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11 Ways to Throw a Baby Shower for Less than $50.00

11 Ways to Throw a Baby Shower for Less than $50.00

On Baby I’ve recently read a lot of threads and forums of people asking and commenting on a baby shower’s cost. Most people were saying that baby showers cost at least $300.00 and up. Some went so far as to say it costs over $1,000.00. That’s just too expensive if you ask me…So I’d thought I’d share these  11 Ways to throw a baby shower for less than $50.00.

I have thrown a couple of baby showers for friends and it is super fun. It’s a great way to show your love, excitement, and support for the upcoming baby. This week I’m throwing two showers (for the same friend)! One is a church Young Women’s shower with a bunch of teenage girls my friend and I work with. The other is a neighborhood shower with adults.

 All the showers I’ve thrown have been pretty cute and nice (if I do say so myself). They were expensive-looking but they weren’t the celebrity showers you see online with a rented out venue, catered food, and professional entertainment. (If that is what you are after, let me save you some time and let you know that this is not the article for you). What they were (in addition to expensive-looking) is fun, cute, and down to earth. We all had food, drinks, activities, and showered the mama-to-be with lots of gifts, encouragement, and smiles.

Here’s how to throw a fun shower for under $50.00…

#1- Give some thought to the theme you will be choosing. Do you have any items that you could utilize so you don’t have to buy them all new? Are there themes that tie in with recent or upcoming holidays so that you can get stuff on clearance or on sale? I chose the Peter Rabbit theme for one of the showers I’m throwing because I already had 3 baby books, 3 rabbits, and a table cloth that would work. Easter decorations were out as well so I was able to find a lot of things that correlated with my theme.

11 Ways to Throw an expensive-looking babyshower for $50.00 or less

#2- Set a time of day that doesn’t require an entire meal to be served. Having a snack bar, dessert bar, etc. will cost much less than a full meal. Skip the caterers and set the food out/make it yourself. At the Peter Rabbit shower I served carrot cake cupcakes, cotton candy, carrots, and off to the side I had drinks, frosting for the cupcakes, and a veggie try. By not serving an entire meal you will save considerably.

#3- Enlist help from guests. Someone could bring drinks, another could help with some of the food, another could be in charge of the activities, and another a few decorations. This will help a lot on time spent preparing and expense. I have done a shower single-handedly for under $50.00. That said, it’s so much easier to stay within budget and perhaps get even more refreshments and decor by enlisting the help of others. This bridal shower is a great example of having everyone split up the responsibilities and ending up with nice decor and food while all spending much less than $50.00 each.

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#4- Borrow items. At the Peter Rabbit baby shower I asked around to see if anyone had anything. One person had two cute rabbits that worked out wonderfully. At this Little Peanut Elephant Baby Shower we borrowed the glass milk jars and a few other main items to save significantly.

11 Ways to Throw a Baby Shower for Less than $50.00

#5- Shop first at the Dollar Tree. I was at Michael’s and I needed rabbit peeps. There they were $2.99. I went across the street to the Dollar Tree and they were $1.00 each. I saved $8.00 by crossing the street. Not only that, but I was also able to find multiple items at the Dollar Tree that I was not even expecting to find there. Then I went back to Michael’s and got the rest of the items I needed. Note: Michael’s also has a $1.00 bin area towards the front. I was able to find some useful things there as well.

#6- Use coupons.  At Michael’s I used the free app on my smart phone called Snip Snap and I was able to use a 50% off coupon and save $6.00 and then a 25% off coupon on the entire purchase. I saved over $12.00 using the app and no coupon clipping was needed!

#7- Reuse decorations and recycle. When I was pregnant I was lucky enough to have 3 baby showers. My sister-in-law gave me the decorations from the first baby shower . I then gave those decorations to my friend who was throwing me a third baby shower which helped her with the expense. If you have a Cricket or a vinyl cutter you can customize things for that shower and reuse them by peeling the vinyl off for another shower.

11 Ways to Throw an expensive-looking babyshower for $50.00 or less

11 Ways to Throw an expensive-looking babyshower for $50.00 or less

#8- Have the shower in a home, a back yard, or a park. There really is no need to rent out a venue like some people do.

