Baby shower on a budget?

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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, “Kristen” wrote:


      > Hi everyone!

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


      > (I’m 17wks along right now)! 🙂

      > We need help with a few suggestions…firstly, mom won’t be able


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


      > 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


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


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


      > 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


      > 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


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


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


      > 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


      > recreate inexpensively?

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

      > most appreciated.

      > Thank you,

      > Kris 🙂


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