how to throw a baby shower on a budget

So, you appetite to host a abundant affair, but you accept limited funds. Can it be done? The answer is ABSOLUTELY!!!

There are abundant ways that you can cut costs when planning a shower. Maybe the easiest road is to split the hostess duties among several friends. Homemade
aliment, favors, and invitations are another road to accomplish things less expensive. The age of day you accept the shower may again access the cost. A mid-afternoon affair with cake, punch, and ablaze snacks is much less expensive than a dinner or a spa afternoon. Having the affair at a restaurant may be less expensive if the guests all apperceive each other and are ready to pament for their own meals. This may be somewhat awkward, though, so it definitely is a aim that will alone fit certain situations.

Handmade invitations are a actual accessible road to cut corners. With a computer, a printer, and cardstock or specialty paper, you can accomplish invitations that will attending practically able. Or you can choose to accomplish a crafty invitation that perfectly complements your topic. Another choice for invitations is to email invitations. Sites according to sendomatic acquiesce you to send invitations and maps, track responses, and even send weather reports for the ample day for less than $15 dollars for 100 invitations. Sending email invitations saves on the purchase of invitations, as able-bodied as the postage.

Aliment for a shower can be actual child’s play. If you accept an early afternoon affair that falls after lunch but before dinner, you can serve cake, punch, mints, nuts, and maybe a fruit tray actual inexpensively. The presentation is generally added big than the actual aliment that is served. Statement ok bowls and silver for a formal atmosphere. If you accomplish not accept crystal or silver, you can usually amuse plastic that looks according to crystal and silver and will still attending ok. Finger sandwiches again add an elegant touch and are inexpensive and accessible to prepare. If you appetite a added casual air to the shower, a vegetable platter and chips and dips are always greet. Or amuse everyone in on the act and buzz each person attending to bring a snack. You might appetite to accept a sign up sheet, though, so that you don’t borderline up with 5 bags of chips.

Accept it or not, even if you don’t accede yourself a baker, there are several alternatives to expensive bakery cakes. Cupcakes are actual accessible, and sugar or plastic decorations in baby themes are fairly accessible to acquisition. You can again statement frosting to “glue” baby plastic baby decorations to the tops of Babyish Debbie snack cakes. These are precious, and they attending according to you spent a lot of age. Another choice is to skip the traditional decorated cake, altogether, and action for alone cheesecakes (accessible to accomplish in muffin tins) or a adorable chocolate cake (accomplish sure that the mom-to-be isn’t avoiding chocolate aboriginal). Cookies can accomplish a abundant candied treat again, and there are some really admirable cookie cutters willingly available. Finally, if you anticipate you can accomplish and frost a rectangular cake but are concerned about trying to accomplish fancy decorations, you can acquisition edible cake art images online. These are accessible to apply to the top of the cake, and they are the selfsame images used by bakeries.

Abounding of the games and activities for a baby shower are chargeless. There are printouts available online if you appetite to play games according to bingo. While affair favors are a ok touch for a shower, they certainly are not all-big. A personal thank you, in person or written, is all that is all-big to thank the guests for attending.

Throwing a baby shower is a wonderfully acceptable affair to accomplish. It does not, however, accept to breach the bank. Bethink, the most big affair when hosting a shower is to actualize admirable memories for your acquaintance. Age from any more she will bethink the laughter and the thoughtfulness of her friends added than she will bethink fancy favors or expensive cakes.

About the Author

Jill Manty is a stay at at ease and co-owner of, an online bag dedicated to providing advice about baby showers, breastfeeding, and accustomed parenting.

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Originall posted June 10, 2012