Baby showers are a lot of fun! And they don’t have to be expensive to be memorable. With these cheap baby shower ideas you can host an amazing baby shower on a budget.
You’ll find here cheap baby shower ideas from invitations to favors. Everything you need to plan and host this baby shower.
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With these tips you can give a baby shower on a budget the mom-to-be will cherish. For even more ideas check out the Baby Shower Guide.
How to Host a Beautiful Baby Shower on Budget
Best baby shower is the kind where the mom-to-be feels loved. Surround her with fabulous friends and family, serve some delicious snacks and treats and shower her with cute gifts.
Whether you are looking for girly ideas, baby shower ideas for boys on a budget or perhaps gender neutral ideas I think you’ll be inspired by these tips!
Lovely But Cheap Baby Shower Ideas
Table of Contents:
- Best Time to Host a Baby Shower on a Budget
- Cheap Places to Host a Baby Shower
- Inexpensive Baby Shower Decorations
- Baby Shower Food
- Cheap Baby Shower Games
- Inexpensive Baby Shower Prizes
- Baby Shower Favors
Cheap Baby Shower Invitations
Invitations set the mood for the shower and get the guests excited about the baby shower theme you’ve chosen. From free invites, cute DIY cards to inexpensive customized invitations you’ll have many choices to choose from.
1. Send Free E-Invites Or Make Your Own Invitations
No need to spend a ton of money on fancy invitations use free e invites from sites like Punchbowl. Lots of lovely invitation options.
Baby Shower Invitation Wording
- Oh Boy! Let the Adventure Begin
- There’s a New Tot Joining “the last name” Lot.
- The Stork Is Coming “mom’s name” Way!
- Sweet Baby Girl
- Join us for Baby Shower in Honor of…
- A Little Peanut Is Almost Here!
- A Little Lady Is On Her Way
- Adventure Awaits
- Hello World
- Oh Deer! A Baby Boy Is Almost Here
- Baby On Board
- A Ray Of Sunshine Is Arriving
- Magical Moments Await
2. Customize Inexpensive Invitations
You can save money on the invitations by making them yourself but many of the digital downloads you can customize yourself don’t really cost that much more.
a. Little Peanut Is On The Way
A beautiful inexpensive baby shower invitation: little peanut from Dandy Lion Paper. Customize with your information, print and send to your guests.
Rustic baby showers are popular right now and this cute rustic invitation featuring overalls goes well with the theme.
You can order them from Penelopes Paper Pantry and they will ship them to you with envelopes.
Inexpensive Baby Shower Invitations:
RELATED POST: 17 Baby Shower Invitations That Won’t Break The Bank. You’ll love these invitations. They might just give you an idea for the perfect baby shower theme.
Best Time to Host a Baby Shower on a Budget
By choosing the best inexpensive venue and the perfect time of the day you can cut back on the baby shower cost.
Hosting the shower in the morning is a great way to save money. You can have a bagel bar or a yogurt bar. Both can be done on a small budget.
If you host the baby shower in the afternoon around 2 pm no one is going to show up expecting a big meal. An afternoon tea is a lovely way to celebrate the mom-to-be.
3. After Dinner
Also having the baby shower right after dinner is a great option. All you need is dessert.
- 9.30-11.30 am: light breakfast or snacks, and dessert
- 2-4.30 pm: snacks and dessert
- 7.30 pm and after: dessert
Cheap Places to Host a Baby Shower
Where to have a baby shower on a budget. A venue can cost a fortune but it is possible to find a place to host a baby shower on a budget.
Many of these places have everything you need from tables to chairs. If they don’t, borrow tables and chairs from friends to avoid expensive rental fees.
What could be cheaper than hosting the shower at home. Baby showers hosted at home are also more intimate.
If you are a member of a church you can probably use the facilities free of charge.
3. Club House
Maybe you live in a condo or apartment complex that has a club house you can use free of charge or for a small fee.
