A inexpensive shower for a new bride is to invite guest to bring a dish with the recipe taped to the dish. The guest eat the food and the bride gets the dishes and recipes.
Another inexpensive way to toss a shower is to buy cheese, crackers and thin sliced lunch meats. Have your kids roll the lunch meats, cut the cheeses plain or into shapes. Have crackers, tea, coffee and soda.
To decorate the shower use pictures of her and her future husband when they were growing up.
My neice was married last November, it seemed everytime I turned around someone was having some sort of a shower for her. I was going broke buying her gifts. So I ended up printing out recipes and budget tips. Saved me money and hopefully someday she will learn from the budget tips.