Plan a Baby Shower on a Budget
Spring is in the air, and it's the perfect time to host a budget-minded backyard baby shower.
Colorful Outdoor Table Setting for Baby or Bridal Shower
Color is the easiest and most effective way to make an event your own. Choose a palette that works as well for baby boys and girls as it does for moms, dads, husbands and wives. A palette of coral, navy blue, white and silver is a sophisticated fit for both baby and bridal showers.
Make party planning a whole lot easier with our printable invites. Just download your favorite invitation, fill in the name of the mommy to be, add the date and place of the shower, then print and send. Download our feathers and arrows invite.
A Baby-Q is the perfect laid back baby shower theme when you’re planning a party on a budget. Commonly thrown in the host’s backyard, this theme requires no fee for a venue and benefits from the beauty of natural outdoor elements. Spruce it up with just a few decorations by first choosing an invitation that can be used as inspiration for the remaining baby shower décor. This simple invitation by KraftsbyJessica sets the tone for a rustic yet adorable outdoor shower.
Choose a consistent color scheme to make DIY items look professionally planned. Stick to two or three colors to make the décor cohesive. To mimic the invitation, decorate with Mason jars, burlap and gingham ribbon which are both inexpensive and consistent with the shower's barbeque theme. Use these items to craft tablecloths, wrap plastic tableware, and house loose items like straws.
Throw in some fresh red and white flowers and you've got a stunning centerpiece for cheap. Don't be afraid to play with texture to make the centerpieces interesting.
Skip the expensive catering and consider a potluck or hit up your local grocery store instead. Grab sale items that are easy to toss on the grill and to whip up a few homemade side dishes along with tasty treats that guests can grab buffet-style. That'll reduce costs and the headache of serving each guest individually. Consider making a large batch of self-serve mocktails so that even the mom-to-be can indulge.
How Big is Her Belly?
All you need for this game is a roll of ribbon or string, scissors and the mom-to-be. Have each guest cut a piece of ribbon the length they think will wrap around her belly perfectly. Take turns measuring around her belly and the person with the closest length wins. Download the blue game instruction cards, download the green game instruction cards or download the pink game instruction cards.
Guess Baby's Birthday
Have each guest write down the date and time they think the baby will arrive. Make sure they write their name too. After the birth, the guest who had the closest guess will win the prize. Download the blue guess-the-birth-date card, download the green guess-the-birth-date card or download the pink guess-the-birth-date card.
Who is That Baby?
Have each guest bring a baby photo of themselves. Post the photos on a board along with a printed number. Throughout the shower, guests can study the board and take a guess at who is in each photo. Guest with the most correct guesses wins. Download the numbers to tag each photo and then download the game cards.
Name that Movie Quote
Simply print a game sheet for each baby shower guest and hand out one to each, along with a pen. Have them keep the sheet upside down until you say "go"! Give them five minutes to figure out as many baby movie quotes as they can. Download the blue quote card, download the green quote card or download the pink quote card.
Let's see which guest has the best memory. Fill a tray with small gifts for the new baby. Give each player a piece of paper and pen. Walk around with the tray, showing each guest what it is filled with. Once each guest has had the opportunity to study the tray, have everyone flip their paper over and write down as many items as they can remember. Guest with the most items wins.
Baby Blanket Bingo
A fresh take on a classic game that everyone loves. Hand out a blank bingo card to each guest. Have them write in each space an item that they think the mom-to-be might receive at the shower. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, players mark off items on their card. First guest to get five in a row, wins. Download the blue bingo card, download the green bingo card or download the pink bingo card.
Don't Say Baby
Everyone loves this game! As each guest arrives, have them clip one clothespin on her clothing somewhere. The name of the game is not to say the word, "baby". If someone says "baby", you can take her clip. The guest with the most clips at the end of the shower, wins. Dress up the clips with glitter and ribbon. Download the instruction cards for the black and white games.
Print a banner that spells out the baby's name, congratulations or other sentiment. Hang up the banner seated guests can see it. Give each guest a piece of paper and pen to write down as many words as they can using only the letters used for the banner. Give them two minutes to make their list. The guest with the most words wins. Download the blue alphabet banner, download the green alphabet banner or download the pink alphabet banner.
Use our printable game sheet to test the guests' knowledge. Have everyone start at the same time and give them one minute to fill out as many baby-related words as possible, one per alphabet letter. Download the baby words game card.
Guess How Many Gumballs
Not only does this game add an element of fun to the baby shower, but is also creates a pretty display. Fill a glass jar with gumballs and have the guests guess how many are in the jar. Download the guess-how-many-gumballs game.
Keep guests effortlessly entertained with baby shower games that won't break the bank. Games are a great way to get everyone at the party involved, and with these 11 free, printable game cards with instructions they couldn't be any easier to put together.
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Send guests home with the baby shower gift that keeps on giving: an herb pot party favor. These fragrant and edible keepsakes are easy to make yourself with a few inexpensive materials and simple step-by-step instructions. Fresh herbs are a perfect way to usher in spring, and they'll always remind partygoers of your no-sweat (and low-cost) outdoor Baby-Q.