Baby shower on a budget?

Hi everyone! My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having twins in August (I'm 17wks along right now)! :) We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom won't be able to pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help contribute as much

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  1. #1
    Kristen
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    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    Hi everyone!

    My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having twins in August

    (I'm 17wks along right now)!

    We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom won't be able to

    pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help contribute as much

    as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.

    The first issue is, we will need a place to hold the shower. Mom's

    house and ours are both too small, and neither of us have large yards.

    We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or something, where

    food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per person, so that is

    out of thw question, being that we'll have around 50 guests. Any

    ideas on finding a hall or some other establishment that will let us

    hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use their catering?

    And, on the subject of food...what would be a good, affordable lunch

    time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we could make various

    salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a loss for anything

    else.

    Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL

    Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are themes necessary?

    Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that we can try and

    recreate inexpensively?


    Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may suggest would be

    most appreciated.

    Thank you,

    Kris








  2. #2
    Ria
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    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    Hi there,



    My first thought was to rent a pavilion at a local

    park. We have a beautiful park here, surrounding a

    lake, and it cost about $30 to rent the pavilion for a

    4 hour period. Since it's a covered area, it can be

    used rain or shine...and May is usually a wonderful

    time of year. I know this because we've rented the

    pavilion twice for my daughter's birthday parties in

    May.



    A BBQ is relatively inexpensive (hot dogs, burgers,

    chicken), and close family/friends may be willing to

    bring a dish (tossed salad, pasta salad, potato salad,

    chips, brownies, cookies).



    Good luck - and congrats!!!



    Hugs,

    Ria



    --- Kristen <royalbitch2@yahoo.com> wrote:



    > Hi everyone!

    > My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having

    > twins in August

    > (I'm 17wks along right now)!

    > We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom

    > won't be able to

    > pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help

    > contribute as much

    > as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.

    > The first issue is, we will need a place to hold the

    > shower. Mom's

    > house and ours are both too small, and neither of us

    > have large yards.

    > We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or

    > something, where

    > food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per

    > person, so that is

    > out of thw question, being that we'll have around 50

    > guests. Any

    > ideas on finding a hall or some other establishment

    > that will let us

    > hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use

    > their catering?

    > And, on the subject of food...what would be a good,

    > affordable lunch

    > time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we

    > could make various

    > salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a

    > loss for anything

    > else.

    > Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL

    > Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are

    > themes necessary?

    > Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that

    > we can try and

    > recreate inexpensively?

    > Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may

    > suggest would be

    > most appreciated.

    > Thank you,

    > Kris

    >

    >









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  3. #3
    herberkids3
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    First, forget lunch menu's. You can do a dessert shower- make it

    sometime around 2 in the afternoon to avoid lunch or dinner hours

    when people are more hungry.



    For food, have just dessert type items- cup cakes, cake, cheesecake,

    brownies, cookies, pie, etc. Ask close relatives (siblings, close

    aunt's, grandmas, etc) if they would mind bringing a dish to pass.

    Don't request it on the invitation, though, as most people will find

    it tacky. Just ask the people closest to you. Or, if anyone asks if

    you guys need any help throwing the shower, ask them if they would

    mind bringing a dessert to pass.



    For plates & decorations, hit up your local dollar stores over the

    next few months. Just grab one or two things here or there so you

    have a stock pile in time for the shower itself. Plates can be

    printed or a plain solid color (or colors). Pink, blue, green,

    yellow, or white all will look nice. Also, after Easter, check for

    easter plates on clearance, because you should be able to find

    something with flowers in pastel colors that will work great without

    looking Eastery.



    For games, do something simple. Baby word scramble, Guess the Baby

    Food (without opening, smelling, or tasting it), measure the belly

    (people take a string and guess how round your belly is, then they

    take turns either measuring you, or holding it next to a premeasured

    one, and which ever is the closest wins), etc.



    My sister's shower was yesterday, and one thing they did was for the

    door prize drawing, they had you bring a package of diapers, any

    size, any brand, any amount of diapers. You didn't have to bring a

    package, but if you did, you got entered into that drawing for the

    door prize.



    As for where to hold it, check with local organizations like the

    Eagles, Moose, American Legion, etc. They usually have space they

    can rent out cheaply, and don't require you to purchase their

    catering (because they almost never provide it!).



    For decorations, May is perfect for wild flowers in most areas. Save

    up your mason style jars over the next few months- spaghetti sauce,

    applesauce, etc), and cover them in pastel tissue paper, tying it

    around the neck with curly ribbon in a contrasting color. Fill the

    jar with water and a bunch of wild flowers, and you're set for the

    tables. You can even send them home as a parting gift with some of

    the guests.



    Get some plain white paper in big rolls or plastic table cloth in

    big rolls to cover banquet style tables.



    For game prizes, always get at least double the amount of games

    you'll have, so you have enough in case 2 people tie. If you have

    prizes left over by the last game, give the top X amount of people

    all a prize.