On a beautiful day you could very well host the baby shower in a park. Many neighborhoods also have gazebos at playgrounds you can use free of charge.
5. Small Shop
Local small shops like ceramic or art studios might rent out spaces for a small fee. Small cafe’s are another great option to look into.
Some non-profits might have a room or cafeteria you can rent.
YMCAs have spaces available for affordable prices.
8. Community Center
Community centers rent out rooms that won’t cost a fortune.
Cheap Baby Shower Decorations
Family and friends and of course the mom-to-be make the party but it is still fun to create lovely surroundings with decorations.
Decorations can get pretty expensive but you can make or purchase inexpensive baby shower decorations that look amazing and don’t break the bank.
1. Focal Points
One way to cut back on cost is to keep the decorations to minimum.
Focus on a couple of places and make them stand out. Decorate the food table and mom’s chair. Hang a garland or wreath above the gift table.
2. Favors for Double Duty
Use baby shower favors as centerpieces.
Arrange them in a nice basket or serving tray. Add few pieces of curling ribbon and you have a cute centerpiece.
3. Theme or No Theme
Going with theme colors is often cheaper than planning another kind of theme.
But there are, of course, many baby shower themes for boys and girls that can be done on a budget. Most of the ideas on that post work for either gender.
Printables are a cheap way to decorate the shower. Not only cheap but easy.
A cute set of flower themed baby shower printables for girl baby shower comes handy.
The set includes:
- banner (you’ll get letters to spell: it’s a girl, sweet baby, baby girl, baby shower… “i, t,’, s, a, g, i, r, l, w e, b, y, h)
- napkin rings
- centerpiece circles
- water bottle labels
- cupcake wrappers
- cupcake toppers
- two sizes of chocolate bar wrappers
If you like your centerpieces, banners, water bottle labels, and napkin rings to have more dimension, I have included cut and paste options for those as well.
Check out the pictures of Flower Themed Baby Shower Printables.
5. Always “shop” at your house.
Anything in your home that you can use as a decoration?
- vases (wrap some tulle around them, flowers from your garden)
- paintings (would look nice on a gift table)
- candles (place on mirror squares or rounds)
This metal dream tabletop sign is from Home Goods. The butterfly is from a dollar store. You can create the look also with this Dream Sign from On Wood Lt.
The vase and the flowers are also from a dollar store.
You might also have a good collection of baskets like a cute wire basket that can be used for cards, advice for mom etc.
6. Create Height
A small green plant or candle can look flat but put it on a stand and that will change the whole look.
An easy and cheap way to add dimension is by wrapping cereal boxes with gift wrapping paper and placing centerpieces on top of them.
Make a stand that does not cost more than couple of bucks by hot gluing a plate to a candle stick.
7. DIY Plastic Table Cloth Decorations
Cheap does not have to mean ugly. You’d be amazed what you can do with plastic table cloths!
Twist them into tassels and make a tassel garland
Create stunning backdrops with plastic table cloths (or use tulle or sheers)
Cut the plastic table cloths into streamers.
Cut up your tablecloth to desired length. Roll up. Tie with elastic and fluff the petals.
Cut it into long rectangles and make bows or use as mom chair decoration.
This baby shower mom chair is decorated with beads, lace, flowers, and a plastic table cloth. You can find all those in most dollar stores.
8. Balloon Bouquets
Balloons are an easy and inexpensive way to add color and cuteness to the baby shower.
This adorable balloon bouquet is from The Party Avenue and they have various color combinations to choose from.
9. Decorate With Baby Items
I think a super cool way to decorate the baby shower is by using baby items you can give to the mom-to-be as a gift.
a. Onesies Garland
Get creative with baby clothes. Make a onesies garland.
All you need is twine, clothes pins, and cute onesies or any other baby clothes.
Hang up the garland and there you have it an adorable inexpensive baby shower decoration!
b. Receiving Blanket Milkshakes
Receiving blankets are handy and they also make awesome baby shower decorations.
