How to Throw a Baby Shower on a Budget

Want to throw a baby shower on a budget? These simple baby shower ideas are tried and true! Today we’re sharing our favorite tips and some sweet free printable favors, games and decor ideas.

Simple Baby Shower Ideas you can do on any budget!

My mom is amazing at throwing parties, baby showers, basically any kind of get together. She knows just how to keep things fun  and special. I loved that about growing up in her house and I want to learn to emulate her in that way. The trouble is, as I’ve grown up and started hosting showers and parties of my own I’ve realized how easy it can be to dump money into those things. Here are a few tips and tricks I’ve learned on how to throw an awesome shower on a budget!

Team Up

Having multiple hosts is an obvious way to save money. Hosting with friends also splits up the workload and it is more fun! I can’t stand for an exciting event to turn into a chore. Keeping the workload manageable and the planning fun are key to a successful shower.

Accept Help

Often, people who aren’t even hosting are generous enough to offer to help in some way, asking “can I bring anything?” or “who is watching your kids during the shower?” Take them up on their offers. Let others bring a side or a treat! Every little bit helps.

Plan Ahead 

If the shower is in March, buy your gift in January, the favors in February and the food in March. Splitting things into increments will help you fit things into your budget without feeling like you’re breaking the bank. Plus, thinking ahead allows you to find good deals. Prepare the food you can ahead.

Baby Shower Favor Ideas

Baby Shower Table Decorations:

Decorate with things you already have

Collect white and clear serving dishes. They work for any party or occasion and always look cohesive!

Pull a flower arrangement or a wreath from somewhere else in your house to dress up the table.

For my sister’s shower, my mom bought baby boy a couple of outfits as her gift. Instead of wrapping them, we hung them on clothesline so they doubled as a garland!

This Classy Diaper Cake is a gift AND a centerpiece. It’s easy, and always a hit.

Utilize Free Baby Shower Printables

I made the large-scale poster that says “Hooray for Baby” and had it printed at FedEx Office for under $4. The key to this is making sure you mark that you want the poster printed in black and white. The default choice is full color, so make sure you specify. I usually add a note when I am ordering and they call me to confirm before printing.

Make what you can

Onesie Baby Shower Decoration

I made this onesie garland out of felt and fabric — so easy, so CHEAP and so cute! I used my Cricut Maker and rotary blade to cut the onesie shapes out. You can do it by hand if you don’t have a Cricut though.

I also used scrapbook paper behind the black and white baby shower printable stats and predictions cards to match the theme!

Baby Stats and Predictions Baby Shower Printable

Baby Shower Favors

Depending on how many people are invited, favors can be tricky. For our shower, I bought a bunch of mini hand sanitizers (like these) at Target. We made the sign to go on the glass jar they were held in. (You can print one below!)

Sometimes I like to give homemade treats for party favors, like popcorn with fun toppings or chocolate covered oreos.


Other cheap decoration ideas:

You can get helium filled balloons at Walmart for .50 cents each.

Make an easy DIY balloon garland – no helium needed, and it makes a big statement!

Dollar store table cloths work great! Sometimes you have to get two and layer them if your table is dark.

I typically always use white paper plates and napkins for serving food. This makes them easy to re-use for the next party or shower you plan!

Hope these tips will help some of you when celebrating the mamas-to-be in your life!



Baby shower ideas on a budget with cute free printables, games and food ideas! #babyshower #babyshowerideas #babyshowerdecorations #babyshowerfavors #freeprintable #partyideas #parties #babyshowergames
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    my daughter lives on the West coast–i live on the east coast–her west coast friends are giving her a baby shower MLK wkend….I would like to host a baby shower for her simultaneously(east coast)–inviting family and friends to come to my home….i’m thinking face timing her at some time during the shower would be fun…….am i crazy to think this could be pulled off ?

    Christine darosa

    Thanks for the ideas I’m hosting a baby shower in 2 weeks and I’m really stressed about the favors!!

    heidi Hansen

    I Love the label “Baby…little Miracle soft, clean and Pure” do you by chance have a copy that you would share?

    Jenny H

    thanx for sharing this is very helpfull im throwing my own shower theme is elephants need more ideas tho


    Can you tell me where you got the round green border for the hand sanitizer jar label?

      Heidi Hansen

      Thank you, inspiring! could you share where the Baby label for the gift favors?


        Unfortunately it was so long ago, and we didn’t make the labels, someone else at the shower made them!

    Colleen Pastoor

    So much fun! We’ve had SO many showers around here in the past year, it can definitely break the bank. I couldn’t agree more that splitting it up is the number one way to make it work… then second, using what you have!

    Haili Hunter

    Haha that would’ve required an invite ;)

    Haili Hunter

    awe! I love you girls, and your beautiful momma! :)

    Melissa McArthur

    I love all these ideas. Especially that cute banner! Definitely fancies everything up.