- Use evite.com to send email invitations to your guests. For the few who don't have email, such as older relatives, make your own card invitations or print out invitations on themed paper.
- You can also make an event on and invite people through Facebook.
- Hang diapers, baby clothes, and baby socks on a clothesline in your house.
- Buy baby-themed or colored scrapbook paper on sale at a craft store and glue on magazine pictures of babies or baby items.
- Tape baby-themed greeting cards you've received on the walls.
- Place stuffed animals, baby toys, and board books around the room.
- Consider only decorating the food table or gift area.
- Serve finger food so you don't need to buy utensils.
- Consider making it a potluck party. If you don't feel comfortable with that idea, ask a few guests to bring a dish or drink.
Games & Prizes:
- Play games that require things you already have--paper and pens, baby items, etc.--or you can easily make. Most baby shower games can be easily replicated without buying kits.
- Buy prizes from the dollar store or the dollar sections of Michael's or Target.
- Wash and remove the labels from baby food jars. Fill them with candy or a votive candle. Glue scrapbook paper to the lid and tie a bow around the jar.
- Bake large cookies and put them in paper CD cases. Tie a ribbon around each case.
- Make your own paper boxes with scrapbook or card stock paper.
- Fill baby socks with candy and tie the open end with a ribbon.
- Check your local dollar store for invitations, decorations, eating supplies, and prizes/favors.
- Also look through the clearance section at party stores.
- If you throw a lot of baby showers, consider buying solid-color cloth tablecloths and eating supplies and then just changing the wall or hanging decorations to make each party slightly unique. Or buy gender-neutral decorations.