You could start from the scratch and make the blankets too or buy a package of adorable receiving blankets (pinks, yellows).
With a few embellishments you can make these receiving blanket milkshakes on low budget.
If you don’t have the time to make them you can also buy these cute receiving blanket milkshakes from Baby Binkz
Toys are a perfect way to create inexpensive centerpieces.
Either buy new ones or if you have gently used toys such trucks, dragons, dolls, teddy bears, blocks, jack-in-the-box use those.
Maybe you have a cute rocking horse or a kid’s rocking chair that can be used as a decoration. Place a throw blanket and a cute teddy bear on it and it will be an awesome decoration!
Kids books stacked on the table with a cute teddy bear sitting on top makes a fun centerpiece.
You could also make centerpieces inspired by a children’s book.
For example, seashells, “dinglehopper”, pearls and Little Mermaid Book. Check out mermaid party ideas for other delightful things for your baby shower.
e. Diaper Cakes
Diaper cakes are cute and fairly easy to make, especially the mini ones.
Learn how to make a diaper cake with these easy steps. Ideas and fun tips for various size cakes.
If you’d rather save the time and get one that is already made you might be interested in a It’s A Girl diaper cake from Little Home Mades. And last I checked the price was pretty good on this one!
I have several awesome diaper cake ideas for you to check out. You might be interested in how to make a diaper cake instructions and the DIY tips for diaper cakes for boys and girls that match any baby shower theme.
f. Washcloth Bouquet
Adorn the tables with beautiful sock and washcloth bouquets from Bottom Line Diaper Cake
Or if you love DIY projects roll up socks, washcloths, and onesies and make your own pretty bouquets.
10. Gifts as Centerpieces
You probably know at least one or two of the guests really well and could ask if they would like their gifts to be used as centerpieces.
11. Framed Baby Quotes and Table Top Signs
Framed quotes would be awesome as centerpieces. Place them also on the gift or food table.
Table signs add a nice touch to the baby shower. This cute rustic baby shower collection has 9 signs you can use for the lovely shower you’re hosting.
12. Honeycombs and Lanterns
You can find inexpensive honeycombs from many stores including dollar stores. You can find colors to go pretty much with any color scheme.
This 30-piece set has lanterns, honeycombs, and tissue flowers. The set of champagne, peach, ivory and white colors is so beautiful and will create the perfect atmosphere for the baby shower.
There are other color options too to go with a girl or boy baby shower.
13. Birdcage and Frames
This cute bird cage cardholder was made by my friend. She found the bird cage in a thrift shop, cleaned it and painted it.
I have seen inexpensive bird cages at Hobby Lobby and Gordman’s.
Looks really cute. It goes well with Alice in Wonderland Tea Party which would be a lovely baby shower theme that can be hosted on a small budget.
14. Mason Jar Centerpiece for Baby Shower
Beautiful painted mason jars from Whimsy Charm Boutique make awesome centerpieces for baby shower for boys on budget!
If you are into DIY these jars look like something that you could easily make yourself too.
You could also use clear mason jars, fill with colored water or just plain water and flowers.
Baby’s Breath is always a great flower choice for a baby shower.
15. Candle and Mesh Centerpiece
The tables at the baby shower will look amazing with sparkling mesh or tulle centerpieces. The glow of the candle will add a nice touch.
Buy the inexpensive centerpiece from Crafters Corner Jess or use your craft skills and DIY.
She has several color options to match your baby shower color scheme.
You could use mugs from Dollar Tree as a baby shower centerpiece. Fill them with candy or flowers. Or stuff them with foam or other filler and stick a cute sign in the mug.
And you don’t need to wonder what to do with all the mugs after the baby shower. These inexpensive baby shower centerpieces can do double duty and be also baby shower favors. Just put in couple of tea bags or a hot cocoa mix.
