Money-Saving Tips for a DIY Baby Shower

My mom, sister, and I.

This past weekend I threw my sister’s baby shower {and helped with a friend’s shower the very next day!}. To say that it was a crazy and busy weekend is such an understatement. It was so amazing to be able to celebrate my sister’s little boy or girl {they are killing us all with not finding out!!!} with so many friends and family.

In total there were about 50 people at the shower, and 80 invited. Now, if you have ever thrown a shower, you know that is a crapload of people. I went straight in to DIY-mode in an attempt not to spend an absolute fortune to throw a beautiful shower.

Here are some of the simple DIY projects that my co-host and I did to cut down on cost:

We made our own tissue paper pom poms, which always look adorable and are super cheap to make:We also made our own fabric pennant banners. We used leftover fabric from my framed antlers and fabric from the quilt craft (see below).

Instead of doing a craft that cost a lot, we had everyone write on a 5×5-inch piece of fabric. They put either a message to the baby, prayer, favorite verse, etc. and my sister is going to have it made in to a beautiful quilt. A lot of people do the typical “decorate a onesie”, and as cute as that is it costs a decent amount for the people throwing the shower. The fabric was all from SAS, which made it very affordable.

Another cost-saving thing we did was the shower favor. We knew we wanted it to tie into the color scheme of yellow, white, and grey. We also knew that there weren’t many items that we could afford 50 of that are remotely cool. Instead, we did a healthy snack bar. We had shredded coconut, yogurt covered raisins, white chocolate chips, and dried bananas. Definitely not the norm, but so yummy and fit the shower perfectly.

One of my most favorite cost-saving things we did was the dessert. I was about to lose my mind the day before the shower trying to make cake pops. Cakepops suck…seriously. It was my first time attempting them, and I made all 100 of them, minus the frosting part, and they failed miserably. So in a scramble, a genius friend of mine {jokingly at first} said to just get doughnut holes from Bosa Donuts. Well, that is exactly what we did. I got 156 doughnut holes for $14! Can’t beat that, and they are so insanely delicious…way better than cake pops. 🙂

Moral of the story: make all the decorations yourself if you can. People cannot tell if it was made by you or Martha Stewart, so save yourself some dough and put the work in. Also, don’t always think you have to do the typical shower ‘things’. Branch out of the usual favors, food, and crafts. Most importantly, it’s about the people. The true reason for the whole production is to love on that baby and mama, so as long as that happens…you’ve done a great job.

Have you hosted a baby shower recently? What ways have you found to save on costs while throwing a special event?


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