Yesterday I had the honor of co-hosting a shower for my good friend Natalie, who is expecting her first child in April. We were so happy to be able to help her celebrate with her loved ones, and had a great time preparing for the shower! Here are some of our best ideas from the shower, some of which could be applied to any shower, not just a baby shower.
Always scour the internet for the best of invitation deals! If you’re lucky, you’ll hit VistaPrint on the right day and get invitations for free + shipping! We actually didn’t use VistaPrint for this shower, but I use them for almost every one I do (as well as for my own stationary needs!) and have always been pleased with the quality of the invitations. Here are my favorite ones for baby showers:
My decorations for showers are always ones that double-task as crafts or something useful for the mommy to be. My new favorite craft is painting onesies, which double as decorations once they are hung and are perfect for the new baby. Plus, it is a good substitute for a game, which as it happens is one of my least favorite things about showers.
I was able to get these onesies on clearance thanks to a tip from another savvy deal blog, and borrowed the paints from my wonderful friend Anna. It made for a great frugal craft that the mommy-to-be loved!
Another great decoration idea is a blessing tree (thanks, Caroline for this great idea!). You basically use scrapbooking paper and ribbon to make little individual blessing papers for guests to fill out and hang on a tree for the new baby- these can later be compiled into a book to keep in the nursery. Some people also choose to make a blessing book out of these so that they are already in one place. You can also use branches in a vase to hang the papers on.
Flowers are another important part of shower decorations, and boy did we get lucky for this shower! Remember this deal from 1-800-Flowers we posted on in November? I was able to sign up both myself and my husband for the deal and had an $80 credit to work with. Along with a 15% off coupon code, we were able to get all of the flowers for the shower for only $2.33. Here are my best tips for flowers at showers:
Make your own arrangements- don’t have the florist make them for you, or buy them ready made! Flowers are much less expensive if you buy them in groups- a bundle of spray roses, a bundle of tulips, etc and arrange them yourself. Above are the three bouquets I made for the shower- one for the table, one for by the drinks, and one to go by the favors on the table.
Keep an eye out for promotions or internet deals- like I said earlier, I was able to get all of these flowers for nearly free just from using the deal we posted here on our website. I usually don’t purchase flowers from the internet (Publix or Whole Foods work better for me locally as far as prices) but this was a deal I couldn’t pass up!
Get creative, and make most of the food yourself. Pick foods that can be made 2-3 days in advance to spare yourself the stress of preparing items the day of the shower.
Our menu: chicken salad with croissants, fruit salad, petit-fors, layered sundried tomato and basil pesto torta, cheesecake tartlets, and fresh strawberry-raspberry lemonade. All of these with the exception of the punch can be prepared 1-3 days in advance, meaning that you can simply place them on the table the day of the shower!
I usually prefer hand-made favors over purchased ones- they’re much cheaper, and can be yummy as well. Here’s a picture of the baby carriage cookie favors I made for this shower:
They’re tasty, adorable, and go along perfectly with our pink and green shower theme. They also come with a total price of about $5 for two dozen (basically, the cost of the bags and the ribbon! If you have sugar, butter, and flour, you’re in business!)
These were our best ideas for the baby shower we threw yesterday; we hope you enjoyed them! As an added bonus, here is the recipe for my mom’s fresh Strawberry-raspberry lemonade. It’s simple and incredibly delicious!
Mom’s Strawberry-Raspberry Lemonade
4 packages frozen stawberries in syrup
4 containers frozen Minute Maid raspberry lemonade
1. Thaw and puree the frozen strawberries
2. Prepare frozen lemonade per package directions
3. Mix, and serve!
(Add Sprite if a more punch-like taste is desired)
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Now it’s your turn- what are your best shower ideas for a budget?