Early - The early bird does catch the worm and in this
case, early planning can be much more nice for your pocket book.
Find out what type of shower the mommy-to-be is interested in
throwing and research early for a reasonably priced venue. Everyone
is looking for business so get some group rates. Planning early can
save on food, drinks and decorations as well as increasing the odds
that more shower invitees can attend if you get the invitations out
early. Ordering baby shower decorations and items online early can
save in shipping since last minute purchasers will pay more getting
products with higher priority shipping rates and may not be able to
have time in finding discounts.
Online Planning - There is just about every type of
savings you can find online by typing in the name of what you are
looking for followed by the words "discounts" or "coupons". Use the
world wide web to find great deals on decorations, gifts, and other
items needed for the baby shower. Ordering items online can save
with specials on shipping, no sales tax and price comparisons.
House Party - Throwing a party at someone's house can
be the best savings if everyone pitches in to bring chairs, tables
and helps with decorations. Make a pot luck and have everyone bring
food which you can arrange early so you have enough appetizers,
finger foods, drinks and desserts. Adding some baby shower games can
make the shower more entertaining and can be found for free online.
Plastic Gifts - Baby shower gifts can be one of the
most expensive aspect of the party for guests, which may include
both ordering and shipping of the item. One suggestion is to
purchase a gift card for the mommy-to-be at her favorite store that
has baby shower essentials which will be much appreciated. Another
idea is to pick up the essentials such as diapers, bath supplies and
onesies which are very reasonable and will be needed by the new
parents. If money is very tight, create a coupon book for free
babysitting, assisting the mommy-to-be for a day, and other helpful
One for All - Get a group together and plan the shower
together, sharing the expenses of the party. This can also be
helpful in creating decorations, bringing set up supplies and
splitting responsibility, especially for those who are also working
while trying to plan the shower. You can also all go in together on
a baby shower gift which will cut down the cost as a group.
Hand Made Memories - There is nothing like having a
pre-shower where a group of shower attendees get together and create
decorations, set up and cook prior to the main event. It is a great
social event with some cheese and wine while playing great music and
setting up the shower in advance. A great idea is to have everyone
take lots of pictures during the shower and present the mommy-to-be
with a handmade memory book that has both pictures and advice for
the new parents to be written by the baby shower guests.
Date and Time of Party - Choosing a Saturday for a
shower at a favorite restaurant may be more expensive than a Sunday
or evening during the week. Choose a reasonable time that works for
baby shower guests and the mommy-to-be that is not at prime time for
where you are planning the venue.
Networking - Ask around and you may find someone who
knows the owner of a favorite restaurant, baby store, or decoration
company that may be able to save you much more for the party.
Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks are a great tool to
reach out to those who you know are attending the baby shower to
find what you are looking for. Get an email list of guests early so
you can start the buzz and network for the shower.