Plan the perfect baby shower using a few simple tips.

4 necessities for planning a budget baby shower

If your loved one is pregnant, you have cause to celebrate! You're about to welcome a new life into your family or friend group, making this an exciting time. Most people celebrate such an announcement by hosting a baby shower. These events allow friends and family of the expecting parents to dote upon them with gifts. Of course, throwing such a bash requires some careful planning, especially if you don't want to spend a ton of money. If you're organizing a baby shower, take a look at this list of must-have elements:

1. Baby shower invitations
Obviously, you need to let guests know that this party is happening. However, the way you choose to inform people of that fact is important. Baby shower invitations can let everyone know the gender of the child, or not! They can also reflect a theme. For example, if you want to have a tea party for your loved one's shower, send the Tea Time invites from Pear Tree Greetings! The front and back of this stationery features watercolor tea kettles sure to inform the guests of what exactly they'll be doing. 

2. A budget
Any party you host should be planned using a budget. Without one, you could end up spending more money than you intended to. While you likely want to spoil the mom-to-be, your wallet will appreciate a little restraint. Start your budgeting process by determining who will be chipping in to cover expenses. If you and your family or a few friends all host together, you'll have more money to work with. Once you know how large your pot is, you can split the money by category, though some categories can get a bigger budget than others. Food, venue, decor, invitations and your gift all should fit within the confines of the agreed upon spending limit.

3. A nice venue
Depending on the guest list, the baby shower can take place a private room in a restaurant, a conference room at work or even your backyard. Where you go doesn't matter so much as how you plan. Make the most of whatever spot fits into your budget by decorating the space and ensuring that it's private. Try to fit your venue to your theme, if the budget allows. For example, if you're going with a tea party concept, why not have the shower at a restaurant that serve tea and appetizers? 

4. A guest list
The amount of people you invite to the shower will affect your budget. The more people, the more mouths to feed. On the other hand, a large shower also means more gifts for the couple! First decide how big your list should be, then figure out who you'd like to attend. Consider talking to the expecting mother's parents if you want the shower to be a surprise. Her parents will know which family members should be invited. If you're a friend, you probably have a good idea of who the couple would like to invite. Send invites to mutual friends. You don't have to make the shower a surprise either. If your loved one knows about it, ask her who exactly she wants to come to the party. 

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