Now that it is spring, it is baby shower galore! Throwing an expectant mom a baby shower is a huge blessing to them because it saves new moms money. However, throwing a baby shower can get pricey. There is a way to honor new mamas in a fun and trendy way, all while staying on budget.
Printable Invitations: If you have planned an event lately, you may have noticed the cost of invitations. The cuter the design, the costlier it is, and that is not including the stamp! To keep invitation costs to less than .50 a person (not including the stamp), search on Etsy for printable baby shower invitations. There are several adorable and high-class designs that are customized to your baby shower.
Most designs cost $8 to $15. The designer will put in your shower’s information and send you the graphic file for it. You can then print as many as you want on card stock. For my shower, I choose to send 50 prints to Costco for photo printing on matte paper. Envelopes were an additional $3. So in total, it cost .50 to make each of my invitations, not including the postage. This is a great price, considering the nicer designs at Target or Joanns start at a $1 a piece, without postage.
Saving on Food Costs: Women are usually the main guests at baby showers, therefore light food and finger foods are easy to get away with. Save money by not buying prepared sandwiches and cut fruits. These prepared food costs will add up quickly. Instead, try setting up food buffets that take little money and time to prepare.
A sandwich bar is an easy option. Just have sliced croissants, sliced deli meats, cheeses, and sliced vegetables to guests can put their own sandwich together. While this is the same idea as buying the trays of prepared sandwiches, you will save as much as 50% off the cost by having your guests put together the sandwiches themselves. Another popular food choice at baby showers is a yogurt parfait bar. Pour large containers of vanilla yogurt in a chilled bowl (put the bowl on top of another bowl filled with ice). Have a bowl of granola (cheapest from the bulk section), sliced strawberries, and blueberries. Guests can layer their parfait how they want.
For dessert, a cookie/brownie bar is another affordable way to go. You do not even have to make the desserts 100% out of scratch to save money either. Instead, buy a large tub of cookie dough from Costco for about $10. This should make around 100 small chocolate chip cookies. Another frugal option is to ask a few people to bring a dozen cookies or brownies. Many people love helping out when it comes to baby showers. Layer the cookies and brownies on pretty plates at different heights for a more appealing look. Don’t have fancy serve ware? You can easily turn Dollar store plates into cute ones by gluing candlesticks or cups underneath them and by placing a pretty scrapbook circle on top. Make little flags with scrapbook paper and toothpicks and stick them in cupcakes and brownies for a cute look.
Decorations: For decorations to look amazing just use what you have on hand or affordable material. Make cute flag banners from sewing paper or fabric flags together. Use tissue paper to make pom-poms and tissue flowers. Decorate with pictures of the mom to be in cute frames (You can buy dollar store frames and mod-podge them with pretty paper). Another popular idea is to hang up baby clothes with clothespins.
Baby showers are a fun way to celebrate the coming of a little one. There is no need to break the bank to have a stylish shower. Keep things simple and easy with the use of materials you already have on hand and themed food buffets.