    For the actual prizes, get small things- new pot holders, dish

    towels, a pretty coffee mug filled with candy, etc. It doesn't have

    to be anything great, just something cute. Check dollar stores and

    clearance sections for this stuff. Target has a great section of $1

    items in the front of each store now.



    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Kristen" <royalbitch2@...> wrote:

    >

    > Hi everyone!

    > My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having twins in

    August

    > (I'm 17wks along right now)!

    > We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom won't be able

    to

    > pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help contribute as

    much

    > as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.

    > The first issue is, we will need a place to hold the shower. Mom's

    > house and ours are both too small, and neither of us have large

    yards.

    > We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or something,

    where

    > food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per person, so that

    is

    > out of thw question, being that we'll have around 50 guests. Any

    > ideas on finding a hall or some other establishment that will let

    us

    > hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use their catering?

    > And, on the subject of food...what would be a good, affordable

    lunch

    > time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we could make

    various

    > salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a loss for

    anything

    > else.

    > Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL

    > Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are themes necessary?

    > Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that we can try

    and

    > recreate inexpensively?

    > Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may suggest would be

    > most appreciated.

    > Thank you,

    > Kris

    >










  4. #4
    Kathy Caputo
    Guest

    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    Try renting the local firehouse social hall or church basement.....both are

    usually pretty cheap. Have fun! Kath





    >> > Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that we can try

    >and

    > > recreate inexpensively?

    > > Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may suggest would be

    > > most appreciated.

    > > Thank you,

    > > Kris

    > >

    >

    >



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  5. #5
    Sheri Adams
    Guest

    Default Baby shower on a budget?


    Ok, why not have it where the people who come bring a dish and make it a potluck thing. As far as where, some seniors' residences allow things like that and churches often allow them at a low cost. As for lunch, again, you could make a brown bag lunch thing and then have everybody switch their brown bag with somebody else as a game.
    Favors - go to the dollar store - they are handsome for things that come in numbers/packages of more than one.
    Theme - use what you have at home. Baby clothes taped to the wall, pictures from magazines on bristol board, poems you can find online about babies etc., all make great ideas for scrapbooking on bristol board.
    these are all just ideas but it sounds like a lot of fun

    Sheri L. Adams
    Jesus is My Rock, Music is My Sanity
    Mentor - Women of Worth Ministries



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    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Kristen
    To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com
    Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 5:06 PM
    Subject: Budget101.com : Baby shower on a budget?





    Hi everyone!
    My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having twins in August
    (I'm 17wks along right now)!
    We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom won't be able to
    pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help contribute as much
    as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.
    The first issue is, we will need a place to hold the shower. Mom's
    house and ours are both too small, and neither of us have large yards.
    We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or something, where
    food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per person, so that is
    out of thw question, being that we'll have around 50 guests. Any
    ideas on finding a hall or some other establishment that will let us
    hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use their catering?
    And, on the subject of food...what would be a good, affordable lunch
    time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we could make various
    salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a loss for anything
    else.
    Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL
    Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are themes necessary?
    Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that we can try and
    recreate inexpensively?
    Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may suggest would be
    most appreciated.
    Thank you,
    Kris





  6. #6
    Kelly Stull
    Guest

    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    For a place to have it, what about fire house or where

    I live we have a small VFW that rents out their

    building. That way whatever ya have to pay for the

    rental of building would be a tax deduction. Also they

    would have the tables and chairs so ya don't have to

    worry about that either.

    For the food, the covered dish idea is good, but

    also, ya could just do lunch meat and chips, and make

    jugs of kool aide for drinks.

    The dollar stores are also great places to buy

    stuff for the shower. If ya had extra money right now,

    ya could look for valentine discounts for party favors

    also.

    Hope these ideas might help ya.



    Later,

    Kelly

    >

    > ----- Original Message -----

    > From: Kristen

    > To: Budget101_@yahoogroups.com

    > Sent: Monday, February 26, 2007 5:06 PM

    > Subject: Budget101.com : Baby shower on a budget?

    >

    >

    > Hi everyone!

    > My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm

    > having twins in August

    > (I'm 17wks along right now)!

    > We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom

    > won't be able to

    > pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help

    > contribute as much

    > as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.

    > The first issue is, we will need a place to hold

    > the shower. Mom's

    > house and ours are both too small, and neither of

    > us have large yards.

    > We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or

    > something, where

    > food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per

    > person, so that is

    > out of thw question, being that we'll have around

    > 50 guests. Any

    > ideas on finding a hall or some other

    > establishment that will let us

    > hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use

    > their catering?

    > And, on the subject of food...what would be a

    > good, affordable lunch

    > time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we

    > could make various

    > salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a

    > loss for anything

    > else.

    > Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL

    > Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are

    > themes necessary?

    > Have any of you been to a shower that you loved

    > that we can try and

    > recreate inexpensively?

    > Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may

    > suggest would be

    > most appreciated.

