I have planned a great many baby showers over the years and every one of them has been a budget friendly event simply out of necessity. Rather than allowing a small budget to deter me from creating a beautiful day for my sister and friends, it only spurred me on to create something amazing because no matter how much or how little money you have, every mom-to-be deserves to be showered with love. Here are my favorite ideas from the shower I recently threw for my dear friend, Liz:
Tip No. One: Always use what you have. When you think through your color scheme, consider what you have on hand and incorporate those things into your plans. For example, I decided to use my outdoor chairs because they fit perfectly into my color palette. Renting chairs, tables, and large items like that can get expensive quick! (You can always borrow from a neighbor, too!)
Tip No. Two: Make your own Invitations. Unless you have an insane amount of money and can afford to send off invitations Kardashian style, then grab some paper and stamps and create a beautiful invitation. (I printed the shower details on my computer with cardstock and used double sided tape to stick them inside the card.)
Tip No. Three: Create DIY take-home gifts. It is such a sweet little indulgence to send each guest home with a little gift, but it can get expensive fast. This time, my daughter and I painted mini canvases with a coat of mint and a gold heart. We set them on each plate, tied with twine, and everyone was happily surprised to find out that they got to take theirs home!
Tip No Four: Accept Help when it is offered. One of Liz’s friends, Jo, happens to have a mother-in-law who owns a beautiful florist. She was able to special order all of the flowers we asked for (because sometimes finding all white bouquets can be tough!) and at a fraction of the price!
Tip No. Five: Plan Ahead. Whether it is cute straws, pretty napkins, or gluten free cake supplies, order everything in advance so you won’t get stuck with overpriced shipping costs. This will also save you a lot of stress and maybe a few grey hairs, too!
Tip No. Six: Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Planning a shower is not only costly, but it is time consuming, too. I have the hardest time asking for help, but I was so happy when Liz’s friend, Jo, insisted on helping bring some treats. She even enlisted a couple of the other girls, so all I had to do was bake the cake, brew some coffee and get the table ready.
Tip No. Seven: Invite Out of Town Guests to be a part of the Big Day. Not only do I always invite guests who may not be able to make it to the shower, but I always try to get their e-mail and let them know that they while they definitely do not need to feel obligated to send a gift, a note or a card would be a fun surprise for the mom-to-be. Liz’s family lives in England, but many of them sent cards, gifts, and notes on the sly because they really wanted Liz to know that they were thinking of her.
I hope these are some tips that you will find helpful for your upcoming events! If you would like more ideas, pop over to A Subtle Revelry for one more great baby shower tip that all of our guests LOVED!
And a big congrats and thanks to Liz for allowing us to celebrate with her!
Photography: Tina Fussell