Cheap Baby Shower Food
Keep it simple and cute! You can really save money if you don’t overdo the desserts. Various bars are fun: ice cream bar, pop corn bar, bagel bar, waffle bar, yogurt bar, coffee bar, donut bar, cookie bar…
1. Ice Cream
This easy baby shower dessert is a delicious alternative to a cake. With a few simple toppings you can create a dessert that can be cute, fun, or elegant.
You could also set up an ice cream bar and let the guests make their own creations. Make a delightful ice cream bar sign, fill the table with a selection of yummiest toppings and cutest bowls. These rustic paper bowls would look awesome with a nice lace tied around them.
Topping Ideas Include:
Ghirardelli chocolate, white chocolate and caramel sauce SET: Amazon
Crushed Butterfingers, Andes, Oreos, Snickers, Kit Kats and dozens more traditional and unique toppings in sundae bar ideas.
2. Button Cookies from Melangery.
Button Cookies from Melangery is another super simple dessert on budget. Sugar cookies with holes. Cute as a button!
Always in style. This popular baby shower dessert looks good and is easy and cheap to make. With the frosting and cupcake liners you can customize them to fit any baby shower.
You see buffalo plaid all over the place now. It is cool. The pattern works well for country style baby showers for boys or girls.
Twinkling lights, flowers, cupcakes wrapped in cute wrappers…
This rustic baby shower collection includes cupcake wrappers and toppers, centerpiece circles, table top signs, banner flags, chocolate bar wrappers etc. Check it out: Rustic Baby Shower Printables.
Cupcake Liner Ideas:
Buffalo Plaid: My Little Shop Supplies
Paper Lace Cupcake Wrapper in various colors: Reign And Rose
Burlap Cupcake Wrapper: Hunny Boo Creations
Flower Themed Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers: My Tuesday Therapy
Rustic Cupcake Wrappers and Toppers: My Tuesday Therapy
You could make a cakeroll filled with whipped cream and pink or blue m&m’s. Or use strawberries and blueberries.
5. Cake Pops
Cake Pops are a cute alternative to cake and cupcakes. They are just the right bite size and will look impressive on the dessert table. It is amazing what a stick pushed into a cakeball can do :),
Follow the easy instructions on this video and customize the cake pops to fit the baby shower theme. These are also a fun dessert for a gender reveal party.
Parfaits are easy to make and they look amazing served in wine glasses. You can’t go wrong with brownie pieces, strawberries and cool whip layered in a beautiful way. Easy and cheap baby shower food!
Another easy baby shower food idea is cookies such as Oreos dipped in icing and decorated to match your baby shower theme. Pretty much any store bought cookie would work and will look awesome.
You could also make Oreo baby rattles. Just push in a lollipop stick and dip the cookie in icing. For a more baby rattle look push in the other end of a stick a tiny size Oreo. A little bow below the big cookie would also look fun.
Almost every woman likes chocolate so it is a perfect treat for a baby shower on a budget!
Buy a box of chocolate. Decorate the tops with icing and put on fancy serving plate or a cake stand.
I love the Russell Stover Strawberry Cream Hearts that are in stores around Valentine’s Day. Just unwrap them, write baby or baby’s name on them and place on a cake stand or wrap in cellophane and use as an inexpensive baby shower favor.
Keep eye on the after Christmas, Valentine’s and Easter sales and you can snatch delicious chocolate half price.
8. Tiny Sandwiches or Croissants
To satisfy the “savory tooth” serve sandwiches or chips and popcorn. I know it sounds really simple but it is all about how you present it. Theme fitting serving plates, boxes etc. make chips and popcorn to look just perfect.
Arrange fruit on a platter or make handy single servings by using little glasses or bowls.
If someone offers to bring food, let them. Nothing wrong with accepting help :).
Cheap Baby Shower Games
I have hosted a baby shower with no games (the mom-to-be’s request). No games did not mean no activities. We had a great time together making a time capsule for the baby, praying for the mom and baby, presenting encouraging, funny notes to the mom to be etc.
Baby shower games and activities are a great way to provide little entertainment. There are many cheap baby shower games and activities to choose from.
