!  So I had to make sure to plan for food that was inexpensive to make a lot of just in case all 40+ people show up.


Like in my recent post about frugal baby showers here, I set the time for the baby shower between 2:00pm and 4:00pm.  With this time period, I wouldn’t have to have a full lunch or dinner menu but rather snacks.

The snacks I bought and/or made:

  • Iced Pretzels – I bought a large bag of mini pretzels and pink candy melts and use a easy squeeze bottle to drizzle the melted candy on top of the pretzels.  This was a hit! Everyone loved it and ate it at handfuls!
  • Dipped Vanilla Oreo Thins –  I dipped 2 packages of Oreos in the remaining half-bag of pink candy melts halfway to add a cute touch to these oreos!
  • Pink & White dipped sprinkled Animal Crackers –  I bought a single bag and it was perfect for the occasion, it was already dipped in white and pink glaze so it matched my theme!

Hot & light party snacks I made:

  • Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies (recipe here)
  • Mini Scoops Tacos (recipe here)
  • Shanghai Lumpias (recipe here) – A special request from my friend and mother-to-be which everyone always loves!

Main Entrees:

  • Frito Pie Station – The grandmother-to-be volunteered her delicious Frito pie which was a big hit at the party as well!
  • Pork Vegetable Pancit – Another special request from my friend and also a tradition in Filipino families to have long noodles to represent a long life.  Recipe to follow in another post!


  • 4-5 dozen mini cupcakes (I bought 2 white cake mix boxes for a $1 each at my local grocery store and bought 1 easy squeeze pre-made icing in white to ice each cupcake.  I topped each cupcake with pink crystal icing).

Diaper Cake

Diaper cakes are so easy to make and it’s ridiculous how overpriced they are to buy them!  I’ve created two blog posts on how to make a diaper cake below:

  1. Jungle Theme Gender Neutral Diaper Cake
  2. Simply Pink Diaper Cake (This is the one I made for this party).

Check them out and see how easy they are to make and save yourself some extra money!

Party Favors

I was thankful to find some awesome things in the Easter collection at the dollar store.  I used:

  • Dollar Store Favor Boxes (10-pack pink butterfly & floral design).
  • Dollar Store candy bags.
  • Pink Easter grass.
  • “Thank You” stickers placed on each favor box.

Plating & Table Setting

  • Walmart – I bought pink utensils and paper products (cups, napkins, plates, straws) for $1 each because of the Easter holiday!  You can easily find these at the dollar store as well.
  • Dollar store – I bought 6 large, clear plastic serving trays for the snacks & cupcakes.

For setting I used the 6 serving trays from the dollar store and made stands out of pink plastic cups to create height levels. I filled the cups with rocks before using a hot glue gun to attach them to each other and to the serving try. The rocks will ensure that the stand be heavy enough to hold up the snacks and mini cupcakes.



Pick a central location to decorate, that way you don’t need to decorate everything in your house.  Make just one room the picture perfect baby shower we all see on Pinterest!

For decorations I bought and/made the following:

  • Decorative Fans – I bought these because I had a coupon from Party City but these are really easy to make with tissue paper or construction/craft paper.  (Alternative: make your own PomPoms from tissue paper – see this tutorial).
  • From Dollar Store: Baby shower themed garland, 1 bag each of pink and white latex balloons, and roll of pink curling string.
  • Set of pink baby socks.
  • Small package of mini clothspins.

I choose my formal dining area and covered my dining table with a white tablecloth.  Using my chandelier as a focal center point of the room, I hung garland from the corners of my dining room to my chandelier.  I also made my own garland using the curling string and clothespining balloons and the baby socks to it.  I used the decorative fans to fill in any gaps and to add depth and boldness!

I had a lot of fun hosting this baby shower!  It can be stressful for any new mother-to-be and I definitely didn’t want her to plan her own!  I was surprised how much money I saved and still had a really beautiful baby shower for her!  

Have you hosted a baby shower?  What budget friendly tips do you have for someone having to plan for a baby shower?

I’d love to hear from you!  Please leave me a comment! 

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148 Replies to “Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank”

  1. I have never thrown a baby shower before, but this looks really cute. I would have to add more choices for food because there isn’t anything that’s vegetarian or low calorie.

