Easy Tips for a Beautiful Baby Shower!

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Planning a Baby Shower??

I received the following question from frugal friend Rebecca…

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“I’m hosting a Baby {girl} Shower for my sister in a couple of weeks, and was wondering if my Frugal Friends had any good games, goodies, prizes or other thrifty & fun ideas??”

Do you have any fun {or thrifty} Baby Shower game ideas, decorations, food ideas, etc.??

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  1. says

    When I host a shower I do all DIY games/activities, make all the food, and have it at the mom-to-be’s house (if possible)

    I make things like finger sandwiches, carrot soup, pasta salad, fruit salad, and sparkling lemonade.

    I love word-search and jumble kind of games with baby theme, you can just make them yourself and print them out.

    I also like to get a couple packs of fabric markers (and then re-use them for the next shower!) and have everyone decorate a onesie for the baby.

  2. says

    My favorite favor idea is to fill empty baby food jars with bath salts. You can make bath salts by mixing in a little body-product safe fragrance oil (can find at any craft store) and a little bit of food coloring – a few drops of red or blue or yellow or green depending on the theme/gender! Fill it up and then make a sticker label if you’d like. You can personalize it with “____________’s Baby Shower” and a date or “Welcoming ___________” with the due date or whatever you’d like! You can tie it off with a pretty ribbon or some nice stickers and you’re good to go!

    A fun game is to do “Baby ABCs”
    Set a timer (maybe 2 minutes?) and guests can write down one word starting with each letter of the alphabet that has to do with babies (like A-apple sauce, B-board books, C-colic, D-diapers etc). The person who has the most wins a prize. A great prize would be a notecard set or some nail polish or a cheap box of chocolates from the dollar store if you’re on a budget! (Or heck, regift! LOL)

    Another fun game is a guessing game. Fill a bottle with pink or blue or green/yellow M&Ms or jelly beans or some kind of candy and then have guests guess how many are in there. Winner wins the candy. :)

  3. jennifer delano says

    go to the dollar store and get baby bottles. we had a competition to see who could drink the bottle the fastest. fill with some sort of juice! really fun, and cheap game

  4. says

    Oh and I forgot another fun idea!
    A cute and cheap decoration idea is to hang a string or some yarn like a clothes line and attach some onesies across it (either with safety pins or actual clothes pins). On each onesie, you could have a letter printed out to spell the baby’s name or just spell out “BABY”. After the shower is over, mom gets to take them home as a gift! :)

    • Sasha says

      Really Like this Idea, going to try this for my baby shower. Gonna make the line over the cake Table with my baby’s name. Hope the vision I have in mind will look very good in reality. Thank you for sharing

    • Lacey says

      Such a cute idea!! Totally doing it for my cousins baby shower this month :):):) I’m going to steal Sasha’s idea of doing it above the cake table!

  5. Barbara says

    For a fun free game, ask the guests to come up with as many names as possible from the letters in the parents names. Prizes can go to the prettiest, funniest, and longest.

    • Katie says

      Yes, I’ve seen this game played it works well. I also like the one with the candy bars, where they melt the candy and put it in the diaper and each shower guest has to guess which candy is which. It’s kinda gross but fun. At least is gets people talking and interacting with each other. There are a lot of other games out there too. Also saw one for the guys if you have a co-ed shower. Guys drink beer out of a baby bottle, the winner finishes first. Here is a list I found that has a variety of good games. http://www.showersoffun.com/games/

  6. Kristina says

    For my shower, my sister in law had a very frugal guest gift idea… she worked the bath & body works deals to aquire a bar of nice soap for each guest and made really cute tags for them that said “From Our Shower to Yours” on them. How cute is that? Plus each host ocntributed and gift basket that they put together and they raffeled them off.

  7. Courtenay G. says

    I just recently threw a baby shower for my best friend from high school (who is also having a girl.)

    Her sister and I got all of the decorations and most of the food from the Dollar Tree (they have TONS of adorable decorations, and the drinks and food are sometimes better tasting than a store brand!)

