Everything costs big money nowadays, most especially things that are necessary to live, including medical expenses. Pregnancy is one of those overwhelming expenses and even more so when you throw a baby shower for your little bundle of joy.
The good news is that you don’t need to cut expenses to throw the most meaningful baby shower. The following tips and tricks will help you to stay on budget when you’re planning a celebration for your baby.
Personalized Baby Shower Invites
Sending out invitations to your guests is one of the most important things to remember. You can start getting an idea of how many you need for the party just by looking at the number of people you’re going to invite. You don’t need to invite everyone you know, other than your family, you can just choose the people closest to you or those who you chose to be your baby’s godparents.
The great thing about living in the prime of technology is being able to order personalized stationery. You can send out for personalized invites through sites such as Oubly.
Buying Bulk, DIY or Re-Using Decorations
Whether you need to add more decorations or want to keep it minimalistic, there are a bunch of ways to cut down on expenses when it comes to your decors. Look into your over-all theme and color scheme first before planning what you need to do.
If you’ve had a baby shower previously, check out what you can re-use. For instance, you can re-use old baby onesies, bonnets or any baby clothes that can’t be worn anymore but can be used as decorations. You can also opt to make your baby shower decorations. If you really need to buy new decorations, try to buy in bulk because it’s always cheaper; but compare warehouses prices first before making purchases.
Don’t Hold Back on Food and Drink
You don’t need to exclude the dessert bar and the wine trolley just yet. In fact, you should add these to your party and make your desserts the centerpiece of your party. To save up on cost, you can always opt to skip catering services and bake some of the food yourself, such as the baby shower cakes.
The food will of course depend on the time of the party. An afternoon party is always recommended because you won’t need to prepare big main course meals. Instead you can prepare scrumptious cocktail or finger food that you can pass around while you and your guests are having fun.
There are different options for drinks, too. You can mix the drinks yourself like fruit punches or different kinds of juices. You can also opt to provide only raw materials for drinks and let the guests mix their own drinks. Lastly, you can also guests to bring drinks they want to share, pot-luck style.
Games and Entertainment
A party isn’t complete without games and any form of entertainment. Don’t be afraid to add this to your itinerary. Apart from friendly conversations with your guests, games and entertainment is one of the simplest ways to make a party memorable.
For entertainment, you don’t need to hire a quartet or professional dancers. Fix up a playlist that you’re sure your guests will enjoy and sing along to them. You can also ask a coupled of your friends to prepare a little intermission number, and you can join them in their performance.
Games need not be too elaborate. You can prepare baby shower games like a “Name that Tune” game where all songs have the word “baby” in it. A relay game where your guests will race to achieve certain tasks like putting a nappy on a baby doll and removing it, and then running back to so that another teammate can do the job.
Even if you’re on a budget, you should still give your guests a little token of appreciation for coming to your party and for showing their support for you and your baby. Don’t think that by giving them favors that it’s going to create a hole in your budget, it doesn’t have to be extravagant.
In fact, an easy and budget friendly party favor are baked treats! Put in cookies or cupcakes in a customized box, and they’re good to go! If you’re a sweet tooth, you can share this with your friends by making various candied fruits.
These are some of the tips and tricks you can do for your baby shower. These are usually indulgences that are the first to go when parents realise they need to pull this off on a budget. But our list shows that you don’t need to sacrifice these little indulgences to stay on budget, you just need to simplify.