Guess what?! I recently found out that I’m going to be an aunt to a little baby girl – and I am over the moon about it!
I love babies. I love parties. I love hosting. And, I love being FRUGAL!
I’m honestly a bit too excited to tell you all about what I’ve been up to these last few weeks. (I’m also a fabulous procrastinator and happen to do some of my best work under pressure – which basically means, if I can do it, you can do it too!) Celebrating the new mama-to-be & honoring the arrival of this new baby with a shower has been such a blessing. It’s funny how doing something for others can almost be a good kind of selfish. You feel so good about doing it that it doesn’t even feel like your doing it for someone else’s benefit… I don’t know about you… but, I LOVE that feeling.
“The BEST part… I didn’t have to break the bank to host the party. The Shower cost me UNDER $100!”
Throwing a beautiful, thoughtful celebration or shower, doesn’t have to cost you an arm & a leg – With a little help from my sister who came over to help me cook the night before & a few food contributions from guests (No shame in allowing help), it was a total, low-budget success & I want to show you exactly how I accomplished that!
⇒ Rather than spending money on renting an event hall, I hosted the shower at my home. It was a great excuse to get a move on my spring cleaning, too! (My boyfriend says, “You should throw a baby shower every spring!”) HAH. He’s a clever one isn’t he? 😉
⇒ I purchased specialty paper at an office supplies store for $6 to print my own invitations using a FREE printable design. I also used $1 envelopes from the dollar store for my invites & favors. I made baby blessing favors for the guests with tea lights from the dollar store that cost $1 for a whole bag.
Baby Blessing Favors Read:
“This is a gift for you today so, when mama goes into labour, you can help light baby’s way… With the flicker of the flame, please say a prayer in Peyton’s name.”
- Recycled Cups, Napkins & Plasticware from my own shower 3 years ago!
- Blueberry green tea, orange juice & water
- Hot Tea & Coffee station (Not Pictured)
- Veggie Platter & dip (Guest Contribution)
- Banana Chocolate Drizzle ( Guest Contribution)
- Celery with olives & cream cheese (Guest Contribution)
- Finger Sandwiches (Guest Contribution)
- Smartfood Popcorn (With “READY TO POP” place-card not pictured)
- Loaded Pasta Salad (Guest Contribution)
- 1 Ham & Veggie Quiche & 1 Bacon & Veggie Quiche
- “Bacon Goodness” – Thank you Pinterest!
- Fresh Fruit Salad
- Vanilla Cupcakes topped with cream cheese frosting (with pink food color) & garnished with a fresh strawberry (Pictured below)
Hosts’ Approx. Total Food Cost Only: $76.64
⇒ I attempted to arrange the cupcakes into a girly pink bow & displayed the DIY baby blocks I made here, which double as a gift to take home for baby. The elephant place cards used to label food were only $0.17 at TJ MAXX!
⇒ My son’s art easel/chalkboard was a great display piece to transition the party from the food area to the sitting area of the party. (FREE of course)
⇒ Coffee table Center Piece (Pictured Below) – Mini Robin eggs cause’… Easter. Recycled Jungle-themed card from my baby shower used as décor. Recycled baby pins from my shower & table runner made from $0.50 roll of burlap garland.
⇒ DIY Baby Onsie Banner recycled from my shower – Made from scrapbook paper & pom-pom garland. Metal BABY sign $1 marden’s find & recycled from my baby shower & P’s old nursery décor. DIY Set of “Little One” Hand Painted Wood Signs – If those are out of your realm of creativeness you can always custom order something similar from a maker-mama like myself or on etsy. BEST PART: They double as a gift for baby’s nursery décor!
GAME: “Nappy Night Time Amusement”
⇒ I purchased a $10 package of size 1 diapers that guests wrote silly, encouraging or amusing words on for the new Mama & Papa to enjoy during their frequent upcoming midnight diaper changes. (The basket & chalk board were items I had at home)
⇒ My most exciting upcycled gift was this ole’ glider chair from when my son was born! With a broken spring in the seat & an irremovable breast milk stain on the cushion, it was left to collect dust in our storage room for the last 2 years. Since I’m on a mindful kick to purge our home of stuff we don’t use/need & I already have an heirloom rocking chair I prefer to use for myself, I finally asked my boyfriend to fix the spring & had handmade covers made for the cushions, footstool & throw pillow by the one & only Mamma Made Children’s Boutique – My go-to for anything sewn & adorable! The glider made the perfect “guest of honor” chair during the shower & will now be a comfortable resting spot for mama & baby for many nights to come in the nursery.
⇒ I used my own gifts to set the stage for arranging the gift table for guests… On the invitations, I encouraged guests to bring a book with a personal note in lieu of a card to help start babies library. The elephant & giraffe book ends & books were a $5 total yard sale find. Given the nursery theme, I couldn’t pass up this $0.25 wicker elephant basket I scored at a yard sale & filled with personal care items.
So, when you get the news of another family member or girlfriend who’s just about “Ready to Pop”, don’t be intimidated by hosting them a shower yourself. The thought & love you pour into the celebration will top any gift you could buy at a store & you’ll feel great about treating the expecting mama to a day all about her. Plus, no one will ever know that you pulled it off on a budget under $100 – Unless of course your like me & super proud of being ultra-frugal & can’t help but brag about how little money you spent!!!
Made With Love,