How to Host a Baby Shower on a Budget

Looking for ideas on how to host a baby shower? I have you covered with so many baby shower party ideas from what I loved about mine!

Before I had my first baby, I was lucky enough to have two of my closest friends, and future Godparents, host a Baby Shower for me.

I felt so special that they wanted to take the time to host a baby shower for me and to get everyone together to celebrate the impending arrival of our first baby.

They asked me beforehand what I wanted for the event and if I had any particular baby shower themes in mind.

The only real request I had was that both mine and Mr M’s friends were invited and not just the girls from either side.

Our group of friends is mixed and I didn’t like the idea of some missing out or not being able to celebrate with the boys – they’re still going to be in our baby’s life too after all!

Plus, Mr M is the Dad – he wanted to be there to celebrate too.

If you’re wondering who to invite to a baby shower, ask the expectant parents what they would prefer.

Wondering where to have a baby shower on a budget?

My friends organised a wonderful BBQ in our garden.

I was eight months pregnant and didn’t want to travel anywhere. That’s one thing to consider when looking for places to have a baby shower.

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When do you have a baby shower?

If you’re wondering when to have a baby shower – ask the expectant mum when she would prefer it.

They looked after everything – sending out invites, collating responses, answering any questions, organising games – the whole lot.

I was a bit surprised that some of the men invited were not keen – maybe it’s still the norm that it’s a girls-only event in the main?

However, on the promise of a burger and a beer, along they came anyway and they said afterward that they were so glad they did.

Here are a few tips on what I think made it a wonderful event.

If you are planning a baby shower, here are my suggestions on what to do at a baby shower without breaking the bank:

Best Baby Shower Ideas on a Budget

1.  Don’t limit it to Girls Only!

Do guys go to baby showers? Heck yes!

As mentioned above, we invited both men and women.

It meant we could celebrate with all of our friends in one place and our friends could invite their partners too.

2.  Don’t travel too far

If you’re having the baby shower towards the end of your pregnancy, think about having it close to home.

I was eight months’ pregnant at mine and thought there would be no chance that the baby would arrive soon but she ended up coming just a week or so later!

3.  Trust your friends

I’m a bit of a control freak but I had so much on my mind in planning for the baby’s arrival that I relinquished control of the baby shower in full to my friends and they did such an amazing job of organising it.

I had the best time there relaxing, socialising and feeling quite spoiled! They knew how to throw a baby shower that I would love.

Hosting a baby shower should be done by the people who know you best.


4.  You don’t have to spend a fortune

Instead of paying for a function room and excessive catering costs, we had the party at our house and provided BBQ food, snacks and drinks.

Everyone naturally brings something to a BBQ too so there was no shortage of food or drink at all – everyone was happy!

Also – baby shower cakes aren’t necessary – unless you really want one.

We skipped the baby shower decorations as it was a reall informal event but you could add some DIY ones.

To keep costs down further, skip the printed baby shower invitations as emails will suffice.

Unless you particularly want a printed invite to keep in a memory box then I personally think they’re an unnecessary expense.

Don’t get me wrong, I love to receive a personalised, hand-crafted invite in the post but I wouldn’t think any less of someone sending an email, text or simply asking me in person.

5.  Give notice

Provide as much notice to your invitees as possible.

You want as many of your friends and loved ones to attend so give them a fair chance to.

6.  Play games!

Have a variety of fun baby shower games to play. They’re traditionally one of the best things to do at a baby shower and kind of expected.

Some of your guests won’t be into competition or potentially embarrassing themselves. My hosts split them into teams instead which meant anyone who didn’t want to play didn’t have to but could still feel part of the event.

Others, however, didn’t need to be asked twice to dunk for dummies :)

I loved the unique baby shower game ideas they came up with.

Here are some ideas on games to play at a baby shower. Do you have any fave baby shower activities?

7.  Finally, have an end time.

Our guests arrived at lunchtime and we told them in advance that it would end at about 3pm.

At that time, my hosts started packing away and rounding everyone up which meant I could have a sit down and rest as by then I was exhausted and didn’t have to worry about having to keep entertaining when I’d rather put my swollen pregnant feet up!

You can view my Baby Showers Pinterest board here.

I’ve only ever been to one baby shower party – my own!

I just loved it and it was all down to my hosts’ doing such a great job and our wonderful friends who came along.

I wasn’t excepting any baby shower gifts at all but was delighted with them all.

It’s a fabulous event to get together with your friends, have fun and get all of your baby talk done without feeling like you’re boring them silly!

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What are your tips for organising a baby shower? I hope my tips on how to plan a baby shower have inspired you.

This post on how to host a baby shower was originally published on October 23rd 2015.



  1. / 7:20 am

    Love this hun, I had a mixed baby shower for Oliver as the boys came back from the pub early and it made it even more fun! This has made me broody, fab tips x

    • / 7:08 pm

      Thanks lovely – mixed are the best I think :) x

  2. You Baby Me Mummy
    / 5:37 am

    Fab tips huni. I didn’t have a baby shower and I am really sad now! Maybe I can have one now, just 2.5 years late?! Thanks for linking up to #TheList x

    • / 1:40 pm

      Thanks lady! Yes I think you should – always lovely to celebrate a baby – and a Baby :) x

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