    We held it at her mom’s house since she is from out of state. We also sent out invitations via facebook instead of mailing them. This is also very handy if you don’t have access to addresses for all of the guests.

    We played a few games that just required a scrap sheet of paper and a pen, like answering questions about the mom and naming as many baby related items as you can.

    All of our prizes for the games were bought for $1 or less. We had some candles from Fred’s, I had purchased a bath set at Goodwill, and we had several brand-new make-up items that my friend’s mom already had (she had gotten them intending to sell them.)

    It is very possible to be on a budget, I believe we spent less than $40 on the entire thing! Just have fun with it and be creative!!!

  8. Diana says

    I bought a box of store brand diapers at one of the warehouse clubs. Part of the box was used to make a diaper cake and some more diapers were used to make a diaper banner. I used some of my SwagBucks to purchase baby items for the diaper cake. This way I had both a gift for the mommy-to-be and two cute decorations. I also bought two packs of socks (buy one, get one half off) and made baby sock roses – another gift/decoration combo.

  9. Kathi says

    I make my own food…I like to do a brunch. Oven Baked Maple French Toast, Fresh Fruit, Mini Muffins, Mini Bagels w/ Cream Cheese – among other things…
    Print my own games… http://www.plan-the-perfect-baby-shower.com/free-printable-baby-shower-games.html
    I also like to do Couples Showers – this involves all of the friends – with this – I like for the guys to grill out and then have sides to go with this. Cakes are a must. Sams Club has awesome CHEAP cupcake cakes…Very cute – baby themed…
    Games – have mom leave the room – have everyone answer ten questions about her…Hair up or down? Earrings on? Shoes? Pants? Color of top? Watch color? Toenail polish and color? Many things you can ask… Give mom a gift everytime someone wins a gift (i.e – mom’s is baby themed)
    Pass a tray of baby items around. Remove it from the room. The person who has the list of the most items – wins…

  10. Amber McElroy says

    When we sent out the invites we included a homemade raffle ticket that they had to attach to a package of any size diapers or wipes. We would draw names from those that brought them for a prize and the mom to be got a great start on diapers.

    We did a sign on the wall with 5 common words relating to baby and everyone started with a clothespin on their clothes. If you heard someone say one of the no-no words (baby, crib, bottle, labor, poop or whatever you want) you get to take their pin. the person with the most at the end of the party gets a prize.

    We also made it a tea party. Made small sandiwiches (creamcheese/dill/salmon) (chicken salad) (cool cucumber salad) and had a couple pots of hot water with a selection of teas. Also did a relish and a veggie tray. Small petifours for desert.

    Congratulations and have fun!!

  11. amy says

    Instead of wrapping paper, my mom taught me years ago to use baby blankets to wrap presents! Receiving blankets work great & can be found at Big Lots, etc., very cheap! They are usually cheaper than wrapping paper & are another gift! Everyone loves the idea & it has been a big hit at all the baby showers I have been to!

  12. Melanie says

    Diaper cake! get a few packs of really cheap diapers, roll them up rubber band them, then rubber band a group of 5, put 4-5 together for bottom tier, 3 for middle and 1 for top. you can decorate with pacifiers and rattles and such. A great center piece/present for about $20-$35.
    Ask guesses for a baby photo of themselves or their baby and a cute saying, or some words of wisdom and make a free hard cover book from shutter fly or Kodak or wherever.

  13. Kim says

    An inexpensive centerpiece is a lollipop bouquet of chocolates. Once the shower is over, give them to your guests as a parting gift. If you know the sex, use blue or pink if not yellow or green chocolate candy melts. Usually the melting chocolates are a very dark hue of colors…always add white to lighten them up OR make them all in a pretty white basket, a piece of styrofoam in the bottom…arrange pops like you would flowers and get some tissue paper or colored paper confetti strips to give it a celebratory look. I’ve used baby bottle molds, ABC molds, “Showers of Happiness” umbrellas, duckies, bunnies, etc.

