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. 

The gender reveal was a hit and now it’s time for the baby shower. To keep things hassle-free and budget-friendly, throw a baby shower barbeque, or Baby-Q, to celebrate the forthcoming bundle of joy.

Colorful Outdoor Table Setting for Baby or Bridal 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.

Spring is a great time to entertain outdoors, and with these simple DIY baby shower ideas you'll be able to pull together a Baby-Q in no time – and for very little money.

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Invitations

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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.

Book Worm

Stock-the-library showers are a great way for first-time, or second-time moms to add classic favorites to their baby's new collection. Download our literary invite.

Multiples

Having twins? Triplets? You can't go wrong with one of these poker-inspired shower invitations.

Gender Reveal

The only thing more fun than finding out your baby's gender is finding out while surrounded by your closest friends and family. Invite them to the big reveal with this sweet invite.

Steampunk

Add a little steampunk flair to your baby shower with these cool industrial-style invites. Go mechanical-chic.

French Brunch

If elegant Parisian is the mom-to-be's style, download this chic invitation.

Collegiate

Rally your friends and family for a collegiate-style baby shower, full of pep. Try this preppy 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.  

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Decorations

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Jill Werderitch 

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.  

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Menu

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. 

Games 

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Games are a great way to get all of the guests involved and talking at a baby shower. But you don't have to spend a fortune on activities! Instead, get the party started with our free printable templates. Download the game instruction cards seen here (and many more in the next slides) to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK

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Don't Say Baby

Everyone loves this game! As guests arrive, have them clip one clothespin somewhere on their clothing. The goal of the game is not to say the word "baby." If someone says "baby," another guest can take her clip. The guest with the most clips at the end of the shower wins. For added pizzazz, dress up plain clips with glitter and ribbon. Download the instruction card.

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Books for Baby

What better way to sprinkle a new mommy than to fill her new baby’s library with great books? On the invitation include a note for each guest to bring her favorite children’s book for the baby’s library. Purchase a plain crate from your local craft store, paint and personalize it with the baby’s name and have guests drop their books inside for mom or dad to take home. Get the step-by-step instructions.

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Baby Dictionary

Use our printable game sheet to test the guests' knowledge. Have everyone start at the same time and give them one minute to come up with as many baby-related words as possible, one per alphabet letter. The guest with the most words at the end of the minute wins. Download the game sheets.

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Go Boho

Create a make-your-own flower crown station for guests, complete with all the supplies they'll need to craft boho-chic floral headpieces.

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Guess Baby's Birthday

On a printed calendar, have each guest write down the date and time they think the baby will arrive, then jot down their name next to the prediction. After the birth, the guest who had the closest guess will win a prize. Download a free guess-the-birthdate calendar to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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Pampered Momma

Sit back and relax. A spa-themed shower is a perfect way to pamper and prepare a new mom before baby arrives. Set up a relaxing facial station where each guest can enjoy an invigorating sugar scrub and soothing honey mask. Get more ideas for a spa-themed shower below.

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Baby Blanket Bingo

This is a fresh take on a classic game that everyone loves. At the beginning of the shower, 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. As the guest of honor opens her gifts, players mark off items on their card. The first guest to get five in a row wins. Download free bingo cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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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 free game instruction cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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Baby Animal Game

This printable guessing game is a fun way to get your guests talking. They'll simply need to guess which baby animal belongs with which parent. Download the printable game and hand each guest a game card when they arrive. Throughout the party, have them match up the baby animal with the parent animal. While you are opening gifts, go over the answers aloud. Whoever has the most correct matches wins a prize! Download the game sheets.

Who's That Baby?

Have each guest bring a baby photo of themselves, then 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. The guest with the most correct guesses wins. Download the numbers to tag each photo, the game sheets and the game instruction card.

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Memory Game

Let's see which guest has the best memory. Fill a tray with small gifts for the new baby, then give each player a pen and piece of paper. 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. The guest with the most items wins.

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Advice for Parents-to-Be

Let guests help with the party decor by stringing up colorful cards with advice and well wishes for the mommy to be. Cut out colorful shapes of your choice — we love these sweet animal shapes! — and let guests choose which card they want. By the end of the party, you'll have an entire wall of thoughtful advice.

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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. The guest with the most correct guesses wins a prize. Download the quote cards to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK.

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Word Challenge

Print a banner that spells out the baby's name, congratulations or other sentiment and hang it up where 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 our free alphabet pennants to match your party's theme: BLUE, GREEN or PINK, then download the instruction card following the links in the first slide of this gallery.

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DIY Onesie Station

Keep guests busy and treat Mom to a set of adorable, handmade baby clothes by setting up a onesie decorating station. Snag the instructions and downloadable patterns here.

Guess How Many Gumballs

Not only does this game add an element of fun to the baby shower, but it also creates a pretty display. Fill a glass jar with gumballs and have the guests guess how many are in the jar. Download the game instruction card, then download the guess slips.

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Draw Straws

Add a twist to the classic game of drawing straws. Using cute paper straws that match the shower colors, cut them into varying lengths, making sure one is shorter than all the rest. Have each guest draw a straw and the person with the shortest wins a prize.

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Sprinkled With Love

This simple game challenges the guests to come up with as many words as they can using the letters in the words “Sprinkled with Love." The longer the word, the better. Think quickly and write as many words down as possible before the timer runs out. Download the game sheets.

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Words of Wisdom

Throwing a travel-themed shower? Have guests give the parents-to-be their best “travel” tips for their new life with baby by filling out these printable cards. Go one step further by displaying them in a cute, vintage suitcase. Download the advice cards.

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Hole In One

Lawn games were made for informal gatherings like this Baby-Q. Jazz up the usual beanbags with pink and blue fabric for the event, turning a standard game of cornhole into a baby-gender guessing game.

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Thanks in Advance

If you want to make the guest of honor’s life easier, make sure to use this tip! The last things you want to do when you are about to have a baby (or even worse, if you just had a baby) are track down everyone’s addresses, buy thank you cards, or go anywhere near a post office. Setting up a thank you card area will save her hours.

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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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Favors 

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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. 

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