Do you have a friend who's expecting? Here are some great tips for planning the perfect Baby Shower for her without spending a fortune.
1. For the invitation send a sweet email invitation. Paper invititations are gorgeous but very pricey. These days electronic invites look more like fine stationery than emails! PaperlessPost.com has some great invitations for as little as $5; you can send plenty of beautiful online invitations complete with gorgeous addressed envelopes that open virtually in the recipient's mailbox. Evite also has some great baby shower invitations.
2. For the decor, choose a chic color scheme. If you pick one or two solid colors and stick to the scheme for everything you buy, the harmonious color palette will look gorgeous and expensive. You can purchase a lot of great items from the dollar store or borrow from what your kids have or what you have at home. I think some of the cutest decorations can be found right in your own home. The decor items pictured above (cupie dolls) come straight from Social Couture and are very inexpensive but definitely make a "OMG that's so cute!" statement.
3. Another great way to keep costs down is to purchase one type of flower that will make a big impact and do the arranging yourself (cuts labor costs); for example, we just did a huge birthday party for my mother (100 guests) and we purchased all white hydrangeas from the local grocer - we ordered in advance from the grocer's wholesale vendors and we were given additional discounts for ordering in bulk. For 12 tables of bouquets are costs were less than $150 which is usually what 1 arrangement would cost. If you don't have enough vases borrow from friends or use these adorable pales pictured above.
4. For the food, cut-up veggies for a crudites plate...DIY always cuts costs by about a third. Add simple hors d'oeuvres, then focus on a dessert that will get you tons of oohs and aahs.
5. Focus on an incredible dessert table!! So easy to do and definitely makes a huge impression.
Ok so just a few extra things to remember...
Set the date at least 4 weeks before the baby's due date so your Mommy to be isn't stressed.
Don't be afraid to ask a friend to host with you.
Keep the guest list to a manageable number and if you can seperate it out from work friends to friends and family...it's not a bad idea to suggest that she have a seperate "office" shower just for her co-workers.