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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

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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 tray. 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 with 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.

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

#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 as 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!





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

Most baby showers cost $300. Some say over $1,000. That's just too expensive if you ask me... here are 11 Ways to throw a baby shower for less than $50.00. Love tips 5 & 9! #babyshower #baby #savemoney
Most baby showers cost $300. Some say over $1,000. That's just too expensive if you ask me... here are 11 Ways to throw a baby shower for less than $50.00. Love tips 5 & 9! #babyshower #baby #savemoney


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Monday 13th of June 2022

It is tacky to ask guests to bring drinks etc., unless they are bringing that in lieu of a gift.


Sunday 24th of July 2022

It depends on your group of friends and family. I have a very large family. When we get together we are usually over 35. So, as time as progressed we almost always just ask what we can bring to get together and have parties no matter what type they are. My friends and I do this as well. If this is not routinely done in your area or in your group of friends, I can see that it would be. Just go with what you are comfortable with. A shower will cost much more than $50 if you don't feel comfortable asking for contributions though.


Friday 19th of July 2019

This looks so amazing! I am actually planning to give a friend of mine a surprise baby shower party, but me and the gals were discouraged to see how much it would cost us. But thank you so much for this and the tutorials! I would tell my gals about this and will tell them to forego with the plans. Thank you so much.

Thanks sophie


Monday 2nd of October 2017

"#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).


Monday 14th of November 2016


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.

Miss Sue

Thursday 13th of September 2018

We rented a large room at our church since our invite list is over 60 & that doesn't include little ones. The party is end of Oct so we are doing pumpkins, with pink & white accents. My biggest concern is how big the headcount may get if everyone brings their kiddos. Since it is getting so large, my daughter suggested maybe we split it and let her MIL do 1 (they have the biggest family) and have me do a separate one with our family and her friends (which would be the same # as her MIL's family alone) In your opinion, are smaller showers more fun than larger ones? We are talking 35-40 as opposed to 60-70 with at least 10 kids at each.

Anita Fowler

Tuesday 22nd of November 2016

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!

Tina Gurganious

Monday 29th of February 2016

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

Thursday 3rd of March 2016

You're welcome! Thank you!