#9- Make what you can (D.I.Y.). You can make tissue balls that hang from the ceiling for much less than you could buy them for, as well as banners, little favors, etc. If you can make the decorations yourself you will save.  You can buy dollar tree table cloths and use them as back drops or just as table cloths and use wrapping paper as a runner… the possibilities are endless. Browse Pinterest for ideas. It is amazing what you can find on Pinterest! Especially when you know what you are looking for. Keep your eyes peeled for ideas that can be done inexpensively and recreate them or use them as inspiration for another creative idea.

#10- Choose inexpensive activities to do. There are a lot of inexpensive activities you can do. Perhaps I’ll do a post on the many activities I’ve seen or done that have been fun but virtually free.

#11- Skip mailing out the invites and use a free or inexpensive email invite company.

Bonus Tip (purely opinionated): Don’t feel like you need to give a gift. I never expected a gift from the people that threw me a baby shower. If they did give me one I felt a little bad because I knew they had spent not only money but a lot of TIME on it. It is not necessary to give a gift but if you want to I recommend giving something less expensive. Speaking from experience the mom-to-be may feel a little guilty to receive an awesome party AND an expensive baby gift from you. So don’t go overboard. When you do split the shower up with others then I feel like it is okay to still give gifts. I used a lot of gifts as decorations in this bridal shower I threw because there were multiple people helping with it.

Bonus Tip 2: If you are the recipient of a baby shower it is very polite to send a thank you card or perhaps give a little gift in return. I gave either a scarf or an umbrella with little cotton gloves to the women who threw me a shower . I enjoyed giving back and telling them how much I appreciated them throwing me a shower.

I added a cute saying to the umbrellas I gave to the ladies about how I hope this umbrella will protect them from having to throw future showers. They loved it.

Have a wonderful time!


What did you do to save on baby showers you have thrown?

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45 Responses to 11 Ways to Throw a Baby Shower for Less than $50.00

  1. Anna says:

    Wow, I wish I would have read this a few weeks ago. I just threw a baby shower this past weekend, and you have some great tips on here!
    I also just wrote a post today on how to make your own Diaper Cake and a baby shower game with a free printable–if anyone is looking for additional money saving tips for a baby shower.

  2. Sandra says:

    Super, super cute! I would want the Peter Rabbit for a shower for me, but won’t be happening…lol. Love this, and that it is under $50!!! xo San

  3. Melissa says:

    This is GREAT! Pinning for later!!

  4. Deanna mancini says:

    Thank you so much for the tips! My niece is 3 months preg with TWINS!! 🙂 ill be emulating these ideas for her shower!

  5. Wow that’s great stuff! My daughter is 4 months pregnant with her 3rd baby and I usually do the baby show. It’s ends up costing me a fortune, so when I saw this article, I was like YES!. Thanks for tips and I surely will make this shower cost less.

  6. Madison says:

    Wow! Thank you so much for sharing this! My friend and I are planning a shower for a coworker and these tips are definitely going to help out! 🙂

  7. TR says:

    Great suggestions! The one that’s always helped keep my budget under control is the timing of the event – mid morning or mid afternoon. Like you said, it’s so much more affordable when you aren’t serving a full meal! (On a side note, as someone who has severe food allergies, I’m secretly relieved when there’s not a full meal. After all these years, it’s still so awkward when everyone around is chowing down and I’m not!)

    • Anita Fowler says:

      TR- thanks for commenting. I’ve honestly never thought of how guests with allergies may feel. That’s another great reason to time it mid morning or mid afternoon or late evening. Thanks!

    • Jane says:

      Can I ask you what time your shoer was planned for and what the foods were?

  8. anji says:

    Potluck style. Anything from a bag of candy to the cake itself. Helps cut costs also. We have also asked instead of gift bags that rarely get reused to wrap with blankets or use organization totes from the dollar store.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Anji- Great ideas on how to throw a shower inexpensively. Love the gift wrap one. The frugal person in me collects all bags left over and reuses them for future gifts 🙂 Thanks!

  9. rheanna buckman says:

    thx im 12 years old and im throughing my 27 year old sister a baby shower so thank you very much you helped me alot

  10. Thanks for sharing this had some great ideas I’d love to use for my sister-in-law’s upcoming shower 🙂

  11. These are some great ideas! I agree the cheaper the better. You can still throw a beautiful shower without compromising anything. The Dollar Tree is a fantastic place to start!