    1. That’s very true! I love that you can totally customize what you need for a party! Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  2. This is a great list of foods for a party not just a baby shower. Thank you for sharing! I made sure to save the link for future references.

    1. Thanks! I hope you find them useful in the future! Thanks for visiting Pat!

  3. These are awesome ideas. My sister in law is pregnant, so I will be using some of these when it comes time for her shower.

    1. That’s awesome Robin! Thanks so much for visiting!

  4. Wonderling.co.uk says: Reply

    Great ideas and the pictures are adorable! I loved planning my baby shower.. and baking all of the cakes!

    1. I loved baking the cupcakes! So cute! Thanks!

  5. What a delightful set up! I’m going to try the Dipped Vanilla Oreo Thins, Bacon-Wrapped Lil’ Smokies, and the Shanghai Lumpias this weekend. You know, just to test them before the actual baby shower in a few years. Great post, thank you!

    1. That’s awesome! You’ll have to let me know how they turn out, especially the Shanghai Lumpias! Thanks so much for visiting Mercy!

      1. Will do 😊

  6. Satyansh Tiwari says: Reply

    Its wonderful list of foods for babies. One of my school friend is having an small kiddo . I wish these products are available in India

    1. Aww that’s so true although I assume there’s alot of amazing home cooked food you could make! THAT would be so delicious! <3 Thanks so much for visiting!

  7. Everything looks wonderful! The food looks fabulous too. You did a great job!

    1. Thank you so much! I had fun! Thanks for stopping by!

  8. How cute! I will remember these tips if I am ever asked to host a baby shower (including my own!). Thanks!

    1. That’s great Lauren! I hope you can use this list in the future! Thanks for visiting!

  9. These are some great easy go to’s!!! So 40 invites…No RSVP’s…what was the guest count?

    1. 28 haha, She told me to assume 15-20 but good thing my parents were really big on over cooking so I kind of took that from them and happy that i did! Thanks so much for your question!

  10. Tonya Wilhelm says: Reply

    Those are some really cute baby shower ideas. I am in love with those cupcakes. So cute and they look very tasty.

    1. Thanks! I thought the mini cupcakes would be a cute idea for a baby shower! thanks so much for your thoughts! I hope to connect with you again soon Tonya!

  11. Great baby shower ideas. I love the cupcakes!

    1. Thanks! Thanks for visiting!

  12. Jessica Taylor says: Reply

    My cousin is having her first baby (a boy) in a few months and she left me in charge of the shower! I will def be using some of these ideas!

    1. haha you’ll have so much fun! All the stuff they make nowadays for baby shower parties are so darn cute! It’s hard to keep things in the budget! haha, thanks so much for visiting! I hope you find this list helpful!

  13. Not planning to have a kid anytime soon. But I’ve saved this post for future reference. That’s some dope ways!

    1. haha! Thanks so much! You never know when you’ll have to plan one for someone else! Thanks for visiting!

  14. Karen Yannacio Morse says: Reply

    What a helpful post to save money while hosting a shower. The costs can really sneak up on you when hosting any type of event, so your ideas are genius. Love the cake mix and frosting tip – right there saves a LOT!

    1. Yeah the cake was pretty cute! I had fun doing that! Parties do tend to suck the money right out of your pockets! thanks for sharing your thoughts!

  15. Janel Berchielli says: Reply

    These are some great inexpensive ideas when you’re hosting a party. I can certainly see it working for any party not just the baby shower. Thank you so much for the idea .

    1. Thanks! I can see how it could work for all parties as well! thanks so much for visiting!

  16. These are some great ideas. I love the cupcakes idea. People charge to much for cupcakes.

    1. I know! And mini cupcakes are just cute so it was perfect for baby showers! Thanks so much for visiting!

  17. Allison Lancaster says: Reply

    These are wonderful ideas! Proof that you can throw a cute and thoughtful party without breaking the bank!

    1. Thanks! I hope you find them useful in the future! Thanks for stopping by!

  18. I’ll have to pass this one along to my expecting mother friends!

    1. Awesome! thanks so much for passing this along to friends! Sharing is caring 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  19. Kristina Pache-Ferency says: Reply

    I’ve hosted a baby shower before. Twice actually and It was fun. You definitely have to budget and I can’t stand when people don’t RSVP. It’s a pet peeve of mine.

