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Cost Saving Baby Shower Party Ideas

Updated on November 20, 2012
Baby Shower Party Ideas
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Hosting a baby shower can be expensive. But a few cost saving baby shower party ideas can help you save some money and still throw a terrific shower.

Get Help
Having a co-host or two for the baby shower can help cut the work and the costs down. Before you ask someone to host the party with you, have a clear idea of what you expect of them. Do you want them to help with food preparation, costs of decorations, sending out invitations? Make a list of everything that needs to get done for the baby shower and sit down with the person you are asking to see how you can best divide up the tasks. Having two of you buy decorations can end up with duplicated efforts and decorations. Be sure that everyone is clear on what their tasks are.

Make It a Potluck
When it comes to cost cutting baby shower party ideas, food is at the top of the list. Food is likely to be one of the most expensive if not the most expensive cost on your list. You can easily cut down on this by asking everyone who is coming to bring a dish to the meal. Have them call or email you to RSVP with what they will be bringing. Have a list of everyone who responds and the dish they will be bringing. If it looks like there will be too many desserts or appetizers, check with the people with the later RSVP to see if they can bring an alternate item. Confirm with guests about a week before the event that they are coming and the food item they are bringing.

Avoid Rentals
Renting a space, tables, chairs and linens can get expensive quickly. It would be easiest to have the baby shower in your home. If that is not possible, see if family members or friends of the mom-to-be would be able to have the party at their house. If that doesn’t work, check around to see if you can find a space where you could have it for free. A church or a community center might do it for free or a small fee. If it is during the summer, a park is a great spot.

If you are going to be hosting it in your home and are short on chairs, ask family and friends if they can bring over a few. A local church or business might even let you borrow a few for a couple of hours. To avoid needing to rent tables and linens, plan on finger foods. This way people don’t have to sit down at a table with a whole place setting in order to eat the food. They can grab what they want and mingle while standing up.

When you are looking for cost saving baby shower party ideas, look at each area of the baby shower and think about ways you can save money in that area. Things like printing your own invitations and making your own decorations can cut costs but still create a fun experience for the mother-to-be and the guests.

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