(Closed) Help me Plan a Baby Shower on a Small Budget

posted 9 years ago in Babies
Post # 3
2561 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

As far as pumpkins go … You could you could buy pumpkins, cut a hole in the top, gut them, and then spray them whatever colour you wanted, then use them as a vase, and fill them with whatever flowers you can find for cheap (like carnations or the like). You could use smaller baby pumpkins to accent the flower centre piece.

Post # 4
1765 posts
Buzzing bee

For another game that is really fun is for everyone to have a roll of paper (toilet tissue or streamer paper?) and tear off a piece that they think will fit around her belly.  Then the one that comes closest to the right length gets a prize. 

Are you strapped for time also?  If so, I would do something more simple than the pops for favors.  What about chocolate chip cookies?

What about something simpler than baby rattle cupcakes? Why not do pink frosting, and cover them with mini chocolate chips?  and tie around the cupcake with pink cupcake paper and thin brown ribbon.  I am sure that you could find mini rattles at a party store to place on top.

Just googled and found this: Mrs. Dumpling’s BRIDAL shower-some similar ideas here.


I particularly thought it had some similar food ideas.  And for favors they gave out small miniature lotions.  A nice bath basket for your raffle-you can get some things at the dollartree-like loofas, maybe some nice soaps, shampoos, liquid body soap, for all men/women etc. You could even get kid stuff too, etc.

What about sugarbabie candys (Movie sized boxes) prizes I saw some in dollartree. You could also have some Good and Plenty also! 

http://www.firstimpressionfavors.com/item_1050/Baby-Shower-Washcloth-Topiary-Tree-Centerpiece.htm    (You can also find baby washcloths @ dollartree)

I love these paper bag flowers I saw on this wedding blog site:


Post # 5
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

You’ve done a lot of great planning!! We usually  hang a clothesline, bring clothespins and/or baby hangers and ask every guest to bring a onesie to hang. Very cute and practically free!! (But you have to collect them early or hope they get their before the guest of honor arrives.) You could also do this with bibs or other ideas.  Ross sells cheap bundles of onesies you could have as backup if nobody follows their ‘assignment’. That’s the decor. Oh and baby pics of the mama and daddy.

Post # 8
185 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

For my babyshower: My sister made diaper cakes as the centerpieces on each table. I am looking for a picture…in the meantime she did layers of diapers and on the top put a bottle with a small stuff animal (theme was noah’s ark). She wrapped them in plastic and tied balloons behind them. It wasn’t decoration overkill but looked very pretty. 

Post # 9
1765 posts
Buzzing bee


I want to apologize.  I was hurrying in trying to post ideas as fast as possible-as it was late!  So, just to let you know, I wasn’t trying to be bold with any “changes” if my post last night came off that way.  I didn’t see the rattle cupcakes-Fabulous!!!  I was just thinking about making it easier if time was an issue.  And I agree you have done great planning!!!  We made a larger diaper cake for my daughter’s shower, which took 2 people to do a big one, and it wasn’t easy! But those small ones are VERY cute!! And would make great centerpieces.  I actually rolled up baby socks into “rose buds” to put on the “cake”.

Another idea is to cover boxes with polka dot receiving blankets, and put a big bow on top-for centerpieces.  You can’t ever have too many of receiving blankets. This would be cute too:http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/table-decor–polka-dot-ribbon-topiaryjust use pieces of ribbon and straight pins, a dowel, and a round styrofoam ball-You might want to stick pin in glue? before ribbon. Use flower pots and something to fill the bottom.

Here’s another idea for a raffle basket if you have “game” lovers. 🙂

Buy a polka-dotted stuffed animal. Give inexpensive checkers games or Twister type games dominos and bingo


Centerpiece of pumpkins covered with mums

Harvest of Flowers-from better homes &gardens

For a pretty and super-quick centerpiece, create this beautiful autumn centerpiece with a small pumpkin, a grocery store bouquet, and some hot glue. Choose a bouquet of mums in harvest colors, and cut each flower at the top of its stem, just below each flower head. Attach each blossom to an uncut pumpkin with a little hot glue. Sprinkle colorful leaves and small gourds around the pumpkins for added interest. This is a great last-minute project.  You could use carnations or marigold or mums, too, and do 1 per table.

Post # 10
1645 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

For my FSIL’s wedding shower, we did a very small floral arrangement on each table (8 ft long banquet style) and then they found some plastic table confetti that were leaves in fall colors and dropped them onto the tables. She’s having a fall wedding and it was really nice. They also had gold and ivory balloons blown with helium and put them in bunches by the gift table, food tables, and name tag table.

Post # 11
761 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

What about some classic toys as centerpieces? Like a slinky, pull toy, blocks, books, stacking rings. I assume she’s having a girl. I saw a really cute idea where they hung little dresses on hooks on the tables as the centerpieces. And they could be you’re gift as well.

Or you could use the centerpieces as prizes. Maybe a themed basket decorated really nicely?

Or use the rattle cupcakes displayed on decorated cake stands as the centerpieces?

Google image pink and brown baby shower By The Way. Such cute ideas!

Post # 13
259 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I threw my SIL’s  baby shower on $100 budget for everything. We got streamers and some banners from Dollar Tree and hung them up. Centerpiece was a diaper cake that my roommate and I put together. We also got some balloons. I know you mentioned you didn’t want balloon centerpieces, but they really are economical. I think the pp’s idea of using boxes covered with receiving blankets was a great idea, especially if you topped it with a toy or had the guests put their presents on top. Dollar Tree also sold little plastic decorations–rattles, safety pins, carriages, etc–that you could sprinkle up and down the tables. We used the colorful safety pins tied on curled ribbons to hang from the balloons.

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