Baby showers are sweet celebrations for friends and families to share, and you can make it fun without emptying your savings account. With creative party planning and advanced prep, you and can host an endearing and enjoyable baby shower. Plan an affordable baby shower by keeping the following tips in mind:
Creative Invitations Don't overspend on extravagant invitations when you can send digital invitations through an online service. Customize a pink "It's a Girl" floral invitation or charming yellow-and-blue elephant invitation on Evite.com. For vintage and retro themes, visit PaperlessPost.com. Also, by going paperless, you'll be going green. With online invitation, guests can RSVP by clicking yes or no and then link to a gift registry.
Frugal dining You can still have a lovely shower without a fancy restaurant or renting a hall. An intimate baby shower at home can be just as beautiful and charming, and comfortable.
While planning the baby shower menu, include the guest of honor's favorites and foods that will please the palates of friends and family. To save even more money, plan a potluck theme. Loved ones will be delighted to show off a specialty dish or delicious dessert. Blueberry breakfast cake or bacon cheddar scones are delicious and impressive main dishes that will impress your guests' taste buds.
Tasteful decorations As you prep and decorate for the shower, budget for the essentials and then focus on main items. Plan for basic party supplies, such as plates, napkins and cups. Don't go overboard with decorations—a few simple and elegant baby shower favours from a party store can create a simple but festive atmosphere. As far as activities, there are some fun and tasteful baby shower games on websites such as pregnant.thebump.com that will keep everyone engaged. Make sure that you have some prizes available to give away.
A cake made with love Your simple and elegant baby shower should also have a simple and elegant cake. You don't have to pay a small fortune from a boutique bakery, either. If you know someone who is a great baker, see if she would like to do this as her gift to the mom-to-be. You will be surprised at how quickly people enjoy showing off their talents. Choose a flavor of cake and frosting and two or three colors you would like the cake to be (probably to match your decorations). This will be a day that she will never forget.