    > Thank you,

    > Kris






  7. #7
    jewelsglosenger
    Guest

    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    My friend and I threw a shower for my friend and she had a large

    crowd and we are both pretty poor (families with husbands as students

    and we are sahm's) but the party was a huge hit. We had her baby

    shower at 2pm so we didn't have the stress of providing a "meal" for

    such a large group and wondering if we would have enough, etc. We

    instead did ice cream sudae's, banana splits, root beer

    floats...whatever they wanted to do with the ice cream. We bought a

    few gallon sized tubs of ice cream each a different flavor and then

    we brought our infant bathtub, bought one for one and borrowed

    another one. We filled the each bathtub with ice and put one ice

    cream in each one (this turned out very cute) and added little

    touches like a rubby ducky, etc in it. Then we had all kinds of

    syrups and toppings and different kinds of soda's in case they wanted

    a float. It was super easy!



    For decorations you do balloon's and we had a rope hung to look like

    a laundry drying line at the entrance and with clothespins we hung up

    white gerber onesies and taped on letter in the middle of each

    onesies to say "Welcome Baby David". We also made a diaper wreath

    and hung that up.



    For an activity to do while people were eating ice cream and greeting

    each other when they first came we had a wooden laundry basket on a

    coffee table full of huggies newborn diapers with instructions by it

    and a glass full of sharpie's. everyone was instructed to write or

    draw something funny, great advice, or just a greeting for the new

    parents to make them smile during those middle of the night diaper

    changes. Everyone had so much fun with this! You just write it on

    the outside of the diaper...don't use pampers, the writing doesn't

    work so well on those ones, just huggies.



    Other games is doing a "price is right" but with baby items, put baby

    items on a tray have everyone look at it and then put it away and

    have everyone right down what was on the tray, whoever remembers the

    most wins! I've seen people ask instead of what's on the tray to

    write down what the person who showed it to everyone was

    wearing...LOL since everyone's paying attention to the tray and not

    the person. We also played that was a huge hit was "Birth the

    baby". Buy those tiny plastic babies at party stores (usally like 25

    babies for like $1.50) and put one in each ice cube thing in a tray

    and then add water and freeze them. Give each person one ice cube

    baby in their drink and see who can birth their baby the fastest.

    They cannot put the ice cube in their mouth or hands (it has to stay

    in the glass) but people get creative by blowing hot air from their

    mouth or stirring it really fast to birth their baby...it's funny.

    Also there is a candy bar matching game. You match a candy bar name

    up to a birthing name through concentration and when someone makes a

    match you give them that candy bar (whatever one they mtached). You

    can google to get the game, but it was like "score" was matched with

    conception, "twizzlers" was matched with umbillical cord, "milk way"

    was breastfeeding, "Baby Ruth" was baby girl name, "whoppers" was

    contractions, and so on....There's about 20 or so matches, very cute

    and fun.



    Hope this helps! Oh yeah, we also brought one of our playpens for

    people to put their gifts in. Simple and get to the theme!



    Julie





    --- In Budget101_@yahoogroups.com, "Kristen" <royalbitch2@...> wrote:

    >

    > Hi everyone!

    > My Mom wants to throw me my baby shower. I'm having twins in August

    > (I'm 17wks along right now)!

    > We need help with a few suggestions...firstly, mom won't be able to

    > pay for the whole thing, so we ar egoing to help contribute as much

    > as we can. The shower will likely be held in May.

    > The first issue is, we will need a place to hold the shower. Mom's

    > house and ours are both too small, and neither of us have large

    yards.

    > We'd LOVE to be able to have it at a restaurant or something, where

    > food is included, but they cost about $12-15/per person, so that is

    > out of thw question, being that we'll have around 50 guests. Any

    > ideas on finding a hall or some other establishment that will let

    us

    > hold the shower at a low cost, W/OUT having to use their catering?

    > And, on the subject of food...what would be a good, affordable

    lunch

    > time menu for a crowd this size? I'm thinking we could make various

    > salads (tossed, pasta, potato, etc), but I'm at a loss for anything

    > else.

    > Favors? I'm drawing a complete blank here! LOL

    > Another area lacking imagination is a theme. Are themes necessary?

    > Have any of you been to a shower that you loved that we can try and

    > recreate inexpensively?

    > Any ideas, tips, anything at all that you all may suggest would be

    > most appreciated.

    > Thank you,

    > Kris

    >










  8. #8
    Suzanne Fesmire Gibbons
    Guest

    Default Baby shower on a budget?

    At my baby shower, the guests played a fun word game.

    Write "Baby X" (fill in your last name, such as "Baby

    Smith") on a piece of paper. Each guest has to

    rearrange the letters in those two words to make as

    many words as possible (they don't have to use all the

    letters). My guests really got into this - it got very

    competitive! We had to make rules like no proper nouns

    or foreign words in order to break a tie. The winner

    got a small prize.



    Suzanne



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