    1. NO KIDDING! I swear the younger the crowd, the likelihood they don’t RSVP. What. is. up. with. that? O_O haha thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! I totally agree with your pet peeve!

  20. KatieCarlson721 says: Reply

    Such cute ideas! I believe you covered all of the bases and included some new and creative ideas. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Thank you for visiting!

  21. Having some dipped snacks would be super nice. I can see us doing something like that. It would actually be pretty easy!

    1. Exactly! And you can make a lot of them in a short amount of time! Perfect for a party that no one RSVP’d to lol. Thanks for visiting!

  22. Divya Budhraja says: Reply

    This is a really helpful and relevant post for me right now! A lot of my friends are having babies and I just feel like my bank account can’t handle it all.

    1. No kidding! plus all the gifts! I have another post for 25 gifts under $25 for baby showers! Might come in handy <3 Thanks so much for visiting! Good luck with all the friends with babies!!

  23. These are all such great ideas! I threw a shower last year for under $100 and I was so proud of myself!

    1. Isn’t it so awesome to be able to say that?! That’s how I felt about this too! Thanks so much for visiting!

  24. I love these. I am co-hosting 3 baby showers this year. It gets expensive!

    1. WOW! I hope you make some really great budget tips and share them with all of us! Good luck with your baby showers this year and I hope these tips help you with them! Thanks for visiting!

  25. These are great tips and very frugal. This post will probably go viral.

    1. thanks! I hope it does! <3 Thanks for visiting!

  26. Patrycja Cania says: Reply

    Everything looks so cute! You put so much work into it and it looks great, well done!

    1. Aww thank you! I just wanted to do something nice for a friend! Thanks for stopping by! <3

  27. Lisa Collins says: Reply

    These are great ideas and I’ve done the 2-4 thing a lot! Way easier for prep and budget to do it that way!

    1. That’s great! So glad you agree! Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts! Thanks for visiting! <3

  28. There are usually people who do potlucks on their baby showers. I think that’s a nice way to save on food as well. But these are awesome ideas!!!

    1. A potluck is such a great idea! Though I think to do a pot luck for a party with no RSVP is kind of hard LOL! Thanks so much for sharing your ideas!

  29. These are really great ideas! You really put on a lovely spread without breaking the bank. Everything looks really pretty too. I’m assuming it’s a girl 🙂

    1. haha! It is! I had boys so I was really excited to make a girly baby shower haha! Thanks for visiting!

  30. David Elliott says: Reply

    These are all great recipes and great ideas. I wish I had known about the diaper cake when I had my child. That would have gone with everything. We went with the time of the year and it was Mardi Gras themed party. That meant a lot of work doing that but it was a lot of fun.

    1. haha the diaper cakes are always fun! Thanks for sharing your thoughts! <3

  31. Jeanine @ sixtimemommy.com says: Reply

    Really great ideas! I haven’t had a baby shower since my youngest was in my tummy 14 years ago! I would have loved to have had some of these back then!

    1. haha it’s been a very long time for you! I’m sure you could still use some of these ideas for other parties as well! Thanks for visiting!

  32. I love your ideas! So, how many showed up? I hate it when my friends and family don’t Rsvp. I call them out on it. I get a better response now! 🙂

    1. About 25! My family hardly rsvp too but usually my friends do! I need to start calling them out on it! Thanks for visiting!

  33. I love lumpia!! They’re perfect for occasions like these. Your party seems to be a great success!

    1. Thanks! They are perfect for any occasion! they’re always a hit! Thanks so much for visiting!

  34. Katrin Nuernberger says: Reply

    Such simple yet great ideas for a baby shower! Everything looks so cute and pink and just delightful. Brilliant how you managed to do all of these things on a budget!

    1. Well it was pretty easy to put it on a budget because it’s not like I had any other choice lol! Thanks so much for visiting!

