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There is nothing more exciting (and tiring) than planning and preparing for a baby’s arrival!
Hosting a loved one’s baby shower is just as exciting in preparation for the new member of the family. A baby’s birth is a huge reason for a celebration, and the celebration can be memorable, special and budget-friendly too.
If you are planning to host a budget-friendly baby shower, read on for some handy hints on how to create a special and cost-effective party.
Bakers and Chefs
Moms who are expecting their first baby are especially excited about their pregnancy and the imminent birth of their newborn. This momentous occasion is usually celebrated with a baby shower that mommy-to-be will cherish for the rest of her life.
Most times, you would expect that the first baby shower will be an extravagant affair and cost a small fortune. However, this doesn’t have to be the case. Asking family members and close friends for help in hosting a baby shower is the first step to saving on huge costs.
If someone in the family can bake, ask if they would consider a cake as a gift for the shower. If someone in the family is a great cook, ask for their help in catering.
A pot luck baby shower can also be a huge help if there is a tight budget.
Second Time Around
If you know of someone who recently hosted a baby shower and has leftover décor, ask if you could buy it off them at a discounted rate or if they would consider donating the odds and ends. Recycling items such as bunting, table cloths, ribbon, etc. can be a great saving and will leave more money for the gift.
Speaking of gifts, if you would like to give a generous gift but cannot afford to, browse second-hand baby items online or at stores. There are usually great items doing the rounds that look brand-new but cost half the price on Facebook community pages.
With a bit of luck, you may find something that was never even opened or used as a great baby shower gift.
DIY Budget-Friendly Baby Shower
There is no need to hire a graphic designer to design or even print out baby shower invitations, table names, thank you cards, etc. There are open-source software programs available online, that you can utilize and personalize for the perfect baby shower card or invitation. Your invitation can look just as glamorous and professional as if you hired an expert to do it.
Thinking about décor? Don’t hire an events planner, do the décor yourself. Visit Pinterest for brilliant baby shower ideas on a budget and DIY! This can be both fun and gratifying experience if you involve the grandparents in waiting.
You could even host a picnic themed baby shower in a garden to save on the costs of finding a venue – which will make the surprise even better! There are so many ways you can host a budget-friendly baby shower, with a little planning and research you can go big but save on costs!
Krystle Cook – the creator of Home Jobs by MOM – put her psychology degree on a shelf and dived into a pile of diapers and dishes instead. She is a wife and mother to two rambunctious boys, sweating it out in her Texas hometown. She loves cooking, DIY home projects, and family fun activities.