Stephanie Martin

Create a Baby Shower on a Budget

INSTA WORTHY BABY SHOWER...

Baby Shower events have soared in popularity over the last few years, they're are a great way for friends and family to celebrate a mum-to-be. Events and parties celebrating the transition to motherhood have long been held in several cultures and religions and the more modern ‘Baby Showers’ are included in this. Now everyone seems to be doing them, it’s time to get creative with your party planning. If you're looking for instagrammable, cute & fun ideas, we have some tips to host a fabulous Baby Shower.

VENUE

Many Baby Showers are held at friends’ homes or the parents’ home, but you need not clear up your mess or stress out about having extra people in the house. Ideally, it shouldn’t be at the mum-to-be’s home as she’ll only end up cleaning, and if you’re planning a surprise, it’ll be difficult to pull off.

Instead, how about booking a private room in a restaurant or a community hall? A traditional village hall is easily decorated and can be hired cheaply, making the perfect blank canvas for the type of family parties held in the 80s and 90s. Think cheese and pineapple on sticks and party bags! Tea rooms are perfect for a lazy afternoon with tea and cakes and even a cocktail bar can work well for virgin cocktail making and enjoyment. In the summer, a picnic in the park is a lovely free venue – but be sure toilets are close by and there’s sufficient seating.

Once you've organised a venue for the baby shower, you will want to make the room look extra special for the mum to be and party guests. If you're feeling creative, we have some easy & cost effective ways to decorate a baby shower everyone will love! We've tried and tested the balloon garland ourselves and found the cheapest way to make it.


BALLOONS

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A gender-neutral balloon garland really makes a fabulous backdrop and will no doubt draw plenty of attention from guests. Creating a balloon garland yourself is also easily achievable. You can simply buy a balloon garland kit which includes balloons, accessories and tools needed to assemble yourself - ALL FOR UNDER £20!!

Check out the Video Tutorial below for a step by step guide on how to create a DIY BALLOON GARLAND

White and Gold Theme Balloon Kit - Image by https://hooraymag.com

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TUTORIAL

Create a DIY pastel theme balloon garland using these amazing balloons - we've tried these pastel balloons and they're fab - £9.99 for the kit

Watch this simple TUTORIAL to create and hang your balloon garland:

You will need the following:

Clear Invisible Thread

Electric Balloon Inflator - so easy to use. Blows your balloons up in a second - Not necessary, but it will save your lungs and your time!

Double sided clear sticky dots so the balloons don't move out of place

Amazon have lots of options for Balloon Garland Kits but here are a few of our favourites:

Mermaid Party Theme - This Garland kit Includes Balloons, Pump & Balloon Balloon tape all for £9.99

Jungle Theme Balloon Garland kit - £15.99 Includes the following:

85 latex balloons 12'',

12 big size palm leaves,

12 small size palm leaves,

50 balloons 5'',

2 balloon tying tools,

1 roll of 16.4ft arch balloon strip tape,

1 roll of 100 balloons glue points,

6 mini jungle animal mylar balloons.

112 piece balloon garland kits in various colours for £13.99

STATEMENT LETTER BALLOONS - BABY BALLOONS

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Letter balloons make an amazing addition to a backdrop, and even better if you have the task of decorating a baby shower, these balloons are self-inflating - no helium required, making your job easier! Inflate these foil letters yourself and hang up for everyone to see, and take photos - Get them here

It's not a baby shower without raindrop balloons - buy some white balloons and attach a garland to create this look for under £6

Baby Shower Photo Props by Ginger Ray - Get them here


Setting up a baby shower photo station with party props is a great alternative to party games and will have guests enjoying themselves and taking snaps of the event.

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One for making memories - a sweet scrapbook for guests to fill in. You will need:

A scrapbook photo album - This one is perfect for a gender neutral baby shower or just a lovely prezzie for the mum to be

Oh Baby Photo Album

polaroid camera - this is also a great present for the mum to be to use afterwards, she can use it to take photos of baby and post them around the nursery

Polaroid Camera

Washi Tape in Gold to sick at the top and bottom of your images

Washi Tape and Gold & Silver markers to write lovely comments to the mum to be
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"Ready to POP" Popcorn Baby Shower Favours are the latest pinterest-worthy touches to add to your baby shower.

