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Recently I was honored to help host my sister in law’s baby shower. She is due in a few months with a little girl. I’m excited that our kids will be so close in age, I know the next few years are going to be fun watching them grow up together.
I went with the woodland theme to match the adorable nursery along with the colors purple and grey. I had so much fun putting together the decorations. Today, I want to share with you how I pulled off a DIY woodland theme baby shower and how I stayed on budget.
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1. Use items that you already have around the house.
I was fortunate I used about 80% of items that I found around my house. I used a lot of mason jars as decorations which I have a ton of but you can find similar ones here. They are versatile, and I was able to use as centerpieces on the table and on the mantle. I also have several white serving dishes that we were able to incorporate as well.
2. Keep it simple.
No need to splurge on unnecessary things instead choose one or two things to splurge on. Choosing to keep the decorations simple but still adorable I was able to splurge more on the gift, donut bar, and the hot chocolate/coffee bar. I was very happy with the outcome and I’m glad I was able to keep it simple but still able to splurge on a few things.
The cute hot chocolate/coffee bar.
The cute sign I made and displayed next to the hot chocolate/coffee bar. You can download the sign here.
Picture of the yummy donuts displayed on the table.
The cute sign I made and displayed next to the donuts. You can download the sign here.
3. Use baby items from the registry to use as decorations.
By doing so the decorations will be reused and it will make spending the money less painful knowing it won’t be thrown away. I ended up purchasing several nursery decorations from the registry to use for decor. For instance, I purchased woodland animals I got here and she can then re purpose for the nursery walls. I also purchased several cute onesies and instead of giving them as a gift I hung them on clothesline on the mantle and they doubled as a garland. I was very happy with the outcome.
4. Divide tasks up with family members and friends.
Don’t over commit as it’s not fair to yourself. Figure out what you can handle or afford and ask others to do specific tasks. I find it’s easier when asking someone for help if you tell them specific tasks of what you want them to do you will get a better outcome. Don’t overwhelm yourself with trying to complete every task by yourself. There are a lot of components to consider decorations, food, dessert, drinks, games, thank you gift etc. Feel free to ask someone to handle the drinks so you can fully commit to everything else.
5. Choosing to throw the baby shower at your house or the person you are throwing the shower for.
This will defiantly help cut costs and gives you more flexibility when choosing the date and time. We ended up having the shower at my sister in law’s house which made everything more intimate and plus it was much easier putting the presents away in the next room. If that is an option I would defiantly consider it.
Do you have any decorating ideas or how to stick to a budget when planning a baby shower? I would love to hear in the comments below.