    Also, if you make mini brownies or mini cupcakes, spell out the words “WELCOME TO THE WORLD BABY XXXX”. If you frost the cupcakes in white/yellow, use chocolate or a colored chocolate to go with your theme. If you do chocolate frosting, white chocolate letters or colored. Makes a statement on your table and a nice addition besides a traditional cake. I suggest brownies and white chocolate…no mess with frosting and you don’t take over the “cake”.

    Have everyone bring a small appetizer, put someone in charge of punch and one other beverage, coffee and tea. Any close family members can each make something….sausage and peppers, ham, potatoes, salad. Or, a brunch….french toast, fresh fruit, bagels, muffins, bacon and sausage. Easy and fun!


  14. lahni says

    I take cheap/clearance/cute,etc baby bottles, take the nipples off, tie a pretty ribbon around where the nipple ring would go, and use them as vases… a few roses, trimmed up, go in ea baby bottle, and then decorate throughout the party with them.. very very pretty effect and very cheap.

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  15. Bridget says

    My sisters and I have started throwing showers during brunch. Egg casseroles, mini muffins and fruit salad to eat. Iced tea, coffee and juice to drink. It is much less expensive than a luncheon or serving finger foods. For an inexpensive party favor a pink cellophane bag with a popcorn based snack mix (for a girl popcorn, white chocolate Flips, and pink m&m’s) with a tag that reads “She’s About to Pop” and small thank you for attending the baby shower. Pink candies will be easy to find with Valentine’s Day right around the corner. For decorations we use items like bibs, baby socks, and onesies on clothes lines draped around the room instead of streamers and balloons and other “throw away” decor.

  16. Alicia says

    My favorite guessing game is to compile a bunch of jar baby foods in only 3 or 4 colors, such as a few orange baby foods, a few green baby foods, a few beige baby foods, etc. Number the jars of baby food and create a list of which number corresponds to which baby food, then remove the labels from the jars. All the guests have to guess which jar is which type of food. They get no hints, they have to just figure it out by themselves. The person with the most correct guesses wins. At the end, tape the labels back on to the jars and give as your gift to the mom!

  17. says

    Have it at someone’s house. This saves rental fees. Borrow anything you or the host house doesn’t have.

    Make your own invitations-or send electronic invites. Design your own, or use a free service or even just FB-only send paper invites to people without internet (usually older people)

    Shop as far ahead of time as you can for plates, decorations, etc. Shop deals or dollar stores. Alternate a print (cups, plates, napkins, etc) with a matching solid color. I do this for my kids’ birthday parties. Like for a spiderman theme I’ll buy one pack of spiderman plates, cups, napkins, etc-then just use plain matching blue or red plates, napkins, etc. Solid colors are much cheaper than prints.

    Let your gift be be things you can decorate with. Like my mom’s gift at one of my baby showers was a gift basket full of baby wash, cute bibs, baby lotion, baby wash cloths, loose diapers, etc-it was also the centerpiece for the table.

    Make your own games. One our family favs is take a few of those diapers (remember they are put in the gift basket loose)and smear them with condiments you have on hand or candy bars. Blindfold guest and have them try to identify by smell. DO NOT MICROWAVE DIAPERS WITH CANDYBARS-THEY WILL START A FIRE! LOL Melt the candy bars then then put in the diapers. Or use things like ketchup, mustard, vinegar, vanilla flavoring, or make your own gross concoction :)

    My mom always wins the ‘don’t say the word baby’ game. Buy a pack of clothes pins (or safety pins) give out when guest arrive. If you use the word “baby” whoever catches you first gets your pin-at the end of the shower the one with the most pins wins.

    cheap game idea: Make a list of things moms often have in their purse. Have guest search their purse for items-one with most items wins. Things like Kleenex, nail clippers, pen/paper, quarters (for gum machines), a toy, candy, band-aid, etc

    A ball of yarn, string or roll of toilet paper for guest to guess how big mommy’s tummy is.