  12. Caitlin says:

    lol i wish i knew this stuff. i’m 22 years old and this is the first thing i am throwing all on my own. my aunt is due on christmas day with her little girl, and i volunteered to throw the shower. the total cost is now up close to $3k. i’m an under-payed nanny, and never would have done what i did if i knew what the outcome would be. next time i know either not to volunteer, or to make it cheap.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Caitlin- Thanks for leaving the comment. I’m so sorry about the cost of the shower! That must be tough being underpaid. I bet your aunt will totally love it and never forget it as well!! Baby showers are so awesome so I hope you have a great time!

  13. Amanda K. Ellis says:

    Thank you so much for this article. I am helping my best friend plan a baby celebration (co-ed baby shower) and I will take tips to save money any day! The first thing I did to start planning is create a board on Pinterest (ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS SITE) and this article definitely made it as a pin. I definitely knew having going to the Dollar Tree first was my best choice (as I am always so amazed what I find there) so thank you for confirming my thoughts. Anywhoo.. Thanks again!

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  16. Anne says:

    Thanks so much! I’m throwing a surprise baby shower for my 6th grade teacher, and since we have only the money that my class has, this helped a lot!

  17. robin says:

    great ideas… planning a shower for my daughter’s second child… a girl this time.

  18. riki says:

    Thank u for such a helpful article. I was feeling a little overwhelmed with the daunting prospect of hosting my first baby shower. Your suggestions have made organizing and focusing my thoughts so much easier.

  19. jason loperena says:

    HI, I’m trying to looking for a place to throw my new born (daughter) a baby shower and I’m not tying to pay a lot to rent a place. do you know a good place in new York that affordable?

    • Anita Fowler says:

      You could try a community building, a city park or indoor pavilion, a church, or other community buildings (recreation centers, etc.) are usually fairly inexpensive to rent (esp. if you are a resident). Best of luck!!

  20. Frugal Grandma says:

    I’m so glad you are keeping this article fresh by adding replies to the comments! I wanted to comment that as to food, you can have a taco bar or an ice cream sundae bar or a “chip and dip” fest or even a couple of slow cookers with chili in them, and it’s not expensive but very filling for the guests. They can make “haystacks” with the chili – Fritos or tortilla chips, then chili, then add cheese, sour cream, and green onion.

    Also, don’t worry about having to have special games. Complex games never work anyway. Just stick to simple stuff, like the one where guests put a paper plate on their heads and using a sharpie, you tell them how to draw something, step by step. They keep the plate flat on their heads and try to draw the item. A snowman is a good choice for winter, or go with the party theme, like “draw a circle for a head. Now draw on two bunny ears. Draw two eyes…” etc for Peter Rabbit’s head. It’s actually hilarious.

  21. Tina Gurganious says:

    Thank you so very much for sharing this. I am hosting my daughter’s baby shower this coming March. It’s a boy! I have an 8 yr. old granddaughter and soon a grandson. Peter Rabbit will be the perfect theme. You have done such awesome work. Thanks for sharing!!!

    • Anita Fowler says:

      You’re welcome! Thank you!

      • Maryanne says:

        I’m planning a baby shower for a couple dozen guests and have always disliked the “games” aspect of these events. Some are silly, some boring, and I’ve even been to a shower where the games were risque and embarrassing to the older ladies. So I’m planning something different: a “many godmothers” quilt for the new baby. Guests will be asked to choose a pre-made quilt square with a plain center on which to sign their name and a wish for the new baby in indelible laundry marker. My gift to the mother-to-be will be to stitch the blocks together and quilt them. I can make the quilt squares well ahead of time, and that leaves me free to concentrate on organizing the shower. It also provides a lasting memento to give to the new mother a short while after the baby is born. NOT something you’d want to try if you aren’t already a quilter, but a lasting gift from the heart from someone who has the expertise to do it.

  22. Jdiaz says:


    Any suggestions if your due around ending of January or Beginning of Feb I don’t have enough space at home and it will be to cold outside I cant seem to find a hall under 600$ everything is so expensive.

    • Anita Fowler says:

      Try a community center, a local church, a park with an inside pavillon you can rent. Maybe ask around to friends or family that would be willing to host, or you could do a lunch at a restaurant that has a separate room for rent during a slower time of the day. I wish you the best in your search!

  23. Name says:

    “#8- Have the shower in a home, a back yard, or a park. ”
    Nice advice, but does not work for every time of the year.
    For winter months those who live in the north cannot plan activities outside due to cold weather. And not everybody has place big enough to host baby shower at home (hello to residents of New York and surrounding areas).

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