Someone is always having a baby. Whether that’s a family member, a friend, or even yourself; chances are that someone out there is going to have a baby in the near future. One of my favorite things about this is being able to shop for baby clothes. And on occasion, I like to get in on the fun by planning a baby shower. For me, however, I want to be able to plan a memorable baby shower on a budget.
The Purpose of Holding a Baby Shower
Celebrating the upcoming arrival of a new baby is exciting but at the same time, it’s often a situation in which both parents can feel much anxiety. These feelings of anxiety are especially strong for first-time parents. There is so much to know and so many different items are needed to provide proper infant care.
The idea of the baby shower came about as both a special time for family and friends to be together before the baby’s arrival and also to help relieve the financial burden on parents-to-be by supplying them with many of the new gadgets, furnishings and accessories they’ll need once their baby arrives.
The host can do the planning alone or brainstorm with friends in picking the right invitation then having it made by the printers. When that is finished, the other details after that should already be quite easy such as the food for the occasion, and the program for the party.
The party is determined on the gender of the baby and the supplies for the occasion depend on the theme of the baby shower.
In some parts of the world the baby shower is actually held after the baby is born. This makes sense since a baby shower is a celebration of the baby and guests enjoy actually seeing the one who is being celebrated. It’s also easier to select gender-appropriate colors and gifts and should the gift need engraving, guests have all the delivery details they need.
Having the baby shower after the baby’s birth does make sense, but it’s a very busy time for new parents. Plus, many of the baby items the expectant parent(s) need are needed as soon as the baby arrives home. That’s why scheduling the baby shower before the baby’s birth is the more common option.
How to Plan a Memorable Baby Shower on a Budget
A baby shower can be a big to-do with lots of little details to coordinate and every detail is going to cost money. That’s why it’s highly advisable for whoever is hosting the shower to put together (and stick to) a workable budget.
Pulling off a successful special event like a baby shower doesn’t take special talent, it takes a well-thought out plan that includes a timeline and a budget.
A party for any occasion can never do without balloons. These can come in various colors, sizes and shapes and are quite affordable. One can order these either online or in the nearest party store in the neighborhood and have it ready for pickup or delivery in a few days.
· A nice looking cake is another important thing that must not be missed out for a baby shower. Just like balloons, this can be made in various colors or shapes symbolizing a cartoon character or any other thing that is the theme of the party.
· A baby shower should always have games. When there are games, there are prizes and the host can get some gift certificates to be given away.
· The party can be formal or it can be a casual one where people who are a bit older have a chance to act like children again. Party ware is available in various colors. One can get it at an affordable price which includes everything from the glass, to the utensils and the plate itself. Since these are disposable, one can easily get rid of it when the party is over.
· Streamers and ribbons for the party are also an essential to fix up the venue for baby shower. These come in rolls more than 50 feet long and can be purchased at a reasonable price.
Light and finger foods are usually served during baby showers so it won’t be that hard figuring out what snacks to get for the event.
The host can even make a baby shower registry so that the future mother will not get similar gifts from friends and family.
Given that most baby showers are limited to a small number of people, planning the budget before going out and buying the essentials will not be that much of a problem.
Have you ever planned a baby shower? What tips would you share?