    A nice memento for the mom and baby-buy a box of blank cards. You’ll need one card per guest. Open them and place a blank card in each envelope. Label each envelope with a # then birthday (ex-1st birthday, 21st birthday, 40th birthday, etc). You may want to just do major birthdays for small showers or start at 10 or 15 or 21) Randomly give each guest a card to fill out for the child to open on that birthday. You may wish to plan it by letting grandmas or great grandmas get the oldest birthdays-since they may not be around by the time the child reaches say 40. It will be nice for the baby to see what a person thought they might need to know at age 21 before they were born.

    Buy a nice, small journal for mom. Address it to the baby. Like a baby book but on a smaller scale-tell mom just to write stories about everyday life instead of big events. Like daily routines at different ages, cute things they say and do through the years that never make it to the baby book or scrapbook, etc.

    hand out 3 x 5 cards and allow each guest to fill out words of wisdom for mom. You can punch with a hole punch and tie with ribbon to make a ‘flip book’ on the spot after the shower.

    Make the food yourself and have the shower between meal times so you can serve snacks instead of a meal (over by noon or from 2-4). You’ll save a ton of money. Keep the food simple. You don’t have to offer a ton of options, 1-2 sweet things, 1-2 salty things and a couple of beverage choices is fine. Or have a pot luck!

    For prizes-dollar tree. No one goes to baby showers to win prizes, it’s just a token gesture. So a $1 gift is fine.

  18. Alex says

    Here are some ideas for decorating and food. I did a natural theme. I collected many different types of clear glass vases from friends. In each vase I filled with mardigras silver, pearl, and blue bead necklaces (I live in New Orleans so this made it free, you could use some pretty marbles or even river stones). I spray painted branches white that I got from the yard (take leaves off or leave on) and stuck them in the vases. I traced the outline of baby related shapes on cardstock (baby bottles {careful they can look falic}, rubber ducky, teddy bear, baby rattle, and an old school type stroller) cut them out, made a hole, tied a loop with pretty{cheap} ribbon, and hung them on the tree (or you could use a cri-cut and save a lot of time!) The ornaments can be later used for a game where people would have to collect as many as they can or not have any at all.
    I did a pot-luck. I did it at a church so I really had to decorate to warm things up. I used some white plastic tableclothes from the dollar store (or borrow some) and covered the food tables. Under the tablecoth I put sturdy boxes ranging in size in random spots. Food was placed on the table and on top of the boxes (this added highth and definition. I added a few before mentioned vases on the food tables and laid throughout randomly some ice cycle lights. I did streamers in a centric pattern for the cealing. I spray painted a bird’s nest white and gave each person a blank 3×5 card and a pen–each person wrote down advice for the mother (you could make it funny) and then place the cards in the nest for the mom to keep words of wisdom and encouragement.The best thing I did was to appoint someone to help with the shower. I was good at decorating but a friend of mine wanted to do the games. We split the responsibilites and that helped a lot with stress.
    A great looking and tasting drink is sweet iced tea with lemon wedges and blueberries floating on top, lemon and strawberries work well too! All in all I spent $30. On a budget the best thing to do is to come up with a theme, look at your friends and pull together your resources. What are you good at,what you are not good at, which of your friends is good at what you’re not, ask them to help. What they contribute can be put in a card and they can say what they contributed to the party as their present.
    I hope this helps.

    • says

      An inexpensive activity idea: I am planning my Son’s now, I’m planning to buy a couple dozen cupcakes w/o frosting or decorations. After other activities, mom n dad to be get a bit to rest while the guests decorate the cupcakes. Then we can select the favorite cupcake as “best in show”, who’s creator wins a prize then we eat ’em! game, rest, and “cake” all in one.