  35. Such a shame when people don’t RSPV but on the plus side you turned the party out! I love that you used budget friendly food x

    1. Thanks! It is a shame people don’t RSVP anymore, its weird! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  36. Hannah Marie says: Reply

    The set up and foods looks really good. I’ve never hosted one before because I think it’s stressful, but I am always willing to make desserts for such events 🙂

    1. Desserts are always fun to make! It wasn’t too hard to host! Just had to have a good idea of what I needed vs what I wanted lol. Thanks so much for visiting!

  37. These are all very nice ideas! It’s good to be able to celebrate your baby without having to spend too much! I’ll be sure to keep this in mind in case a friend needs suggestions.

  38. Jessi Joachim says: Reply

    These are all really cute ideas. We were able to keep my shower pretty inexpensive as well. The food can really be the most expensive part, but if you plan a little you can really find good deals and be frugal!

    1. The food is usually the most expensive so I had to find cute ideas to stay on a budget with that! thanks so much for visiting!

  39. These are SUCH good ideas!! I have a thing about baby showers because I really do think that the money people spent on baby showers should just be spent on the baby so it’s great to see a way around this by making it budget friendly! Brilliant tips! x

  40. Melissa Chapman says: Reply

    You have shown you don’t have to spend a lot to have a special shower. I always loved pancit when I had it at parties. I like your use of the dollar store to get things you need but costs less and just as good as any other store.

    1. Pancit is always a winner at all my parties! Dollar store for the win! Thanks for stopping by!

  41. Great inexpensive ideas. But still personalized beautiful and fun.

  42. Whitney Speight-Bell says: Reply

    Great posts on Baby showers decor and favors and food. You kept it simple and classy and I think you really loved the memories of it all.

    1. Absolutely! Thanks for stopping by!

  43. Trader Joes and Costco are great places to find affordable food options for baby showers. You don’t have to spend a ton of money to throw a fabulous shower.

    1. I love those two places! Definitely need to look into those ideas! Thanks for sharing your tips!

  44. Anamika Ojha says: Reply

    Some great ideas! We are planning baby shower for one of our friends and I’ll be taking some of your ideas!

    1. Awesome! Let me know how it turns out! Thanks for stopping by!

  45. So many great ideas and what a beautiful party!

  46. My sister is super cheap. She did tea sandwiches for my shower and they actually came out very nice.

    1. That’s awesome and it’s definitely the thought that counts!

  47. Christine Bailey Hadden says: Reply

    Mini everything always go over well so I love the idea of the mini tacos and smokies. I can’t beleive nobody RSVP-ed. I am too much of a planner to deal with that!

    1. haha i know! I was kind of freaking out but i survived! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  48. These are great ideas to arrange a baby shower on a budget.I like the desert table.It is colourful and cheeerful!

  49. Cute ideas! Having boys, I enjoy an excuse to throw and pink and girly baby shower.

    1. I’m so there with you! I have boys and so it was fun just to get a taste of life with a girl lol!

  50. These are all such great ideas! I l particularly appreciated the food ideas – many of them would work for so many other situations as well. (P.S. I haven’t had Frito pie in years, and now I’m craving it like crazy!)

    1. Fruit pie was delicious! She made homemade chili and it was SO good! Thanks for stopping by!

  51. TheNewClassy says: Reply

    The one thing that really bugs me about throwing a baby shower is the food. I can’t seem to find a way to budget the food in with the rest of the party. Thanks for giving me some great ideas.

    1. That’s great so glad I was able to give you a few budget friendly ideas for food! Thanks for stopping by!

  52. Reesa at Momma Lew says: Reply

    What a pretty shower! Great tips!!!

  53. Kim's Cravings says: Reply

    These are such awesome baby shower ideas! Love hosting them so I’ll need to save this!

    1. That’s great! Thanks for saving this!

  54. Excellent ideas! I personally don’t see the point in spending a whole lot of money on a extravagant baby shower so the budget friendly ones are awesome.

    1. We all try to strive to make it look cute and that can get expensive! These tips will totally help keep things reasonable! Thanks for visiting !

  55. TheMummyToolbox says: Reply

    such fantastic ideas, I need to start organising a baby shower for a friend and we don’t have a massive budget so this is useful!

    1. That’s great! i hope some of these ideas can help you organize your friend’s baby shower! Sometimes it’s difficult to stay on a budget! thanks for stopping by!

