Baby Shower

How to throw the best DIY Baby Shower –

Throwing a DIY Baby Shower is a great idea. There are so many ways to save money and have fun doing a DIY Baby Shower for Mom. Of course, having a Baby Shower is one of the highlights of pregnancy and planning a DIY Baby Shower is one of the most exciting parties to plan!

DIY Baby Shower Ideas – How to plan a DIY Baby Shower

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to have a Baby Shower on a budget. You can throw a gorgeous DIY shower for a fraction of the cost just by making a few small changes along the way. Plus, a DIY Baby Shower is completely personalized so get creative! So whether it’s for your bestie, sister, or yourself, this event is all about showering love on the mom-to-be and creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Here are our top tips for planning a DIY Baby Shower.

Choose a great Baby Shower theme…

Some Baby Shower themes are better suited to DIY. For example, one of our favorite Baby Shower themes is Tea Party. It’s easy to put together with your own china, flowers from your garden and your Mom’s lace tablecloth.

bee baby shower invitations

If you’re the crafty type, Mama to Bee is a great theme! Pamper Mama to Bee with honey cake, lemonade, and a pretty yellow color scheme. In addition, use vintage glasses and crockery to set the table, and decorate with yellow daisies in jars.

boho baby shower

Another great DIY Baby Shower theme is Boho. Get beautiful florals, lace tablecloths, flowers and a cozy vibe for this stylish theme.

Also, we love a Peter Rabbit Baby Shower theme! It’s super cute and pretty easy to set up. Use vegetables and carrots as a table display and flowers in small jars with decorative bunnies scattered among them.

For more theme ideas, check out our favorite Winter Baby Shower themes, Spring Baby Shower themes and Girl and Boy Baby Shower themes.

Choose downloadable invitations…

Once you’ve chosen a theme, create cute invitations that set the tone. Websites like Canva make it easy to design personalized invitations. For big savings, switch from expensive, printed invitations (which you may have to post) for instant downloads that you can customize and email to your guests. Easy and budget-conscious!!


For a DIY Baby Shower, one area where you can go to town is the decorations. Above all, let your creativity shine and really set the scene for the Shower.

When planning a Baby Shower, if possible, try to use things you already have (or maybe borrow from friends).

baby shower tea party

For a Vintage Tea Party theme or a Boho theme, your Mom or Grandma’s closets are a great place to look for vintage china, cake stands, napkins and tablecloths. The beauty of these themes is that they don’t have to match, the more mismatched the better the effect! Also, charity shops can also be a great place to find vintage serving platters, plates, dishes and crockery.

balloons for baby shower

Balloons are a great way to add color and impact to your setting and are very inexpensive. Fill them with helium and weigh them down to add height to your table. Additionally, choose colors that match your scheme for maximum impact with minimum effort. Also, a balloon garland is a great way to add impact to balloons. You can follow our easy tutorial here for a DIY balloon garland.

DIY baby shower

Find flowers and plants from your own garden (or a friend’s) and display in small jars or empty containers or glass cups. Then, lay plant branches down the middle of the table to create a gorgeous centerpiece for free! DIY Baby Shower decorations are a great way to save on your Baby Shower. Go to your local craft store and stock up on DIY essentials like balloons, streamers, and banners. Personalize them to match your chosen theme. If you’re feeling extra creative, consider making your own centerpieces or a handmade backdrop for photos.

Baby Shower Food

Your Guests don’t need a big meal, but a Baby Shower usually has light food offered for the Guests.

Finger food is perfect and I always think that a Tea Party theme is so easy to do. Finger sandwiches with simple fillings, a homemade cake, and scones with jam and cream make for an upmarket party but with inexpensive ingredients. Additionally, this menu works really well for a Boho theme or Garden Party theme.

Other great Baby Shower food options are:

  • Homemade pizzas
  • Mini Hot dogs
  • Homemade tasty muffins
  • Vegetable crudités and dip
  • Potato slices
  • Homemade cookies
  • Homemade cupcakes


It’s nice to have a drink option that matches the theme. For example, at a Mama to Bee party, using a lemon or honey-based drink works really well. In a Boho themed party, iced tea with mint leaves and fruit is really good. Meanwhile, for a traditional tea party, English Breakfast tea is perfect!

Other easy DIY drink options are:

  • tea
  • Iced Tea
  • Sparkling water with a little fruit juice
  • Fruit mocktails
  • Champagne
  • Non-alcoholic sparkling wine
  • Old lemonade

DIY Baby Shower Games

If you plan to play some Baby Shower card games like Baby Bingo, buy downloadable games that you can print yourself. Then you can print only the amount you need for your party. No need to buy a pack of 50 game cards when you only have 10 guests!

However, there are heaps of other games you can play that don’t require any game cards.

Other DIY fun Baby Shower Games are:

How Big is Mommy’s Tummy

Old diaper

Don’t Tell Baby

The price is right

Keepsake Book or Wishing Tree

Set up a station where guests can leave their greetings, advice, or special memories for the mom-to-be and baby. This can be in the form of a keepsake book or a wishing tree with adorable tags for guests to write on.

Baby Shower Favors

It’s always fun to give out Baby Shower favors at the end of the Baby Shower to thank your guests for coming.

Additionally, it’s a good idea to tie the favor into the theme if possible and add a personalized thank you tag.

These are our favorite DIY Baby Shower picks:

  • A small posy of flowers with a handwritten thank you note attached.
  • A homemade cupcake in a mini cardboard box.
  • A homemade gingerbread cookie in a clear bag. Use a fun “baby” shaped cutter like a pacifier or bodysuit.
  • Also a mini bag of homemade candies, for example, peppermint cream, fudge or coconut ice are good choices.

Also, if you have a Mom/ Grandma/ Aunt or lovely friend who loves to bake, you can always ask them for help with favors. Honestly, many would be happy to help out and do something special for the Mom-To-Be.

favor bags for baby shower

To conclude, planning a DIY Baby Shower can be a lot of fun and you should let your creativity and imagination flow! After all, this is a party where you can fully enjoy the theme. Remember, the most important thing is to shower love and support on the mom-to-be, so don’t stress too much about perfection. Your personal touches and thoughtfulness will shine through, creating a beautiful and memorable experience for all involved.

Share your budget Baby Shower ideas and photos with us at Instagram o Facebook by tagging @darlingcelebrations

We want to see your parties, ideas, and photos!

About the Author

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Jane Sheriff is the founder, creative director, party planner and mother of three. She started Darling Celebrations in 2012 to share easy and beautiful ideas for celebrating life’s special events.

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