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Preparing a Baby Shower Budget

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Preparing a baby shower budget is one of the least fun, yet most necessary parts of the process. Once you have a budget in hand, you’ll have a better idea of how many people you can invite, where you can hold the shower, what kind of food you can afford, and so on.

When preparing a budget for a baby shower, start by considering the following categories:

•     Food

•     Beverages

•     Tableware (cups, plates, utensils, napkins, etc.)

•     Decorations (centerpieces, flowers, balloons, etc.)

•     Music

•     Games and activities (including prizes)

•     Invitations and postage

•     Party favors

•     Photos and video

•     Rentals (tables, chairs, etc.)

•     Location (if renting a banquet room or hosting a destination baby shower)

•     Gratuity (if hiring a caterer or hosting at a restaurant)

•     Incidentals (garbage bags, paper towels, etc.)

One way to approach a budget is to decide how much you can spend, and then divide it up among the different categories. Another way to set up a budget is to price out the items that are most important to you, and then see how much you have left over for everything else. For example, you might have your heart set on a glorious cake from the expectant mother’s favorite bakery and are willing to keep decorations simple and forego party favors to stay within your budget.

While hosting a shower in your home can seem like the best way to end up with a manageable shower budget, don’t assume that’s always the case. If you’re going to have to rent tables, chairs, dishware, or serving pieces, or if you end up hiring a caterer, you might be better off hosting at a restaurant, banquet room, or destination.

Next up: Best ways to keep costs down in “10 Tips for Planning a Baby Shower on a Budget.” 

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