Ready to Pop Bags - SET OF 3

BABY SHOWER CAKES

Credit: Inspired by Alma. Gold Cake Topper

A simple, elegant cake can look super impressive with a shimmering cake decoration topper to stand out on the food and drinks table. Baby Shower Cake Topper

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Add some sprinkles to your cake for a glam baby shower look

Games

Baby Shower games should be interactive and garner a laugh rather than just time-fillers. They vary heavily from the cute and innocent through to satirical and risqué, but know your audience and plan around them. Try out nappy changing on a doll blindfolded, pin the bow on the baby’s head and cut the string to guess the size of the new mum’s bump. A sweepstake on the baby’s date of birth, weight and height makes for a great game lasting even after the event, and if you don’t know the gender or name options, note those down too!

If your group is a little more adventurous than the traditional Baby Shower crowd, why not spice it up a little? Pin the sperm on the egg or try a nappy toss into the bin from a distance. A Lego block fire walk is ultimate challenge and tasting and guessing baby food flavours is always sure to get some laughs.

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Wishes for baby - Create some super cute shapes out of coloured paper, clip onto a piece of string with some mini pegs and you have a unique little keepsake for mum and baby

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 Here's a cute idea...guests can write a message on a nappy/diaper for the expectant parents to read when they change their baby in the small hours of the night. Babies go through many nappies in the first few months of their life and the extra lot will come in handy too!

Head to Aldi for the best and cheapest nappies around

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Have guests taste each baby food and write down their answers, most correct answers win a prize. Or play guess the sweet mess in babies nappy with this ready made baby shower game from amazon

Credit: inspired by this Place your bets on the baby's birthday! grab a chalk board and some chalk board markers to create this look or buy these ready made baby prediction cards to guess babies weight, date of birth, time of birth, eye colour and hair colour

BABY SHOWER FOOD AND DRINK IDEAS

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Oversized platters full of goodness...an amazing and simple way to feed guests and look really beautiful too.

Who doesn't love a donut - Try this donut wall by Ginger Ray for just £9.99
Create a pushchair out of fruit - Mum to be will be super impressed with this. Credit Tulamama
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Create a sweet table with these Jars - Absolute bargain off Amazon
Woodland Baby Shower Biscuits - Credit unknown
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Baby Shower Mocktail Recipes

RASPBERRY SPRITZER MOCKTAIL - THE TAYLOR HOUSE

Ingredients You Need

  • 1 bottle of Raspberry Acai Trop 50
  • 1/2 Bottle Lemon Lime Pop
  • 1 Cup sliced Strawberries
  • 1 Sliced Lemon
  • 1 Cup Sliced Peaches (you can use whatever fruits you have on hand or like)

FREE Baby Shower Printables - Games, Invites & Signs

via Printable Market
Download via Printable Market

Gifts

The mother-to-be should leave with beautiful gifts, but ideally not multiples of the same thing. If there’s a gift list or group of guests to organise with, do this; but if not, opt for something more unusual. A keepsake box of the headlines and popular items from the year of birth can be made up by you bespoke for the baby and will be cherished for years to come. A white baby-grow with a set of fabric pens allow for all guests to leave a message for the little one. Of course, you can focus entirely on the mum – she needs indulgence too. A gift voucher for a beauty treatment or some pampering won’t go amiss… and probably neither would some non-alcoholic cocktails!

Baby Wishlist

Mums-to-be can create an Amazon Baby Wishlist, add baby items and share with family and friends looking to buy a gift for expectant parents. Mum can also receive a free welcome gift too!

We hope you have a fabulous time, whether you're creating your own baby shower or for a special friend. If you’ve organised a Baby Shower with a twist or have been to one a little bit different, get in touch and share your stories.

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