Friday, November 5, 2010

Baby Shower on a Budget

A few weeks ago we received a call from WCIU "The U" issuing La Di Events a challenge.   They challenged us to plan a gender neutral baby shower for 8-10 guests on a budget of $100. We were asked to use items that are already in our homes and items that are affordable to buy at the store.  We were up for the challenge!  The "Baby Shower on a Budget" segment aired this Wednesday November 3rd on the WCIU morning show You and Me this Morning. Enjoy the video!
Scroll down to learn more details about the products used in this segment.
We used a twin bed sheet from Target!  The twin sheet will fit an 8 foot table.  If you have a round or oval table you can use a fitted full sheet!
Advice and Wishes
This is a great way for guests to share their advice with the mom to be.  We cut up pieces of scrap booking paper that we found at Michaels.  Place the scrapbook pieces on a dish or tray you have in your home with a pen or a small point permanent marker.  For the advice and wishes sign we printed out the words on the computer and glued it to a piece of folded scrapbook paper.  You can set out any clear vase you have in your home for the guests to place their wishes in.

The best way to save money at a shower is to not schedule the party at a meal time.  I would recommend 3pm.  This way you can just have a few items to eat and save money on food.  For the segment we cut up fruit and placed them in glasses I had in my home to make individual portions for each guest.  This also saves you money because you do not have to buy plates for the guests to put their food on.  We displayed the fruit on a dish I had in my home and to add some flair cut a piece of scrap booking paper to line the dish.

Guest Seating
It is always nice to incorporate your guests in the shower.  Ask each guest to mail you a baby photo to be used at the shower.  Place each photo in a picture frame, these we found at the dollar store.  Place the pictures at each guest place setting so guests can find their seat.  It also will be a great conversation piece.
I was so excited when I found these sundae dishes at the dollar store.  They were perfect for our baby shower theme.  We used the sundae dish as a vase for flowers.  The flowers we purchased were from Jewel-Osco and we chose flowers that were affordable and matched our theme, mums and carnations.
Cupcake Stand
To make this cupcake stand we took one of the sundae dishes turned it upside down and glued it to a plate from the dollar store with ceramic glue.  Now you have a very chic and affordable stand to display your homemade cupcakes at the shower.

Cupcake Flags
Cupcake flags are very popular but you don't have to spend alot of money on them.  You can make then yourself.  For these flags we traced a tea light candle for the circles on scrapbook paper.  Next we cut out the circles and taped a toothpick to one of the two circles.  Last we took some stick glue and glued the two circles together.  For a finishing touch we added a Wilton baby foot sticker.
For the drink we chose a traditional lemonade.  To add to the look we sliced up 6 limes and added them to the lemonade.  We displayed it in my Colin Cowie drink dispenser.   This was not included in the budget because I have this already in my home.  But you don't have to use a fancy drink dispenser you could use a pitcher or a punch bowl you have at home.  You could also pour individual glasses for guest to take.
Instead of playing games at the shower you can set out these baby shower trivia coasters by Wilton.  This is a great way to still add some fun to the shower without playing multiple games.

A BIG thank you to WCIU and You and Me this Morning for asking La Di Events to be a part of their morning show.
I loved spending my morning with Jeanne and Melissa!
I hope you enjoyed the "Baby shower on a Budget" segment on You and Me this Morning.  I know I did!!

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  1. I love the setup of the Baby shower. I am in charge of my sister's baby shower invitations. I am so excited to get cracking. It will be a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Awesome tips! These tips will really won't cost a lot for a fun baby shower party!

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