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  20. Emily says

    For prizes/favors, try Michaels (if you live near one) – they always have cute little things in their dollar bins that are targeted towards women. Also the One Spot at Target, although typically items you find there are geared more for kids. I agree with some of the other posters here – have the decorations double as your gift(s) to the mom-to-be and play games that don’t require you to incur any additional cost.
    One activity I like (I know some may find it controversial, but it really helps out the mom-to-be!) is to have all the guests address thank-you note envelopes with their name/address (or you as the hostess could do it beforehand, as well) and then put them all in a bowl. Then you can draw one or more out for prizes. Kind of like a raffle.
    One inexpensive but fun/festive thing I like to have at parties is dipping chocolate w/marshmallows, bananas, pound cake and maybe strawberries (although strawberries in the winter are pricey). The dipping chocolate you can get in the baking aisle of any grocery store and it’s only a couple of dollars for one container. Marshmallows and bananas are very inexpensive. You could make your own pound cake (or some other firm cake) or buy a frozen one. Everyone seems to like dipping things in chocolate! :)

  21. Carrie says

    For a baby shower I hosted for my friend, we had a Guess That Celebrity parent game. I took old US Weekly and People magazines and cut out the baby pictures and numbered them (also with numbers from magazines) on a piece of poster board. I turned the board over and each guest had paper and pen. They had maybe 60 seconds to write down as many “celebrity parents” they could. I had some easy pictures that everyone could guess and some were harder that only a few guessed. It was super fun and super cheap!

  22. Meredith says

    The last baby shower I threw, we made the cake from scratch. We styled it to match her bedding. We also made cake pops for the favors. It was a huge hit, the mom to be was thrilled we put so much effort into it and the guests loved their favors. We also made most of the food, but there were 3 of us hosting and that made splitting up the tasks easier.

  23. Jaymie says

    We recently held a shower for ancoworker at work. We held a she’s about to pop theme. So fun and relaxed. You can google it and some cute blogs will come up. We served popcorn, popscicles, tootsiepops. We did brownies and chips and dip too.- not in the theme. You can stay In the theme with soda pop and cake pops! You can decorate with balloons and bottles of bubbles that you can personalize:). We also made a pop art poster. :). I hope to use this again theme again soon.

  24. Jennifer says

    Diaper cakes are easy (and inexpencive if you shop deals or a pack of size 1 or 2 left from your own LO) and so cute! I found some cute ribbon on clearance at walmart, used the rest of some size 1/2 diapers from SAMs club that my LO grew out of, a bottle of lotion and a bottle of baby powder. Stuck some onesies, bibs, pacis and toys in the outside rolls, and it came out super cute! Only took about 2 hours to make.

  25. Anita says

    For the baby showers I’ve hosted (and my own too), we acquired many items at the Dollar Tree. The game we always have the most fun with is the “what’s in your purse” game. The host has a bucket and draws a letter out of it. Whoever finds an object that starts with that letter (either in their purse or on their person) first gets to keep the letter. Whoever has the most letters at the end of the game wins. Another funny game was the baby food game. We gave each person a bite of baby food and they had to guess what flavor/food it was. This made for the most hilarious pictures.
    Now is a great time to pick up prizes. You can always grab some post Christmas gift sets and repackage the contents in an nice giftbag.

  26. Bev says

    Two things that I remember being wicked helpful were a.) buying that darn punch set for 24 at the Salvation Army for $10. If you can find a punch bowl (or two) for cheap and can afford to stow it, you are set. Folks will totally overlook the metal soup ladle and plastic cups if you’ve got a pretty bowl. 2.) finding toile/net and some inexpensive ribbon and filling little treat bags myself. (Have done Jordan Almonds, little on-sale rubber duckies, etc.)

  27. Aimee says

    How about NO GAMES at all? Just let everybody mingle and enjoy visiting. doing a Brunch Shower is a great way to cut down on some expenses. Or having a shower in the afternoon and keeping it simple with just cake, nuts and punch. also.. there is no rule that you have to have favors for each guest to leave with. I’ve been to many showers where i leave with no favor and i don’t feel slighted in the least. making your own invites can be a money saver. Also http://www.vistaprint.com has some great deals on invitations.

