Hosting the Perfect Baby Shower on a Budget

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Baby Shower

A baby shower is the perfect way to bring friends and family together to honor the mommy-to-be. Though you want to give the perfect shower for the special new mommy in your life, the cost of food, decorations, and gifts can take quite a toll on your budget. A shower doesn’t have to take place at a fancy restaurant. There are several cost-effective alternatives that can occur in your home and still make for a fun and memorable day.

The Sunday Brunch

Brunch is always a crowd pleaser, and the perfect way to serve a large crowd of people on a budget. Set up a Bloody Mary bar and circulate the crowd with mimosas, non-alcoholic for the new mamma of course! Provide a table with bagels, donuts, croissants, and rolls.  Panera offers a great selection of breakfast breads that are both inexpensive and delicious. Along with breads, serve other favorites like mini-quiches, an assortment of breakfast meats, and fresh fruit. Your guest will go home full, but your pocket book won’t be empty.

The Pizza Party Couple’s Shower

A couple’s shower is a great way to recognize both the new mommy and daddy-to-be. Though some guys might feel awkward attending a baby shower, keeping things casual and informal can make the affair a lot less intimidating. Pizza is always a crowd pleaser, and an inexpensive way to serve a meal.  Start the shower with light appetizers like bruschetta, stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto wrapped cantaloupe. Add a variety of pizza’s, salads, and beer for an occasion that offers a great way for couples to mingle and have fun.

The Dessert Shower

What better way to entertain a group of ladies than with a huge buffet of desserts? The dessert shower is a fun way to celebrate and sample new treats without having the expense of a full meal. Provide a candy bar with blue or pink themed candies.  Set up tables with miniature samplings of cheesecakes, brownies, cupcakes, cake pops, cookies, and donuts.  At the end of the party, pass out bags or small take-out boxes so that the guests can take desserts to go.  You’ll be sure to have a satisfied mama and very pleased guests.