Money Saving Tips for Throwing a Baby Shower

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When you have a friend or loved one who’s about to give birth, getting a beautiful baby shower in order becomes priority number one. From gifts to snacks, the cost of throwing a baby shower can really start to add up. If you’re looking to throw a Champagne party but sadly have a Coca-Cola budget, there are ways to get the maximum bang for your buck and throw the party of their dreams without running your bank account into the red.

According to Costhelper’s blog, a baby shower can cost anywhere from $100 – $1,000, depending on how many people you invite. If the mom-to-be has a large group of friends and family, your food, drink and location costs are going to go through the roof. Come up with a budget that you and the other party hosts can live with, and don’t be afraid to get creative when it comes to finding ways to drive down costs.

Let your fingers do the walking.

Make the most of all the internet has to offer by taking advantage of online invitations, using Facebook to bring together the new mom’s guest list and coordinate with guests. Worried about doubling up on gifts? Sites such as can help with that. Simply get mommy to go online and she can create a gift registry from any store in the world, preventing costly double-ups and returns for her later. A lot of major department stores such as Target also have baby registries where you can find an assortment of useful baby items like those found at and much more.

Shop online.

When you’re shopping for a new baby, the home to some of the biggest discounts is generally online, particularly for baby clothing and toys. Don’t be afraid to comparison shop, and always look for extra discounts on coupon sites which can be shared with other guests. If you have a particularly large party and the new mommy is selecting a lot of items from one particular online shop, it also never hurts to get in touch with them and ask for a special discount for your group. You’ll be surprised how often they’re happy to help with requests like this.

Limit the guest list.

As with any party, the guest list can grow rapidly and quickly get to a point where you might feel financially strapped for cash. Chances are, the mom-to-be is going to be having several showers with one focusing on family, one for the office and so on. Don’t be afraid to keep the guest list to what you’re comfortable with.

Make it a potluck.

Food can be one of the biggest costs when it comes to throwing a shower. Instead of heading for Stress City by attempting to make it all yourself or diving into the expense of a caterer, host a potluck style party. You can even set assignments per guest to ensure you don’t end up with 20 portions of chips and salsa rather than a nice spread. Be sure to check with guests to see if anyone has any food allergies or dietary requirements, and share this with those that are bringing food.

Keep it booze free.

Seeing as the new mom can’t really have a drink yet anyway, you can stay stylish with alcohol-free “mocktails” and punch as an alternative to Champagne or a full bar. Juice and spritzer-style drinks can be extremely refreshing, particularly if the weather is hot outside. Plan for 1 or 2 glasses of punch or mocktail per guest per hour.

Throwing the perfect baby shower doesn’t have to break the bank. In fact, by taking a more creative approach you can actually have a more personalized experience for both you and the mom-to-be. Don’t be afraid to look for ways to save money and always stick to your budget.

As a mother of four, I have had my share of wonderful baby showers. I wrote these tips for readers as a way to pay it forward. After all, what better way to bring in a new life then a party.



  1. Paul Graham says:

    Good ideas on baby showers Krystle. Never realized alcohol was even an option but certainly considerate to leave it out

    • I’ve only seen people have alcohol on TV at baby showers. I’ve never been to one that actually did. I personally think it’s kind of weird since the guest of honor can’t have any.

  2. This blog gives some practical and creative ways to throw a baby shower on a budget and have one everyone enjoys!

  3. Jacqueline Gum (Jacquie) says:

    I love that mocktail idea! I always feel sorry for the mom to be at a shower where the ladies are gulping wine! And it’s hard to budget for any’ve listed some great ideas!

  4. Hi Krystle
    I like your money saving advice re throwing a baby shower. You’ve come up with some great suggestions. As you suggested at the end of your post, putting more thought into doing things frugally often leads to a more personalized approach. Lovely to meet you.

    • It’s always great to have it be more personalized. It makes people feel extra special. Nice to meet you too Lenie!

  5. Great tips on baby shower parties. I like the idea about having a potluck – that could work for other types of parties too. (My baby years are long gone 🙂

    • One thing I always worry about with potlucks is asking people to bring stuff. How do you ask and it still be classy?

  6. Let me first say that i hate the fact that baby showers are now coed. Now that i have been more than a few baby showers i can say that these are great tips. I have seen people spend thousands of dollars on baby showers and not register and where so they have 3 or 4 of the same gifts

    • I’ve never had a baby shower so I’m pretty clueless although I have been to a few. I think I might like at least my husband being there though. I don’t like being the center of attention and he would help with that if he was there.

  7. Great tips, and what a great way to pay it forward! I’ve done a few showers for friends and am always surprised at how the costs add up. When I had my babies, the showers my friends threw for me were such a blessing, and I was happy to return the favor, but I do love to save money wherever possible.

  8. These are great ideas not only for a baby shower, but for other get togethers as well. Especially the pot luck idea! And if the occasion calls for alcohol, a few people who don’t want to cook can be asked to bring a bottle of wine or two!

  9. Hello

    You are right about that , we have to find the way to be creative and save money .
    I think it is best if we can manage such parties with in limited budget and still make them memorable.
    I am thinking to plan another baby next year I will keep this link safe to have perfect baby shower .
    Thank you for nice idea.

  10. Great tips for not going bankrupt when giving a baby shower. I like the potluck idea.

    • Thanks! It’s crazy how all the little things add up like ribbon for example. At 5 bucks a roll and you’re making a huge diaper it can really add up when you are using different patterns.

  11. Boy howdy, on keeping it booze free. I have had an occasion when that wasn’t the case and it wasn’t pretty, funny maybe, but still not cool. 🙂

    PS: I think I may have already commented… moving has addled my brain. 🙂

    • I’ll be there with you soon Susan. We are moving across country this summer. I don’t really look forward to the actual move part.

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