  28. michelle says

    I have had a design a maternity top contest with two teams. Each team was given a balloon to simulate a belly, some ribbon, pretty fabric, toilet paper, and an old lace curtain to create their shirt. Each team had one person model their outfit and the guest of honor had her photo taken with the two models. Very fun!
    I have also had a “Price is Right” style game with various baby items and each person guessed the retail price on an index card. The most correct guesses won a prize and the items were part of my gift to the pregnant guest of honor.

    Another fun idea is to hand out 1-2 diapers to each guest with a variety of permament markers and have guests write something on the front of the diapers like “daddy’s turn”, “what a blessing”, or a Bible verse.

  29. Cindy says

    Make candy pacifiers with life savors, frosting and tic tacs or jelly beans. For instructions google it or go to ehow.com.

  30. Judy Szabo says

    Just went to a baby shower yesterday and we played a fun game. Hostess had little candy bars, which were answers to baby questions, example hos much does it cost to have a baby? 100 grand candy was answer. Baby giggles, Snickers…the women who it was for has big babies, so Whoppers was answer for size of baby….something about breast feeding was Milky Way. If you are creative, you could do this or maybe find it on a web site.

    For favors, they had starburst wrapped in tissure paper, with the saying, we are bursting with joy for your new star.


  31. Katie says

    An awesome, origial game my sisters did was to split everyone up into small groups. Hand them a few magazines, they dont have to be baby magazines. Then give them a large piece of construction paper, tape and some scissors. Have them cut features out of the magazines to make a baby. It could be just a face or a whole baby head to toe. Have the mom to be pick which baby she likes the best. That group wins the prize. I kept them all and they were so funny! I think i picked the baby with crazy curly hair (like mine) and high heal shoes. It was a blast!

  32. Donna says

    Check out craft sites for ideas. I make a baby pacifier with two white lifesaver candies, one white tic tac and cake frosting. I also make diaper cakes for centerpieces.

  33. nancilee roias says

    we are planning a baby shower and we are planning on making a scrapbook for the mother,instead of games. the guests get to decorate a page and more relaxing.

  34. Janice B says

    A great idea instead of guests buying a card they can buy a book for the baby and sign it so the baby has a library already. Or instead of the wishing well with little items we have done one where they bring a book for the baby! We all know how great it is to read to your children so why not start the child with books before they are even born!

  35. Mary P says

    Some of these ideas are great! I especially like the clothesline for gift display. Some of the money saving decorating I am doing for my neices shower is use my church-no charge, use stuffed ducks as centerpieces-the most exspensive one was $17, borrowed canning jars to drink out of-cost of cleaning them, $$Tree plates, $General table cloths, hand-me-down clothes&shoes laid out on the table…and every rubber ducky I could find at any flea-market, rummage sale, and Goodwill I could find!

  36. Michelle G. says

    Buy some small plastic babies. Freeze them in ice cubes. Give each guest a glass of room temperature water and an ice cube. Have everyone drop the ice cube in their glasses of water at the same time. The first persons baby to break out of the ice cube yells “my water broke”.

  37. Anne says

    Have a baby relay. Split the guests into teams and each gets a doll and a diaper bag with a diaper and complete outfit and a car seat. See which team can have the baby dressed, ready , and strapped in first.

  38. Jessica says

    This site has helped me soooo much. More than any other site I have browsed, and trust me I have been looking at alot! So thank you to everyone for all the great ideas!

  39. says

    I did a Victorian tea party wedding shower but could also be for a baby shower I found tea cups at thrift shops in 1 color they didn’t match also found tea pots there also . I made tissue paper flowers for napkin rings I used the colors of pink and silver. I made plastic canvas Mini picture frames of the couple as favors witch was very inexpensive 1 thing of yarn and some plastic canvas. Pink punch for those who didn’t like tea finger sandwiches , fruit cake turned out beautiful

  40. Christine says

    I have a venue suggestion. I hosted a baby shower at a local pizza parlor (not a chain). They had a lunch buffet and a back room. All I had to do was decorate and bring game supplies. The owner even gave me a deal on the buffet because I was bringing in so many people. No one had to cook, everyone had what they liked, and no one had to clean up either! Everyone had a blast :)

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