  56. These are such helpful tips. I haven’t been to a baby shower in a while, but if I ever need to plan one, I’m retreating to this post!

    1. That’s great! I hope you’ll find this useful in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  57. Thanks for the ideas. I am currently planning a wedding shower and they can get expensive quickly!

    1. I can imagine! I’m sure you could still use a few of these ideas to help you save money with your wedding shower! thanks so much for visiting !

  58. MUDbyShaun Makeup and Creative says: Reply

    This is very cute and simple. Going homemade may be time consuming but I believe it is more personal and intimate. I would really enjoy myself if I was in this party. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    1. thanks for sharing your thoughts! I agree that making things homemade is just an added bonus to an intimate and personal party! Thanks for visiting!

  59. Tabitha Shakespeare says: Reply

    Love this! So great to see a way to show love to a mom to be without forking over hundreds of dollars on a party!
    Very well done!

    1. Thanks! I had fun and it was mainly for helping my friend out! Thanks for visiting!

  60. I love the Dollar store for party supplies! And the pretzels with the candy melts – love love love! This looks like such a cute shower!

    1. Thanks! the pretzels were a favorite! Thanks for visiting!

  61. Really great ideas and i love the pink theme in your picture!

    1. Thanks! I figured it’s the most frugal kind of theme! haha

  62. Rachel Catherine says: Reply

    I’ve made a diaper cake before and while it was super easy to make, it was really expensive for me to buy all the diapers. I probably should have gotten a cheaper brand.

    1. it’s the thought that counts 🙂 Thanks for visiting!

  63. CourtneyLynne Storms says: Reply

    Omg so many cute baby shower ideas!!!! Diaper cakes are super fun to make.i make them all the time when I find out a friend is preggo

    1. They are super fun! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  64. Wow! You did a fabulous job on a budget! You wouldn’t suspect you were being budget conscious at all! Beautiful! I really love that diaper cake too!

    1. Thanks! I had fun doing this party and I think the diaper cake was my favorite part! Thanks for visiting!

  65. Belema Ronabere says: Reply

    These are such dollar saving ideas. A baby shower shouldn’t break the bank

    1. I agree! Baby showers are so ridiculously expensive these days!

  66. Aareeba Mohammed says: Reply

    wow that decoration looks so cute, i wish i had a baby shower

  67. Wow this is incredible! I wish my friend would have seen this before she planned out her cousins baby shower because it would have made it so much easier and less expensive.

    1. Yeah, baby showers can sometimes get out of hand! I hope this post is useful in the future! Thanks so much for stopping by!

  68. I haven’t had baby showers for my pregnancy as I was moving overseas with the first, and I was expat with the second. I really regret it and seeing all this beautiful ideas made me miss it even more 🙁

    1. Baby showers are really just an excuse to hang out so I think you’ll be okay 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

  69. Some great ideas. Budgeting is so important for families. Will pass the ideas to my friends as well!

    1. Thank you so much for sharing this with your friends! I hope you’ll find this useful in the future! Thanks so much for visiting!

  70. My sister in law is pregnant with her first little one so I will likely be throwing a baby shower soon. Thanks for sharing these awesome tips.

    1. Awesome! Throwing the baby shower is fun and so nice of you do host it! Good luck and I hope these tips can help you save some money! Thanks for visiting!

  71. This is so pretty! I have two boys so I LOVE all of the pink! I bet the baby shower was a blast!

    1. LOL yeah I have 2 boys and this was just a fun excuse to find ALL things pink 🙂 Thanks so much for visiting!

  72. Everything looks so perfect!! I love these great ideas that you share here – I have a shower to plan soon!!

    1. That’s great! I hope you get some great ideas from here! Thanks for visiting! let me know how it turns out 🙂

  73. Rebekah Allan says: Reply

    What great ideas!

  74. Dana Rodriguez says: Reply

    These are great ideas. Your party turned out so nice!

  75. These are really fantastic ideas! Everything looks so pretty!

  76. (Budget Friendly Baby Shower Ideas That Won’t Break The Bank) I do like all of these ideas for throwing a baby shower. I will be giving my daughter-in-law one in the early Spring of 2019, now I have something to work with.

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