DIY Baby Shower Ideas

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Sundae bars are inexpensive, fun and delish! Credit: Getty Images

Say money is tight? We hear you. But we're also here to tell you: The best parties don't require the biggest budgets. Throw a fabulous baby shower with our affordable DIY baby shower ideas.

Spa Party Baby Shower Ideas:
When baby arrives, Mom will have a lot less time to herself, so pamper her now with a DIY spa party. Serve healthy spa foods such as cucumber sandwiches, veggies and dip, simple salads, fruit smoothies and spa teas while you indulge in DIY facials and pedicures. Making your own face mask isn't complicated. In fact, some of the best face masks use single ingredients. Rachael Ray has a to-die-for coconut food treatment for a spa party. For a baby shower favor, let guests keep the nail polish they used for their mani or pedi, or make your own bath salts as a party activity and use them as DIY baby shower favors.

Scrapbooking Baby Shower Ideas:
Bring a digital camera and a photo printer and take and print pictures of the mama-to-be with her party guests. Invite guests to make a scrapbook page and write a special message for the guest of honor. Provide glue sticks, colored markers and pens and an assortment of scrapbook papers. Since scrapbook stickers can be expensive, invest in one baby-themed stamp set.

Make-Your-Own Sundae Baby Shower Ideas:
Food can be one of the biggest party expenses. If your budget doesn't allow you to serve a complete meal, just be sure to make what you are serving incredibly special. You can't go wrong with an ice cream sundae bar. Buy several gallons of ice cream and set out a variety of toppings: hot fudge, caramel, strawberry sauce, sprinkles, gummi bears, M&Ms, crumbled Oreos, chocolate chips, mini peanut butter cups, crushed walnuts and whatever else you can think of. Your guests won't go home hungry, and nobody will remember that you only served dessert.

Teddy Bear Picnic Baby Shower Ideas:
Don't have enough space to host a baby shower in your small apartment? Take to the great outdoors and host a teddy bear picnic in a local park. Instead of spending your money on decorations, ask guests to bring along their favorite teddy bears. Bring colorful blankets for the guests to sit on and, since it might be uncomfortable for the mom-to-be to sit on the ground, a portable chair for the guest of honor. Pack classic picnic foods such as chicken salad or fried chicken, as well as budget-friendly options like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Since you can't serve alcohol in most public parks, you'll save on your drink budget, as well. Serve lemonade, iced tea and sparkling water instead.

Nursery Baby Shower Ideas:
If you know the expectant mama needs help with her nursery, you might want to consider a work party instead of -- or in addition to -- a traditional baby shower. Invite only a small group of close friends who are willing to help paint the nursery and assemble the baby's crib and furniture. Order pizza for a casual dinner after the work is complete.

Your budget may be small, but your party will still be a big success with these unique baby shower ideas.


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