Besides this list I have also other easy baby shower game ideas for you.
1. Special Song for Mom
If you have musical talent on the guest list ask her to sing a special song to mom.
2. Notes and Poems
Ask everyone to bring a little note to the mom such as an advice, funny thing about motherhood, a poem, a bible verse…
3. Time Capsule for the Baby
Make a time capsule for the baby to open when she turns 18. Ask the guest to bring items like
- comic book
- news paper
- notes and cards
4. Find the Guest
Write a list of fun, unique things about each guest before the party. Hand everyone a copy of the list. The guests need to either guess or mingle to match names with the facts. Whoever has most correct matches wins.
Or use one of the printables like this one from Hello Rose Paperie.
5. Nursery Rhyme Quiz
Make your own quiz. Write nursery rhymes leaving blanks. Give everyone a copy of the paper(s). The guests fill in the blanks. Whoever gets most correct wins.
Buy an inexpensive nursery rhyme printable from CKG Designs Studio.
6. Headband Station
A popular baby shower activity is making headbands for the baby. Many adorable choices for Baby Shower Headband Kits like this one from Luxe Supply Co.
Look also into craft stores and gather your own headband supplies. The headbands will be cherished by the mom.
7. Bandana Drool Bib Station
Babies drool. Especially when they are teething.
These bandana drool bibs are a cool way to keep the clothes dry!
The perfect length keeps them from covering the cute outfits and the absorbent layers of cotton and fleece keep the clothes from getting wet.
8. Pacifier Scavenger Hunt
Hide inexpensive plastic pacifiers from dollar store around the party area. Whoever finds most wins.
RELATED POST: These Easy Baby Shower Games are sure to entertain the guests. They are fun, they are easy and everyone will love to play them.
Cheap Baby Shower Prizes for Guests
Delight your game winners with inexpensive baby shower game prizes. Often the game prizes are a little more pricey than the favors since only one person per game gets one.
1. Make Any Prize Fit Your Theme With Matching Colors
It is great when the prizes and favors match your theme but that can get expensive. An easy way to make them work with your theme is by using your theme colors.
You could tie a piece of tulle or ribbon around the present and make a little tag that goes with the theme.
Lots of little items you can give to the winner:
- Gift Cards
- Fuzzy Sock Cupcakes from Happy to Give Boutique What a cute baby shower game prize! These would also make lovely baby shower favors!
- Tea Infuser (goes well with Alice in Wonderland baby shower theme)
- Nail Polish with a tag “you nailed it”
- Carry on Bag for Travelers… from Adventure Begins Baby Shower. Lots of fun ideas for travel theme shower.
Cheap Baby Shower Favors
In addition to thank you cards, baby shower favors thank the guest for coming and making the baby shower special.
1. Check The Bins At the Checkouts for Favors
Many stores like H&M, Old Navy, and Home Goods have bins full of inexpensive and cute items near the checkouts. A great place to find creative baby shower favors or prizes on small budget.
2. Inexpensive Baby Shower Favor Ideas
- Decorated Sugar Cookies
- Pop Corn with “ready to pop”-tag
- Hershey’s Kisses with a little sticker on the bottom announcing it’s a girl or it’s a boy.
- You can almost never go wrong with chocolate and another sweet idea is to give Hershey’s chocolate bars. You’ve probably seen the ones with pink or blue letters… Hershey or Hershey.
- Wrap chocolate bars with cute wrappers like these in the rustic baby shower collection or the it’s a girl pink flower set.
- Hair Ties: you can find some beautiful ones with a pretty note like these from Love Mia Co .
- Or make your own note and wrap one of these lovely ties around it
Great Memories the Easy Way
Hosting a baby shower is an honor and you want it to be awesome but it does not need to cost a fortune to be a beautiful, memorable event.
Have fun planning and hosting a stunning baby shower on a budget! Go back to the Baby Shower Guide for more ideas or check out DIY diaper cake ideas.
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