As you all well know at this point, my amazing husband and I are expecting our first child very, very soon. Our baby girl will be loved when she is born, and she is already so loved now! We threw her an amazingly adorable pink and white baby shower, and it was a total success. Being new parents and a young couple, we tried to make it as inexpensive as possible. We set a budget of $100 (food, decor, everything included…) and we did it! How, you might ask? With the help of smart planning and DIY, of course!
Planning is key to throwing a party on a budget so we had to make sure to write everything down – from who would attend, what activities we would do, what food we would eat, and so on. While I adore the party planning printable I made before, it didn’t quite have everything I needed for a baby shower, so we made a new one. You can download that here, it will be so helpful in planning the perfect shower, Trust me!
- A sweet, unique name banner
- Pink & white tissue paper flowers
- Baby shower game rules
- Selfie Scrapbooking Station
- Cactus Party Favors
- Lollipop bouquet
While I’d love to go into the details of all those awesome projects, I’ve chosen the last three to showcase since they were a little more unique (and really easy to put together).
Selfie Scrapbooking Station
Cost: $5 – washi tape $4, scrapbook $1
One of my most beloved possessions is my Fuji Film Instax Mini Camera. It’s essentially a rugged instant print camera – a picture prints and develops all within about three minutes.
The idea was simple – take a selfie (or a “couple selfie”), adhere the picture into the scrapbook with washi tape, and write a sweet message to our baby girl. This accomplished two things – it got our guests involved and doing an activity right when they walked in the door, and allowed us to build a quick scrapbook during the party. When it was over, we threw in some of the little memorable pieces from the party (string from the belly game, clothespins from the “don’t say baby game”) and boom! We now have a cute book to look through with our daughter, to remember all our guests who came to celebrate her life and some awesome handwritten notes from people who love her.
Even if you don’t have an instant printing camera, you could always do something similar! Maybe your guests can draw pictures of themselves and paste it in & include a sweet message to your baby. Never miss the opportunity to get your guests involved in sharing their love for the little one.
This is actually the exact one I bought (affiliate link – this only means if you purchase from here I get a small commission with no extra charge to you!)
Cactus Party Favors
Cost: $10 – each cactus was $1
For a week I was searching Pinterest for ideas of simple party favors that I could DIY for our guests. I finally stumbled upon some cute seed packet gifts and transformed it into something more “us”. We love these little Cacti we have seen at the 100 Yen store out here and knew we just had to get them.
To add our own personal touch we made a small sign and plopped them right into the soil. Ours said “Grow Me With AJ”, a reminder to our guests that as their cactus blooms and grows, so will our bouncy little girl. Of course it wouldn’t be fair to just tell you about this awesome party favor, so I made another free printable (more generic since all our children won’t be named “AJ” after all)!
If you’re not exactly a lover of pokey plants like cacti, you could always snatch up some small herbs or flowers and do the same thing. It’s just an awesome gift that your guests can easily put in their home or even at work! Having an affordable shower favor is key – you want to give your guests something awesome to remember the party with but don’t want to break the bank! Here are some more great baby shower favors, all under $2 each!
Cost: $6 – flower pot $1, Styrofoam ball $1, candy $4
While this was likely the most simple project, it ended up serving two purposes – it was a nice centerpiece and also a fun game! The key to making this one work is finding a flower pot that allows the Styrofoam ball to fit just snuggly inside. Then the process of creating it is pretty simple, jam the lollipops in! In the end, as long as you keep each lollipop right next to the other, you’ll have a flower-esque product. We loved the idea of mixing up the flavors and trying to make a design and I liked the final result!
It’s also a game! To make it a little more interactive we marked one of the lollipops on the bottom with a black mark. Guests took turns throughout the party picking a new pop. The one that found the winning lollipop got to keep the whole bouquet! We were sneaky and stuck the winner right in the center – it was so obvious no one chose it. Muahaha.
There you have it
It is totally possible to throw a successful baby shower for under $100! If you’re interested in the full breakdown, I have provided it below and I am happy to talk in more detail about how we made it work. Budgeting for a party is tough, but if you’re realistic about what you can do with a certain amount of money, you can make it work. DIY and Smart Party Planning definitely saved our butts in this case and we will certainly be using the same tactics in parties to come.
The Budget Breakdown
- Food – $55
- Fruit & Veggies
- Nacho Bar
- Water / Capri Sun
- Ice Cream Cake from Baskin Robbins (delicious…)
- Decor/Games/Favors – $25
- Selfie Scrapbook Station – $5
- Cactus Party Favors – $10
- Lollipop Bouquet – $6
- Assorted paper goods – $4
- Prizes – $20
- We budgeted each prize to be $5 and had four total
We have the same facial expressions…
I want to know! What are your methods for saving money while throwing any type of party?
Edit: She’s alive! We welcome Addison Jane to our family on June 1, 2015 & she’s a head full of hair and an amazing gal. Check out more about her.
(I also loooove this website for Baby Shower/Party stuff, check it out…it’s amazing)
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